Dead Live Oak Removal

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ken50, Aug 25, 2004.

  1. ken50

    ken50 LawnSite Member
    from tx
    Messages: 142

    I need to turn in a bid for removing a dead live oak tree. The tree is about 30' high, I would guess. It is at the back of the property of an apartment complex that I do. The apartment manager told me she thought it should be about $200, I don't think so, doesn't that sound awfully cheap? Haven't bid anything like this before, so I was just wondering if I could get a little help on it...

    Thanks in advance...
  2. rockandroller

    rockandroller LawnSite Member
    Messages: 121

    Sounds real cheap to me. Probably 75- 100 just in dumping fees, unless you have a chipper/shredder..I've done a few small trees pretty cheap, but not that cheap. Without seeing it I would think it might be double her price???Good luck
  3. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,640

    around here you are lucky to get a tree removed for less than $800!
  4. Mowing Mike

    Mowing Mike LawnSite Member
    Messages: 95

    What is the diameter of the tree and can you drop the tree all in one piece or do you have to climb and rig it out? 30ft is a relatively small tree. diameter would be helpful to give you help further.

  5. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,459

    If you don't know how much to charge you probably haven't tackled a dead live oak either. Call a couple of tree companies for estimates, sub it out and make 10% with no liability. The stump will need to be ground

    Always get a certificate of insurance before they start work.

    The Almighty can't split live oak with a lightning bolt and it's useless as firewood.

  6. Olylawnboy

    Olylawnboy LawnSite Senior Member
    from Oly Wa
    Messages: 311

    What do you guys mean by a "dead live oak tree"? Just got to ask. I've never heard that term here in the Pac NW. We have some oaks here and a thirty footer isn't that big of tree. And someone just said it's not even good for firewood? And if it's dead, that's pretty hard on a saw. So all things considered, I wouldn't touch somthing like that for under $400. and I have a chipper. Oly
  7. GeeVee

    GeeVee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 421

    Live Oak is a subspecie of the Quercus Family.

    Live Oak typically don't drop all their leaves.

    The tree has a habit of branching many limbs of large caliper and being a squat full tree.

    30' could be a single ten inch caliper trunk at breast height or four six inch........

    One thing to consider. If you aren't a tree service, its not a easy segment of the market to master without taking some serious hits.

    You have any idea what a hollow tree filled with cement can do to your saw?

    Sub it.
  8. GeeVee

    GeeVee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 421

    I burn the hell out of it for firewood..............
  9. DFW Area Landscaper

    DFW Area Landscaper LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 2,116

    No way in hell would I touch a 30' tree of any kind for $200.

    That lady is dreaming.

    Live oaks are bad about having branches that have lots of bends and angles. If you're using a chipper, be ready to spend a lot of time using the chain saw on limbs. If you're planning to haul the stuff away, you'll have the trailer full in no time because those branches are angled so much. The trailer will be full with no way to get more branches in, even though there's no weight to it.

    DFW Area Landscaper
  10. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,905

    If it's anything like some of the 30' Live oaks around here, ( some of which can be 5' in main trunk diameter,give or take a foot or two..) The lady is high as a kite.. I would not touch it for a dime less than $1,000... and this is sight unseen.....Lots of work there....

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