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How much should it cost to cut this tree down?

dealnewb 2,084 786 June 2, 2016 at 09:29 AM
I am getting quotes from a few places with a very large price difference.

These are the prices, which I feel are way too much.

1. $280 to cut the tree down. $70 to grind the stump and roots.
2. $500 to only cut the tree.
3. $680 to only cut the tree.
4. $750 to cut the tree and grind the stump.

Are these normal rates for such a small tree? I live in NYC.

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High cost probably because of the power lines. Have you tried contacting the power and or phone company to see if they will cut it down? Let them know the tree is leaning, and may damage their lines if it comes down. I've known people to do this, and get tree removed for free. You would still probably have to pay for stump removal, yet that is much less.
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High cost probably because of the power lines. Have you tried contacting the power and or phone company to see if they will cut it down? Let them know the tree is leaning, and may damage their lines if it comes down. I've known people to do this, and get tree removed for free. You would still probably have to pay for stump removal, yet that is much less.
thanks! Con-ed is having someone come and inspect the tree.

My cable company was out here recently for a repair and didn't mention the tree. Should I just call them and say the same thing to them?

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Do I just call Con-ed and tell them I have a tree in my backyard that is leaning and can fall on the power lines. I'm afraid it will fall on the lines and want to know what you can do to help?

My cable company was out here recently for a repair and didn't mention the tree. Should I just call them and say the same thing to them?

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Absolutely! You have nothing to lose. They have crews that go around and all they do is tree work, completely separate from the crews who work on the lines.
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Absolutely! You have nothing to lose. They have crews that go around and all they do is tree work, completely separate from the crews who work on the lines.
thanks! Con-ed is having someone come and inspect the tree.
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thanks! Con-ed is having someone come and inspect the tree.
You're welcome. That's great news! I'm sure they will agree with you, and take down the tree. If you happen to be there when the inspector shows, you can let him know that you had already contacted a tree removal company, and that they told you it was too dangerous with the power lines, and suggested you call Con Ed. Wink
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hade bigger tree ...went on Craigs list had a Aroborest grad ( Davis Ca. ) fell for 100bucks and then I used a elec chainsaw cut and went to dumps in one load...cheap
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because of the location you could leave the stump alone. depending if you want to put a planter or something along the building.
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because of the location you could leave the stump alone. depending if you want to put a planter or something along the building.
We want plant berries and other things along the wall.

If the company that told us $75 to grind down the stump and roots would come only for that, I think its a fair price.

Still waiting for Con ed to have someone come out and look at the tree.
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We want plant berries and other things along the wall.

If the company that told us $75 to grind down the stump and roots would come only for that, I think its a fair price.

Still waiting for Con ed to have someone come out and look at the tree.
check your local HD, i believe you can rent a small one for like 45$/half day. hopefully you have a car with a hitch.
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We want plant berries and other things along the wall.

If the company that told us $75 to grind down the stump and roots would come only for that, I think its a fair price.

Still waiting for Con ed to have someone come out and look at the tree.
your local HD may rent stump grinders form 45$/half day. if you have a hitch on your car that might be an option.
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check your local HD, i believe you can rent a small one for like 45$/half day. hopefully you have a car with a hitch.
I don't have one and I wouldn't feel comfortable using one. For an additional $25 that makes it sound so much better now to pay the company to grind the area.
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I would say #1 pretty good. Hauling it away?
$70 the same around here for stump
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estimate #1 is definitely a fair price. $75 for stump grinding is very reasonable, since renting a grinder and doing it yourself wouldnt save you any meaningful dollars. I would just make sure the person removing the tree has experience around bringing the tree down without crashing those lines. and yes, do ask about who's responsibility it will be to haul that tree away.

you might also want to check with neighbors in case they have tree work as well, might be able to get a better price if the guy was coming to take down several trees in the neighborhood.
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Absolutely! You have nothing to lose. They have crews that go around and all they do is tree work, completely separate from the crews who work on the lines.
Con-ed never came out. I contacted them phone and was told they are back logged. Reached out on facebook and was told no one came out because my power lines are underground.

TWC says they will not do anything. If the cables break from the tree they will send someone to fix the cable line only.
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