tree removal price?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by godzilla, Aug 5, 2006.

  1. godzilla

    godzilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    I was sitting down to a slice of pie today and started talking with the manager of the restaurant. They have 2 dead white birch trees up front of the building. He'd like a price for their removal. Everything goes. The larger of the two is about 35' tall (referenced off a nearby telephone pole). They are both over the building, parking lot, walkways, and plantings. They are multi stemmed with the larger stems being about 14" in diameter. There are 3 stems that size, the others are much smaller... all 5? of them.

    How much would you charge?
     
  2. Team-Green L&L

    Team-Green L&L LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I need some pics to give a solid suggesstion. Is there "fall" clearance? What kind of equipment are you cutting with, climbing with, and hauling with? Are the stumps being removed? With the right info I could help a little more.
     
  3. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
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    If you're not insured to do tree work, then pass on it. Takes a different policy than lawn work. Leave it for a qualified arborist.
     
  4. Olylawnboy

    Olylawnboy LawnSite Senior Member
    from Oly Wa
    Posts: 312

    I agree with what's been said so far. And a pic would really help things.
    I do a lot of tree work though I'm not a certified arborist, insured however. I would pass on this job because the trees are dead and the felling of dead trees is a whole lot trickier than live trees. Thats where a real arborist is absolutly needed. He should have the knowhow, expirence, and the rigging to take them down safely. But to answer your real question, and useing live trees as an example, I would charge a min. of 800. (without stump removel) and it could go up from there depending on a number of factors.
    Hope that helps.
     
  5. godzilla

    godzilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    Cutting tools: Poulan "Wild Thing" and a pole saw
    Climbing tools: Extension ladder and roof top.
    Hauling: pick-up truck w/ trailer.

    I figure it shouldn't take me and 1 guy more than a half day.
     
  6. Team-Green L&L

    Team-Green L&L LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Trees under 30' tall do not require an arborist, but 30'+ aren't covered by normal landscaping insurance companies.
     
  7. Team-Green L&L

    Team-Green L&L LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Rent a good saw. Poulan saws are for residential use and will double your cutting time. Saw rental: $75. Add $40.00 per load + disposal costs for hauling.
    MH are at least $40 hr. or better. Stump Cutter rental: $80.00

    The rest is overhead ie; taxes, insurance, depreciation, fuel, bar/chain oil, ect.


    Bring a file for sharpening!

    IS THERE "FALL" CLEARANCE????
     
  8. godzilla

    godzilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    Read what I wrote, it's over a concrete walkway, a bunch of plantings, a building with a chinsy gutter system, and a parking lot.
     
  9. Team-Green L&L

    Team-Green L&L LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,776

    All that is nice, but we can drop a tree with a clearance of 10 ft + diameter in any direction. That's why pics are good.

    Cutting down in pieces will require pics to help with...unless you counted the limbs and can draw a picture of the tree and property.
     
  10. Olylawnboy

    Olylawnboy LawnSite Senior Member
    from Oly Wa
    Posts: 312

    godzilla, don't take offence, remember, we have no idea what things are like. I had to look up and see what a white birch looks like. In doing so I think I could charge half of what I quoted. And heck, you get some very good firewood out of the deal. :)
     

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