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Old 09-12-2017, 06:36 AM   #1
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What's the best way you folks have found of stump removal without burning it? Using a Hi-lift to jack it up and out I found to be interesting. Got a hardwood stump to remove that is about 24 inches across this weekend. Roots are thick though.
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Old 09-12-2017, 06:39 AM   #2
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Dig down below dirt and use old chainsaw blade you can throw away afterwards!
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Old 09-12-2017, 06:39 AM   #3
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My parents had a bunch of trees blown over during Harvey. We rented a stump grinder from Home Depot for a day. Satisfying to say the least Lol Not sure how it'd handle that large of a stump though.
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Old 09-12-2017, 06:53 AM   #4
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Dig down below dirt and use old chainsaw blade you can throw away afterwards!
This.... I have done it lots of times.
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Old 09-12-2017, 07:01 AM   #5
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Dig down below dirt and use old chainsaw blade you can throw away afterwards!
That's the bonus to this actually lol. I've always wanted a chainsaw for cutting firewood while hunting. Just could never really justify it. Now I'm the proud new owner of a Stihl MS 271 with the stamp of approval from my girlfriend. Cutting it below dirt line is my back up plan, but I might be able to get the girlfriends stamp of approval on buying a Hi-lift also that I've always wanted for my truck.
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Old 09-12-2017, 07:13 AM   #7
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That's the bonus to this actually lol. I've always wanted a chainsaw for cutting firewood while hunting. Just could never really justify it. Now I'm the proud new owner of a Stihl MS 271 with the stamp of approval from my girlfriend. Cutting it below dirt line is my back up plan, but I might be able to get the girlfriends stamp of approval on buying a Hi-lift also that I've always wanted for my truck.
Man, if you are seeking/needing approval now, just wait util you are married. Additionally, if a man can't justify owning a chainsaw, well, that ain't no man at all! I kid. I kid. Actually, I believe I am serious. Haaaa.

Best wishes and safe stump removal.
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Old 09-12-2017, 07:35 AM   #8
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That brand new chain is going to be toast fyi!
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Old 09-12-2017, 07:38 AM   #9
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If you want to ruin a chain, bar, sprocket, clutch, etc......go ahead and use your new $400 Stihl. Your 271 probably came with a 18" bar. Let's do the math.

Stihl 18" Bar - $35
Stihl 18" Chain - $28
Time and frustration - $$$$

Hiring a stump grinder who can effectively do the job and leave nothing but mulch grindings.... - Priceless


A 24" Trunk is going to have a massive root ball, especially if it was an Oak. I promise you will hate everything while trying to battle that stump.

BTW, I own a Tree Service and do this everyday.
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Old 09-12-2017, 07:41 AM   #10
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Dig hole around tree. Neighborhood kids can help with this for the right price. Then ax the major roots. Then get a sturdy tow strap and an old Chevy. Thing will come right out after about a day.

At least that's how our parents made us do it when we were kids. That Chevy took a beating, and kept going like nothing happened.
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Old 09-12-2017, 07:50 AM   #11
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The best way is to either hire someone with a stumpgrinder or go rent one. You can go below ground level with one. Or there is the explosives route.
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Old 09-12-2017, 08:14 AM   #12
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Check craigslist. I have had a guy out twice in my area that is cheaper than renting a machine. He did a 12" stump and 10" stump for $75 the first time. 2nd time was a 20" stump and 3-4 small 6" stumps for $120. Home Depot wants $75 a day for the small manual stump grinder.
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Old 09-12-2017, 08:16 AM   #13
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As mentioned above, spend the money and have a stump grinding service take care of it. Not sure of the rates down your way, but my $100 minimum will cover most 24" stumps .
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Old 09-12-2017, 08:24 AM   #14
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City or country? I would consider fire. No way I am using my stihl on it.
I have drilled multiple holes in a tough one and let Mother Nature do the rest.

FWIW buying chainsaws has nothing to do with girlfriends unless she is sole bread winner.
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Old 09-12-2017, 08:33 AM   #15
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Without starting a new thread I have a quick question. I have 2 pine trees in my front yard that I absolutely despise. It's not so much the trees themselves, it's the roots. I have a small front yard & 3/4 of it is full of roots just above the ground. It sucks to mow & you can't walk through the yard without twisting an ankle. I can cut down the trees, but how would I get rid of all those roots?
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Old 09-12-2017, 08:55 AM   #16
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Without starting a new thread I have a quick question. I have 2 pine trees in my front yard that I absolutely despise. It's not so much the trees themselves, it's the roots. I have a small front yard & 3/4 of it is full of roots just above the ground. It sucks to mow & you can't walk through the yard without twisting an ankle. I can cut down the trees, but how would I get rid of all those roots?
Stump grinder will remove roots also.
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Old 09-12-2017, 09:01 AM   #17
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In my experience, a stump grinder on a 24" stump is a man eater. Cut the stump as closes to ground as possible, leave it for a year.then pile charcoal on one side and burn it. It.wont "burn" but will smolder with just an occasional wisp of smoke. Done it many times.
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Old 09-12-2017, 09:07 AM   #18
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I take my chainsaw and cut slots 18" straight down into the stump. Fill with diesel and build a fire. I use the resulting cavity to burn a few smaller fires in until the stump is gone enough.
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Old 09-12-2017, 09:14 AM   #19
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Stump grinder will remove roots also.
I thought this may be the case, so I guess I'd have to grind up my while yard then re-sod.
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Old 09-12-2017, 09:15 AM   #20
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I had an old stump in my front yard that I fought with for a year or so. I finally just hired a guy to grind it. $80 and 20 minutes later, the stump was gone.
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Old 09-12-2017, 09:18 AM   #21
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I am just curious as to why you don't want to burn it. You can drink beer while you are doing it.
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Old 09-12-2017, 09:25 AM   #22
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Drill holes into stump and pour a bag of fertilizer on top and cover with dirt. Will take about a year to disappear.

