What is a Stump Grinder?
A stump grinder is a machine used to remove a stump and final parts of a tree that has been cut down.
Stump grinders are the most effective and cost efficient ways to remove a stump. Other stump removal techniques are expensive or time consuming.
Many people like to remove the stump by hand with tools such as shovel and axe. They dig around the stump, chop at the roots, and attempt to use leverage to remove the stump.
Unfortunately, this almost never works, especially with heavy and large tree stumps. Even small stumps can have a large base and underground root system that are too thick and tough to chop.
Stick with a stump grinder if you want a quick and easy process.
What Models and Rental Prices Do We Offer?
How Long Does it Take to Remove a Tree Stump?
It depends… There’s no exact answer that can apply to all tree stumps.
The ability to grind a tree stump will depend on a variety of factors.
But if you’re looking for a time frame, stumps can be grinned out in about 20 minutes but take as long as 3 hours!
Some trees are a real pain to grind away. Species like pine, cedar, and cherry are all harder to grind away, especially if the interior of the stump is filled with knots.
Benefits of Using a Stump Grinder
Stump grinders have made tree work a much quicker and easier process.
On top of saving you time and effort, stump grinders help remove an obstacle from your yard.
Cutting down a tree is one thing, but not removing the stump is another. Leaving a tree stump in your yard is dangerous, and can lead you to trip and fall, especially at night time when visibility is low.
Leaving a leftover stump in your yard can also lead to ants, termites, and a host of other critters infesting your property.
Ants and termites can move from the stump to your house and destroy the structural integrity of your home. Avoid this altogether and rip the stump apart instead!
Stump Grinder Safety Tips
Here’s a list of safety steps you should take away with you when you purchase or rent a stump grinder.
Inspect your Stump Grinder
Before operating any equipment, especially landscaping equipment which have high-speed blades and chains, it’s a good idea to make sure your stump grinder is ready to go and in proper condition. Stump grinder accidents are no joke. This isn’t just safety protocol but for maintenance reasons as well. The more you take care of your stump grinder the longer it will last.
Wear the Proper Safety Equipment
Stump grinders are loud, noisy, and messy. It’s your best bet to wear protective ear muffs that reduce the noise pollution hitting your ear. Long exposure to high decibel sounds can cause temporary and even permanent damage to your hearing. It’s also a good idea to wear a helmet and safety glasses. Hitting a rock with a stump grinder can send it flying in all different directions. If you aren’t wear safety glasses you can go blind within a fraction of a second.
Secure the Area
Remove any and all debris within a 15 foot radius of the tree stump. Any and all debris should be placed somewhere else. Kids and pets should stay inside and avoid running around the yard. No one should stand directly in front of the stump grinder during operation.
When operating heavy machinery and landscaping equipment, it’s best to know how the machine works. That means knowing how to run the machine and turn it off in case of an emergency. Proper training can save a life and prevent serious injury. Especially when operating a machine as tough and deadly as a stump grinder.
Whenever operating or working around a stump grinder, always stay on your toes. Wood chippings and mulch will be sent flying everywhere. The last thing you want is to receive a wood chipping in your skin. But even be more careful with the actual stump grinder chain itself. Stump grinders can completely shred and sever limbs to the point of amputation cutting through major arteries, veins, and even vital organs. This can result in death.
Strap Down for the Ride
Depending on the stump grinder, there are different ways to transport it. Stump grinders can be loaded on a trailer and truck, or hauled behind on a special trailer. Transporting a heavy piece of equipment like a stump grinder is very dangerous if it is not secured properly. The last thing you want is for the stump grinder to come loose and fall on the road. That’s a liability no one wants to carry. Know the proper instructions for stump grinder transportation and hauling.