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    Big f'n tree fell in my yard...

    How's this for a non-bike question...

    There was a huge oak tree (more like two trees) in our back yard until all this rain loosened up the dirt around it and down it fell. It was about 60 ft tall and 7 ft around at the base (x2, it split and fell in two different directions). I just got a quote from the tree people--$1500 just to cut the brush and small branches and leave the logs in my back yard. I don't have $1500.

    It is the only tree in my yard that I'll have to deal with, all my other trees are small and not an issue. I took apart a smaller tree, probably about half the size, that fell in my front yard by renting a saw for a couple hours which is all I needed. It's in my neighbor's yard so I need to do something and it will take longer than an afternoon. I was thinking of buying a kickass 20" husqvarna saw for $500 (the same one I rented before), taking care of business, and selling the saw on craigslist. We don't have fire laws in this state, so a big bonfire will be in order.

    Is it doable?
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    Huh, round here if you have something like that fall down, you have guys coming round offering to take care of it if they can keep the wood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caspar_s View Post
    Huh, round here if you have something like that fall down, you have guys coming round offering to take care of it if they can keep the wood.
    Same here, especially for oak.

    Why not rent it again instead of hassling with trying to sell it later?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caspar_s View Post
    Huh, round here if you have something like that fall down, you have guys coming round offering to take care of it if they can keep the wood.
    That is in Canada. As we all know, Canada is a fictional, magical land where people add extra letters to words, drink maple syrup, and eat Tim Horton's and Kraft Dinner all the time while listening to Rush and Barenaked Ladies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bengreen79 View Post
    Same here, especially for oak.

    Why not rent it again instead of hassling with trying to sell it later?
    The saw is $50 a day, and this is a job I don't want to rush. It's still held up by branches and I'll need to take my time.

    I may ask around my neighborhood and see if anyone wants the wood for the low low cost of chopping it up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    That is in Canada. As we all know, Canada is a fictional, magical land where people add extra letters to words, drink maple syrup, and eat Tim Horton's and Kraft Dinner all the time while listening to Rush and Barenaked Ladies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    That is in Canada. As we all know, Canada is a fictional, magical land where people add extra letters to words, drink maple syrup, and eat Tim Horton's and Kraft Dinner all the time while listening to Rush and Barenaked Ladies.
    I'm the first one in my family born in the states, most of my family still lives in Canada.

    ...time to make a few phone calls...
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    Quote Originally Posted by shawmutt View Post
    I'm the first one in my family born in the states, most of my family still lives in Canada.

    ...time to make a few phone calls...
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    I would suggest that a 20" saw is not going to be nearly enough. If it is oak, let somebody have it for clearing the yard, you are talking about many cords of wood by the time it is all split down. If you insist on trying it yourself I would suggest a much beefier (longer) chain saw, and a power splitter, and a lot of time. I had an oak about that size come down, somebody came and sectioned it (this was at a rental house), then the landlord left it there in sections. I invited all of my friends over to help themselves. With 3 guys with axes, mauls and wedges, we managed to dismantle about 10' of the trunk in 2 days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noise boy View Post
    I would suggest that a 20" saw is not going to be nearly enough.
    Yeah, I was worried about that...I'll start asking around the neighborhood. Anything bigger than 20" starts getting into the big bucks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    That is in Canada. As we all know, Canada is a fictional, magical land where people add extra letters to words, drink maple syrup, and eat Tim Horton's and Kraft Dinner all the time while listening to Rush and Barenaked Ladies.
    'round 'ere, dem 911 peeps t'ke care o' busin'ss 'nd it's free
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    Offer the wood for cut-up on Freecycle. This time of year, I'd think you'll get some takers.
    It has worked for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shawmutt View Post
    The saw is $50 a day, and this is a job I don't want to rush. It's still held up by branches and I'll need to take my time.

    I may ask around my neighborhood and see if anyone wants the wood for the low low cost of chopping it up!
    A good plan. You might buy a cheaper saw to do the limbing (up to...say... 12 -15 inches in dia). A homeowner grade saw should be able to do that. Bucking something seven feet in diameter is way beyond my ability to advise.

    My adventures are documented here. In the end, the Sears saw did the job. But not as efficiently as a nicer one would have.

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    I would say get cheaper on the saw and maybe pile up the cut wood in the front yard and put up sign "fire wood for sale".
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    Your next challenge is to cut down the tree in your backyard wiiiith aaaaaa HERRING!!!
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    Contact your insurance carrier. Trees and landscaping add value to your home and may be covered under your policy, as your home is now worth less without that big old tree. See if you have to have an arborist come out and see why the tree fell, etc.

    You might be able to get enough $ to have the old tree removed and a replacement of some sort planted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Contact your insurance carrier. Trees and landscaping add value to your home and may be covered under your policy, as your home is now worth less without that big old tree. See if you have to have an arborist come out and see why the tree fell, etc.

    You might be able to get enough $ to have the old tree removed and a replacement of some sort planted.

    Just a thought.
    Down here, unless the tree landed on your (or someone else's) home, insurance won't mess with it. If it were me, I'd get a decent chainsaw, and sell any firewood that I didn't want to keep. Then sell the saw if I didn't want it anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trsidn View Post
    Down here, unless the tree landed on your (or someone else's) home, insurance won't mess with it. If it were me, I'd get a decent chainsaw, and sell any firewood that I didn't want to keep. Then sell the saw if I didn't want it anymore.
    Yep, no go with the insurance, it just landed on the property.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RubenX View Post
    I would say get cheaper on the saw and maybe pile up the cut wood in the front yard and put up sign "fire wood for sale".
    Now just where did you learn your lumberjack talents hombre?
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    find a free listing service & offer that sucker up for dismantleing it & taking it away; anybody with a portable sawmill would probably jump on it. If you weren't all the way up in Greencastle, hubby would be there in no time at all , stihl in hand, buddies with trailers & your loss would be part of my new addition!
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    Freecycle - seriously.
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    They will try to teach you a lesson if given the chance, and you will stumble over their stinking feet."

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    Quote Originally Posted by spry View Post
    Now just where did you learn your lumberjack talents hombre?
    They have a few trees in PR... where else does the Chupacabra hide?
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    If the tree is 7' in circumference, the tree is 2.2' in diameter, or about 26"...it's a stretch, but do-able with a 20" blade. You just have to hack on both sides of the log and accurately hit your previous cut. The bigger issue is rolling and splitting something that big. Talk about working on your core strength!

    -grew up in a house heated with wood. Cut enough wood to make the Lorax cringe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    They have a few trees in PR... where else does the Chupacabra hide?
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    Rain? What is this .....R A I N ??

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