If the stump is close to a structure with plumbing be mindful of underground pipes. You try and pull that sucker out more than likely you will break pipes too.
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Old 09-12-2017, 09:34 AM   #23
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if it is dead/dry put a small pile of charcoal on top of it, light it. It will sit there and smolder for 2-3 weeks, you will see smoke coming out the ground a few feet away as the roots burn. If it rains, you will probably have to restart

It is not quick, but it works and does not cost anything
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Old 09-12-2017, 10:09 AM   #24
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Now I'm the proud new owner of a Stihl MS 271 with the stamp of approval from my girlfriend. I might be able to get the girlfriends stamp of approval on buying a Hi-lift also that I've always wanted for my truck.
Sounds like you got more problems than a stump in your yard! LOL
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Old 09-12-2017, 10:22 AM   #25
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Stump Grinder rental about $100. I would go this route or burn it.
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Old 09-12-2017, 10:26 AM   #26
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I am just curious as to why you don't want to burn it. You can drink beer while you are doing it.
Depending on where he lives exactly, burning it may not be a real option. City limits or rules may prohibit such fun activities.
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Depending on where he lives exactly, burning it may not be a real option. City limits or rules may prohibit such fun activities.
This is what I was thinking. Not sure where he is, but I know I can't burn mine like many suggested due to location.
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Old 09-12-2017, 12:00 PM   #28
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Burning isnt allowed where I live, but like I said in previous post, just a little wisp of smoke every once in a while is all you see, and hard to see from afar.
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Old 09-12-2017, 12:55 PM   #29
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It's easy with any 1/2 ton vehicle. No problem.

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Old 09-12-2017, 01:19 PM   #30
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You can get it done for less than $100 and drink a beer and watch. 281.222.5421. Ed, tell him Clinton gave you his number.
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Old 09-13-2017, 01:26 AM   #31
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Thanks for the comments guys. This stump is for my girlfriends uncle which lives in Houston. No burning allowed, however I may just burn it by smoldering anyways if I can't get it.

I live in a apartment now so space it limited. Only reason for me to own a chainsaw is for firewood during hunting season. I hunt national forest only so no camp to leave it at either. Before this I've always made due with a bow saw for firewood, but honestly that wears me out cutting enough for a fire every night and it gets old.
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Old 09-13-2017, 01:35 AM   #32
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In my experience, a stump grinder on a 24" stump is a man eater. Cut the stump as closes to ground as possible, leave it for a year.then pile charcoal on one side and burn it. It.wont "burn" but will smolder with just an occasional wisp of smoke. Done it many times.
That's what I did at our place in Liberty Hill. Lots of cedar stumps in the back. I piled burning coals on them. They would burn down below ground level.
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Old 09-13-2017, 01:37 AM   #33
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This was in an HOA, too. Not a bit of trouble.
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:23 AM   #34
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A Friend hired a company to cut down this huge hackberry tree. After all but the stump was gone, he drilled a bunch of hole with a long bit and filled it up with salt. Once it dried my buddy put the fire to it.
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:43 AM   #35
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Kinestick and a 15sec fuse......
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:05 AM   #36
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Any good stump grinder will eat that stump in minutes. You pay for the equipment not the man's time. In and out in less than 25min. The machine you rent is not the same as you hire.

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Old 09-13-2017, 04:05 PM   #37
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If you are not used to working a stump grinder, a rental unit can work you over pretty well. Hire it done and get it over with quickly. I'll be it is more reasonable than you may think.
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:13 PM   #38
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drill holes lighter fluid and a blower, it will smolder it to nothing in a few hrs,

should be ash by the time you finish a 24 pack
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it's easy with any 1/2 ton vehicle. No problem.

tree trunk removal with an suv - youtube
lol
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Old 09-13-2017, 05:07 PM   #40
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Man, if you are seeking/needing approval now, just wait util you are married. Additionally, if a man can't justify owning a chainsaw, well, that ain't no man at all! I kid. I kid. Actually, I believe I am serious. Haaaa.

Best wishes and safe stump removal.
That was my first thought as well. And i was serious
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Old 09-13-2017, 05:18 PM   #41
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If you want to ruin a chain, bar, sprocket, clutch, etc......go ahead and use your new $400 Stihl. Your 271 probably came with a 18" bar. Let's do the math.

Stihl 18" Bar - $35
Stihl 18" Chain - $28
Time and frustration - $$$$

Hiring a stump grinder who can effectively do the job and leave nothing but mulch grindings.... - Priceless


A 24" Trunk is going to have a massive root ball, especially if it was an Oak. I promise you will hate everything while trying to battle that stump.

BTW, I own a Tree Service and do this everyday.
X2 on just hiring a service with a stump grinder.

Not sure why you would even waste a day trying to do anything else; especially if burning is out of the question.
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