It is the best of scrounge......

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  1. justdraftn

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    it is the worst of scrounge.

    One of my honey locust died 2yrs ago. Some kind of blight, I think. So it is time. Pro tree guys....what is it going to cost to get this down? I just want it all on the ground. I will deal with it all after that. At 5' the diameter is 28". Going to keep 6'-7' of the bottom trunk in one piece. Want to mill it for usable wood.
    I will get some beautiful boxes out of the bigger limbs and of course, a lot of nice fire wood.

    I hate to see it go. I was about 6yrs old when I got to go w/my dad to get it. They were getting ready to widen the main street south of us. He dug it up from the ditch where the new road was going. This tree was just a stick. I watched my Dad plant it.
    Thanks! for any help.

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  2. Chud

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    Looks like a good excuse to use a big saw and make a bunch of firewood. That’s the biggest honey locust I’ve ever seen.
     
  3. Eric Schamell

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    I’ve seen a couple large honeys with enormous spreading canopies but yours is easily the largest DBH I’ve ever seen, by a long shot. Must be bittersweet seeing it come down, with sentimental value attached to it and all.
     
  4. jo191145

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    You’ll make some nice projects out of it besides firewood. It will live on.
     
  5. buZZsaw BRAD

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    Biggest ive ever seen. Never seen one in the "wild". Popular residential and commercial landscape tree in these parts. Yours kinda reminds me of the sugar maples around here.
    Not sure of a cost. Maybe Scotty Overkill can chime in.
    Sad that it died, but as stated will live on. Close to a couple cord in that tree.
     
  6. amateur cutter

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    Bummer it gave up, that is a big HL. Is there room to drop it or does it need to pieced down?
     
  7. justdraftn

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    No way to drop this.
    Power lines, my greenhouse, neighbors house and shed.....
    It will have to be pieced down.
     
  8. Chvymn99

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    A pretty penny... if it'll have to be piece down. I've got one probably close to that size or not a bit bigger in the back yard thats starting to show signs of dying off. Part of it hasn't leafed out in two years. Good Luck and hopefully will get to see some projects you make from it.
     
  9. amateur cutter

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    Without seeing the job in real life I'd hazard a guess at around 2K. That's just on the ground. Cleaned up & hauled off $3500.00. I know you said you're keeping the tree. There's a lot of rope work up there to get that down safely.
     
  10. stuckinthemuck

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    Can you rent a lift and work it down in pieces? Then it would be about $500 for the lift for a day. Get a good top handle saw and a bunch of replacement chains in case you dull them.
     
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    Yep rent a lift, and get a new saw and still save money! That’s probably what I would do
     
  12. Eric VW

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    Ha! If justdraftn went this way he’d have to rent it for longer than a day… he’d be looking at EVERY piece he cut dreaming of the boxes and woodcrafting possibilities he could make!
    :rofl: :lol:

    Only partially kidding justdraftn :D

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  13. Scotty Overkill

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    Excellent firewood, kinda hard to say what it'll cost to disassemble that one without seeing the entire area and also without knowing what the going rate is in your region....
     
  14. buZZsaw BRAD

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    You always look for "excuses" to buy a new saw!!! :saw: I like the way you think!:thumbs:
     
  15. justdraftn

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    First bid is in.

    $1680. Thoughts?
     
  16. justdraftn

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    I have no experience doing this.
    It could be a ...." hold my beer and watch this."
     
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    Probably about as low of a bid as you could get.
     
  18. amateur cutter

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    Yep, if they have insurance & a good reputation that's a good price.
     
  19. justdraftn

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    I watched this crew take down my neighbors big maple tree last year.
    I thought the climber was an artist at his trade. His crew set up big, thick
    mats that looked like they were made of heavy rope. He cut 3-4' sections
    and dropped them on the mats. He danced around that tree like it
    was ballet. He told me that because of all the obstacles I had they would
    have to rope everything down to control it.
     
  20. Eric VW

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    Sounds like any one of our members here that climb- thorough, accurate, conscientious, and above all courteous… get that guy signed up for your removal!
    :handshake:
     
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