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Estimate for a Pine Tree Removal

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by J.R. Services, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. J.R. Services

    J.R. Services LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 259

    I've taking down a lot of trees but have never had to rent any equipment to do so. I am now looking at taking down a 25'-30' pine tree with the use of a jlg personnel lift that rents for $125 for 4hrs and $195 for 24hrs. Let me know if this pricing sounds about right. $175 - $250 for rental, $150 - $200 to fell section and load on dump trailer, $125 - $175 for brush removal. $575 - $820 so around $700.00? Thanks for the help.
  2. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,066

    If possible try to find a local climber to knock the top out and skip the bucket rental. The overall price sounds about right especially with pines they are nasty and more exspensive to dump. I think I would charge a little more if you have to haul to a dump and pay by the ton.
  3. J.R. Services

    J.R. Services LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 259

    I forgot the details. The tree is about 4'-5' from power lines on one side and 6' from the house on the other. I would be possible to direct the fall with a truck and a rope but it obviously would not be as safe as using a lift and piecing the tree. I will also not be taking the brush to the landfill, but dumping it on my brush pile.
  4. Quix

    Quix LawnSite Member
    Posts: 74

    Is this a "live" pine? If so, you are aware of all the sap you will be having to deal with?
  5. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,746

    On pine trees..........a climber will ascend and cut the limbs off as he goes up the tree leaving 8 inch stubs to climb up and safety off around. This will prevent the other limbs from catching as they fall down on the ascent upward. At the top of the tree, it comes off last and on the descent, sections are taken off. Being close to a house or power lines the cutter will need to safety rope off each limb if cut large. Jump cutting can be done on small trees without roping techniques. But I will tell you that around here, 700.00 bux for a 30' pine tree is ludicrous. Try more like 275.00!!!-brush chipped and not stumped.
    We have a sub tree service that will climb these trees all day long.........especially our 90 foot pines and the straight centers are cut into 10 foot long sections for logging out and resold for timber.. Those are the ones that warrant 700 to 900 to remove.
    I think that renting a lift is way too expensive, but if the arborists in your area are charging more than 700 bux for that small of a tree then be careful.
  6. Fine Gardens Landscaping

    Fine Gardens Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 132

    I use to work as an arborist and this sounds like a job for an arborist. Do not mess around with this thing yourself. You're most likely not insured to do tree work or be at a height of over 15 feet so if anything goes wrong you're going to eat it.
  7. cutbetterthanyou

    cutbetterthanyou LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,178

    In maryland unless you are license and insured nothing of 20 feet. Around here the DNR will fine you, and if a local tree service sees you doing it they will call you in. I guy that does lawn care just did a job, and the DNR came after it was all done and gave him a 1500 fine, and told the customer they weren't aloud to pay the lawn care guy because he wasn't legit.
  8. wild willy

    wild willy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 131

    Read up, get the tools and start climbing them yourself, no rentals,more in you pocket.
    My "buddy" at work gave me a "deal" of $900 to take a 50 foot birch, ya some deal.
    Got myself some spikes,harness,lanyards,and various ropes, took a climbing class,now I scare the s...t out of my wifesohigh up ...and the great adrenaline rush too.
    I pay a helper 100 a day..a friend burns the brush in winter (few cases of beer pays for diposal.
    \just a thought
  9. BrendonTW

    BrendonTW LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Oklahoma City
    Posts: 554

    Tree work is MUCH more profitable around here than anywhere else in this country I guess. A 30' pine which cannot just be simply fell would be $1200-1400 depending on surroundings. Easily. No exaggerating.
  10. Fine Gardens Landscaping

    Fine Gardens Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 132

    Really?! That sounds like a small job (3 hrs. tops), seems ridiculous that companies would charge and people would pay that much!

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