Forklift operators will tell you this is not a difficult task. If you have access to a forklift or a Bobcat with a puller attachment or pallet forks, removing small trees can be a relatively fast and easy process. Once you understand how to operate the simple pallet fork on a fork lift, you then have the power to use these forks, to slip under the lower limbs of small tress and simply lift them out of the ground, with little mess and complication.
1. Turn the start-up key on your forklift or Bobcat. Press the forward lever, while pushing the gas to drive your vehicle to the tree you wish to remove. Know your vehicle ahead of time; different fork lifts and Bobcats have slightly different operation sequences and levers. Experience and practice are essential.
2. Position your forklift under the tree so the pallet forks are just under the lower branches. Check the pallet fork placement and once satisfied with placement, press your lift lever forward. Lift as you watch carefully while pulling tree, roots and soil upward.
3. Move carefully with the tree in the air as you amble the forklift in the direction you wish to take the tree.
Tips and Warnings:
Watch branches around your head and eyes while working to remove trees.