Two elm trees died on the property line between our house and our neighbor. We decided to split the cost and have them removed before they dropped dead branches and damaged our houses or injured a person. Their trunks were 14″ and 24″ in diameter. Equipment could not get to them between the houses. They couldn’t be dropped into a yard due to lack of space. In came the heavy duty 80 ft crane to my driveway. Because of its size, I had to sign a waiver for possible damage to the concrete. Nothing happened to the concrete.
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I stood in the yard in amazement at the process while I took these pictures. One of the neighbors ventured out to say this was the most excitement in years for the cul-de-sac.
Below are two image galleries. The first shows the process of removing the top of the trees. The second shows the removal of the main trunk of the trees. Some of the images are large and best viewed full size. Embiggen them with the button to the lower right of each. Captions tell most of the story.
Gallery 1 – Top Removal
The two dead trees are in view over the roof of our house at left.
The wood chipper was positioned at the entrance of the driveway of our neighbor.
One of the climbers put on a harness and hooked himself to the cable for a ride to the top.
He was lowered into the heart of the tree. A young woman was also raised into another part of the tree.
They tied two or three cables from the crane hook to branches then descended to cut off the section.
The crane operator kept the cables taught as the chainsaws cut through. Then it was up and away.
The crane turned toward the neighbor’s driveway bringing the tree top near the ground.
It took three or four cuttings to remove the entire top of the tree.
The chipper operators prepared to guide the base of the branches into the machine.
Once the base was on the chipper, the rest of the branches were lowered onto the driveway.
This is how the climbers connected the sections before cutting farther down on the trunk.
Gallery 2 – Trunk Removal
The crane operator lowered this guy onto the trunk.
He securely attached doubled cables for the heavy load. The crane pulled the cables taught.
After a few minutes with the incredibly sharp chainsaw, the trunk was free.
It was lifted toward the driveway and placed on its side with other pieces too large for the chipper.
The smaller 12″ tree top was removed in one cut.
The base was fed to the chipper. Notice the large logs lying nearby.
The large logs were loaded into the bed of this truck to be hauled away.
The End Result
Except for a little sawdust and two stumps, there is little evidence of the incredible work done in the three hours before. The crew raked the area. They cleaned all the small sticks and twigs from the driveway and the street. When they left, there was no mess of any kind left behind. They even had drop cloths down to catch oil drops under the equipment. Good work.
A crew will return to grind out the stumps, add topsoil, and sow grass seed.