To make the math easier, I am going to have a strip of land that is
10' wide and roughly 175' long cleared with a bobcat. The land is
pretty thick with 8-10 year old pines that are roughly 15' high.
I will have to rent a dumpster to haul away the trees. The bobcat
driver thinks it can be done in one load. Can someone ballpark the
volume? He said a load cost 285$. Those dumpsters must be a whole
lot bigger than I think. It looks to me like two will be pushing it.
Why not sell the trees to a paper or wood pulp processor if you have one in
your area? He'll arrange to have the trees taken down, hauled off and give
you some money too. I think there's even some hinky tax deduction having to
do with forest land stuff.
Can you get a burn permit? Rent a chipper? Either both of these will
reduce the volume, maybe to the point you won't need a dumpster. I
have many 4-foot pine logs nobody will take, even offered to load
their truck for free.
What he said- rent a chipper, or stage the trimmed branches and logs,
and have a tree service company come in with their chipper. Less volume
to haul, or you could even give the chips away on Freecycle or
CraigsList, as mulch or animal bedding. (a local pallet company has a
standing ad offering it by the bag.)
Other suggestion, if the pines are pretty- offer the living trees for
free, taker must remove. Or are you in a hurry to get that driveway or
No I am in no hurry. The trees are on the edge of the property that
have been walking up in the yard since I have been unable to cut them.
I like the idea about giving the pines away for the wood. I called a
couple of places and they said 8-10 year old pines are not worth the
trouble. I plan to call a few more. They may be 10-12 year old now
that I think about it. :)
A chipper would be a excellent idea too if I were healthy enough to
run it. I guess I could go to Home Depot and get a couple of day
labors. I can take advantage of America's newest renewable energy
I would be afraid to burn it as there are wooded areas behind the
strip I want cleared.
Almost all of the ideas beat the dumpster idea at 285 a pop.
Around here, hardwood would be gone it an hour. Pine would be sitting for a
few years. It can be burned, but it is a lot more trouble and has a lot more
creosote potential. The size of the tree the OP has are not something a
sawmill would be interested in either.
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