I have three pine trees about 40' tall that I want cut down. They are
about 30' from my house and 15' from some wires. What is a reasonable
estimate to have these cut down? Is removal included in the price? I
live north of Boston.
:I have three pine trees about 40' tall that I want cut down.
: about 30' from my house and 15' from some wires. What is a
: estimate to have these cut down? Is removal included in the
: live north of Boston.
Variable. Grab the yellow pages & start calling some places for
estimates. Ask them.
I had two Redwoods over 40' removed , one Plumb Tree removed, Stumps
Ground ,Another redwood trimmed and Sprinkler pipe removed ( Extra no
charge) about $1200. The trees were 8' from my house about 25' from
neighbors. One thing to check for is Insurance including Workmen's Comp.
===============I got an estimate a few weeks ago to remove a Maple tree (a good 40
foot tall with a trunk about 3 foot in diameter... Price was close to
$2,000... I passed... ! only reason I want it down is to improve my
view of the sky when using my telescope...
I think I better get on the phone and call a few more companies..
Located in Maryland...
We contracted with a tree removal company to take down our very big
maple tree that was so rotted in its trunk that it had become unsafe
to house, garage, auto, and neighbor. $900, stump grinding $200 extra.
I used to wake up in the night waiting for the crashing noises and the
branches poking into the bedroom. Fortunately they never came.
That was last October, if memory serves.
The guy who runs the company warned us that it would be late November
before he was going to get to it, because of a backlog in jobs that
required his crane for removal.
November came and went, along with several modest windstorms. I
cringed every time the wind blew, but the tree held. December brought
snow, rain, wind, sleet, ice, and more cringing.
Right after New Year's, I called to find out what had become of them.
Yes, I was still on the list (they said) but the crane had broken and
was out of state being repaired. Could they come next Monday, when the
crane would be back?
Monday came and went. No woodsmen. Tuesday or Wednesday I called. The
crane was still disabled, still in another state, and they would have
to let me know. Two weeks passed. Several modest windstorms passed.
Driving rain came and went. Ice came and went.
Last week they called. They would show up on Tuesday.
And they did, sending a man up the tree, looping a nylon sling around
various main branches, cutting the tree into about five huge
tree-sized pieces, and lifting them with the crane, right from the
cut, over the top of our three story house and then down to be chopped
up and fed into the chipper in the front yard. Quite spectacular to
watch what were essentially entire trees floating over your house,
dangling from the crane cable. These guys were good.
Then the trunk was cut off with a three or four foot Stihl, laid
gently onto the ground with the crane line, and then picked up by a
long logging truck with a giant claw on the back and dropped into the
bed of the truck. The trunk was bout three and a half feet in diameter
and about 15 feet long. (While doing this, a hydraulic hose burst on
this claw, shooting around 15 gallons of hydraulic fluid onto my
driveway, but they cleaned it up nicely with sawdust, kitty litter,
degreaser, and some water -- this in nearly freezing weather).
That very night the wind picked up, with nasty 50-60 mph gusts and
driving rain. The wind continued all the next day, blowing everything
that wasn't nailed down all over the state. Turned a truck over on the
George Washington Bridge.
But all I had was a stump. Whew.
In this part of the world, trees so near wires of either the
phone company or the electricity utility are felled free by
Tree surgeons who fell trees charge extra for "cleanup"
= removal of the debris.
I live in Winchester, Taxachusetts and last summer needed four 50 foot
box elder trees removed because they had grown to where they were
shading our back lawn enough to make it near impossible to keep the
grass looking good. One other large tree needed a couple of limbs
removed to further open up the area.
Knowing nobody in the business and never needing tree work beyond my own
abilities before, I went to the Massachusetts Arborist web site:
From their membership list I selected a guy named Derek Binding in
Winchester. He did the job for about $1200 including chipping up
everything and removing it so the place was "broom clean" when he left.
I can say that he handled himself like a true professional, showing up
when he said he would and even laying down down sheets of 3/4" plywood
so his bucket truck's tires wouldn't sink into the lawn. It was a
pleasure to watch him steer that cherry picker bucket around and remove
those trees from the top down while his two "schleppers" hauled what he
tossed down to them over to the chipper.
I had a group of trees trimmed for $800 bucks. The sales guy was
helpful and nice. The crew arrived on schedule but 5 guys rater than 6.
I didnt care and offered to help drag branches and they said yes.
The in the tree guy was careless, and nearly killed himself and
Dropped huge branches on house roof, knocked over and ruined pole
light, then dropped a branch on a 15,000 volt line in front of home.
always wondered what a high tension line would look like shorted, never
want to see it again. knocked out power for 5 miles......
left carbon tracks on street. spark display and explosion was unreal,
idiot neighbor drove around barricades and nearly drove over downed
lines, and we werent sure if they were still live....
What a nightmare. Watching professionals do the job is like watching
an artist. It's pretty amazing. I think we paid a little over 200 for three
40 foot trees. He dropped the wood and I cut it up for firewood and
A close second to this one maybe?
I never learned if that clip documents a test, a normal switch opening,
or something gone wrong, but I'd sure like someone who knows about high
voltage transmission systems to clue me in.
Amazing mine was more a orange glow followed by a LOUD explosion! BIG
FIREBALL, could feel the concussion of the explosion
Knocked out power for 5 miles, and caiused major cable tv troubles, as
their head end was right across the street.
I was told later the tree companies insurance paid out over 15 grand...
5 power company trucks and crews for repairs and switching
15 cable trucks dispatched to run emergency generators at power failed
amplifiers whos battery backups were only good for 30 minutes...
I could of easily died that day, the crew was short a guy and I had
just offered to stand in the street directing traffic. the line dropped
right where I would of been standing:(
you can hire a climber to just drop the tree. they climb up cutting off
branches as they go, once at the top they log off the remaining trunk,
it gets shorter as they work their way back down.
you can then dispose of the branches and firewood, cant burn pine in a
fireplace but it makes good camp wood for campfires
this can save big bucks, ut is a lot of work.
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