Yesterday our next door neighbors in Collinsville had a tree taken down. Now just any tree, but a huge and massive tree which had died from the top down some time ago. The thick upper limbs had become a habitat for a bee colony during the summer months and the bark had begun falling off in a striped pattern. But it was in an awkward spot and more than one tree removal company did not want to take on the project. Bees and a location with utility wires and homes behind. Difficult.
But I have to give lots of props to the men from Gildersleeve tree company with the addition of one or two from J's Lawn and Tree Service. They came in with a crane, a bucket truck, and a haul away truck and within two hours had that tree down and the area cleaned up. The most efficient and capable work I've ever seen. The huge upper limbs were taken off one by one. Each limb was strapped and the strap attached to the crane hook. The man with the chain saw then went to work. When the limb was freed, the crane carried it over to the dump truck.
Then the body of the tree was cut at a perfect level so that when it fell, it did not hit a fence or garage or any us standing around watching. It was excellent excellent work by men who really know their craft. Here's a few pictures of this tree. click to enlarge
See him up in there? Freeing the first limb?
And so it went until all of those upper limbs were off. Then the big part.
First ropes were tied near the top and J started cutting, stopping every now and then to check the cut.
Look at the size of this sucker.
He sawed out a notch which is tree removal one oh one.
Meanwhile three other guys were holding tight to the ropeline. There was some worry the tree could very well fall on the truck which was behind it rather than toward the house and backyard.
During a lull, Ferdie got into the rope line and got petted
Lee then began his cut on the back side of the tree so that it would fall toward the fence and the men with the rope.
And down it came without hitting anything. Perfectly done. The big trunk hit the ground and the vibration was felt for some distance.
Into the truck for hauling off
And the most amazing part, they left no sign of the tree. A bit of sawdust swept up and nothing else. Beautiful job.