My lot has a
considerable amount of trees in both soft and hardwood varieties of varying
calipre. Should I:
a) clear the property with a timber service in exchange
for the value of the timber.
It may sound like a great idea..."they take the trees and leave me the
cleared lot." It's semi-true, the lot is leveled of trees that the
timber company is willing to take to market. However.....you can't
build a house, auxiliary structures, flat concrete, septic tanks/fields,
etc. on the stumps left behind.
b) clear the
property with a tracked bulldozer at $85.00 per hour.
part wrong. The flat bladed bulldozer can push many smaller
diameter trees down; however the machine is geared for scraping and leveling
relatively flat ground and is either useless, or cost prohibitive in
attempting to dislodge trees of any bulk. The time spent attempting to
work the ground around a large tree to uproot the stump is still on the
c) clear the
property with a tracked front loader (bucket loader) at $85.00 per hour.
A 2 cu.yd. bucket
attached to the right horsepower can remove all types of trees. Like a
dozer, it can clear out scrub trees with a quick push. However, the
art of clearing a heavily tree'd lot is part horsepower and part leverage.
The timber service will cut the trees flush to the ground which leave quite
a chore for a front loader to dig up in the form of a stump. The
bulldozer will push trees over and hopefully the stump will "pop" out of the
ground with the weight of the tree coupled with the weight of the
equipment...however, with a dozer, you're stuck with the hopes of the stump
coming up with the tree going down. With the Front Loader, the
operator can tell the tree with a trial push;
back up and push more or use the bucket to clear the soils from around the
stump in preparation of pushing the tree down. The weight of the
healthy tree along with the action of the front loader brings the tree down,
and the stump up out of the ground. At that point, the timber group or
loader crew can chainsaw the tree into loadable sections and clear the
What's the diff?
Well the "diff" is $2200 per acre to clear and grub vs $120-$140 per tree
for raw property with old growth. This little exercise has just saved
you an unknown lump of money that you can now figure into your cost
"Cost estimate?" Yep, you either value your construction
costs or let the lender value your construction loan to comparable square
footage costs to the area...which will NOT include the above cited mistake.
At today's low rates, the lender is making HIS/HER/IT'S money on the costs
of financing fees...in your case, re-financing fees because you've now spent
your foundation money on digging up huge stumps to haul away.
me a call....770.922-4411.