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Best piece of equipment to remove cedar stumps

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by J.R. Services, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. J.R. Services

    J.R. Services LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 259

    Got a job coming up, approximately 25 northern white cedars, 15ft tall. I plan on cutting them all down, leaving about 2ft of stump, chipping all of the branches etc... then my question is what should I use to remove the stumps, mid sized excavator, terramite, or full size backhoe? They want the stumps actually removed because they want to put up a fence. Thanks for the help
  2. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,025

    Any of those will work, but I would use the terramite, less turf damage.
  3. waters lawn care

    waters lawn care LawnSite Member
    from alabama
    Posts: 128

    Excavator with thumb. Then you clean root ball off and put a lot of dirt back in stump hole.
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  4. J.R. Services

    J.R. Services LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 259

    I'm just not 100% convinced the terramite will have enough balls to pull them up, according to the property owners, they believe that the burlap was never properly removed and that the trees are root bound, so if they are correct the stumps should pop right out
  5. Get Some...

    Get Some... LawnSite Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Posts: 651

    Thumb is the only way to go.....
  6. betmr

    betmr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,663

    We use a backhoe, with a sling, on the boom bucket. We try to pull the whole plant. The sling is like a choker, and when the branches get in the way, it can really bite in. Then we cut the tree down very low, for chipping. Then role and chop on the root ball, to remove the dirt. Quick and clean.
  7. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
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  8. GordonCBP

    GordonCBP LawnSite Member
    Posts: 51

    :laugh: That would do the job... now you might need some more dirt to fill the crater or the customer has the choice for an in-ground pool!
  9. godzilla

    godzilla LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 401

    I'm not sure what the conditions are that you are working in, but I've never had a problem with just using a grinder on cedar.

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