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Bowie Questions / Re: What would YOU do with this Bowie 800?
« Last post by Bowie Man on Wed July 19, 2017, 06:33:36 PM »
Its a 1986 Bowie 800.  You can find a current manual online here http://www.bowieindustries.com/pdf/bowie_man_800-1100.pdf
 Many parts will be the same.
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Hydro Seeding Information / Re: Marijuana use and employment issues
« Last post by Bowie Man on Wed July 19, 2017, 06:30:52 PM »
A short comment from a lawyer who specializes in employment law ....

"Supreme Court of Mass just ruled that if an employee is prescribed medical marijuana then it is discriminatory based on disability to fire or discipline them for a positive test. Not sure how many other states have taken this approach yet. As for recreational use and failing a pre-employment drug test the employer can choose not too employ you. Your right to use it recreationally, even when legal, is not a protected class or activity and thus choosing not to hire the person isn't discriminatory in any way."

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Hydro Seeding Information / Re: Marijuana use and employment issues
« Last post by landscaper1009 on Wed July 19, 2017, 02:44:00 PM »
Several good points have been brought up in the responses.  Having a good employee manual will help with many issues.  However, dealing with marijuana, consult a good local attorney to review your handbook.

In the mid 90's, when we developed an employee handbook go cover many of the topics business owners need to make crystal clear, our first one was 26 pages.  With the introduction of cell phones, blue tooth technologies and social media the last version was almost triple the number of pages.

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Bowie Questions / Re: What would YOU do with this Bowie 800?
« Last post by dawrule on Wed July 19, 2017, 02:06:46 PM »
Most parts on a Victor 800 can be sorced locally at barring and chain outlets. I just got a new V belt on Amazon for a good price. If you try and sub out all the labor for repair you might as well buy a new Finn  :o 
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Bowie Questions / Re: What would YOU do with this Bowie 800?
« Last post by Lupine on Wed July 19, 2017, 11:15:56 AM »
Unit #801086903
Engine #6170069
Can't read what this one is but the number is #431987

Anyone know if Bowie will make new Serial Number placards? This one is SHOT!
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Bowie Questions / Re: What would YOU do with this Bowie 800?
« Last post by Lupine on Wed July 19, 2017, 11:12:13 AM »
How can I find part numbers online? I'd love to have a parts diagram for this specific machine.

Just an update: I took the machine to a place that does tank refinishing for the oil and gas industry. They are going to give me an estimate by the end of the week. Bowie dealer has given me an estimate on some of the parts to get things going again. I'll keep ya updated.

Steve
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Hydro Seeding Information / Re: Marijuana use and employment issues
« Last post by Lupine on Wed July 19, 2017, 11:07:22 AM »
Colorado has medical and recreational use. In our handbook we have a paragraph that stands as "drug and alcohol use". We treat it the same as alcohol. Pot (in THC form) can stay in the body (with no "high effects") for up to a month. We tell all employees that if they are involved in an accident, they will be tested. Their Work Comp benefits may be cut in half. This does not include hospital bills, only compensation pay for after the accident. The most Comp will deduct if tested positive is 50%. This has happened to us a few years ago with an employee. I would highly suggest to add a paragraph to your handbook as well as have a weekly safety meeting about the subject (of course with all signatures). This will protect the employer as best you can without random testing.

In a prior life I was an electronics tech for alcohol testing. The technology for immediate results can be relatively accurate, ie. breathalyzer. There are several companies working on a similar testing unit that would be able to give similar results for marijuana. DUI's for alcohol are down and those for "other drugs" are up. I know of several people that have received a DUI because of marijuana in their system. They all stated they were not currently under the influence while driving and some had been several weeks since. Once the testing technology is up to par with alcohol, we will have a better system in place. Until then, cover your butt's with your handbook and safety meetings.

Just my 2 cents.
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Hydro Seeding Information / Re: Marijuana use and employment issues
« Last post by Turboguy on Wed July 19, 2017, 08:37:19 AM »
That is an interesting question and one that is hard to answer.  It does look to me like over the next 10-20 years Marijuana will become very mainstream and legal everywhere.  Once it is, not hiring someone based on a positive test for use would not be something an employer could do.  Banning use during working hours of course should not be a problem but what if someone smokes on on the way to work and then has to run equipment or a fork lift.  That is dangerous and hard to control.  It just seems like a question that is going to become a serious issue with no good answers.
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Hydro Seeding Information / Marijuana use and employment issues
« Last post by Bowie Man on Tue July 18, 2017, 09:17:12 PM »
Here is a legal question for you business owners. What do you all think?

Q: The legalization of marijuana in some states makes it confusing for our company to deal with drug testing and related issues. We aren’t sure how to amend our rules to deal with it.

A: The marijuana issue has become more complicated. Typically, employers have been able to approach marijuana the same as alcohol – test positive and you’re not hired or you’re disciplined or fired. Generally, even if marijuana is legal, an employer may refuse to hire applicants who test positive for marijuana and terminate employees who also test positive. There are nuances to this generality which can be problematic. First, a positive test result does not mean impairment; it means the employee tested positive. Because marijuana may be detected several days after use, unlike alcohol, there is a developing issue around employer conclusions that testing positive means impairment.


Also, consider state and federal laws, which prohibit discrimination based on a disability. What if in a state where medical marijuana is permitted, an employee has a valid prescription for marijuana to treat a condition which qualifies as a disability? The employer is required to consider reasonable accommodation of an employee’s disability, including the treatment plan.

While I do not believe that means the employer must permit the employee to consume marijuana during the employee’s work day, a prescription for medical marijuana needs to be evaluated seriously. In the green industry, employees drive vehicles, operate equipment, work on private property and apply regulated products. The decision may be which claim does the employer want to risk – the employment claim or the claim from a third party over an accident involving an employee who tested positive for marijuana?

The above question and answer appeared in an article in Lawn and Landscape
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Bowie Questions / Re: What would YOU do with this Bowie 800?
« Last post by Bowie Man on Mon July 17, 2017, 12:35:57 PM »
A project indeed.  If you need parts etc. you can contact me.  The numbers for rebuilding are probably inline depending on the engine and clutches condition.
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