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I wonder how many tree guys are in your parts....

I have lived here about 6 years and have had at least one tree guy come by and knock on the door asking if we want an estimate... had one come by last week...
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Old 02-04-2016, 11:00 AM   #42
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I wonder how many tree guys are in your parts....

I have lived here about 6 years and have had at least one tree guy come by and knock on the door asking if we want an estimate... had one come by last week...
For me I didn't really have a problem finding someone to cut down my trees. I picked up a couple of business cards at the local hardware store and Barber shop and talked to the owners at both places. Those are usually the best places to find out about such "specialist" in my area. Better than the phone books or local paper, etc. Made a few calls, got two "free" on site estimates and picked the one with insurance (which happen to be the cheaper estimate too)
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Old 02-04-2016, 11:37 AM   #43
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We live in an overpriced midwest metro area and have had great luck with Angies List. It took some experience to learn how to really read the list. I like A grades with at least 10-15 reviews, but not hundreds. I prefer smaller owner-operators. I read the full text of all of the reviews, not just the numerical ratings. If they have more than a few reviews I look at the histogram (distribution of A, B, C, etc ratings) and compare with their peers.

I'll get onsite quotes and interviews from at least 2 contractors (typically jobs in $1K to $5K range). Never bothered with more than 3 quotes since it's a pain to get even that many folks to show up

I've worked with great HVAC, roofers, flooring guys, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, asphalt pavers, and yes a tree guy. For some reason, we never found a painter who would show up, probably because the job was less than $1K. No worries, DW and I have been painting apartment buildings since we were in grade school.

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Old 02-04-2016, 11:58 AM   #44
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I wonder how many tree guys are in your parts....

I have lived here about 6 years and have had at least one tree guy come by and knock on the door asking if we want an estimate... had one come by last week...
Me, too, I even signed a contract with him last October. Still waiting for the tree to be trimmed, though.
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An observation:
For most folks, tree trimming or removal is a rarity, and so don't usually get to see just how much can be involved. Having lived in our campground for so many years, in a climax black oak heavily wooded forest, tree removal and trimming is very common, and the several contractors are experienced and have full crews of men who have worked there for many years.
Definitely not a one or two man job, on any tree. Experienced climbers, equipment operators, and a garage full of very expensive equipment. Backhoes, chippers, shredders, Ditch Witches, arial buckets, feller bunchers, delimbers, clambunk skidders, line skidders, grapplers and all manner of stump grinders are but a partial list of the kinds of equipment that the professional companies use. This in addition to the top of the line saws, loppers and stays etc.

In our case, when one of our very large weeping willows was downed by a storm, into the lake, it was necessary to bring in a extra large crane 95 miles from Chicago... an $800 expense, all by itself. The regular size crane could not be positioned.

Naturally, not all "tree" companies can afford this kind of overhead, but the expertise pays off in efficient operations... short time on the job, and perfect cleanup. The economies of scale and the essentially limitless work load make these companies profitable, while providing efficient performance and reasonable prices.

Based on the tornado tornado losses alone, the final cleanup at Woodhaven
will likely mean full employment for a few more years. Already, more than 10 thousand truckloads of downed trees have been brought to the giant chipper.

It's quite amazing to see a team of seven men clear an 80 foot oak tree in about an hour and a half.
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I've fallen many trees, so I know my limitations. About 20 years ago, we had 3 cottonwood trees on our property and I was able to drop one. The other 2 leaned towards the neighbor's shed so I hired a service just to drop them. They also trimmed potential dangerous limbs. About 8 years ago, I went to cut down a spruce tree. While I was limbing some of the lower branches, I finally noticed that it forked about 15' up and the branches were intertwined. That ended me removing it. The next year, a son worked with a former tree cutter. He came over with his climbing gear and limbed to the top and dropped them in 4' chunks, dropping the bottom 20' from the ground. All he wanted was $50, but we gave him $150. I figured the going rate was $300-1,000, depending on if they used a cherry picker to limb and top the tree.


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