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Old 12-24-2018, 06:25 PM   #1
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Hardwood stump removal


I’ve got this stump from a Brazilian Pepper Tree that’s not wanting to rot.

Thoughts on removal methods?

Burning is not good; too many houses with paranoid people in them right nearby. The Shoe is an American size 13, 12.5" (32 CM) long.
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Old 12-24-2018, 07:02 PM   #2
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You need someone who has a stump grinder. If you want to try it yourself, rent a mini stump grinder.
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I tried that.

No grindee stumpee.

You can see the marks from that.

I have been hacking away at it and breaking pieces off
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You tried what? You didn't try a stump grinder.
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A mini stump grinder would take all day to grind a stump that big, a real stump grinder would be in and out in less than an hour.
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A full stump grinder is a 3 man job unless he tows a grinder the back of a truck. We know that he doesn't since he is posting here.
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Iíve got this stump from a Brazilian Pepper Tree thatís not wanting to rot.

Thoughts on removal methods?

Burning is not good; too many houses with paranoid people in them right nearby. The Shoe is an American size 13, 12.5" (32 CM) long.
why not just get a bag of charcoal , may take more than one bag , no flames after it burn's down , that will get rid of the stump
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I don't know about all that. Charcoal would take forever.
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@guap0 speaks many truths!

The idea of the Big (Butted) Stump Grinder was duly considered, and rejected because: (a) I don’t have that many volunteer helpers; (b) don’t have the budget to pay for helpers; and (c) it was going to be very difficult to maneuver such machine to where the stump is.

Burning may yet be tried if I can do it under the radar, if the nearest neighbor is away on vacation.

I have dead palm tree that looks like a turd icon to get rid of too.
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Rental stores here rent stump grinders sized for one man, You may be able to get your rental store to deliver one, then use it, and they pick it back up tomorrow.

One man can handle it if he is healthy, All we see is a size 13 foot, if the rest of you is sized proportionally, you got this.


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@de-nagorg , I’m probably the right size, but I just don’t have the stomach for big machines that I used to.

Maybe get my handy helper to help on this one.
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Yep buckethead looks big enough.

I've found that a nephew is a very handy helper, my 30 year old nephew idolized Uncle Ed, and helps me out often.


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I've dug out a few stumps but the root configuration is the key as to how difficult they will be, plus the type of soil. Old nasty pines in NJ had a tap root same size as the trunk that went straight down, hard to get to to use a chain saw.

If the soil drains well digging and washing with a hose, or high pressure washer will expose more and more roots. Today I would use my reciprocating saw instead of a chain saw (chains don't like rocks).

If the roots spread outward instead of down that is good. Note, if you dig it out be sure you plan on a big enough hole so you don't have to move the first dirt a second time.

Another note, if you can get a small backhoe in there to help dig even faster.

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I've dug out a few stumps but the root configuration is the key as to how difficult they will be, plus the type of soil. Old nasty pines in NJ had a tap root same size as the trunk that went straight down, hard to get to to use a chain saw.

If the soil drains well digging and washing with a hose, or high pressure washer will expose more and more roots. Today I would use my reciprocating saw instead of a chain saw (chains don't like rocks).

If the roots spread outward instead of down that is good. Note, if you dig it out be sure you plan on a big enough hole so you don't have to move the first dirt a second time.

Another note, if you can get a small backhoe in there to help dig even faster.

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That's a helpful suggestion. All I really want to do is get rid of the top, down maybe a foot. If the roots want to take eternities to rot underground, I'm okay with that.
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