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Question DetailsAsked on 4/14/2013

Need a rough estimate for removing four large oak trees in Metrowest, MA

Wires are a consideration as two of the trees over hang electrical wires

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Answered 7 years ago by JP


A thought - since two of the trees overhang electric wires, you may be able to talk your local utility company into taking those out as "hazard trees" if you express a concern to them regarding their safety. They will typically cut any branches or whole trees that potentially threaten their lines, chip and dispose of the branches, and rough cut and stack the larger wood as they cut it (though you usually have to dispose of that wood, but oak should be easy to get rtid of as firewood). This is a free service, but only to the extent they deem the trees a hazard.

The price will depend a great deal on whether the trees can be felled inone or two pieces onto open ground, or have to be taken down piece by peice from top down. Branches overhanging electric lines they wil usually need a cherry-picker truck (adds to cost), so if you can get the utility company to remmove the overhanging stuff it may make the rest of the job for the remaining trees a lot cheaper.

Ballpark cost for tree removal can be $100-400/moderate sized tree to cut down (depending on size and whether they have to take from top or in one piece), and another hundred or so per tree to chip and dispose of smaller branches.

Disposal of the large diameter pieces of the tree (bigger than a few inches for oak) can add several hundred dollars more per tree if these are large diameter trees, but oak should be easy to use as your firewood, or get a firewood seller to come after the felling contractor leaves to cut it up and haul it off for free (he will make his money selling the wood).

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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