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post #16 of 41 Old 03-26-2019, 08:55 PM
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Re: Getting rid of stumps

The Gents who have rented and used stump grinders would never even consider going about stump removal any other way, unless maybe you own a heavy equipment company.

A $100 daily rental fee, or even $200 for a weekend and a whole lot of your stumps will be history.

This pic is just to show there is no stump too big. It measured about 60" across at 3' high, and 8' across the exposed roots, right at the ground. I had been quoted $800 (a hundred bucks a foot) to remove it.

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In the first pic I had already ground out and backfilled the surface root runners for better access.

The stump was then chainsawed off about 1' above the surface and I used my 13hp Rayco grinder to remove everything to atleast 1' below the surface.

Admittedly, that particular stump took this old man all day, including hand loading about 20 bucketfuls of grinding chips for transport to the compost pile, and backfilling the hole with topsoil.

This grinder is my own, but if you rent one, just be sure it has been recently sharpened "before" you take it home.

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Re: Getting rid of stumps

This is what I used to get rid of those 100+ stumps on my property. Some of them were over 3' diameter at the top and 4-5 ft at the bottom.


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This is what I used to get rid of those 100+ stumps on my property. Some of them were over 3' diameter at the top and 4-5 ft at the bottom.


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Looks very similar. Not sure what size the cutting wheel is but this Rayco does seem to have a much heavier wheel than the ones you see at the rental places. Takes it a few seconds to get up to speed, but then never slows down while cutting.

8 cutters, 4 each side and it loves wood.

Pic was taken before I removed and sharpened them

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take an old 3/4 or bigger drillm bit full of holes soak with used motor oil let soak in burn it

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I slice big cuts in them with chainsaw then soak with the oil I get from riding mowers that the fuel has flooded the crankcase and burn them several times then hit with sledge hammer.
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I read in an old Popular Mechanic's encyclopedia if you drill many holes in the stump and pour Saltpeter into the holes,it will rot and decompose rapidly..

Too bad I don't know what the heck "Saltpeter" is !..
Ok--quick google research says its Potassium Nitrate,used in fertilizers and explosives..
Hmmm..buy any of that,and I'll be put on a terror watch list probably..

I have quite a few stumps I'd like to get rid of,cant burn them where they are located...and I'm not up to doing it by hand,neither is any of my equipment..

I have a half dozen old working push mowers..was tempted to try making one into a stump grinder,using an old cars manual transmission flywheel with teeth bolted on where the pressure plate used to mount..but it would be easier to just rent one I suppose..

Been thinking about buying a 12,000 lb winch and yank them out with that & some snatch block pulleys for more pulling force..most of the stumps are under 6" in diameter..I can use the winch for other things on my truck and yard work too..


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...most of the stumps are under 6" in diameter
Rent a grinder...5 minutes per stump and you're done.
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I like Tractor-holics idea but it tends to attract unwanted attention in urban areas. The least labor intensive method I have seen is the barrel dropped over the stump, soak it with used oil, contaminated diesel what have you then let it smoulder.
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Back in the good old days you could just blow them up with TNT!..


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I ground a big stump in my front yard 4 years ago. Went down about a foot, cleaned out chips and refilled with good soil, replanted lawn.
Every year, it still settles. Wood left in ground will rot and it will settle. OK if your lawn is only thing resting on it.

If I were building on top, I'd use or rent a back hoe, dig down the sides, chop off any spreading roots and pull the stump out. Then back fill, tamping down real good every 6 inches of back fill.

You don't want to see concrete floor cracks a year or two after your garage is built. Then you'd be in for some REAL costs!! Footings are to be placed only atop undisturbed ground, and any settling below a slab, is going to leave a weak spot just waiting for that car or tractor tire to collapse it.

Unless it is just out in the yard, pull the stump out. Luck has a habit of running out just when the concrete job is complete.

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i drilled mine full of 3/4 inch holes let the oil soak in kert pouring oil in a couple weeks they smoldered awhile

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I got one of these :-)

Its good at grinding pretty much anything down to a few inches below the surface, well apart from rocks, it doesn't like rocks
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I got one of these :-)

Its good at grinding pretty much anything down to a few inches below the surface, well apart from rocks, it doesn't like rocks
Hey can you drop that rig off at my house please?
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I got one of these 🙂

Its good at grinding pretty much anything down to a few inches below the surface, well apart from rocks, it doesn't like rocks
You Canadians have all the cool stuff. SnowCats, snowmobiles, awesome fishing, snow and not rain & [email protected]$$ stump grinders.

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