Tree Surgery…And Parity Between Canberra Tradies

tylersmayhem 18 November 2008 37

As a new home owner, I’m going through the quite expected challenging experience of having to maintain my property, and all the in’s and out’s that come with it.

After only being there for around 3 months, various pieces of work have been completed from plumbing, electrics, roof mainentance…and most recently tree surgery. I’m still trying to get me head around the way quotes work, and how they can vary so much depending on the trade.

I had a quote done recently for a tree surgeon to tidy up the big gum tree in my yard, which would require one dude with his equipment for about 3 hours work. Even after agreeing to pay cash, and that the off cuts can be left on the property, the quote was around $400. Now I am all for equality between tradies and suits, but even within trades there seems to be gaps. For example the recent work I had done by a sparky took 3 hours for 2 guys plus a bag full of parts for around this same price. While there is insurance, downtime, travel expenses and more that can be taken in to account – whats the deal? I’m interested in some real life experiences from both sides of the fence here.

A recommendation for a variety of tree surgeons would be brilliant too.


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37 Responses to Tree Surgery…And Parity Between Canberra Tradies
fabforty fabforty 5:02 pm 03 Dec 11

Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I am now in the position where I may need to have a tree next to my house removed.

Can anyone recommend a good tree removalist ?

Granny Granny 11:06 am 21 Nov 08

Well, good steak is expensive!

; )

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 11:04 am 21 Nov 08

No idea, we’ve never filled it in wrong.
Mostly by walking in and asking the most senior person at Canberra Connect “How do I fill in this form so we can cut the dangerous bits off the tree? Its so big and the branches so heavy that if one was to fall off while we were having a barbeque, it would instantly crush either me, my cousin, or one of my ankle-biter nephews. While whoever was hit wouldn’t have time to realise it had happened, after watching something happen I probably wouldn’t be able to finish my steak.”

Granny Granny 10:36 am 21 Nov 08

That would kind of scare me. Is there no mercy for boxes ticked in error?

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 10:31 am 21 Nov 08

damn /i tag.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 10:31 am 21 Nov 08

You can get wide and varied quotes, but from some people you’ll get ridiculous quotes on things simply because large gum trees are two man jobs, and some are listed as registered & regulated through Environment ACT.

We have a tree of registered status (we didn’t choose to register it, apparently someone at TAMS registered it for us, because its huge, and the view of the nesting galahs in our tree from the street meant it should be on there), and explicitly can’t be cut down or pruned to an extent which causes harm unless it becomes a risk to safety or life, and any major pruning work we get done on them has to be through one of TAMS’ approved people, and any major work done is compliant with the Tree Protection Act (2005) and Regulations, meaning we now have to pay for a TAMS consultant to come out and supervise.

None of which is cheap, but its cheaper (and faster) to do the applications and other shit ourselves than have the tradie make the application.

On the upside, now that its full of bees, the gardens do fine, and when we get bits cut off it we have a neverending supply of firewoord.
Downside is if we tick the wrong box or fill in the form wrong, applying for (and performing) the wrong kind of tree-damaging activity on a registered tree carries penalties in the thousands of dollars, and can involve a Magistrates Court appearance if its seen as a ‘serious offence’.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 9:55 am 21 Nov 08

Yes Skid, I have. That was kind of the topic of the post. In terms of value for money, 3 hours is 3 hours. But for better understanding, it’s involves a dude putting on some climbing kit and climbing up a fairly tall gum tree and cutting off some dead branches – and not too many of them at that. They will not have to pay for removal and tipping of the wood, as I will keep it for winter time.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 9:14 am 21 Nov 08

So you’ve proven that tradies have a range of quotes.

In terms of value for money, are you going to mention what the job was?

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 8:49 am 21 Nov 08

While I realise this thread is long gone, for future reference I thought I’d note some of my results after having 4 quotes done. Keep in mind that the quotes are for exactly the same work, which all contractors expect to take up to 3 hours.

Quote 1. $400
Quote 2. $600
Quote 3. $460
Quote 4. $700

The best quote was the first I had done. Adam from EcoTrees (0427887692) was the provider of this quote, and the guy we’ll be having in to do the work when we can eventually save up the spare money to have the work done.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 3:43 pm 19 Nov 08

Thanks Ponkygirl – I’ll add them to my quote list.

Granny – let me know if nothing turns up.

Ponkygirl Ponkygirl 3:14 pm 19 Nov 08

Skyline are excellent – we’ve used them for a heap of jobs, including a really big one, and they were efficient and tidy. Probably not the cheapest though.

Granny Granny 2:27 pm 19 Nov 08

Thanks, Tyler! It hasn’t come in as yet – I’ll keep checking but!

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 2:19 pm 19 Nov 08

In your mailbox Granny! I’m sure it will come in handy.

Granny Granny 1:10 pm 19 Nov 08

… or maybe it has a capital G. Try both!

Granny Granny 1:09 pm 19 Nov 08

Well, I do have a gmail which I pretty much never check, but I would check it for you Tyler.

: )

That would be terrifical, thanks!!

You know you could probably turn that into a report that you could sell … for money even!


tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 1:04 pm 19 Nov 08

I’m happy to get it to you through JB, if that’s something he is happy to do. I’m sure he’d maybe enjoy the potential benefits as well 😛

Granny Granny 11:55 am 19 Nov 08

Tylers, I would pretty much kill for your tradies list.

: )

toriness toriness 10:48 am 19 Nov 08

ari … removal of dead tree and a new fence thrown in for $1500 = cheap!!!

dealing with tradies is nearly always complete agony – from rip-off quotes, to not turning up on time, to shoddy work….i keep telling my single friends to get some tradie bfs and gfs to form a trade pool 😉

la mente torbida la mente torbida 10:41 am 19 Nov 08

Had a similar issue, ACTEW issued me with a removal order for a vine that had climbed a power pole (along with a list of approved contractors).

Quotes ran around the $800 mark. Fortunately, I had a mate that worked as a linesman for ACTEW…total cost was 2 bottles of JD.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 9:51 am 19 Nov 08

but I’ve don’t my fair

Apologies, that should have said “but I’ve done my fair share”…

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