Halverson Skid-Steer Firewood Processor Leads to Business Opportunities
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By Tim CoxDate Posted: 1/15/2018
WYOMING, Pennsylvania — Aback it comes to advance in a firewood processing machine, best bodies in the firewood business acceptable alpha from baby beginnings. A lot of firewood businesses apparently accept gotten their alpha with a chainsaw and a splitter — alike agreeable copse by duke with a maul. Gradually, if they body up abundant customers, abundant business, they may eventually alteration to a firewood processor to access production.
With A.J. Shaver, the craven came afore the egg, so to speak. He took the attempt to advance in a firewood processor fabricated by Halverson Copse Products. Based in Minnesota, Halverson articles a firewood processor that attaches to a skid-steer to accommodate the ability and hydraulics. It was afterwards affairs the processor that A.J. absitively to get into the firewood business.
His adventure is somewhat unique. He had acceptable acumen to appetite a firewood processor. A.J. grew up in northeast Pennsylvania, but he confused out of the arena for about 10 years. Aback he returned, he and his wife purchased a home with electric baseboard calefaction and a copse stove in the basement. “I grew up with a copse stove, and I didn’t charge a added mortgage with an electric bill,” he recalled, so he relied on the copse stove in the basement to calefaction the house.
To calefaction his abode appropriate 8-10 cords of firewood anniversary winter. He cut and breach it at night afterwards work, accomplishing it beneath alfresco lights. Application a Stihl chainsaw and a homeowner’s gas powered hydraulic two-way splitter, bearing that abundant copse took about six weeks.
Afterwards two years of acid and agreeable his own firewood, and with a wife and ancestors of bristles children, A.J. ample he had bigger things to do with his added time. “I went to the Internet and accursed up a Google chase for article that would advice me action my firewood.”
He looked at bartering hydraulic splitters and alike advised the beyond and abundant added big-ticket firewood processors. “In one of my searches I aloof kept activity to the abutting chase folio and afresh to the abutting chase page, and about about folio 20 I begin this crazy-looking drift beacon adapter alleged a Halverson.”
He alleged the aggregation and contacted the owner, Glen Halverson. “I apparently collection the poor man crazy with all my questions over assorted calls and emails,” recalled A.J. Finally, Glen told him: aloof buy one.
A.J. still wasn’t absolutely convinced. He capital to see one in operation and try it. Glen was planning to biking from Minnesota to Maine to appear the Northeast Expo in May 2015. A.J. abiding Glen to stop in Pennsylvania on the acknowledgment cruise so A.J. could see and try the equipment, alms to pay for some ammunition and to put Glen up in a auberge for a night.
“Needless to say, seeing absolutely was believing,” said A.J., “and aggregate that Glen said was true.”
Army on a skid-steer, the Halverson firewood processor picks up logs with its forks/front arms, and the log is formed assimilate the in-feed table. Already in position and anchored with a the affliction arm, a accelerated bar saw is activated. Aback a block is cut, it drops into the agreeable trough. The log table, which is army anon on top of the agreeable ram, moves the log into the abutting acid position while accompanying agreeable the block. The processor can cut copse into lengths up to 22 inches and handles balk up to 16 inches in diameter. Blocks can be breach into 4 or 6 pieces, depending on the best of agreeable heads. Although it is advised for a skid-steer loader, some barter accept to attach the processor to an archaeologian or tractor. The Halverson attaches via a accepted drift beacon ascent plate.
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(For added advice on Halverson Copse Products, appointment www.halversonwoodproducts.com.)
A.J., 37, and his ancestors alive in Wyoming, which is amid in northeast Pennsylvania alternating the Dallas Township band aloof hardly northwest of Wilkes-Barre. He is the administrator of operations for his father’s business, Dominic’s Accessories Rental in adjacent Monroe Township, which is beneath than 10 afar arctic of area A.J. lives.
A.J. already had a skid-steer, a Bobcat S300, afore he purchased a Halverson firewood processor. “I was application it about the house,” he said. “The acreage we accept is on bristles acres, and it bare to be developed aback we bought it.” In addition, he rents out the Bobcat through his father’s business.
“That’s what fabricated the Halverson so appealing,” he added. “I already had a skid-steer.”
For accession application a chainsaw and hydraulic splitter to aftermath firewood, the Halverson adapter with a skid-steer eliminates the chiral activity of bucking logs, acrimonious up the circuit and loading them assimilate a splitter, and acrimonious up added pieces that charge to be breach again.
His accommodation to advance in a Halverson firewood processor in the bounce of 2015 opened up an befalling with Halverson and eventually added accessories manufacturers. He formed a business, Shaver Specialty Services & Sales Inc., and became a banker for Halverson afterwards that year.
“The Halverson firewood processor is such an absurd attachment,” said A.J., “that already you see it, you accept to buy it.”
A.J.’s antecedent ambition was to advertise one Halverson firewood processor a year; in aloof over two years he has awash 36. In fact, Halverson accustomed him as the company’s top assuming banker for sales aggregate for 2016.
“I was an boilerplate guy adorable to advertise one a year, and we’ve been adored and done a accomplished lot added than that,” said A.J. His success with the Halverson firewood processor has led to opportunities to represent added accessories manufacturers. “Everything that I sell, I use myself,” he said. “I apperceive the equipment. I accord it an honest review, and I can acknowledgment people’s questions about it. I anticipate that’s what sets us apart.”
“We appetite you to apperceive the pros and cons and be adequate and accomplish the best accommodation you can aback you acquirement a artefact from us.”
About bisected of his barter are bodies like him who use firewood for calefaction and appetite a added productive, efficient, easier way to cut and breach firewood. About bisected are contractors in logging or architecture who are adorable for a way to aftermath firewood to accomplish added acquirement for their business. The majority of his barter are in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.
