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how much do you charge to cut down trees. about

-----------------------------------------that thick?
just to cut it down not dig it up.
 

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Assuming you were showing actual size about 6" diameter.
I am fairly new to the business, so take this with a grain of salt.

I would estimate around $75.

This being said, I would have to see the location, like is it near power lines, or any other hazards.

If it is pretty much out in the open, cost would be covering my drive time, overhead (insurance, equipment, etc...) labor, and disposal.

If it is actually just to stop by and cut it down, and leave it on the ground in one piece, I'd do it for $20... but that would be way to easy! :D

Hope this helps.
 

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6" thick, on my computer screen it looks like 3.5 inches thick. Depends, if it were a maple or something like that and I were mowing the lawn and had my flatbed with me, where I could take the saw and be done with it in about 5 minutes, probably $40. If I had to go out and look at it and person wanted estimated and made it a big deal where I had to go back again, around $75 depending on how close I was to something else. Its just that I would use something like this as a lawn customer to make them glad that they have me to do these things and that It only takes me a few extra minutes to do it and be done with it. Some of you may think differently but many have posted that you will spend up to 5 minutes extra blowing off leaves this time of year out of the street for free, this takes the same amount of time except I'm getting paid double for mowing the lawn that time and your still doing the extra 5 minutes for free. That's the way I see and if you don't well thats fine.
 

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Quite a few variables to take into consideration before placing a bid. How tall is the tree? How close to house, power lines, phone lines, cable lines, fence, etc.... . Do you have easy access to the tree? What are your dump fees for your area?

To give you an idea of dump fees around here; anything 6" in diameter and larger carries a minimum charge of $120. Then you need to add your milage, travel time, insurance, taxes, labor, equipment maintenance. Am I missing anything?

My bid would be around $318.

I know a lot of you may dispute this bid thinking I'm too expensive, but I know what my operating costs are. The best you can ever do is place a bid, and wait.
 

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If you want to know how much to charge for trees, you need to do a few to figure it out accurately, since its based on an hourly concept that comes out as a single fixex total.

Last week, we removed from near the sidewalk, 3 thirty foot tall Lindens with 12" trunks - 15' spread.

Sometimes we use a chipper, this one was a trailer job.

We had them down, dissected and loaded - all 3 - in 1 hour and 10 minutes (my helper happened to time it).

Debris removal is 1 hour round trip to the free woody debris dump site.

That job was bid at $650 which covered $175 of subcontracted stump grinding.

Including estimate time, that was about 3 hours total for $460 profit - so about $155 per hour.

That's the difference between lawn mowing and tree work.

One's consistent, low paying and marries someone to a property every week, the other is inconsistent with high hourly pay and high schedule flexibility.

Both have benefits that build nice enterprises once someone picks which aspects they want to live with.
 

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mdvaden, Sounds like a nice little operation. If you get caught illegally dumping in this neck of the woods you'll end up with a $5ooo bill from the court plus a minimum of 50 hours community service and a possible 3 months in jail if you get a nasty judge. Don't know about you, but I'm not willing to go through all of that for a lousy $460.
 

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You must have confused my post with someone else.

My post mentioned free dumping, not illegal dumping.

S & P Newsprint (formerly Smurfit) of Newberg, west of Portland, takes branches, trunks and wood to generate electricity at their plant.

With most yard debris recyclers here charging $5 per cubic yard, that saves me $40 to $60 dollars for each of my 8 to 12 cubic yard loads - or a savings of $150 to $250 per week.

About $5000 saved per year.
 

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mdvaden, sorry about that misunderstanding. My fault. I wasn't taking into consideration the area in which you live where trees are considered a major resource. This area is a whole different ball game since companies don't use trees as an industrial resource, but see them as a hemorrhoid on the --- of society.
 

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I'll add this:

I had been in business for about 8 years when I found about that free woody debris dump site. When I heard, I thought "how could I be in business for 8 years without hearing this?"

It was a "landmark" job too, where I found out - one of those splitting of two paths in life.

I was passing out flyers, and was decided to pass up one house, and only one of about 80, because it was the absolute pits - trash bags and dissarray everywhere. It looked like nobody in that house would pay for anything (I knew nothing of the major attack on their family via a severe illness).

As I'm passing, a truck pulls up to the curb next to me and the house. A man gets out and asks what I'm doing. I say advertising for pruning.

He says how much for a tree in front. I say such and such. He says how about the front. I say this much. He inquires for the whole yard, and I give him a price.

He said go ahead with all of it. It was the highest paying contract in all 8 years of business. And he is the man that told me about the free dumping that has saved from $3000 to $5000 per year.

The events of 1 minute altered my income and traveling for years to come.
 

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That's awesome. Isn't it amazing how events can come together placing you at the right place at the right time. Really makes you think twice about devine intervention. Someone's looking out for you.
 
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