Aside from just asking friends or family (not too keen on the whole blasting my business on Facebook) ... I thought I had read before you could go to local co-ops or even Home Depot to rent equipment?
Long story short: I had a tree leaning over my house. It needed to come down. While the tree-pro was at my house he gave me a quote to bring down the others (he was already there, so why not). It opens up my backyard which previously had moss because of the tree cover. He gave me a quote to cut them, split them, haul them and cleanup the stumps as well. BUT, just to bring the trees down it was only about 25-30% of total cost, and I have a family member who promised he could bring his big-honkin saw with a 20" blade over and we could dice them up into sections in an afternoon. I am also prepared to split them on my own, so no big deal!
Here's the problem. The tree-pro brought down the trees in the last week of September. Beggars can't be choosers but said family member keeps coming up with excuses for not coming over (he has bailed on me the last 3 weekends). I asked if I could borrow his saw, but his response was "oh, I'll just come out and do it with you next weekend"
So my dilemma is, pardon the Game of Thrones reference but Winter IS Coming. I need to get the trees off of the yard before neighbors complain OR before critters move in and start building nests in the remaining brush as well.
I have also used a chainsaw before, just not a 20" one ... but I am experienced. That being said, one of the trees is ROUGHLY 30" in diameter, and 3 more are all about 24" in diameter. The others are only a foot to 18" or so (small). So I need to find something large enough to do damage on the 30" ... but I also have half of a dozen trees that will literally be like a hot knife through butter with a sizeable saw.
Does anyone know where I could get a saw without flat out going to the store and spending $600 on one that I probably won't use again?
OR, are there any ideas on how I could do it in a different way? To cut them all up, the TreePro was going to charge I believe an extra $200? But I didn't pay attention because said family member was taking care of it ...
Thanks for your help!