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How much does it cost to remove a pine tree?
The cost to remove a pine tree varies greatly depending on the type of pine tree, its height and the location on your property.
The average cost of pine tree removal is $1,377. On the low end you might pay as little as $250, but if you have a monster 100ft pine tree it could cost closer to $5,000.
Let’s have a look at what adds to the cost of pine tree removal and where you might be able to save some money.
Average cost of pine tree removal?
There are 3 main types of pine trees the Radiata pine, the Norfolk Island pine and the conifer or cypress pine. Below are the national averages for their removal.
Average removal cost $1,723
Removal inc. stump $2,000
This is probably the most difficult of the 3 trees to remove. The reason is the size of the trunk and the shape of the branches. This always ads to cost. They are a beautiful tree though and are a perfect complement to Spanish style homes.
Average removal cost $1990
Removal inc. stump $2300
These are actually pretty easy to work on as they always have a straight trunk, and their branches are always quite small. The problem is there are a lot of branches, so it is time consuming.
Average removal cost $420
Removal inc. stump $520
This is probably the most common. Conifers are very popular as fast growing screening plants and when they get too large, home owners generally get them removed and start again. This species also include what is commonly called the pencil pine.
Pine tree removal cost by size
A small pine tree under 15 ft. would cost between $150 and $350. This would also include stump removal. These are trees that are the height of a single story house or less.
This would be a pine tree 20 – 30ft high and would cost an average of $750. At this stage of the trees growth it would still be considered juvenile and not yet fully developed.
This would be a fully developed tree up to 50ft high. The biggest Radiata pines and conifers would top out at this high, but would continue to grow in girth and spread. You would pay from $1000 to $2700 depending on the type of pine, its location on your property and its branch spread.
This size tree would mostly include Norfolk Island pines that would range in height from 50 – 100 ft. high. These are true monsters and would cost $3000 + to remove.
What adds to the cost of pine tree removal?
There are three things that add to the cost of any tree removal including pine trees, they are:
Location of the tree
The location of your pine tree on your property can add a significant amount to the cost of removal. Take for example a large Norfolk Island pine that is in the front yard of a property as opposed to the rear of the property, with poor access.
Because it is so difficult to get equipment up close to the Pine tree in the rear of your property, it will take a lot more manual labour to get it down on the ground and out the front to haul away.
Trees at the front of properties can be removed using an elevated work platforms (EWP) and or the assistance of a crane. This heavy equipment speeds up the process of pine tree removal dramatically and also reduces costs for the customer.
Pro tip: if you can allow rear access to the tree service professional by removing a section of fence and lowering them in through either a neighbour’s yard or a rear Street it will dramatically reduce the cost of removing your Pine tree.
Height of the tree
The height of the tree is an obvious one and the more tree there is to remove, the more it is going to cost you. Please see above for prices for removing small, medium and large pine trees from your property.
Number of branches and spread
This is not so much a factor on conifers and Norfolk Island pine trees. They generally have a standard number of branches and spread of the tree, but you can definitely affect the cost of removing a Radiata pine.
Radiata pines can grow very large branches and have a substantial spread on them.
Depending on the obstacles around the trees such as power lines, fences, sheds or homes this would add to the cost of removal.
The size of a tree trunk is generally in direct proportion to the height of the tree. As the tree grows, the trunk will grow thicker to support its size. The taller the tree, the bigger the trunk, the more it will cost to remove.
If you going to be removing the stump of your Pine tree as well, it’s going to cost a little bit more money. I suggest you get it all done at the same time as it will cost less as a combined package, rather than getting someone in later on just to remove the stump.
Can I get a pine tree removed free?
There are a couple of techniques which could allow you to have your Pine tree removed for free.
I must warn you though it is rare, but under the right circumstances it can happen.
Lumber company – if you have a large number of pine trees on your property that are easily assessable and easily felled (small farm or large block of land) you could ring around several to lumber companies and see if they’ll remove the Pine tree’s free, in exchange for the timber.
In some cases it is worth their while and they will come to the party. I doubt you would get them in for a single tree on a residential property. It is just not worth the time for the amount of timber they would get out of the tree.
Free suburban tree removal for timber exchange – I have seen ads in the past on Gumtree and eBay promoting free firewood for anyone willing to remove the tree themselves.
To be honest I’m not sure how successful those bids were. Firewood can be expensive, but so can tree removal. I just don’t think it is going it happen unless you live in a small rural community and you know someone who is looking for firewood.
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DIY pine tree removal to save money
Many people do attempt to remove pine trees themselves to save money. It’s certainly not a bad idea if you have experience with a chainsaw and the trees are not too large.
I would only suggest you attempt this on Conifers and not to attempt to remove a Norfolk Island pine or Radiata pines. It takes a lot more skill and experience to remove these trees. As conifers are made up of several vertical trunks, it won’t be too difficult.
In the case of DIY Conifer removal, I do not suggest you attempt removing anything larger than 15 – 20 feet high. Too much can go wrong and the bigger the tree the harder they do fall.
Cost of chainsaw hire
Unless you have your own chainsaw, it will cost you about $70 for a half day hire of a chainsaw or around $120 for a full day.
If you are not going to keep the timber yourself you should be able to sell it on eBay or craigslist at a profit to recoup the money for the chainsaw hire.
DIY Pine tree removal is most economical when you are removing several trees. It is probably not worth your time and effort to remove a single small tree. By the time you hire the chainsaw and do all the work yourself, you’re really not going save that much money.
Specialized pine tree removal services
Tree services do not generally specialize in one tree species or another. I have seen some companies that do advertise for palm tree work only, but in most cases a qualified arborist or tree service in your local area will service all types of trees.
You will not need to seek out a pine tree removal specialist, but just your average run-of-the-mill tree services or arborist.
This is actually a good thing because the more highly specialized any profession, the more it will cost. This way you have a lot more choice which means in the end you will pay less.
How many estimates should I get?
You should never let any tradesman talk you into accepting their offer or price before you’ve had a chance to see what the rest of the market is offering.
You find there are a lot of really nice chaps going around in the tree service industry and the more quotes you get, the better chance you have of getting a better price and a high quality of service.
That being said generally once you’ve had three or four quotes you should have got a decent price between them. I wouldn’t waste too much time trying to get 10 or 15 estimates, as it rarely result in saving and huge amount of money.
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Cheap pine tree removal
Cheap pine tree removal is no myth, there are a lot of things you can do traduce the price of removing your Pine tree. One of the biggest ones is to get your tree removed in the off-season.
Hire in the colder months
Most tree services are extremely busy during spring and summer, yet the work load will drop off in the winter and autumn months. You are the best waiting until the colder months to have your Pine tree removed as it can save you easily between 20 and 30%.
Get quotes from cheap companies
The first 3 companies you come across on Yelp or Google are not always the best ones to go with. It is no accident you found them first!
They spend a lot of money each month to be in those top positions so you see them first. They also have to recoup the large amounts of money they spend on marketing. That means you will pay more.
Don’t be afraid to check out companies on page 2. They will be just as qualified and skilled, but at a fraction of the cost.
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