My oak tree was huge, the stump was at least 48inches in diameter. It was a good 50ft tall and it was uplifting some concrete in my backyard. I didn't want the tree to annihilate my house by killing the foundation so I went against mother nature and had the company cut off all the tree, all the way down to the grass level. The company was done in no time since they hand 10 guys cutting and hauling. The cutting noises were irritating but the had also blasted their music and that was much more annoying. They got the job done for fairly cheap and in the end, it was worth the investment.