Price for trimming palm trees

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Rhinox29, Dec 12, 2007.

  1. Rhinox29

    Rhinox29 LawnSite Member
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    I was asked to give a bid to trim 138 palm trees at an apartment complex. They are all around 15 to 25 ft. tall. They are spread over 10 1/2 acres. It will be done by a 2 man crew with pole saws. I have some properties with 1 or 2 palms on it. But have not done this many before. What would you guys bid on this.
  2. cpel2004

    cpel2004 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What type of pruning is it, is cleaning also to 9-3, when was the last time they were pruned, what type etc. Is it easy access, what other equipment needed. Are you hauling away? I would say 20- 35 per tree for general cleaning. At most it will take you a week depending on dumping. Figure 2 to 4 an hour. 3400 to 4200. If you have the right equip you could do it for less. As you know pruning tree is like moving you dont realize how much debris you will have until its on the floor. 1000 for labor 250 to 300 for equip use and 450 to 600 for debris removal, overhead etc needs to be added. Tree trimming margins should be in the 55 to 65 range at least the little bit that we do.
  3. Rhinox29

    Rhinox29 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    It will be general cleaning. They were pruned last about 6 months ago and I will be hauling it away. The price I have in my head is right on base with yours. I figured around $4000 - $4500. Thanks for the reply.
  4. jm3971

    jm3971 LawnSite Member
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    What would you guys average on palms that are 30 to 40 feet high & could not be accessed by ladder & pole saw . Has anyone rented or owned a bumper pull manlift & would this access 30 to 40 foot palms ?
  5. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
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    Around here the going rate for a legal insured company is 55-80 per tree. Even the illegals charge 30-40 per tree. I would like to see you try and trim a 20 palm with a pole saw. Maybe off the roof of a building :confused: You are asking for problems here.

    You have no idea where those frawns will land so you have alot of liability. I am assuming they are Mexican fan palms? Those serrated edges will get someone coming down the pole. I still have a scar from my young and dumb years.

    If you want to rent a man lift you can cut them grab them store them in the basket with you and save a lot of mess. it only changes your liability though because these things are a little trick and some in my employment have been known to bump a thing or two. A 60 ft reach man lift here runs about 1200 per week to rent.
  6. mx315

    mx315 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    I wish we could get 55-80 per tree... the going rate up here for a Sabal is $15-25. I do alot of sub work for some of the big companies and we go as low as $13 a tree for big properties, but that's for 500 plus trees. I use a 45 foot bucket truck and I can cut & clean a tree in 8-10 minutes.
  7. jm3971

    jm3971 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    Thanks for the Info Az ! I am new to the Biz ( 4- mos ) . I have an echo ppt 260 power Pruner that should take care of this job which consists of 10 Palms & your assumption is correct , Mexican Fan Palms . I did not expect to have 10 contracts with other work sprinkled in periodically in such a short time so I will be getting insured the end of this week . I work shift work for a Chemical Plant & The Company is having major cut backs & overtime has become extinct . The lawn Biz is excellent supplemental income & if for some reason the need arises can definately do this full time .
  8. cpel2004

    cpel2004 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That why I no longer do maintenance in Palm Beach County you guys prices are insane. Just make sure you stay in Palm Beach with those prices. I hate to ask if you have workmans comp so I wont
  9. General Landscaping

    General Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    I use a guy cutting for $20 each as long as they aren't too high for a ladder.
    Hackers are doing it for $15

    That work is too cheap, dirty, dangerous, & buggy for me to mess with it.
  10. Rhinox29

    Rhinox29 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    They are Sable palms and I will be using a buddies truck with a bucket lift.

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