From "The Duke of Dirt"
(aka.. my master gardener Dad!)
How to Remove a Stump
Well here is a little info for all you "do it yourself"... "save a buck" type people (let's face it most of us gardeners fall into that type).
Last fall we had a big wet snow that stuck on the leaves and really did a lot of damage to the deciduous trees. We had a 4 ft diameter old elm and a 2 ft diameter willow that got busted up pretty bad. Long story made short is that I decided to take them down.
This went well until I went to price getting the stumps removed. The prices ranged from $500 to $750.
Instead, I went to the local tool rental place and rented the "Toro Stump Grinder" that you see in the picture.
That machine weights in at about 1500 lbs and has a joy stick that controls the cutting blade which moves side to side and up and down. There is very little vibration and the noise is tolerable as well. It runs on tracks like a tank so it will go most anywhere.
I quickly learned that it is not about strength but eye to hand control. If you have ever piloted any kind of aircraft that had a joy stick you will do well with controlling this machine. The cutting blade only rotates 90 degrees so the trick is to line up the right side of the blade on the edge of the stump and rotate it slowly to the left over the stump, removing about 1/2 inch at a time. Then drop the blade down about 1/2" and rotate the blade back to the right.
Using this technique it took me about 3 hours to remove both stumps and I ground them down to 8 " below the ground level.
Cost was $143 for 4 hours. Quite a savings. I highly recommend this Toro stump grinder machine for those who have tried other stump grinders and said "Never Again". I am very pleased with the results and I did not even need to go see my Chiropractor afterwards.
Till next time
Duke of Dirt
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