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Precision tree removal

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Dirtman2007, Oct 1, 2008.

  1. Dirtman2007

    Dirtman2007 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,366

    Here's my project for this week. I've a pond dam that a little over 300' long that needs to have all the trees removed off the backside so we can haul in 1500 yards of dirt and make the pond dam wider.

    But here's the kick... I'm not allowed to drop trees into the woods behind or drop them into the water:nono:

    So I have about a 30' - 40' wide little area to drop trees that are 75+' tall. Stated in the contract there is a fine of $500 for a tree that goes over the stop line and causes unnecessary damage to the surrounding trees. Thanks tree huggers for making my life hard:dizzy:

    So today I removed the trees without any going over the line and costing my butt.

    But the only way to get the trees to go the way they need was to pull them toward the machine and then when they started to fall, swing them to the side.
    Then I have to cut the trees and logs out on the spot before I can transfer all the brush down to the end to load.

    Here's a video to show you


    A couple pictures


    Loading the brush out on the truck

  2. 1cooltreeguy

    1cooltreeguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 630

    Hey Chris, looking at the pics and the size of the logs I do not see 1 tree 75 + feet tall. Maybe 30 to 40 feet tall. those things are small - Just busting your *#*#*...Good job, how many trees did you remove and what did you charge? What are you doing with the debris in the dump truck and where are the logs going - looks like pulp to me? A few saw logs but not much $$ to haul to the mill??? thanks, E
  3. Dirtman2007

    Dirtman2007 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,366

    I'm cutting 3 16'6" logs out of most of the trees before I get into the top wood ( under 8") and branches which is about another 15-25' of crap/ junk wood.

    All together we should have about 2 tractor trailer loads of logs to send out to the mill.

    Rest of the debris is going to the brush landfill to be shreaded at $100 a tractor trailer load.
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2008
  4. 1cooltreeguy

    1cooltreeguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 630

    Wow, those trees are thin then....look to be about 20"- 24" logs?? $100 for a tractor trailer load for shredding is CHEAP - Dude that is cheap - we pay $$250 here - that is one of the reasons we bought a Morbark 1200 to make and process our own mulch and charge others to dump..Looks good:walking:
  5. RockSet N' Grade

    RockSet N' Grade LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,454

    I watched the utube video. you had good feel on those.......the gods were with you on that one........nice job.
  6. Dirtman2007

    Dirtman2007 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,366


    on the back side of the pond dam they are like 18"- 24" tooth picks, nice and straight which are great for cutting logs, bad for trying to drop whole in a narrow area.

    $100 a tractor trailer load (30' trailer with 5' sides) is the common price around here. there is one place that's only $80.00 a load.
  7. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,101

    That 220 has some major wide pads!
  8. Dirtman2007

    Dirtman2007 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,366

    36" swamp pads for our pond work. still not enough floatation sometimes as that machine has been in mud up to the top of the counterweight. No lie.
  9. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,544

    You could have dropped those with a saw :laugh:

    The biggest I have fell is 46 inches in diameter and 80 feet tall. Never did want to continue a career as a faller I only fall trees for my own use.
  10. CAT powered

    CAT powered LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,185

    That's a heck of a tree, GR. What'd you take it down with? MS660?

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