Need help with first bush removal

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by pattytastik, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. pattytastik

    pattytastik LawnSite Senior Member
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    I primarily stick to mowing lawns and hedging and mulching and some other small jobs. I got my first request for a large pyramid Holly bush to be removed. I really have never done any bush removals bigger than a few feet tall. This bush is huge, Probably about 15 feet tall. I have no chain saw. Any idea how to price this kind of a job (should it be just basic per hour charging plus dump fees?), and what kind of chainsaw and what size I should get as well as what other tools I will need.

    Thanks a lot guys!
  2. JayRent

    JayRent LawnSite Member
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    Bro, you're going to save yourself a ton of time with a chainsaw. I went a little bigger when I purchased mine. I purchased the Stihl 290 ($300). I want to say the Stihl 250 is like $180-200 bucks.

    First time I had a bush like this, I went out purchased the chainsaw and bid the job high enough to cover the cost of the saw. Obviously, I made sure I secured the bid before I made the purchase.

    By yourself I bet you'll be done in 90 minutes if you hustle.
  3. pattytastik

    pattytastik LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yeah that sounds good, that price isn't too bad, I was expecting one to cost around 400. How did you haul away all the lumber? Does a 10 foot bush need chipper?
  4. Lawnut101

    Lawnut101 LawnSite Silver Member
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    That's gonna be hard without a chain saw. Can you take pics and post them? I would probably figure a little under $100 if I can pull the stump out with my truck or skid steer. That price would be to haul everything away too. Without pics it is hard for me to say for sure though.
  5. pattytastik

    pattytastik LawnSite Senior Member
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    You think a 10-15 foot bush could come out with a truck? This bush is huge, I really don't think a pickup could do it.
  6. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Depends on the truck. Mine, no problem. Yours, id have no idea. Careful of water lines if they have irrigation.

    Picture if bush?
  7. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
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    If you don't have an excavator and you need to remove the rot ball, I'd pass on it or sub to someone that has the equipment. If you only need to cut it down to ground level a chain saw would be nice but a reciprocating saw (if you already own one) will also work. Don't you have a recyling center near by that you can get rid of the waste for free?
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  8. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
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    Is that because it has 500hp? It won't do any good if all it will do is tear up the grass when you hit the gas. :)

    You definitely have a better chance though with your truck versus the wittle Dakota.
  9. masonenterprises

    masonenterprises LawnSite Member
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    Was gonna say the same. If you don't own a mini excavator than you could probably rent one between $240 and $290 a day. Plus you can have it for 8 hours so if you have any other jobs to do, or something around your own yard to accomplish it comes in handy.
  10. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra LawnSite Bronze Member
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    No it's because I have a 3/4 ton and he has what would amount to less than a half ton. At almost 8,000 pounds, I wouldnt take my truck into an area where it would tear up a lawn. I figured that was a given.

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