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With the Halverson Copse Products attachment, A.J. can aftermath all the firewood he needs for the winter in about six hours instead of six weeks.
He afterwards absitively to alpha a baby firewood business. “The Halverson Copse Processor accustomed us to alpha affairs firewood because I could action it so fast and with such little effort,” he said. He produces and sells about 40-60 cords a year but has no affairs to abound the business further. He markets firewood sales on craigslist and additionally promotes it on a Facebook folio he has for his business.
A.J. operates his firewood business two ways. He keeps an eye out for chargeless copse on logging or architecture jobs, and goes to those sites to aces it up and booty it aback to his home for processing. (He additionally represents AM Machinery and has one of the company’s small-scale trailers with a attack for loading and alteration logs.) Best firewood is awash at his home; barter can buy it aggregate by the bobcat beat in half-cord or abounding bond quantities, and A.J. uses an SUV and a dump bivouac to accomplish deliveries; he additionally can accommodate stacking. Barter additionally can buy firewood already ample on pallets that authority a half-cord. The added way he operates his business is to booty his skid-steer and firewood processor on-site to a customer’s home or copse lot to action their logs for an alternate rate.
A.J. food some bundles of firewood to a adjacent accompaniment esplanade area it is awash on a self-serve basis; he has a Hudson firewood wrapper, which is operated with a chiral wrap, to amalgamation the firewood into bundles. He additionally makes his Bobcat and Halverson firewood processor attainable for hire for bodies who appetite to aftermath their own firewood.
A Halverson firewood processor is decidedly adorable to businesses that already accept a skid-steer or archaeologian to attach it to, acclaimed A.J. “It adds an added utilization, an added business opportunity.”
A Halverson firewood processor offers a cardinal of benefits, he acicular out. A firewood processing apparatus requires accession allotment of equipment, such as a skid-steer or added apparatus with angle tines, to amount logs assimilate the deck. In addition, the Halverson accessories is priced added affordably than a firewood processing machine, according to A.J.
There are added benefits, A.J. noted. “The Halverson and the skid-steer can be confused calm on the aforementioned trailer, appropriate to a job site, and you can action logs on-site and booty abroad accomplished firewood.” It eliminates the charge for trucking logs and administration logs. No added boring logs, trucking logs, acid rounds, appropriation rounds, agreeable and re-splitting rounds, acrimonious up pieces, throwing them into a barter or trailer, and afresh demography them home or to a customer.
With a skid-steer and the Halverson, acid and agreeable firewood can be done with one apparatus in the abundance of the operator’s cab. “It’s one trailer, one machine” acclaimed A.J. “No assorted trips aback and alternating to a landing.”
A.J. can sit in the abundance of the Bobcat cab, which has calefaction and air conditioning, and accept to the radio while he makes firewood. He has done as abundant as three cords in an hour, although he averages about 1.5 cords per hour while processing logs that are 8-16 inches in diameter. For logs over 20 anxiety long, he about picks it up with the skid-steer and Halverson attachment, cuts it in half, and processes one stick at a time.
Initially, A.J. had -to-be barter who would drive 6-8 hours in adjustment to see the Halverson copse processor approved and to try it. “I was adorable for a way to advertise it afore bodies accomplish an advance in time like that.” He was accustomed with assorted accessories videos on the Internet accepting done his own Website searches.
He set up a YouTube approach to column videos about the equipment. He now has about 55 videos on his channel, Shaver Specialty Services & Sales Inc., demonstrating assorted equipment, including the Halverson firewood processor. The videos ambit from beneath than one minute continued to the longest at 12 minutes. A.J. makes the videos himself, capturing the video with his iPhone or a GoPro camera. Some of the videos characterize the firewood processor and added accessories working, and others are acclimated to allegorize aliment tasks. In fact, his videos are so acceptable that Halverson has acclimated some of them on its website.
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One video has about 3,000 views, and added accept topped 1,000. Additionally, he has appear some of the videos on the YouTube approach of his father’s company, and one of those videos featuring the Halverson accessories has topped 20,000 views.
The YouTube approach and videos advice A.J. bazaar the firewood processor. He has had barter in West Virginia, New Jersey, New York — alike Alaska.
A.J.’s area to represent Halverson is northeast Pennsylvania, but he still can represent Halverson to bodies who acquaintance him from added states afterwards seeing the videos and advertise them equipment. “Today I was talking to somebody from Wisconsin, and the added day accession from Michigan,” he said. “They acquisition the videos and accord me a call…I’m acceptable to advertise to them.”
A.J. works out of his home and a 3,000-square-foot garage. He keeps a Halverson firewood processor in banal at his barn to accomplish it attainable for demonstrations. Aback he makes a auction and orders a unit, it arrives in about two days. Since he now represents added companies, too, he additionally has demonstrator units of their equipment.
Besides Halverson Copse Products and AM Machinery, Shaver Specialty Services & Sales additionally is an accustomed banker for:
• Black Splitter hydraulic cone splitter accessories and grapples
• Rapco Industries carbide saw chain
• Blacks Creek Innovations firewood processing accessories and conveyors
• Prime Accessories drift beacon attachments
A.J. is in the action of developing a website; aback completed, it will be attainable at www.shaversalesinc.com.
In his chargeless time A.J. enjoys deer hunting, decidedly with a admixture bow or blaster rifle. He volunteers at Northmoreland Baptist Church in the Sportsman Ministry. The ministry’s capital affairs is CenterShot, which provides training in archery for accouchement starting in brand two and is offered to the accomplished family. It provides a acceptable time of fellowship, antagonism and a Bible study.
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