I had a tulip poplar with a split stem. One stem finally grew so far sideways that it was threatening to pull the tree over, possibly onto the house. I really hated to disturb it, but I was getting worried.
So I was transplanting astilbes that were getting too much sunlight to the front yard that is generally shaded in the afternoon, and this guy came buy and suggested I let him remove it. I normally don't pay the least bit of attention to drive-by guys, But offerred to remove the leaning trunk for $500 and leave me firewood-length chunks (I don't use the basement fireplace) . I didn't go for that, but I did for $100 more to remove every twig from the yard.
Before you worry, it worked out great; I won't string you out on this.
I took the on-the-spot offer because I went to his truck and looked at what he had. The chainsaws were Stihl 24 inchers carefully arranged and I felt them for oiling. The ropes weren't brand new, so I knew he had used them, but they were also in good shape. He had the right tree-climbing spikes.
This was not my first experience with tree removal.
We also discussed exactly how each portion of the awkward branch would be removed.
I could have gone for other estimates, but $600 dollars? How much difference could there be in price? He showed me his insurance and bond certificate.
I love the new look; more light to the flowerbed. I feel guilty about cutting down any tree or part of one but I love the light and that odd split branch was going to pull the tree down someday.
So here are some pictures...