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need suggestions by 8-17-02

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by AielLandscaping, Aug 15, 2002.

  1. AielLandscaping

    AielLandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 302

    one of my customers has a basement with a window. the window is below surface level and is surrounded by cement. (man i hope i can explain this..) i guess the best way i can explain it would be picture looking inside an empty box. the box would be about 3 feet deep, 1.5 feet wide, and 3 feet long. ok so one of the sides is a window, and the other 3 sides are cement. there is not supposed to be any dirt inside this opening, but over time dirt has crept it's way in and now there is a palm tree growing up inside. the base of the palm tree is about 2 inches or more in diameter and i can not pull it out by hand. i can't get a truck back to this area, and even if i could i think i would tear up the the cement pulling with a chain. i don't have a skid, so i can't lift it straight out that way either. this opening is too tight a fit to use a saw, and the window won't open either.... i'm at a loss...:dizzy:
  2. sbvfd592

    sbvfd592 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 668

    cut it down above the (parapit) drill some holes in it get some of gemplers stump killer / makes it decay fast and just shovel it out in the spring
  3. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    Can you get a Compact tractor back there with a 3 pt hitch. If you can wrap a chain around the base of the tree and let the 3 pt yank the tree straight up. You can reposition the chain and yank it til its out.
    Thats my idea.
    Good Luck.
  4. Jimbo

    Jimbo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,093

    Do exactly what sbvfd592 said.

    Throw anything you can into those drilled holes, and it will die soon enough. Definately DO NOT under any cirumstances pull that thing with a chain!!!
    I hooked my truck to some vines that were creeping up and over the side of an old house and I darn near pulled the hole chimney down.
    You dont want to use your insurance policy do you?

  5. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    You say you can't get a chain saw in there eh? Try a Sawz-all.
  6. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    Like the others said, I would kill it using stump killer. If you are insisted on pulling it up, this might sound like a stupid idea, but would a chain and a 3 ton car jack work?

    Good luck
  7. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Posts: 4,739

    Yea, what Matt said, I think what he means is those tall jacks that used to come in cars, not the cissor jacks or a hydraulic floor jack. It's a tall thing that uses a ratchet action. Or you could use a Porta-Power, which is kinda the same idea, it has a hydraulic pump you pump with a lever and has hose that hooks upto a cylinder power head and you can put different attachments on this. I guess these jacks would probably just sink into the ground even if you had a board/brick, whatever under them. If you wanna pull it your best route is as mentioned, tractor 3 point hitch, or loader attachment, or rent/borrow a skidsteer. I don't know whats the load capacity of a snowplow but you might be able to use your plow's lift on your truck to yank that sucker out too I don't know. Of course if you pull it, you might have a problem if it's roots have entangled into the window, window-sill, basement or anything else like that? :confused:
    Good luck,
  8. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,183

    Pair of gloves and a hack saw blade!
  9. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

  10. AielLandscaping

    AielLandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 302

    thanks for the ideas guys, i did cut this down once before, but i had to have a friend hold me upside down by my ankles so i could get at it with a tiny pruning saw. every swipe i'd take with the saw, i'd get to bang my hand on cement. :realmad: i was thinking along the lines of a jack too, but all i have is a floor jack.

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