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Stump grinder or mini-excavator? I've never used either one, but I have about 3 dozen stumps I would like to remove. Largest diameter is about 10 inches, but the majority are around 6-8 inches. Any thoughts?
 

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If you will be visiting the rental company rather than owning you could do half with each to determine which is more fun. Let us, that have also never done that, know which you like best. I pull mine with the tractor and that's fun too.
 

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A grinder will just leave a lot of chips that will break down if left.
An escavators going to make big holes that will need filling and then you have to figure out how to haul away the root balls.
 

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If you will be visiting the rental company rather than owning you could do half with each to determine which is more fun. Let us, that have also never done that, know which you like best. I pull mine with the tractor and that's fun too.
Holy cow thats a deep one. You must have a deep top soil. The roots here spread out more.
 

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A grinder will just leave a lot of chips that will break down if left.
An escavators going to make big holes that will need filling and then you have to figure out how to haul away the root balls.
I'm guessing the grinder is the more efficient method. Filling in the holes could cost more time/money. Thanks.
 

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Holy cow thats a deep one. You must have a deep top soil. The roots here spread out more.
:laughing::laughing: That's a Black Walnut tree looking for water in a desert climate. To find top soil , if it could be called that , I would need to go between sand hills into a bottom for a couple of inches of top soil at most.

I've found with grinding as the grinds and roots decay over a long period of time soil must be added occasionally as a low area develops there. I suppose with grinding or excavating it's 6 of one and half dozen of the other.
 
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