It will be extremely difficult to work out the deal that you want. The average
tree removal company in your area does not have crews trained in harvesting
lumber. They are trained to get trees down in residential areas quickly and
safely. Commercial loggers, on the other hand, can "drop" a 40' tree with one
cut in a forest - often with a piece of equipment which grips the tree, cuts it
at the base, delimbs it and loads it on a truck.
Commercial lumber companies have no interest in trees on your property.
Imagine the cost of repairing a 8' or 16' veneer blade which gets destroyed by
a hidden nail. When the tree was 20' tall, did the previous owner correctly
remove ALL branches up to 8' high and when the tree was about 30' tall did he
remove all branches up to 16' high? This is very important for producing
knot-free veneers and lumber.
An individual may be interested in harvesting the lumber from your tree, but he
is not going to drop the tree as safely as somebody who is just motivated to
remove the tree. He may have little knowledge of bringing down a tree near a
house and he will want to bring the tree down in as many huge pieces as
possible. Who pays when he drops a large limb through your roof?
My advice? Pay to have the tree brought down professionally, have the wood cut
up into appropriate fireplace sizes and line up a buyer for the firewood. Most
tree companies would charge you extra to haul off that valuable wood, so you
will save the cost of wood removal and you will also get a few dollars from the
sale of the firewood. But it will still be an expensive.
email@example.com wrote in message
Hello, at my new house I have a fairly large oak tree about 8 feet from
the house. The trunk is about 16" in diameter, the tree is like 40'
tall. This is a dumb place to have a tree, a lightning strike would be
a problem and the roots could mess up my slab.
Since there's plenty of other trees farther out in the yard I am
thinking about removing this one. Would a tree removal service offset
the cost of the job by the value of the wood, assuming I let them keep
the wood ? I don't need the wood, certainly not the boxcar load this