Tree removal pricing?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by jocko1104, Apr 29, 2003.

  1. jocko1104

    jocko1104 LawnSite Member
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    Ok I did the search and didnt find what I was looking for.

    A customer of mine wants a 40' or so tree removed from the front of her house. It doesnt seem like a big deal, cut it sown with chainsaw, run stumpgrinder, disposal, done. I have never done this before so i dont want to make any REALLY bad mistakes. Am I missing anything?

    How much would be a reasonable charge?
  2. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    If you're not licensed or insured for tree removal, I wouldn't touch it with, well, a 40 foot tree. The penalty for error is pretty darn high and if you're not insured for it you'd be right out of business. Maybe you could sub the actual tree falling out to a tree guy and handle the stump grinding and cleanup yourself. I don't have much of an idea on the price.
  3. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
    Messages: 776

    What is around it on all sides?

    Where is the weight of the tree going?

    If you have any obstacles around you, which are within 50 feet of the trunk of the tree... and the weight is going out that way, or you are unsure of where the weight is going... don't touch it.
  4. GraZZmaZter

    GraZZmaZter LawnSite Senior Member
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    no obsticles....1 saw ........ 325.00

    " " ....2 saws ...... 300.00

    " "....3 saws ...... 275.00

    if you have a chipper, and a dumper. if not you may want to charge more.
  5. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
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    Can you please explain what you mean by that?
  6. GraZZmaZter

    GraZZmaZter LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 740

    No obsticles = tree falls any direction nothing will get hit.

    1 saw = 1 man running a chain saw cutting this tree down

    2 saws = 2 men " " " "

    and so on...

    If you dont have a chipper, than its gonna be more time for you to haul all that garbage away.

    And a dump truck always speeds things up.

    Clear enough now?
  7. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
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    Jocko - If you've never cut down a tree before, a customer's property is no place to learn IMO.
  8. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
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    40' is maximum for me, myself. I contract larger, but I have a man that climbs for me. (much larger too - see the trunk cross-cut piece on the home page of - that's from a 40" diameter Maple trunk - that was a 10 hour day for 4 men. It was 2/3 over a house with skylights and it was planted in the back yard.)

    I learned how to accomplish a 40' tree by experience, starting with a 10' tree, then 12, then 15, and so on.

    If you don't hinge it right, or if it has an undetectable lean, or if the wind blows at the wrong time, removal could have undesireable results if something was close enough for damage.

    Also, have you taken a class? Or, there are printed materials - even the Husqvarna chainsaw manuals have diagrams showing how to make felling cuts. And there are videos.

    Also, about 80% of my 40' trees get climbed and brought down in sections.

    Don't know your state laws, But in Oregon, a license with the Construction board or the Landscape board is needed to remove a tree with a trunk diameter larger than 4".

    Actually, there is nothing wrong with ground level companies contracting tree work, as long as its done right. A lot of guys hire a climbing company owner - arborist guy - to come in and get it to the ground - paying just for the climbing. They make money on the removal part.

    Typically, a 40' tree, with only a few things around, takes about 1/2 to 1 hour to get on the ground. That should be worth about $100 to an arborist that is competent, but starting in business and seeking that kind of supplementary work. Just make sure they have a bond and insurance, and do a brief written agreement for the sub-contract.
  9. landscaper3

    landscaper3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,354

    Sub it out to a tree company add 20% for profit and you can make money that day elswhere!
  10. bastalker

    bastalker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 965

    If you have never done this before, I would have to agree with the majority here. Sub it out to a company, and tack on a few dollars. They have the equipment, knowledge, insurance, and license. Tack on a couple of bucks for your time, and go make money elsewhere.

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