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Anyone ever have a partner on big equipment: Like a splitter?

Post in 'The Gear' started by Kenster, May 21, 2011.

  1. oilstinks

    oilstinks Feeling the Heat

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    MY fatherinlaw and I went in together on a used splitter for 600 bucks 300 each. I have to do all the upkeep but thats ok. The splitter works good and it was reasonably priced

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  2. RED FRONTIER

    RED FRONTIER Member

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    My father in law and I share many pieces of equipment. He bought the snow blower, tiller and our first chain saw. I have the splitter, truck and weed whacker.

    It works out well. We are always helping each other out. He has a real bad leg so I do all the snow blowing and tilling. He even lt me marry his daughter.
  3. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    From the sounds of it this is the ideal person to enter into a purchase such as this . . . as mentioned . . . if you are in a deal with a person that is already giving more than his 50% share -- whether it's giving the other person more wood, more time, etc. -- than you're in the right partnership . . . especially if you have the same mindset and are always trying to give more to the other person as well to make things "right."
  4. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    I think stuff like this is a good idea. Just have an exit strategy. What happens if you buddy no longer wants his half of the splitter and you don't have the $$ or desire to buy his share?
  5. yooperdave

    yooperdave Minister of Fire

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    be careful, times and people change. even good neighbors.

    "good fences make good neighbors"

    and remember..."cya"
  6. richg

    richg Minister of Fire

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    I'm about to go in with a buddy for a Husky splitter. he owns a motorcycle/ATV repair shop, so I have total confidence in his ability to make sure that the machine is well taken care of. I'll pick it up, and the first stop will be at his shop to go over the machine with a fine tooth comb to make sure that all bolts are tightl fluids topped off, that crazy lovejoy thing is tight, etc etc. He'll break the engine in just right, make sure it's working good and we'll be all set. I used to be able to rent a splitter for $50.00 froma tree guy up the road, but he is moving his operations. Hasta la vista to cheap splitter rentals and & $75 per cord for hardwood rounds :-((
  7. Seasoned Oak

    Seasoned Oak Minister of Fire

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    Much a id like to have one , thats the one thing that seems to make sense to rent. I rent a big one for $40 a day plus gas. Usually split 2-3 years worth of wood that day, no problems storing an unused machine for long periods without using it , no maintenance, no up front cost,no replacement cost, dont miss that $40 every few years as much as id miss the cost and hassle of buying one and maintaining it,of course to each his own. I do however have 7 wood stoves some homemade and some store bought only 2 of which i use on a regular basis.
  8. Kenster

    Kenster Minister of Fire

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    Yeah, that's exactly what I should settle on. I can rent Iron and Oak for $50 a day or $75 a weekend. Knock out all my needs in one weekend every year or so. That just makes sense. Not that everything I ever do makes sense. Just ask my bride for the past 37 years, as of tomorrow.

    I got a chance to ask my neighbor just this morning as he was bringing a sack of home grown tomatoes. He said he'd be interested in co-owning a splitter but doesn't see his needs as justifying even half the cost of a new Husky 22 ton, which would be about $550 each with tax. I said I'd look around to see if we could find a good used one. Or maybe a third partner.
  9. HeatsTwice

    HeatsTwice Minister of Fire

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    I live on a cul-de-sac with three other neighbors. They all burn and use my splitter all the time. I own the splitter out right but they always look for reasons to give me money. So far its been well over the cost of it. I do all the maintanace, which I enjoy. If something breaks because of misuse on their part I would have no problem fixing it myself. All of the parts are so inexpensive. But I really can't think of any way they could damage it. They are all experienced burners and if something did happen to it, it would probably be something I myself could have done.

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