under-performance and unreliability?
How many times have you been frustrated by unprofessional subs? They over-commit their crew so they're late to the job and cause delays. They under-perform the work so you don't end up getting the level of quality you expect or that was promised to you. They don't communicate with you, leave you hanging, and just plain don't do what they say they're going to do ..they're unreliable.
A key ingredient to a successful project is a dependable subcontractor.
we're all about. But don't just take our word for it, read about
our capabilities and see for yourself how we overcome the three
biggest problems you face.
Please note: certain conditions or vegetation on your property may be considered "protected" by governmental agencies, so always check with your local agency and obtain approvals needed for desired work.
In this business, there's a formula to delivering results and avoiding under-performance: experience + variety = expertise. Exposure to a large variety of field conditions is necessary to know first hand what skill and equipment is the most effective and efficient in getting the results clients demand.
Over the course of 18 years and 1,900 projects, we've made a point to do just that. We've worked it all, from flat land to steep and craggy sites; from multi-acre expanses of overgrown scrub trees & grasses to concentrated areas of manzanita, blackberries and other unwanted foliage. We've even tackled conditions that can only be improved by hand work, like massive boulder outcroppings and muddy creek beds.
This effort has allowed us to identify the type of crew and equipment that is best suited to providing clearing services in our region. We've also seen improvements in equipment over time and understand how using newer equipment can be a benefit. To find out more about our equipment, scroll down to the "Equipment" section below.
Finally, our experience also tells us not to assume anything - we gather information from you up front about site conditions and your goals for the project to help us understand the scope of your job. We always look at the property ahead of time so no incorrect assumptions are made. And, we discuss possible limitations or unforeseen conditions so as to avoid surprises. (Back to Bullets)
Training: While many crew members have experience when we hire them, we can't afford to make the assumption that they are trained to our standards. All crew members are trained on specific tasks and equipment by the Foreman, who is a 9-year veteran in the business. Training is hands-on, in-the-trenches, monitored work, so you can be assured that even the newest crew member is exposed to real-life situations with the proper direction from the Foreman. Skills are trained in progression from the simplest categories (weed-eating and brush transfer) to the most challenging (tree trimming). Only when a crew member has mastered one level may he proceed to the next.
In addition to training our crew on skill and equipment, we focus on professionalism and safety practices. One way we monitor the crew's performance in this area by requesting client feedback on subjects like being on time, courteous attitude and clean-up effort. We use this input for continued training and improvement. As for safety, crew members are required to wear hard hats, a facemask and earplugs or muffs for protection from equipment and debris. (Back to Bullets)
CREW SIZE: Sometimes when we tell people about our 12-man crew, they think it might be "overkill" for their particular project. In fact, less than 10% of the jobs we've ever come across can't benefit from a crew of this size. Having a 12-man crew gives us enough people to assign a variety of skills and tasks to, which means they can be done simultaneously. This also means there are enough people to use the equipment to its fullest potential - it won't be sitting idle because there's no one available to run it or to supervise it.
speaking, a job that our 12-man crew could complete in one day
may actually take a four-man crew more than three days - perhaps
3-1/2 days or more, depending on the site conditions - simply
due to time lost in equipment transport and interrupted momentum.
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Most jobs demand
several different skills and types of equipment, especially those
with varied terrain. By having all crew members and equipment
available to the job, we can tackle several tasks at once, leverage
maximum efficiency and momentum, and keep outside distractions
to a minimum. This strategy produces results more quickly than
approaching the job one task at a time and keeps the work from
FOREMAN ON THE JOB AT ALL TIMES:
A big factor
in reliability is having the right equipment to perform the work.
Using equipment that is not appropriately matched to the task
will either be impractical, inefficient, impossible, unsafe or
will give you unsatisfactory results. We have made a commitment
to invest in equipment that has proven over 18 years of first-hand
experience to be the most effective and efficient in getting
the results our clients demand. In addition, we maintain that
equipment daily for peak performance and safety. Listed below
are the various types of equipment we have. Click on the equipment
name to read more about the capabilities and advantages of each.
FIELD MOWER: This equipment provides an efficient and cost effective way to cut down large expanses of various grasses that are typically found in fields and meadows.
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TRACK-MOUNTED CHIPPER: This machine processes brush and tree
limbs and trunks up to 14" diameter into chipped mulch material.
The track-mounting aspect has several advantages over a conventional
TRACK-MOUNTED CHIPPER WITH KNUCKLEBOOM LOADER: We are one of the only companies in the area who have invested in this equipment, and have done so because it broadens the scope of service we can provide to you. In addition to providing you the same benefits as the track-mounted chipper described above, this piece includes a large claw-like arm called a "knuckleboom loader" which can actually grab random material and tree trunks up to 18" in diameter and feed it into the processing bin.
HAND-HELD EQUIPMENT: There are a variety of tasks which should be done by hand because larger equipment is not an appropriate match, is not agile enough to work around specific conditions or is simply "overkill." Hand-held equipment, like chainsaws and weed-eaters, allows us the precision and control we need to address these types of tasks, which include eliminating tall weeds on a hillside, falling trees, trimming tree branches, removing vegetation around the base of trees and among boulders and removing brush overgrown in wet areas. (Back to Bullets)
ANCILLIARY EQUIPMENT: In the occasional event that equipment
in addition to our own inventory is necessary to complete the
work, we will make arrangements with one of our business alliances
to provide the equipment and related service. Whether the alliance
works through us or directly with you, we will coordinate the
work effort with them to help ensure the desired overall result.
Such situations would include dangerous tree removal and stump
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Services: Please visit the "Services" page for detailed information about the various services we provide. The "Services" button can be found at the bottom of this page, as well as in the menu on the Home Page. (Back to Bullets)