Grind stumps or dig out????

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  1. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Looked at a job today. Owner wants to clean up all the downed trees, remove stumps and bushhogg the property nice and clean. Wants it done before Christmas.

    My question is about removing the stumps. The owner asked about digging the stumps out. I counted 13 stumps of various sizes. There are 2x tht are least 48" across at the base. No room on the road to bring in a large excavator or would it be cost effective. I would think cuting the stumps to ground level, then grinding would be the best option.
    Starting 2morrow I have a Bobcat 334 on a 7day rent for another job. Would the 334 be able to dig around these stumps, so we can cut them into manageable pieces???

    Few pics. Ill try to get better pics 2morrow. I ran out of daylight


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  2. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Small stumps could be "popped out" with a bobcat, a 4' stump isn't gonna be fun, if you cut it low it will kill a chain, stump grinding might take a while unless you have a big stump grinder, and you will leave a mound that the feller might complain about. If you have access to some big equiptment you might do the whole job in a couple of hours, if you can get a 5 hour minimum plus hauling the equiptment it would be a profitable day.
  3. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    Cutting stumps is terrible absolutely kills chains. You can do anything, it more about how long will it take.thats a decent sized mini and should handle most of them. What does he want to do with the property after? If its just going to be a clean field, I would call in a stump grinding guy and see what it would be to sub it all to him, then you can decide if renting one and doing it yourself is cost effective.
  4. Middle Tennessee Lawn

    Middle Tennessee Lawn LawnSite Member
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    Have them ground I just had 7 ground cost me 250. Its a item so many fireman do on side shocking how cheap you can have done. Stumps as big as you described would need a trackhoe and tri-axle dump truck to dig and haul off. I can send you pictures of some that size just dug out all oaks.
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  5. MRCo.

    MRCo. LawnSite Member
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    Only realistic option is grinding- the holes to dig them out will be much, much bigger than the guy is expecting. Most homeowners think a two foot stump leaves a three foot hols. Ten foot is closer!
  6. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Hey Jacob just rent attachment for the tractor or the skid steer and grind them out
  7. Hamatsa

    Hamatsa LawnSite Member
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    Grind 'em.....always grind 'em.
  8. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    That was my plan.
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  9. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
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    Depends on the stump grinder and also what type tree. I have cleaned upo after many tree services making a yard of grass out of what was a yard of trees and learned quick the limitations of a stump grinder. Most grinders will not take the time too grind the tap root and the feeder roots. Even if the stumps are ground I find I always end up digging all the stuff up they leave behind and I never have stumps ground now unless it is in an inaccesible area or too near utilities too dig it up.
  10. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    One of the largest stumps is an oak. 6-7 pine stumps, few junk trees(large hackberry).

    Ill run out there at lunchtime and grab some better pics.
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