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Old 10-12-2010, 01:34 PM
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stump grinder info

ok, I am looking at getting into this. I am looking at a walk behind model 5hp-25hp. What is good, and what is bad? What do you charge? and how? What is the cost used for these little buggers?
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Old 10-12-2010, 03:49 PM
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bump, anyone?
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:26 PM
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i been thinking of this too...i've seen some in a Northern Tool catalog...they have honda engines in 3 different sizes...starting at $2000 and up....others i've seen are a DR version for $2000 as well and a husqvarna version that was $4000 on their website...the honda engine ones would be great....the smallest one is a 5.5hp engine...and the others are bigger...i have no experience with them so i'm not sure if 5.5hp is enough or if it would bog down on bigger stumps for example....the bigger versions were quite a bit more like around $3000 for the middle one and $4000 for the biggest engine...i have seen some tree guys around but they have the huge stump grinders that are hauled like a trailer behind a truck...they cost a whole lot more i'm sure...probably faster for sure but can't fit them in tight spaces or in backyards with gates/fences and such...the normal rate around here is like $50-$100 a stump depending on the size of it
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:36 PM
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I rented a small one like your describing and it beat the crap out of me using it. I see why they have the bigger ones easier and faster to use.
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:40 PM
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yeah i imagine it would be something similar to running a garden tiller lol

i think they have like a brake thing you lock down on one wheel and you just work it side to side
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Old 10-12-2010, 10:00 PM
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http://www.amazon.com/Bluebird-Stump.../dp/B000RO7S9A

I rented/used one of these last month & it about beat me to death! No self propel, Heavy to pull around on hilly areas. It did the job but was time consuming, rough pulling over grindings, have to pull it back, yard out, rush it back in. Has a lever to lock in one wheel while grinding.

I watched the DR video and it looked like it did a good job
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Old 10-12-2010, 10:03 PM
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worthless machines

Do yourself a favor and look for something used like a vermeer 252 or comporable model. We have used small 13 hp models like the ones you describe, beats you up to no end and is very inefficient. The small ones are really only made to be used in very small spots where nothing bigger fits, in my opinion. We use a 100 hp machine for regular work and a small 25 hp 252 for tight spots.

If you want to find a nich look into a real small machine that can go ANYWHERE. Places where normal grinders cant go fetch a BIG premium.

Look into an Alpine Magnum grinder.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvrR0ZF8BwM

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Old 10-12-2010, 10:34 PM
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found a video of one

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoIqQn0h3x4

and here is the link at northern tool

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...1668_200331668
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Old 10-12-2010, 10:44 PM
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Do yourself a favor and look for something used like a vermeer 252 or comporable model. We have used small 13 hp models like the ones you describe, beats you up to no end and is very inefficient. The small ones are really only made to be used in very small spots where nothing bigger fits, in my opinion. We use a 100 hp machine for regular work and a small 25 hp 252 for tight spots.

If you want to find a nich look into a real small machine that can go ANYWHERE. Places where normal grinders cant go fetch a BIG premium.

Look into an Alpine Magnum grinder.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvrR0ZF8BwM
what the price on that? That looks like what I am looking for.
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Old 10-12-2010, 10:53 PM
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they have some 24hp and 25hp ones here

http://www.baileysonline.com/search....nder&catID=397
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