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Old 04-05-2011, 10:32 AM   #16
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Thought about the fire thing. This sucker is way too "juicy" to burn. It's been underground since 2007.
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Thought about the fire thing. This sucker is way too "juicy" to burn. It's been underground since 2007.

Leave it uncovered for a week and it'll burn.

I had this same issue for a couple smaller stumps. It was $90 to rent one for hour working hours. A company did it for $125 and they were there for 45 minutes, tops.

Watching them work it, made me glad I chose them, it would have taken me twice that long.
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Hey Pete,

IMO I would call in a pro, mix you one (or more) of those coconut cool drinks with an umbrella in it, stand well back, and watch the fun.

I do admire your work ethic but those stumpgrinders can become hostile at times.

Keep us posted on your progress building the deck stairs.

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Old 04-06-2011, 07:50 AM   #19
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All right so I'm exploring 2 options here. Getting an estimate today at 3.

I also spoke w/ the rental place. I'm pretty sure Tim "the toolman" Taylor is a real-life person and is working there. I asked him if he stocked both the models on the website and his reponse was "Oh yeah, I have the little one too, but you don't really want that one unless you are tearing up small pine tree sumps. For the real work you want the big boy".
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All right so I'm exploring 2 options here. Getting an estimate today at 3.

I also spoke w/ the rental place. I'm pretty sure Tim "the toolman" Taylor is a real-life person and is working there. I asked him if he stocked both the models on the website and his reponse was "Oh yeah, I have the little one too, but you don't really want that one unless you are tearing up small pine tree sumps. For the real work you want the big boy".
Hey Pete,

This is getting interesting, we will be standing by.

Just keep in mind if you do hire it done you might ask if you can take the wheel for a spin.

Kinda like flying with an instructor.
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make sure the video recorder is running. i want to see the carnage. If you are succesful and we some day meet I will buy you the biggest beer. If you end up in the hispital I will buy you two.

You can do it!
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Hey Pete,

This is getting interesting, we will be standing by.

Just keep in mind if you do hire it done you might ask if you can take the wheel for a spin.

Kinda like flying with an instructor.
That would be cool... I just imagine there would be liability issues, and IF they did allow it, they may not be properly insured :P
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I haven't forgotten about this thread - things are still progressing.

First estimate was insanely high - at least I think it was ($465).

2 more coming tomorrow to give me one (they always say get 3 I think - right?)

As long as one of them is decent I will probably have them do it, HOWEVER, if they come in anywhere near the first guy then I'm doign it myself. It's $200 a day for the big self-propelled remote controlled one!!!!!

And to answer the other question, YES there is a Coconut Pete's paella! If you have some time I highly recommend the movie "Club Dread" - one of Bill Paxton's best flicks and the inspiration for my username.
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that is a big stump. The price may not be out of line and an indicator of the difficulty of this stump. Did you ask why it was so much?
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that is a big stump. The price may not be out of line and an indicator of the difficulty of this stump. Did you ask why it was so much?
No I didn't. If they all come back in the same range then I will definitely ask. The first estimate is from the guy who took care of the trees while the nice old lady lived there for 30 years prior to us.

If he is in the same class as the "contractor" who redid the bathroom or some of the other stuff while she lived there then I know why it was so much.......

The stump is definitely big - no doubt, but only about 1/3 or 1/4 of it actually sticks above ground right now, the rest is right around ground level so the amount of grinding is not as large as it seems.

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You may just say to them if you could do it for ---I am ready to hire you.

Sounds like 200. or so is a magic number. Not bad for about one or two hours work.
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OK boys and girls we have a winner.

Guy # 1: $465
Guy # 2: Didn't call back (Left messages Thursday)
Guy # 3: $175 plus tax
Guy # 4: Didn't call back (Message Thursday also)

Sorry..... not going to be renting a stump grinder this time - $200 bux for the "big-boy" rental or 175 plus tax to have him do it ........ seems like a no-brainer.

I'm going to do my best to work from home that day and snap some shots though!
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Do you live in Denmark?
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Sounds good Peteand much safer for you.

Is it amazing that of four people in the business that only two wanted to work.

Where has our work ethic gone?

Business 101: "IF YOU DON'T TAKE CARE OF YOUR CUSTOMERS SOMEONE ELSE WILL"
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