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Where Can I rent an excavator with a timber Ax or brush hog

Discussion in 'General Industry Questions' started by itsgottobegreen, Aug 23, 2006.

  1. itsgottobegreen

    itsgottobegreen Well-Known Member

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    just got one of those really weird jobs handed to me.

    There is an alley way between a building and a retaining wall. Its a 10-12' drop from the top if the retaining wall to the ground. Then the alley way is 20 wide. Its about 120-135' long. Its completely filled with 25-30' tall trees that are 4-8" across.

    My only idea is an excavator with a timber ax, bursh hog, grinder or something.


    Anybody got an idea of where I could rent one of these around the DC area. Or is interested in subbing out the work. :yup I

    Also anybody got an idea of what it would cost to rent one for the day???
     
  2. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman Senior Member

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    Are you going to be working from the top of the wall down or moving up the alley way?
     
  3. DR RPM

    DR RPM Well-Known Member

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    Is there enough room to knock the trees down with an excavator and a thumb, buck them up with a chain saw and then load them out with the hoe.:bash
     
  4. itsgottobegreen

    itsgottobegreen Well-Known Member

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    Well Looking at it, I would say I could buck the trees. But there is no place to drop them. Plus the brush thats in there is horriorable. Plus a lot of trash, (its down town DC in a semi bad area) A hoe with a thumb was an idea. But there is not enought room to lift the brush out and feed into a chipper. So this is really my only option. Except put a timber ax on my skid loader and have some lift it up and into the alley. But I am not really up for doing that. The excavator is my only real idea, because its the only thing that can reach down into the alley and get everything.

    I told him to get 25 gallons of gas and light a match. But there is a fire house across the street. GRRRRRRRr At least the buildings are 100% concrete.

    I am thinking about walking away from it. But making $6000 or more is keeping me from walking. :thumbsup
     
  5. digger242j

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    Are you sure a brush hog or timber ax would be safe to use in an urban area like that, especially if you might be flinging unseen trash around the neighborhood?
     
  6. dr501

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    a fecon style is the best ana x is dangeres when the cops come a knocken cause ya hit there cars lol
     
  7. joispoi

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    Is it accessible to a bucket truck? Maybe you should hire a tree company to do some or all of the work.
     
  8. Turbo21835

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    I would say you grab the top of the tree with your thumb/bucket. Have a guy down there cut her loose, and you drag it up. I think thats going to be the fastest way.
     
  9. CM1995

    CM1995 Super Moderator

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    I second the bucket truck/tree service company idea. Do you have to grubb the stumps and roots? What do they want for the finished product?
     
  10. HeyUvaVT

    HeyUvaVT Senior Member

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    to answer your original question...it will be between 1500-2000 to rent one for the day....its almost 1000 to rent a skid steer with one so i am guestimating that price