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alpine magnum stump grinder

Discussion in 'PartsTree.com' started by 2 clowns mowing, Mar 27, 2006.

  1. 2 clowns mowing

    2 clowns mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 566

    Has anyone used this stump grinder? and is it a back breaker? and what kind of grinder would you recomm:waving: end
     
  2. Captam

    Captam LawnSite Member
    from WI
    Messages: 1

    I bought one. Let me save you a lot of time, money & back ack. You will spend more money on teeth & fixing this thing than you will make. It is a neat idea, but they just have not gotten it to work yet. The teeth dull very fast & will run you about $65 per set. As you are doing a job & the teeth wear down, it cuts slower & slower. The owner of the company says that is mostly from rocks. Well unless you live in a state made of Miracle Grow Potting Soil there is going to be anything from pebbles to boulders in the ground. A neighbor of mine had a larger grinder that you tow behind a truck. He had to tune it up once in 3 years. When I asked him how often he changes the teeth, he said he never has. It would have been worth it to get a small Vermeer. For the little bit of stump grinding we do, I have already had to rebuild the thing to the tune of just over $1000. Now after just having it rebuild not 5 working hours ago, it is broken down again. I don’t know if I can afford to fix it again. In the middle of a simple job I had to go rent a real stump grinder. Just some friendly advice I wish someone would have told me.
     
  3. plyscamp

    plyscamp LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    I own 4 Alpine Grinders and have been using them since 1995. There is a learning curve on these units and you will consume a lot of teeth until you learn how to run them. I live in rock bound Southern California and only change teeth about once a week. I do touch them up frequently with a angle grinder and a diamond wheel. My original unit from 1995 is still running and is used as a back up unit.
    I have no idea what the other gentleman is breaking that is costing him so much money as mine have been rock solid. We do however service our units on a daily basis. The nice thing about the Alpine is it will grind stumps just about everywhere other grinders won't.
     

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