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    Default How would you remove these Trees?

    Recently had a chance to bid on a tree removal job -- 3 smallish trees....
    but I passed on it because:

    * two of them were too risky: the were dead and/or rotten too near the house
    * one was in a confined space in a small front yard.

    Would anyone care to comment about how you would have gone about removing them?
    (and, if you like, give a ballpark estimate of what you would charge?)



    Below are the pictures.



    (note: on a couple of them the branches turned out dark and I highlighted the ends with white so they would stand out).

    TREE #1 (not sure what kind but I guessed a Silver Maple)
    * This tree was dead and rotten with fan shaped fungus type growths all over the trunk.
    * The trunk sounded pretty hollow or rotten all the way around.
    * The tree was well within reach of the house next to it.
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    TREE #2 (Silver Maple?)
    * This tree was about half dead as you can see from the leaves.
    * The tall limb next to the house is well within range to hit the picture window if the limb or tree falls that way.
    * The tree would go into the street some if felled that way.
    * It sounded like there was some solid wood on the trunk... but also some punky and/or hollow too.
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    TREE #3 (Silver Maple 95% sure)
    * This tree was living but unhealthy and maybe had some dead limbs (the ones without leaves)... but not too rotten like the other 2 trees.
    * If felled as is, this tree would fall into the neighbor's yards on each side or about halfway into the street.
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    For all 3, my solution would be to use a bucket truck (which I don't have) or an aerial lift (which I could rent) to dismantle all 3 down to a manageable stem....OR... for the 2 with some life (#2 and #3).... I suppose with a pole (chain) saw with 2 people, one could cut from the ground and the other could pull the limbs with an attached rope into a good/better position for them to fall.

    I was thinking I would charge $800 - $1000 per tree if I was going to do it.

    Any comments are MUCH appreciated.
    - Robert
    Quit city job... Now, slowly learning and doing in general direction of some kind of tree work.

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    What lift rentals are available, at what rate?

    It's as close to flying as you'll get in treework.

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    Hard saying, but looks like all three could be felled from ground or maybe high stumped. Third one set pull line in leader over pink flower bush and cut towards driveway-road corner. Just my $.02
    -Sean

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    Those look about as easy as they get. You're always going to have some obstacles but those all have tons of working room. None of those should take more than 15 minutes to put on the ground.
    -Brian

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    ^agreed.

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    Don't put stuff in the street during rush hour.

    Streets are tough. Driveways less tough. Sidewalks, least tough.

    If you're going to dump stuff in the street, consider the neighbors, neighborhood, traffic, bus route, municipal finickiness. alternate emergency access, time it will take to fully clear enough room for a fire truck to come through full speed (unlikely), and a passenger car at normal speed.




    I think bucketing down material can make it easier to process in some situations. All brush first, clean-up, then dump the wood. Takes out some of the risk. Learn about bucket use and proper harness/ lanyards. ISA has a publication available for purchase, I'd bet.

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    The tree over the pink bush looks hard to keep within the property boundaries, if felled in three parts. Hard to tell from pictures. Seems like Right-Angle retainer lines could help get them in the street accurately, if hinge wood is suspect. Takes accurate shooting.


    A mail box will sometimes slip out of the hole in the ground. Don't cave the sides/ top of the hole in, or it won't go back down properly. Can sometimes open up the drop zone.

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    open up the drop zone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skwerl2 View Post
    Those look about as easy as they get. You're always going to have some obstacles but those all have tons of working room. None of those should take more than 15 minutes to put on the ground.
    Yes, looks like a doddle (if you have a helper)
    Manly trucks for manly men.



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    Neighbors are happy to work with you if talked to in the right way. They have been wanting those trees done/down every day of the last three years - or whatever the exact time frame is.

    Between power polesaw, a tag line and ground person, and worst case a power polesaw and orchard ladder cutting smaller pieces those are eminently doable. Single cut and pull rope looks like it would be pretty tempting. Two pitchforks, two rakes, blower ready to clear the street.

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