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Captain Invictus
Apr 5, 2005


Clever Betty

Come the spring, I'm planning on having some trees taken down in my yard, either due to prior seasonal damage making them unstable already or them being too goddamn big and too goddamn close to the house to feel comfortable. Most are fairly irrelevant types like a sickly pine tree etc, but one in particular I'm curious about is a Sycamore. It's absolutely massive, likely over a hundred feet tall and still growing taller, and a danger to the house since it already leans a particular way but if it falls in basically any direction besides straight towards the forest it'll annihilate something, so it's gotta go anyways. When we moved here it was a mere sapling growing out of a woodpile, and now it's this colossus that towers over almost literally everything else.

My question is, are there any folks here who have sold a fully grown tree? What was the process for you? Are there lumber companies or whatever that would buy a naturally grown tree like that? Are there disqualifiers for a tree in your yard, or things they wouldn't want? I just don't really know what the process would even be for something like that. Do lumberjack companies do quotes or whatever, come by and take a look and tell you if it's worth a drat? Or should I be happy if a company even considers taking the tree away for free?

I remember my dad always used to grouse about his regret when we had a large Black Walnut tree in the yard and it died from borer beetles chewing clear through the core, and it turned out that even in the state it was in the wood was worth close to ten grand since it was still such a massive Black Walnut tree. He had had loggers just come and take it away for nothing and only learned of the worth later for a tree that size.

Just musing on whether we could maybe either reduce the cost of getting rid of these trees, or even make a little something from the endeavor. I dunno if Sycamore trees are particularly special, probably not, but this is a sizeable one. There's a second one that's also still growing and almost as big, but not quite as close to the house, though it's still a threat. We recently had one tree in the yard split in half and very luckily fall between the driveway, telephone pole, and house(but still obliterated the power line connection to the house), so I'm pretty much done with having gigantic trees right next to the house especially with recent weather making so many of the trees nearby and in the forest fall down either from ice/snow or high winds. I don't think the house would survive a direct hit so I'd rather be safe than sorry.

Captain Invictus fucked around with this message at 03:09 on Mar 6, 2021

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20 Blunts
Jan 21, 2017



I ran a residential tree service, specializing in large, urban, and often crane-assisted tree removals. I got this question sometimes, saw where it was going, and steered people away from it. There were a few occasions where we slightly underbid a job so we could have some black walnut, but underbid sure as gently caress wasn't doing free tree work, and the wood was ultimately for the owner's personal use. The economics of it all don't really benefit you the homeowner.

Have you contracted with a tree service to do the removal yet? Making sure you have a certified and insured company is paramount here, and you will likely find that paying them eats up any profit from the prospective value of the wood, and then some. You could pay a little less to have the tree service leave all the wood on your property, but then you'll have to find another guy to come in and mill it. Then you'll have to find a woodworker to buy it all. At this point you're hustling to make back tens of dollars on your tree removal project, probably nothing on sycamore wood. Also I noticed rustic men with sawmills and eccentric woodworker types suck at answering their phones, so an overwhelming amount of wood will be sitting your yard forever if there are any hiccups in this process.

Basically I would recommend just signing a contract to have it removed and all debris hauled away.

Roumba
Jun 29, 2005


Buglord

Maybe you need to work it the other way?

Try to buy a Sycamore tree or timber/lumber and see where that gets you.

Captain Invictus
Apr 5, 2005


Clever Betty

20 Blunts posted:

I ran a residential tree service, specializing in large, urban, and often crane-assisted tree removals. I got this question sometimes, saw where it was going, and steered people away from it. There were a few occasions where we slightly underbid a job so we could have some black walnut, but underbid sure as gently caress wasn't doing free tree work, and the wood was ultimately for the owner's personal use. The economics of it all don't really benefit you the homeowner.

Have you contracted with a tree service to do the removal yet? Making sure you have a certified and insured company is paramount here, and you will likely find that paying them eats up any profit from the prospective value of the wood, and then some. You could pay a little less to have the tree service leave all the wood on your property, but then you'll have to find another guy to come in and mill it. Then you'll have to find a woodworker to buy it all. At this point you're hustling to make back tens of dollars on your tree removal project, probably nothing on sycamore wood. Also I noticed rustic men with sawmills and eccentric woodworker types suck at answering their phones, so an overwhelming amount of wood will be sitting your yard forever if there are any hiccups in this process.

Basically I would recommend just signing a contract to have it removed and all debris hauled away.
Thank you! sorry, didn't see this reply. This was very informative and kinda what I figured since a tree is a hell of an undertaking to deal with so it'd have to be exceptional to be worth more than just being disposed of. I'll try calling some local lumberyards and see if they would just take the chopped down tree if a removal service left it, or at least shop around for a cheap removal price. We had one group stop by to give a quote and it'd be around 3.5 grand to get rid of 4 trees, so getting that number lowered is something I'd obviously prefer if possible.

Thanks!

Dik Hz
Feb 22, 2004

Fun with Science



Even the small-time dudes who make bespoke cabinets and whatnot don't deal with trees from yards. They're too likely to have nails or wire or other poo poo that will damage planes and other equipment.

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20 Blunts
Jan 21, 2017



Captain Invictus posted:

Thank you! sorry, didn't see this reply. This was very informative and kinda what I figured since a tree is a hell of an undertaking to deal with so it'd have to be exceptional to be worth more than just being disposed of. I'll try calling some local lumberyards and see if they would just take the chopped down tree if a removal service left it, or at least shop around for a cheap removal price. We had one group stop by to give a quote and it'd be around 3.5 grand to get rid of 4 trees, so getting that number lowered is something I'd obviously prefer if possible.

Thanks!

That's a pretty drat good price here in the upper Midwest. If all 4 are as big as the sycamore that's drat good.

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