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48" Box Trees (3000 lbs each)

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by doitforjohnny, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. doitforjohnny

    doitforjohnny LawnSite Member
    Posts: 70

    What installation method and price you would charge to install 2 48" box crape myrtle trees? I can get these for 750 each at wholesale price. I going to use either a backhoe or excavator to dig the holes and a crane to get it off the truck and into the holes. It's for a park so there is room to drive these machines up and close to the area to be planted.

    These trees weigh around 3000 lbs each. I am charging around 1600 per tree (1500-2000 is the price range in my area) which includes prep, stakes, ties, fertilizer tabs etc.
    I will be adding in the backhoe and operator at 350.
    and crane at 200.
    Total price would be: 3750.

    I have never installed such a large tree. The largest has been a 24" box tree.

    What steps would you guys take to put these trees in? Crane? Backhoe? Both?

    How much would you charge?

  2. CALandscapes

    CALandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 946

    I would use a traverse to install the trees and a backhoe/mini-ex to dig the holes.
  3. doitforjohnny

    doitforjohnny LawnSite Member
    Posts: 70

    Do you think a traverse would work for a 3000 lb tree?
  4. CALandscapes

    CALandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 946

    We used a traverse today to install five 4,500 lb. palm trees, so I'd say yes.

    Also, the traverse we used was one of the smaller models (we had very tight access; only 8.5').

    By the way, all five trees went in like BUTTER :clapping:
  5. doitforjohnny

    doitforjohnny LawnSite Member
    Posts: 70

    Which model?
  6. CALandscapes

    CALandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 946

    It was a Bobcat Versahandler (traverse), not sure of the model, though.

    Pretty much any reputable rental company can give you the specs (lifting capacity, etc.) of the machines they carry.
  7. FLCthes4:11-12

    FLCthes4:11-12 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 284

    I would use a skid steer and a 36" auger and widen the hole by hand. We plant 48" rootballs allday for $300 each. 2 men only takes 1-2 hours tops. Muich and staking.
  8. riverwalklandscaping

    riverwalklandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 759

    I would dig with the hoe/mini-ex so the hole is larger than the rootball. The auger might only be big enough to just fit the rootball, and the roots will have a harder time (depending on soil) to set into the regular ground around the rootball. For a tree this expensive it's important to do it right. Also only 200 for the crane? sounds low to me. A telehandler/versahandler around here rents for 300 a day plus delivery (they are too big to tow behind a 1 ton).

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