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35 trees removed...HELP

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by ONEBLADE, Oct 17, 2010.


    ONEBLADE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    I have a commercial customer that needs about 35 trees removed from the property. I have removed trees in the past usually priced at about 250 per tree. I'm pretty stumped:confused: on how to bid this. The tree size ranges from a base of probably 6 inches all the way to about 30 inches. They also want the stumps removed. I called my insurance company and am going to get another policy for doing this if anyone was wondering. I need a little bidding help
  2. cpel2004

    cpel2004 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,415

    Dude this is easy. I will be more than happy to help. First what type of equipment do you have, ie stump grinder( what model, capacity of truck, etc) Since you dont have alot of trees, figure tree cost individually, are you going to be responsible for damaged grounds and the sprinkler system?

    ONEBLADE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    I'm going to have to rent the stump grinder. I have 3 chainsaws one 18" and two 20". I have a flatbed trailer and a landscape trailer. a tractor with a front end loader and boxblade. and I will probably rent a wood chipper but the biggest they have is a 4"
  4. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    I would sub it out or just refer it. If you're stumped on how to bid it, my guess is you'd be even more stumped on how to actually get it done.

    P.S. - I'd make sure no local ordinances are being violated first. Someone did that sort of thing in the next town over from me...cut down a ton of trees and got fined big time.

    ONEBLADE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    the place i'm cleaning up is in and around a creek. They are having water flow issues
  6. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    Then I'd certainly check...don't wanna be violating any inland wetlands regulations. Here it's regulated 100 feet from any wetlands.
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    This is easy. Call 3 reputable licensed tree services and get estimates. Take the lowest bid to do everything and add 10%. Submit the bid. Have the service do the job, and bill the client. You made a pretty good take, the job was done right, and your time was spent out making money with something else.
  8. yardatwork

    yardatwork LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 651

    Heck...35 trees...that company could probably get a small logging company to come in and PAY THEM for the trees. If you have Amish around...they would pay to take the cut and take the trees. That would suck for you, but I don't think this company thought out all of their options!
  9. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,015

    I agree with this post, it will also keep you from buying more insurance and dealing with small rental equipment. You may want to get a quote from the tree companies of you doing all the hauling of the heavy trunks and they chip anything under 10 inches. This will help the bottom line if you have the loaders and trailers free. The biggest thing is to have someone else take on the liability of dropping the trees and majority of the labor intensive cleanup. I would do all my own stump grinding and just rent the biggest grinder I could find. I hope this helps.
  10. shooterm

    shooterm LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 463

    If there having a water problem in and around the creek that might just be the only things holding that bank together. Also any sort of work around the creek means a operation will require floating silt curtains. Alot of times customers know this and try passing the buck on a new contractor hoping it gets done. Good luck though you'll certainly have a idea how to bid this job when all said and done.

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