How to remove this tree

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Old 04-27-16, 04:13 PM
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How to remove this tree

I apologize if this isn't the correct sub-forum but I didn't think any of the others applied for this question.

I want to remove this tree and I wanted to know what method would be the best. It's about 25' tall. Not very thick truck - there are actually two trucks coming from the base.

Could I start at the bottom - removing the branches and working up - and then working in reverse; top down, to remove the trunk?



 
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Old 04-27-16, 04:21 PM
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Someone needs to climb up that tree and attach a braided 5/8 line near the top.
Attach the line to the tow hitch on a truck to apply tension on the line away from the house.
Notch the tree in a V on the side away from the home, then make the final cut at a downward angle on the house side.
 
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Old 04-27-16, 04:52 PM
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It can't be felled, it has to be removed in sections.

There is a sidewalk in front of the house.

If I cut all the beaches off first - starting at the bottom - would that make anything more unstable?
 
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Old 04-27-16, 06:39 PM
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I would agree..... remove the branches starting at the bottom and then work from the top down.
How do you propose to reach the top to do the cutting ?
 
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Could I start at the bottom - removing the branches and working up - and then working in reverse; top down, to remove the trunk?
This is the way a professional would do it.

Hire a professional with a bucket truck.
 
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Old 04-28-16, 06:25 AM
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The tree services I have used would have that gone in less than an hour including grinding it up and cleaning up the mess. Probably less than 30 minutes to get the tree itself down. Yes, they would "limb it" on the way up and then cut it into sections on the way down. No bucket truck needed.
 
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What tools do you have available? Do you have a chain saw and a ladder? Is the tree close enough that you can reach it with the saw while standing on the roof?
 
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Check with your town to be sure you are allowed to take it down. May seem strange, but in some locations (including mine) that is required. Get a price from a tree service as Furd mentioned, 1 hour job including the clean-up, just the stump would be left. If you want to do it yourself, safely, you could set staging around the tree as you go up. A couple of flat platforms to stand on and 3 lifts (6' each) would be high enough to handle the top. Check rental prices for the staging.

Do you have a chainsaw and a truck to haul everything away and a place to take it?

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I have access to a good extension ladder. A friend has an electric extension pole saw which can get the limbs.

Another friend has a chain saw and could help with the truck - though there are two trucks from the basez and one is very thin - enough so that the pole saw could take care of it.

I have a small pickup truck and can fit what I can in to haul it.

Thanks.
 
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Good luck with your endeavor. I can't picture using a ladder on a tree that tall.
 
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The top portion of the trunk is thin. Once I remove the limbs, I'll just cutt off 2' or so sections of the trunk at a time.
 
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Ladders do not do well against a tree and you need 2 hands to operate a chainsaw. Not a safe plan.

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While I have trimmed some trees off of an extension ladder I agree it's not a great plan. After the ladder gets past the halfway point up the tree it won't be very stable and it's not like you'd be cutting off a limb that could fall to the side. It would be difficult to cut the trunk above the ladder and not have it hit you or the ladder on the way down
 
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Do not stand on a ladder while using a chain saw. Falling limbs can hit the ladder and damage it or knock the ladder out from under you. I speak from experience on this. Falling limbs do not always fall the way you intended them to fall.

Be sure to use the proper safety equipment if climbing the tree. Remember, using a chain saw requires using two hands.
 
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The ladder won't be leaning on the tree but the house. I can reach most of the tree with the electric pole saw - which has a 10'' chain blade. Most truck from about 1/2 tree up is pretty thin. Once I get most of that off. We can use the actual chain saw to fell the thicker parts of the trunk.
 
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Remember falling limbs can still hit the bottom of the ladder! Not saying it isn't something I might do but extreme care must be used!
 
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Old 04-30-16, 05:46 AM
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The ladder won't be leaning on the tree but the house.
With this configuration your back will be towards the tree when standing on the ladder. Not a good thing.
 
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