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Old 04-11-2011, 07:31 AM   #1
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I have 2 stumps to grind, problem is, as you can see in the picture, one has a steel pole going through it.

I was going to chop up around it with a chainsaw to see what I can do, unless someone else has a better suggestion.
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...looks to me like theres no other choice.

...or maybe dig around the ball, chop the roots and pull it out.

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That's how I'd go about it. Carefully trim away until you can yank the pole out.
Plan on a few hours work on this one! *Good luck!*

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...and hope that post doesnt have 150# of concrete on the end.
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I'm hoping there isn't any concrete involved. I think the pole was put in to help support the tree when it was just planted and never taken out. It was actually a lot taller but I was able to cut a section out when taking down the tree. It sort of bowed out of the tree then back into it.

I was also thinking about getting it as low as I can and seeing if I can get a tree guy to use some old grinding teeth on his stump grinder to chew it up. Not sure if anyone would go for that or if it would work though.
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...you're going to have a hard time finding a guy with a stump grinder that will be willing to grind the post along with the stump.

...put on your gloves and put a little sweat into it. With a chain saw you should be able to make quik work of it.
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I would not expend my energy to remove it until I would talk to guys with grinders and see what they say. I am sure it's not the first time they have encountered metal in a stump - here you probably have an advantage, because I bet usually they probably don't know about it until they hit it...
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I don't know if this is applicable in your situation, but I have seen quite a few surveyor's stakes with trees grown around them.
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I would cut down just enough to get a pipe wrench on it. Maybe you will get lucky and get it to turn. Wonder if you could put some dry ice down there to shrink it while turning and pulling on it.
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Good saw, sharp chain, shovel, and a Sawzall it could be gone and cleaned before lunch.
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I agree w/ the pipe wrench comment! Since it was used to support the tree when the tree was very little I would just cross my fingers and hope concrete wasn't used at the time.
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Hard to tell from the picture... What's the diameter of the tree and the pipe?

I think it would make a cool seat or table.

The pipe could be used as an umbrella holder.

If you don't want it, I bet if you cut it off as closely to the ground as possible, you could sell it on Craigslist or Ebay

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