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The story of Arborwell

If you want to talk to someone who knows a thing or two about taking the risk to become a tree care entrepreneur, Peter Sortwell is your guy. Frustrated with the lack of options available to someone with so many years of experience, Sortwell started weighing the options of branching out on his own.

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When Finco Tree Service met Sally: A mini skid steer love story

You know the old story — boy meets girl, they fall in love, yada, yada, fade to black. Well what about the story of five men falling in love with a Vermeer mini skid steer named Sally? Haven’t heard that one, have you? Well settle in, because Todd Finch, founder and chief financial officer of Finco Tree Service in Ames, Iowa, has the story.

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So, you’ve hired a new employee — tips in onboarding, mentoring and managing

From the first day they show up to work to the completion of their first year, it’s important to create a welcoming atmosphere and provide the guidance necessary to set them up for success. Although mentoring will take a little more time upfront, studies have shown it often leads to increased employee retention and improved workforce productivity.

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Vermeer brush chipper evolution

From the beginning, brush chippers were built to break down logs into small chips as part of wood recycling jobs or used as a tool for land maintenance. The function of the manually-fed wood chipper is not much different from the inception, but the design has advanced substantially.

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Tree care wear: how to find clothing that works as hard as you do

Founded by Paul Taylor in 1997, Arborwear was established by arborists just like yourself. Thanks to the help of Arborwear, stiff canvas pants are a thing of the past. To meet the growing demand, there are now over 300 Arborwear dealers nationwide as well as an online store that ships all over the world.

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Things to consider before starting your tree care business

A business plan is the roadmap to your business’ success. It outlines your goals and details how you plan to achieve those goals. Use your business plan as a tool to help you outline action items, next steps, future activities and equipment purchases.

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Liability — Finding the Proper Tree Care Insurance

Insurance coverage is a necessary part of business overhead, especially in the tree care industry. All tree care businesses should be covered with general liability, commercial automobile, workers’ compensation, inland marine, umbrella and property policies.

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Spring training for your tree care crew

The owner or employer is ultimately responsible for providing the education and training their team needs to be safe, productive and successful. The employer has a vested interest in giving employees an opportunity to learn and develop new skills, because it leads to a safe and productive work environment. And what owner doesn’t want that?

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From stump chump to champ: 6 reasons to love stump cutters

Stump removal was once a backbreaking, time-consuming job that a tree man wouldn’t delegate to his worst enemy. That all changed in the 1950s when Vermeer invented the stump grinder. Today, stumps are simply swept away, one pass after another. And yet, some crews still operate without one.
Matt Hutchinson, Vermeer Product Manager for Tree Care/Rental and Landscape, offers six compelling reasons to add a stump cutter to your fleet of tree care equipment.

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