Tree removal prices can really vary!

If you thought lawn mowing prices vary, you’d be shocked to see how varied bid prices are for tree removal. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from a group of business owners who all share their thoughts on how much they would charge to remove a 150′ ft pine tree on a commercial lot. Before you read further, think about what you would charge for such a job.

One lawn care business owner wrote “I laid down a 150′ pine today on a commercial property that I take care of. I charged $400 to take the tree down and dispose of it. It was a dead pine and I used the same chain from beginning to end. I cut the tree into 16 ft sections and loaded them onto the trailer with the forklift and took them to a sawmill.

150ft pine tree removal job.

150ft pine tree removal job.

After we had finished, the chain was still very sharp. Once I got the tree down, I only made 15-20 more cuts as I cut them into large sections.

I started the job at 4:30 am and finished about 8:15 am. Looking back, I don’t know what I would change about doing such a job except for maybe charge $50 or so more. It also would have been nice to have had a chipper but with the price I charged, I would have lost money. So I didn’t rent one. I thought it was a relatively easy job since it was in a commercial lot with no residential homes around. I had plenty of light in the parking lot with the lights there.

150ft pine tree removal estimate.

150ft pine tree removal estimate.

When I brought the logs to the local mill I ended up getting $150 for them, which was a nice added bonus.”

A second lawn care business owner said “prices for tree removal are very different in different areas. I can’t even give you a price for such a job because I don’t even think we have any trees 150’ tall! But I recently took down a 25’ dogwood for just under $450.

I had another job where I had two 50 foot Colorado Blue Spruce that needed to be dropped and my bill for that was $2,400.00. These trees were out in the open too. The homeowner even kept and cut-up the wood themselves so I didn’t have to haul anything away.

For the job you did, I would have charged $2,000 plus a price per load.”

A third added “four hours plus you hauled it off? You should have charged over $1,800.00! In my area I couldn’t start until at least 8am due to local noise ordinances. Bringing a tree that size down takes education in felling to do it safely. You have to be very careful. That is an awful lot of weight and you need to know what you are doing so you don’t hurt yourself or someone else.”

A fourth shared “I charge $500 just for dropping one IF it is in an open area. To cut that one up and haul it off would have been around $2,000.”

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