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April 30, 2011

Shop Talk : Perfect Postholes and Brush Hogging

Shop Talk is a weekly column featuring locally owned and operated businesses. This week, we talk to Tom Roupp of Perfect Postholes and Brush Hogging in Bloomville.

How long have you lived in the area?

My whole life.

Tell me about your business:

We drill holes for the do-it-yourselfers and contractors. Our customers need holes dug for fencing posts, sign poles and for decks. We do entire fencing jobs for people or just drill the holes for them to do it themselves. We also do precision brush-hogging work.

Describe a typical day in your business:

The days are always different, so that is hard to answer, but it might begin by meeting with potential customers who are interested in having a fence put in. I meet with them to look over the area, take measurements, consider the soil type for that location and talk to them about different post and fencing options. With that information gathered, I will work up estimates for them after I check on material prices. From there I might meet up with Bob Coager so that both of us can work on a fence installation, or check in with him as he finishes up a brush-hogging job.

How did you get started in this line of work?

Both Bob and I started out with doing a bit of brush-hogging work, very part-time. At one point, we were working on putting in posts for a deck, and the truck-mounted post digger couldn’t access the location, so we had to work with a backhoe. The backhoe got the work done, but made a huge mess, so we started looking into a piece of equipment that would fit into space-restrictive residential or business locations. When we found this specialized piece of equipment, we started the posthole-making business.

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