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Stump Grinding Pics

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Husky03, Jun 6, 2006.

  1. Husky03

    Husky03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 432

    Wow, I'm finally done. I can't feel my arms and my hands are bleeding, but it's over. 54 stumps stumps ground out. It took me around 6 hours solo. The grinder I rented for $175 was a piece of crap:hammerhead: The guy is putting in a basketball court here. Here is a before pic. You can't even see half of them.

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  2. Husky03

    Husky03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 432

    After the pain

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  3. jameson

    jameson LawnSite Fanatic
    from PNW
    Messages: 7,383

    Tired arms? Bleeding hands? 6 Hours? I agree, you rented the wrong grinder! Hydraulics baby, hydraulics...no pushing or pulling and you dont even break a sweat, easy-peezy operation.

    Looks good though.
     
  4. Husky03

    Husky03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 432

    Yeah, the one I rented was not self propelled or anything and I bet it weighed at least 350 pounds. Not to mention the brake on the grinder broke after the second stump and I had to keep pulling the machine out of the hole I was digging. The hydro unit was $415 a day. That's an awful lot to take out on one customer. I don't get these kind of jobs enough to line them up and distribute that cost among several people.
     
  5. jameson

    jameson LawnSite Fanatic
    from PNW
    Messages: 7,383

    I feel your pain. I rented a unit like that years ago. Never again. Funny, I only did 2 stumps with that beast too.
     
  6. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    How is he going to put a basketball court in his backyard? I don't see a way with all the trees around! Maybe just a smaller court.
     
  7. Husky03

    Husky03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 432

    I don't think it is going to be a full sized court. You can't really tell from the pics, but a court would fit like this \. Don't keep a black man from his basketball:laugh:
     
  8. paolaken

    paolaken LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 699

    it'll be nice and shady. looks like a good spot to me. should have gotten a dingo with stump grinder.
     
  9. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794

    How far down did you grind them?

    If he is having concrete poured he is going to need a good 12" or so excavated out, Those tiny stumps would have been easier to rip out with a larger mini ex, and you could have done the dig work for the concrete too.

    Seems like a waste of money and time there.
     
  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    If I had to venture a guess, I would say the teeth were dull. You really need your own stump grinder for this stuff, you can't resort to rentals on a machine that is as maintenance intensive as the stump grinder.
    That's just from watching my friend in the tree business, I never seen someone complain so much about stump grinder teeth but after I saw what he had to go through to ensure a fast, no-nonsense afternoon of grinding, I could see where he was coming from.
    The stump grinder is as maintenance intensive a machine as I have ever seen. Most everything else we do a lot of maintenance to, but you know as well as I do that you can let it go and it's awwwrite, not the stump grinder, it ain't awwwrite without.
    Of course, hydraulics... I never saw a stump grinder that didn't have hydros, guess that could be the other reason.
     

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