Whats a good stump grinder to buy?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by TimTim2008, Dec 25, 2007.

  1. TimTim2008

    TimTim2008 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Whats a good stump grinder to buy?

    Anything in the 1k-3k range??
     
  2. 2 clowns mowing

    2 clowns mowing LawnSite Senior Member
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    at that price...nothing you need to start at $10 k and up
     
  3. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    1-3 K range....hmmm....3 mexicans and 3 chainsaws.
     
  4. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
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    Are you talking about a skid steer attachment or a dedicated, tow behind type stump grinder?
     
  5. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    You can get a little gas banger powered one for like 2 grand I think from Vermeer.
     
  6. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
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    i didn't know vermeer made anything under 10k
     
  7. Grass Happens

    Grass Happens LawnSite Senior Member
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    There is a company, they sell through Northern tools a walk behind unit. Their factory is here in sycamore, but I dont know anything else about the company.
     
  8. mark_the_psycho

    mark_the_psycho LawnSite Member
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    sc252, I don't know how much they are, but they're like, the best... I've used that and the Rayco rg20hd, and there is no comparison. When I rented the sc252, I got my 12 stumps done and had enough time to go door 2 door and nobody said no, in all, I did like 30 stumps, (I had been keeping track of who had stumps). The only bad thing was, it was almost impossible to steer in the grass w/o ripping it, granted the back tire was completely worn out probably 10 rentals ago (I was amazed it still held air), but the way the thing is designed I'm not sure how much of a difference a new tire would have made.
     
  9. janb

    janb LawnSite Senior Member
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    If you are working in a rural area (pasture, forest, rural home site) skid attachments work ok, especially in difficult terrain with numerous stumps.

    my Bobcat SG-60 attachment is very nice and fast for stumps under 20" dia trunk, (~ 10 min) between 24-30" it works ok, (<20-30 min) but can be slower than a dedicated grinder. For stumps with trunk Dia over 48" can have very extensive root systems, and you might chase them out to 12' - 16' dia to get a 6" below grade eradication. (1 hr +).

    On hillsides with numerous stumps my CTL can spin around and be into another stump in ~ 20 sec. The attachment has light grading capabilities, so you can smooth over the area and leave it pretty nice in a single pass. These benefits can save overall time on the job, if you had a towed grinder that you have to place in position, then come back with a tractor to grade out.

    I have made ~ 30% of my skid income with stumpgrinder attachment, but... you need to find the right clients. (not a single stump on a city lot). I often do between 20 > 100 stumps while at a job, and price has been as low as $12 / stump for 8-18" fir

    current competitor prices are $2.00 / Dia inch (measured at base of trunk / transition to stump, ~ 6-12" above grade)

    If you are in a rock area, don't get into stump grinding, replacing teeth is expensive and time consuming.
     
  10. TimTim2008

    TimTim2008 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks guys, so far with your comments.

    I'm in Atlanta, so a bobcat attachment will not work.
    and we have TONS of homes that are in fenced in yards, and some even are UP a retaining wall, or steps.. so i need something i can build a ramp, or lift..
     

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