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Old April 9th, 2014, 08:20 AM   #1
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Default Questions about hiring professionals to cut down trees.

I want to get rid of about 20 trees in my back yard. I can handle about 15 of them, because they can be downed without hitting structures. The other 5 are near my barn, and are actually leaning towards my barn. I think I will have to pay to have these removed.

These trees are massive, and will generate a ton of wood. Two large maple trees, and the rest are elm.


What should I look for in a professional company besides insurance? Do the professionals take the wood when they cut down trees? If not, are there places that would purchase this wood? Any contact information in oakland county?

My main concern is getting rid of all of the wood. I do not know if it is easy to do, or not. Before when I've cut down a tree here or there, I've found it easy to give it away to friends, but I can't even guess at how many cords I'll be left with.

The trees are all bunched together, so they are tall and narrow, and almost perfectly straight.
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Old April 9th, 2014, 08:23 AM   #2
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When our neighbor had a huge tree taken down by Asplundh, they just chopped it up and put it through a chipper. Took about an hour total, and the area was clean when they finished.
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I had 5 trees cut down and they took all the wood. They also wrecked my yard moving truck in and out on the grass.

My guess would be just make sure of three thing when hiring them.

1. licensed and insured
2. can they get to the trees and top them properly with out ruining you property
3. is haul away, clean up and stump grinding included

As for selling the wood you always try to do it on your own.

or Kickstand can take it
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The bids we be based on the labor costs and access via bucket or climbing. If you take the wood it is cheaper. The other issues are the stumps. If you want the stumps removed, there are two different prices. First is to remove the stumps and haul out the chipped material. Second is to have the stumps just ground and leave the mess. Most every time that you see an ad for free stump removal, it means that they grind it and leave the mess.

The best advice I can give though is to get several quotes.
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I had 5 trees cut down and they took all the wood. They also wrecked my yard moving truck in and out on the grass.

My guess would be just make sure of three thing when hiring them.

1. licensed and insured
2. can they get to the trees and top them properly with out ruining you property
3. is haul away, clean up and stump grinding included

As for selling the wood you always try to do it on your own.

or Kickstand can take it
I bet kickstand would love to take Kelly's wood
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Old April 9th, 2014, 08:42 AM   #7
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What do you think the diameter is on most of the trees? I have a friend that may be interested in the timber.
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yard trees aren't worth much, what you would consider a large tree is small compared to what a mill is going to use to cut lumber.

unless it is a valuable species like black walnut and very large and straight cut them down and chop them up into fire wood has been what we found.

If you are getting bids I would like to give you a estimate.


make sure what ever company does the work is insured both for liability and workman's comp and that there employees are actually on the payroll and not just 1099 people off the street that get paid cash
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yard trees aren't worth much, what you would consider a large tree is small compared to what a mill is going to use to cut lumber.

unless it is a valuable species like black walnut and very large and straight cut them down and chop them up into fire wood has been what we found.

If you are getting bids I would like to give you a estimate.


make sure what ever company does the work is insured both for liability and workman's comp and that there employees are actually on the payroll and not just 1099 people off the street that get paid cash
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id like to give an estimate as well...
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I have one tree that needs to come down and 2 with big branches over my house that need to come down, all with a high risk of property damage. Pretty sure it needs to be one of those guys that climbs way up and ropes down sections.
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I have a truck, some rope, and a chain saw. I can do it... I work pretty cheap to! :D
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I have a bunch of twigs and sticks that fell over the winter, please PM me an estimate to remove those without damaging my yard and feel free to clean up the dog poop while you are at it
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