Looking for some advice/wisdom on a bush and tree removal

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Marinucci_Landscaping, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. shooterm

    shooterm LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 457

    You guys really need to to pick up some chains I cant imagine not having them everyday. Dont buy them at Home Depot make them at a tool wholesaler.
  2. dgw

    dgw LawnSite Bronze Member
    from OH
    Posts: 1,008

    sorry to offend you

    i use chains for several things

    including holding to certain pieces of equipment to the lowboy
  3. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,542

    you didnt offend me. I also have a few heavy duty chains and use them from time to time. However it appears he doesnt have a lowboy or a skidsteer or track steer to chain down to the lowboy. He is trying to remove twenty or so bushes and I think buying a "handful" of tow chains for that purpose is a waste of money and will still have that hillbilly look to it when he removes them that way. I just think renting a skidsteer for half a day would be cheaper and would get the job done faster as well as looking more professional. JMO
  4. bradseabridge

    bradseabridge LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 720

    I cant see renting a big ass skid steer for a few little bushes. Besides how would he get it there? You need a heavy duty trailer for one of those.
  5. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,542

    They rent trailers to you know. Hey go buy a handful of tow chains for $400 and yank em out.....Skid steers do come in a lot of sizes, you dont need a "big azz" one.
  6. bradseabridge

    bradseabridge LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 720

    $400 for tow chains? wow. Just to make it cost effective to rent one, if we are saying $400 for trailer and skid steer assuming he has a truck big enough to tow it, you would have to charge $400 just to break even, no one is going to pay $400 to take out those bushes. I'm not trying to be a dick, but that just isn't going to happen.
  7. whosedog

    whosedog LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 730

    Harbor Freight 10 ft tow straps ,$10 each, buy as many as you need to reach the bushes,so you don't mess up the lawn;that's what I used, work great.
  8. OldRedFord

    OldRedFord LawnSite Member
    Posts: 91

    Mini excavator for a day.
  9. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,939

    I think the posts said $400 up to $600 PER tree... that means EACH or, $1,000for the pair. That would be $500.00 each.
  10. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,838

    Get locates and dig up the shrubs. Looks like their could be some lines in the area to me... For the trees just drop them into the road. You can notch the trunks but I still don't think it will be anywhere near going into the fence. For damage to the road sidewalk etc. I really really don't think its going to happen. Don't trim any of the branches off it will soften the blow. You can cut the back half of the tree on the fence side to lighten it up and to make sure it goes into the street. You should be able to clear the road in 5-10 mins by yourself but I'm sure you will need two people at least. Amherst those people have money on that side of town don't they??? BTW love the pancake house... LOL Don't rip those bushes out it doesn't matter what you have for equipment you chance pulling up all kinds of stuff here from phone, gas, electrical, irrigation etc...

    Edit** take a saw and cut the hedges down before trying to dig them up too...

    It would cost me about 250 in equipment to rent, dump etc here. Add labor for 16 hours at your rate. You should make out good at those prices. I know up there right now its rough for work so I wouldn't price myself out of a job.
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2010

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