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Purchasing stump grinder. Need recommendations

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Mowingman, Feb 11, 2006.


    TURFLORD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 834

    If you can afford it, go with a hydraulic unit. You'll kill yourself with those manual grinders.
  2. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,702

    By hydraulic, I assume you mean the type that pivots side-to-side, so you do not have to manually move the machine by brute force?
  3. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Another brand to consider is Bandit www.banditchippers.com they make good equipment as far as I can tell.

    By hydrostatic, he means one that is self propelled like a ztr vs push mower kind of thing.
  4. stumper1620

    stumper1620 LawnSite Bronze Member
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  5. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,702

    I appreciate all the info. everyone has provided. Now, I have at least 5 manufacturers to look at.
    I also am concerned about the safety aspect. Not something to take lightly. The link to the accident tells quite a story. I have a great respect for the damage that machinery can do to the human body. As mine safety director for a large company involved in mining, I have been around gruesome accidents more times than I want to think about. Near misses are very scary also.
    I am not sure my current liability insurance will cover the stump grinding, so that is another cost factor I have to think about. All this give me a lot to worry over. Upfront cost is not cheap, and as a part time operation, it may not work out from a financial standpoint.
    There is really no one offering the service here, and the only stump grinders you see, are the little rental machines that the tree service guys get from local rental houses. I have several friends in the tree service business, so I figured I might get enough referals to make this pay off. They all say they do not want to do grinding with those little machines, and would be glade to refer that part of their work to me.
    Anyway, I have a lot to think about here. Thanks for all the great info.
  6. MGM69

    MGM69 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    We just purchased a Bandit 2100 three weeks ago and have been very impressed with the quality of the machine. It to will fit through a 36" gate and is four wheel drive with a remote operator control (SWEET).

    Our unit is comparable to Carlton's machine I just liked Bandit's salesman better. The Vermeer 352 is just a little pricey starting out, for the same size machine.

    Good Luck and happy Grinding
  7. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Yea, seems like people tend to forget the 'smaller names out there...everyone knows who vermeer is, not many know bandit.

    TURFLORD LawnSite Senior Member
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  9. Vermeer

    Vermeer Inactive
    from Iowa
    Messages: 153


    Sorry I missed your post. A good idea would be to contact your local Vermeer dealer as they can provide you with some good contacts if it doesn't work financially. They might be able to help you with ideas of what local contractors are getting per inch etc... As for the comments of the stump cutter being unsafe all equipment needs to be treated with respect just like a chain saw or lawnmower. PM if I can help with some local contacts etc
  10. JohnnyC91

    JohnnyC91 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I think you want the same deal that I have.
    I bought a rayco RG1631 for a side business.
    Its a nice machine.
    Some people ask why I didnt get the RG50.
    Here are some reasons
    the speed of gringing a stump is about 5 min faster per foot with the RG50.
    For the 30,000 I saved on price i can deal with the 5 extra min.
    I do any size stump. Just did one that was 5 feet across took 30 mins. (it was a little rotted)
    Also in 1 year I about payed off the machine.

    Safety:: Run it yourself and dont let people watch!!!
    When not grinding stop the cutter wheel.
    If you see underground lines call the ONE CALL (its free)
    They will come out and markout the lines for you.
    Good Luck with what ever you decide.

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