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Old 06-10-2017, 07:58 PM   #1
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Removing stumps below ground easily?


I've begun the process of clearing out what appears to be an entire forest off my property from around my house, and as such it's leaving me with a bunch of stumps, the biggest one being probably about 6-8".

Is there any easy way to remove the stumps below ground? I was thinking of renting a stump grinder but I'm not sure if that will achieve what I want or if it can grind them below the ground a bit.


So does anyone know of a way to basically completely remove these stumps as much as possible? would a stump grinder work to get them below ground level slightly?
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Are they accessible with a tractor?
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Things that I have used.

Stump grinder.

D-8 caterpillar

5 ton Gin truck.

Depends on what you have on hand. All will work, All still need cleanup afterward.

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Are they accessible with a tractor?
The couple in my front yard maybe, but there are many along the sides of my house, and in the backyard that aren't accessibly by tractor.

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Things that I have used.

Stump grinder.

D-8 caterpillar

5 ton Gin truck.

Depends on what you have on hand. All will work, All still need cleanup afterward.

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Well, I don't have access nor am I able to drive a D8, or a 5 ton gin truck.....so those options are kind of out.
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Could also use an A-Frame with a 5 ton chain hoist, but it will be slow.

It all depends on your access to equipment or money.

None of which is infinite anywhere, So do the best that you can with what you have.


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Rent the stump grinder, it will go down maybe 3 feet, if you want.
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Agreed, a stump grinder is exactly what you want. I pull and dug them out because I have a a truck and backhoe, but even so there have been times that it would have been just as easy, maybe easier, with a grinder. Make sure to wear the proper PPE and keep everyone else at a safe distance, because I have seen them toss rocks such that a major league pitcher would envy.
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I wasn't aware that stump grinders could down below ground, so that probably is my best option then.

I like the a-frame idea also, it might work for a few of them.

Basically though a lot of the stumps are just not reachable by a truck.


My property was neglected for probably 3+ years before I bought the place, and whoever owned prior to that planted a **** ton of trees and bushes everywhere which have become vastly overgrown.....so I'm effectively clear cutting my property of everything that's within my ability to cut down.


I have a 150' pine tree growing not 6' from the house, that'll be a job for an arborist lol.
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Basically though a lot of the stumps are just not reachable by a truck.
That's when a longer chain works with a snatch block directing the angle of the pull.
By pulling you be done. No sprouts that may cause a problem and no settling of soil from grinder cuttings.
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I thought of a product that I once saw in use.

It was a chemical named STUMP ROT, You drill some holes in the stump straight down about 6 inches deep, and pour this chemical in and wait a month or two and have very little left to remove.

But I probably would not want to use it near my home, it smells terrible.

I have cleared lots like yours , in the woods to make areas big enough to build on, but you say that a Crawler (D-8), is not possible.

Sure makes quick work of it though.
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I tried that stuff that you pour into the stump one time and was less than satisfied with it, but assume that it must work for some; may have to do with species, whether the tree was dead or alive, or whatever. As far as pulling them, it's best to choke up as close as you can, so that you're pulling up as well as out, and I never run a chain for a stationary object like this farther than the distance from my the hitch point to my seat on the tractor or truck. If it breaks at the stump, it's apt to whip in any direction, and not unprecedented to come right back at you. I loaned a strap to a guy a couple years ago for pulling a few bushes, found out later that they didn't come out as easy as expected so he started jerking on them, and the strap apparently almost hit one of the other guys when it broke. (Of course it sounded to me like the guy was standing where he shouldn't have been anyway, but regardless...)
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