The size of the specimen: The larger the tree and the greater its deployment, the more the climber will have to move through the tree to reach the branches to be cut. In addition, the amount of branches to be shredded and wood to be evacuated usually increases exponentially depending on the diameter of the trunk. It is one of the most important criteria with the dangerousness and the state of health. Tree Services
Location: The distance between the shredder and the tree influences the time it takes to clear branches and wood. In addition, significant differences in level slow down evacuation work. The narrow corridors will oblige the contractor to cut the massive branches so as not to damage the elements near the passage. If elements of the evacuation route must be protected from being walked on (example: freshly sown lawn), additional protection must be installed; which will increase the execution time of the work. When there are obstacles preventing the direct fall of branches (such as a swimming pool for example), additional protection must be installed. For the massive branch descent, the notion of drop point becomes important: the drop points are the place where the massive branches can be lowered without risk of damaging anything. The narrower the drop points, the greater the time required for the descent of the massive branches.
Dangerousness: If the climber considers the tree to be so dangerous that it cannot support its own weight or the weight of the branches to be retained by the tree itself during branch retention operations, l additional equipment should be used. This will generate additional costs. In this case, the use of nacelles or cranes can be considered. These costs must be borne by the client. In the case where a branch representing a danger can be guyed, it will first be necessary to carry out a pruning of sanitation. Consider the cost of guying and pruning.
Equipment used: Generally, the more equipment there is to use, the higher the costs. When pruning, workers’ personal protective equipment must be used: helmet, protective glasses, gloves, pants and boots protecting against chain saws. Then, if it is necessary to climb, the ladder, the harness, the climbing cable and related accessories should be used. If massive branches are to be attached and restrained to avoid obstacles on the ground, pulleys, felling cables, steering cables, a friction cylinder and a workaround may be necessary. When branch shredding and chip evacuation are requested, a truck with a box that can hold the shavings and a branch chipper are required. When justified, the use of a crane or a basket may be necessary. Using a crane costs between $ 200 and $ 300 an hour while a gondola costs between $ 200 and $ 250 per day.
The general health of the tree: It will take longer to prune if the tree filled with dead wood, gourmands, sick branches and fork rot can compromise the strength of the carpenter branches.
Regarding the order of importance of these factors, it is difficult to quantify them or assign a percentage of importance to them. The fact that a tree is dangerous changes the game, because if a crane is used, the branches can be brought near the evacuation site, so that the distance from the tree no longer matters .
Does the arborist charge by the hour or does he usually offer a fixed price?
Generally, the arborist offers a fixed price, but he can also charge by the hour. The hourly rate varies depending on the number of employees, their skills and the equipment used. For example, you should expect to pay around $ 175 an hour for a team of 3 people with a shredder, a truck to evacuate the wood and chips and all the equipment necessary to perform the pruning. .
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