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Never liked cottonwoods , stinky nasty brittle wood!
That’s all accurate, here they are the state tree and we have literally tons of them. About every other tree is a big cottonwood here in Nebraska.
 

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What's the reach on your truck? Details of truck?

Altec AM855-E81 overcenter double elevator. I looked a long time to find it and there isn’t a lot that come up for sale. It’s my favorite truck by far. Very versatile, 87ft work height, 47ft side reach and around 65 ft of reach off the rear. I’m a terrible slow climber and this makes it pretty much unnecessary at least in my area. I also have a 77ft single elevator that’s 6x6. Both retired power company trucks from AZ so no rust and had never seen snow until I brought them to Nebraska.
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Had a fun one today 90 ft cottonwood in a very small space. And 2 more huge ones on the shore line at a local lake. It’s been awhile since I came across one that a 42” bar wouldn’t cut through the middle of even working from both sides. Ran out of light get to mount up the 56” bar tomorrow.
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Every year I hope we miss the storms and wind damage but it seems to just start earlier. Last month we only had 1 day with out a 25 mph wind gust it broke a weather keeping record and we had many days where it hit 70 mph. It has come from every direction, some days it would reverse direction before the day was over. It’s tearing apart all our big trees. Many were already in decline but failures are everywhere even in healthy trees.8A4B4EA5-F5EC-45FD-97A1-98CDEE0E98EF.jpeg526AC7A9-AED4-440D-852D-30EF27CA1FAD.jpeg92179043-AA57-409E-A06E-AD0C6F6A69BC.jpegF651EB0A-760C-4AE4-BF24-406403179B15.jpeg
 

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Every year I hope we miss the storms and wind damage but it seems to just start earlier. Last month we only had 1 day with out a 25 mph wind gust it broke a weather keeping record and we had many days where it hit 70 mph. It has come from every direction, some days it would reverse direction before the day was over. It’s tearing apart all our big trees. Many were already in decline but failures are everywhere even in healthy trees.View attachment 335900View attachment 335901View attachment 335902View attachment 335903
Yes I’ve noticed there’s very few totally calm days anymore!
 

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Altec AM855-E81 overcenter double elevator. I looked a long time to find it and there isn’t a lot that come up for sale. It’s my favorite truck by far. Very versatile, 87ft work height, 47ft side reach and around 65 ft of reach off the rear. I’m a terrible slow climber and this makes it pretty much unnecessary at least in my area. I also have a 77ft single elevator that’s 6x6. Both retired power company trucks from AZ so no rust and had never seen snow until I brought them to Nebraska.
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New to this thread. I was wondering if you ever find the double baskets cumbersome or, in other words, the 2nd basket in the way?
Friend bought a truck with a 2 man basket and I asked him if the bigger basket gets in the way. Said he loves it. He took it apart some time ago and it sits like that. Thinking of investing in it and getting it back in service.
 

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New to this thread. I was wondering if you ever find the double baskets cumbersome or, in other words, the 2nd basket in the way?
Friend bought a truck with a 2 man basket and I asked him if the bigger basket gets in the way. Said he loves it. He took it apart some time ago and it sits like that. Thinking of investing in it and getting it back in service.

It can be a pain in some situations but 90% of the time it’s not noticeable for the work I do. We are almost strictly removals mixed with a little bit of line clearance. On the truck you’re asking about both buckets have a full set of controls so I just get in whichever bucket fits the shape of the tree and work my way in from that side. It’s also great for training new people, teaching knots in real time and letting groundsman see your end of the work. I find new guys that I take up in the air catch on way faster and move faster on the ground when they can see first hand what you deal with and are trying to accomplish with rigging.

When doing line clearance sometimes it’s nice to grab another person and have them hold branches as you cut to avoid them contacting the lines. When we are trimming small regrowth or suckers it’s so much faster than rigging in situations where the branches can’t be allowed to free fall. Once in awhile they’re a pain try to maneuver through tight trees or when trying to do pine trees when you need to trim out the middle. Both buckets rotate so you can maneuver them around sometimes to get them out of the way in some situations. I have the schematics for the hydraulics I’m sure you could figure out how to delete 1 bucket and set of controls but it has not bothered me enough to be worth doing it.
 

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It can be a pain in some situations but 90% of the time it’s not noticeable for the work I do. We are almost strictly removals mixed with a little bit of line clearance. On the truck you’re asking about both buckets have a full set of controls so I just get in whichever bucket fits the shape of the tree and work my way in from that side. It’s also great for training new people, teaching knots in real time and letting groundsman see your end of the work. I find new guys that I take up in the air catch on way faster and move faster on the ground when they can see first hand what you deal with and are trying to accomplish with rigging.

When doing line clearance sometimes it’s nice to grab another person and have them hold branches as you cut to avoid them contacting the lines. When we are trimming small regrowth or suckers it’s so much faster than rigging in situations where the branches can’t be allowed to free fall. Once in awhile they’re a pain try to maneuver through tight trees or when trying to do pine trees when you need to trim out the middle. Both buckets rotate so you can maneuver them around sometimes to get them out of the way in some situations. I have the schematics for the hydraulics I’m sure you could figure out how to delete 1 bucket and set of controls but it has not bothered me enough to be worth doing it.
Thanks for taking the time for a well thought out reply. You've found a super deal, on a great truck. I'd love to purchase a rear mounted 75' Hi-Ranger or Terex elevator. Alas a bit pricey. I may just invest some coin into helping my friend put his truck back together. Have to start saving some wear n tear on the old body.....
 

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Thanks for taking the time for a well thought out reply. You've found a super deal, on a great truck. I'd love to purchase a rear mounted 75' Hi-Ranger or Terex elevator. Alas a bit pricey. I may just invest some coin into helping my friend put his truck back together. Have to start saving some wear n tear on the old body.....

I agree on saving your body. Climbing is so cool but It’s so much easier and faster to use the bucket. Im also not very good at it so having a taller truck really makes a difference for me. If you are serious about buying one and don’t mind it being an old power company truck versus a dedicated tree truck check out the surplus auctions. JJ Kane, Ritchie bros, even smaller local auction houses that do liquidation sales. I’ve owned 6 different bucket trucks, still have 3 and all but 1 were elevators of 75 ft plus working height and I’ve never paid more than $22,000 for any of them.
 

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Took down two big old spruces for a customer that didnt like to try them himself.
Perfect job for the MS660 for falling, the 550xp for limbing and 372xp for bucking them.

love my chainsaw hobby and be able to pick the right saw for the job!

spruce 1 was about 115 years old and about 50 inches in diameter.
Spruce 2 was slightly smaller with about 95 years and measured about 45 inches.

They were just what our Gremo forwarder could handle, these were heavy ladies!
 

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