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Old 08-08-2009, 08:54 AM
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I am in the process of cutting down a white pine that died a few years ago. The tree is about 3-4 feet in diameter at the base but about 15 feet up it splits off into 3 seperate trunks that go out in 3 different directions.

How would you go about cutting this thing. Would you try and cut it lower to towards the base and hope that the 3 different trunks come down together and in 1 direction or would you get a ladder and takle each trunk seperatly at the 15 foot level. My sense tells me to cut each seperately but I don't like the idea of using a chainsaw on a ladder. I welcome all advice.
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I wouldn't get on the ladder for sure.

If the tree is not around anything hack away carefully.

If it is around a building, etc. hire a professional.

What are you doing with the rootball?
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Hire someone.

100 - 150 bucks. You get to drink a beer and watch. Zero chance of you getting hurt.


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Hire someone.

100 - 150 bucks. You get to drink a beer and watch. Zero chance of you getting hurt.


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Is that really all it is? I was thinking 500 dollars or more. Damn, I am putting the chainsaw down and calling someone if that all it is. I have already started a notch but I just don't trust those three trunks. ...and if they all three split off and go different directions than I will be scrambling to get out of the way.
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Thanks Al, tree guy will be here in 30 minutes. I lose my man card though.
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Is that really all it is? I was thinking 500 dollars or more. Damn, I am putting the chainsaw down and calling someone if that all it is. I have already started a notch but I just don't trust those three trunks. ...and if they all three split off and go different directions than I will be scrambling to get out of the way.
Just to top it, it shouldn't be more than $150, unless this thing is just enormous. At a minimum, get a few different prices. In a recessive economy, the pricing on such services gets very competitive.

Just have him top it, and maybe drop the trunk, then you can cut/clean/haul. That is what will keep the price down. Getting the stump ground, or having it pulled, will be another $100-ish.


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Around here the going rate is at least $500; more for larger trees or technical cutting.

I'd consider renting a man-lift and doing the three trunks individually; you don't know whether there's any rot between those trunks that could cause a world of hurt if you're below it when it breaks away. Tie off each trunk and hang a concrete block or two on the rope to give the trunk some direction for the fall.
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...just saw your last post, KJS. Let us know the rest of the story after the deed is done...and whereabouts do you live for such good prices?
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Thanks Al, tree guy will be here in 30 minutes. I lose my man card though.
What sort of price did you get, and for exactly what work?

Being smart doesn't mean you have to forfeit yer card.


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What sort of price did you get, and for exactly what work?

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He hasn't arrived yet. Should be hear any minute.

Your right, I have always just done everything myself but now I don't live the farm I don't have the right tools. We had a little John Deere 2020 with a bucket loader on the front. I could take anything down with that bucket loader. I took barns down, trees, pullled fence posts. This tree would be toast already if I had that little tractor!
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Let me know if you want me to talk to him


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$250 to take it down. He will start on it in an hour.
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$250 to take it down. He will start on it in an hour.
Is that down, as in all the way to an 8" high stump??


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Is that down, as in all the way to an 8" high stump??


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Yes down to 8-12 inches. He would shave the stump below ground for an additional 150.

It is not a real easy one because of the three offshoots and it is extremely tall. I had him give me an estimate on a walnut tree that is leaning and he quoted 150 for that. I never realized it is so cheap. My boss lives in Alexandria VA, and the rates he pays makes me cringe. He has spent over 1000 dollars for this type of work.
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The tree is down They ended up tying a rope to it and then notched it at the bottom and took the entire thing down. Made it look real easy.

Now I have to cut it up and burn it.
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Yes down to 8-12 inches. He would shave the stump below ground for an additional 150.

It is not a real easy one because of the three offshoots and it is extremely tall. I had him give me an estimate on a walnut tree that is leaning and he quoted 150 for that. I never realized it is so cheap. My boss lives in Alexandria VA, and the rates he pays makes me cringe. He has spent over 1000 dollars for this type of work.
Crap I wish i could find that type of pricing. Got an off-hand quote from 1 local service, $3200 for a live oak, 42" trunk. Earlier quote from another guy was $4500.
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I recently had 3 large oaks taken down and removed , $1500. complete, yard cleaned up and all
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$250 to take it down. He will start on it in an hour.
I paid $450 to have 3 50 ft. dead pines taken down. Cost an extra $75 to have them grind down the stumps (the $75 covered all 3). This also covered the hauling away of the trees and clean-up of the grindings.

I was amazed at how this all happened. About 6 men show up with a huge ass truck that had to be left out on the main road. A smaller truck with tractor comes down my street. 5 guys walk into my backyard.... assess the situation and one of the older gentlemen straps on metal shoe spikes and waist belt.... With a chainsaw in one hand and a cigarette hanging out of his mouth he shimmied up that tree in about 10 seconds. In less than 5 minutes that first tree was down and he was up the next tree. I had to run and grab my video camera.... I simply could not believe what I was seeing.

As the sections of trees came down the guys on the ground used chainsaws to cut the pieces into smaller sections which were then chained to the tractor and pulled out to the HUGE truck waiting on the highway. One guy worked the stumped grinder and others came behind him and raked up and bagged up all the debris.

These guys were definitely a well oiled machine..... they had the routine down and were in.... done and out in 45 minutes flat. On top of everything else.... I got valid insurance certificates faxed to me 2 days before they showed up (I called to verify policy in effect).

Honestly I was stunned by how reasonable the price was, how fast they worked, how well they cleaned up.... and quite honestly.... how entertaining they were. I got an earful of "good old boy country talk", which had me in stitches the entire time.

Anyone in the FL Panhandle that needs tree work.... I HIGHLY recommend Backridge Tree Service
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I just paid $600 for a 100' tall pine tree to be taken down. The going rate was around $1000 but this guy undercut the others a little too much, did a great job though.
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Is that really all it is? I was thinking 500 dollars or more.

Yeah, you're right $500+ to take that tree apart. But Snapper has the right idea, hire someone, drink beer, make a video of it.

AND DON'T FORGET to check your homeowner's insurance policy regarding worker's comp for anyone working on your property, or make them provide proof they have their own. You might want to call your ins agent and ask about your coverage should someone you paid get hurt while taking down a tree.
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