Chain grade for pulling stumps?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by iforgotmybackpack, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. iforgotmybackpack

    iforgotmybackpack LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    What grade chain are you all using for any pulling use for your business? Mainly, if you have access to have a truck pull out a stump or shrub? I've been using 3/8 @ grade 43. I want to by a longer section but didn't know if I should step it up to a higher grade or am I safe with the lower? Thanks for the help
  2. dstifel

    dstifel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 928

    I use half inch I think 45ish grade. I've jerked it pretty good pulling stumps and its been fine. I always throw another chain over it in case it break though.
  3. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,050

    The bigger the stump the stronger chain needed for average shrubs that size is fine:waving:
  4. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    I use a logging chain. I used it to pull a skidsteer out the mud and never had an issue.
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  5. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,650

    Well since chain doesnt "absorb" energy the heaver the better, if a chain breaks the energy is relaease into whatevers pulling it so generally a light chain is not dangerous. Rope and cable are different stories, when they break no telling what they will hit and how hard. Braided steel cables ar good for "chockers" meaning they will hold on too what you put them around, just be sure it isnt very long.
  6. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,255

    I use a heavy tow strap for most pulling jobs, its easier on equipment.
  7. andyslawncare

    andyslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 812

    When we have access, we use a 7,000lb winch mounted on f-250 to do the job. I pulled up a 20' tall tree and a 15' tall Buford holly last week without any problems. I have about 100' of reach is the only problem. Sometimes I'll call in a friend with his mini excavator or use tow rope tied to our largest mower. Sometimes I can make double money to dig it up and move it to another customers house.

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