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Removing 100 1" stumps?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by godjwood, Jul 17, 2009.

  1. godjwood

    godjwood LawnSite Member
    from RI
    Posts: 137


    I recently did a clearing job where I cut down brush, about 400ft^2. There are now about 1000 1" stumps left over.

    I was wondering what the best way would be to remove this.

    I thought maybe the Toro Dingo Cultivator attachment, but I was informed this would not work?

    I went to my local rental store and they suggested using a backhoe. and individually ripping them out.

    What is everyone else's take on this?

  2. SunState Lawn Care inc

    SunState Lawn Care inc LawnSite Senior Member
    from Jax, FL
    Posts: 351

    Rent a portable stump grinder it will remove a 1" stump in less then 15 seconds one swipe both ways it should be gone. Make sure you tell them you want sharp or new teeth in the machine before you rent it.
  3. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 37,805

    Dig them out by hand. :weightlifter:
  4. godjwood

    godjwood LawnSite Member
    from RI
    Posts: 137

    portable stump grinder? I dont know if they have anything like that. I would think that if they did they would have mentioned it...

    Plus I think I am going to seed the area afterwards.. so this won't help to have roots underground.
  5. SunState Lawn Care inc

    SunState Lawn Care inc LawnSite Senior Member
    from Jax, FL
    Posts: 351

    They do have them Vermeer makes a 252 grinder that will do the trick. Call around to your rental shops Home depot rents them as well. If you grind them then smooth out the shavings and seed right over it why can't you do it we do it everyday down here. If you dig them you will have to bring in fill dirt and have one heck of a mess to fix grinding is much easier and neater to get ready to plant over.
  6. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,542

    why waste the time grinding such small stumps? Rent a small track steer like the asv rc 30 with a root rake they will be gone in minutes. jmho
  7. david shumaker

    david shumaker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 721

    You might be able to cut them out with some sharp loppers. I've cut large roots and saplings with loppers. Even a good pair of hand pruners will cut up to 1". Do you have to cut 100 or 1,000 small stumps?

    Also, sometimes I use a sharp hatchet or axe to cut out small stumps. I chop right into the dirt.
  8. triadpm

    triadpm LawnSite Member
    from md
    Posts: 79

    Could you plow the area then run a york rake over it? More time more money.
  9. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,505

    A 1" stump is pretty small, maybe rent a Kubota or a Bobcat and scrape them up with the bucket? Get them loose enough, then rake them up with a york rake.
  10. esnipe8

    esnipe8 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 264

    I agree about renting a track loader. That would be the quickest and most cost efficient in my mind.

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