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Leah Frances 03-18-2008 04:10 PM

Timmbbbberrr - Has anyone done DIY tree removal?
I would love to hear about other DIYers who have tackled tree removal.

Hints, Helpful suggestions, Horror stories?

Let's hear it before I cut down a 70 ft+ Norway spruce that died last Oct. FYI: estimates for a pro to remove it ranged from $700-$1000.

Bondo 03-18-2008 07:11 PM


70 ft+ Norway spruce

1 Question,.... What is within a 70' circle of the tree,..??

USP45 03-18-2008 07:58 PM

I did once, with my car!

Clutchcargo 03-18-2008 08:33 PM

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I started to, then a crowd of neighbors started to form; I realized then that I was in over my head and had a pro do it. If there is nothing around it then I say go for it.
For my experience, The trees were close to my house. I had ropes tied to easier but still very large branches. There were three people on the ground trying to persuade the direction of the fall but once it started to fall, it's going in the direction that it wants to fall in.

so-elitecrete 03-19-2008 04:33 AM

that post asking,,,
what's w/i 70' is good,,, easiest way's to attach a 3/4" line 36' UP the tree & tie the other end to your truck hitch,,, put tension on the line & cut it 3' off the ground in a normal notch cut,,, would suggest you use a line longer's 70' :laughing: don't ask me how i know this, i just know ! ! !

the 3' stub's left so you can pull out the stump easier,,, spruce's are fairly shallow rooted.

terri_and_jj 03-19-2008 11:49 AM

if you are in a tight spot and are really worried about hitting something, (and your not afraid of heights) you can rent a man lift and make this job a lot easier. you can probably get a good rate for a weekend. you can cut this one down, trim some other trees, clean your gutters, wash second story windows...

when you are done you can swing by my house and take my christmas lights down

Double A 03-19-2008 12:35 PM


Originally Posted by terri_and_jj (Post 109140)

when you are done you can swing by my house and take my christmas lights down

What's with that? I thought the Christmas Season began with Easter this year?

jogr 03-19-2008 01:31 PM

I'm a cheapo and try to DIY about anything and have done a few 35 ft trees close to houses but if that 70 ft tree is close to buildings, fences or anything else then I would consider the $700-1000 fees a pretty good deal.

Unless you have a wide open area then a tree that big should be delimbed and taken down in pieces as suggested. I personnaly wouldn't feel comfortable up in a manlift 65 feet in the air and a lift that big gets pretty expensive to rent. But you may be more comfy with heights than me.

Shorter trees I have directed the fall pretty easily by putting a chain up 15-20 feet high and either pulled with a 4wd truck or hand winched to another tree trunk while cutting with normal tree felling technique. Even then you have to evaluate the mass balance of the tree (and wind direction).

terri_and_jj 03-19-2008 06:08 PM

manlift is probably cheaper than you think. even a 40 footer would make a big difference

john442 03-19-2008 08:01 PM


john442 03-19-2008 08:03 PM


Originally Posted by terri_and_jj (Post 109226)
manlift is probably cheaper than you think. even a 40 footer would make a big difference

I had all my pines and a big maple tree cut down by a pro, $700 for a big maple, $200 or so each pine. I kept the wood, they were all within 20 ft of my house...

My real purpose for posting though, was to post a picture of the advertisement I saw at the bottom of your post... I thought it was perfect for a DIY forum... apparently they thought so too...

:) :)

Besides, I'm sure you have home owners insurance... that's why we have it... for when we drop a tree on our house!

I know a guy who recently removed a backsplash from his kitchen... and his cabinets all fell down!!! His insurance paid for the fine china.

Allison1888 03-19-2008 09:24 PM

tree removal
I cringe at tree removal prices, but am not brave enough to try it. One way around the high cost is to call around to a wide area to find someone hungrier for work. Also try to get to them before they get busy during the regular landscaping season. If you do it yourself, watch those power lines and the neighbor's house! Good luck!

jbfan 03-19-2008 09:28 PM

I had one hit by lighting. Later on, another storm took the top out and left me about 30' to deal with. When I cut it down, I was good in all directions, but one. Right on top of my wife's new redbud tree. After MUCH TLC, the tree survived.

joasis 03-20-2008 08:25 AM

Cutting a tree down of this size is not a DIY project. The weight alone could kill someone easily. A possible solution would be to call the state forestry service and see if they know of a sawmill in your area, then call them...someone would love to have the tree, and will be experienced in dropping it.

HandyPete 04-01-2008 05:12 PM

Pay $700 - $1000 bucks to cut a tree down? :no:

That said, I agree it's a really dangerous job to do but, a telescopic lift can do a lot to improve safety!

yep, lift, experienced chain saw operator, ropes, doing small pieces at a time, PPE and lots of planning....

- pete

BTW...Do the job during the week when the kids are at school and the neighbors at work!

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