stump grinding

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by johnnybow, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. johnnybow

    johnnybow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 157

    I have a lady that wants me to give her a bid on grinding 3 tree stumps. Im not sure how to price it. My hourly wage or by the job. I have to rent the grinder. Anybody ever grind stumps? Any ideas? thanks.
  2. sicnj

    sicnj LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 258

    grinding stumps of what size and species (oak or pine).
    i sub out all my stump grinding work.
  3. FLAhaulboy

    FLAhaulboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    Charge your hourly rate+charge for the the rental fee+picking up/returning the grinder.
  4. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    around my area most gues charge by the diameter of the stump. But then factor in if its an easy soft wood or if its an oak. also have to figure in roots, are there large roots going out 20 feet near the surface that need to be ground aswell? If it's just 3 small 6" pines you culd probably sub it out for not more than renting a grinder would cost you
  5. LoweJ82

    LoweJ82 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 365

    above poster dead on, I like to try and put it out a couple weeks then try to pick up a few more stumps and get all done during one rental period.
  6. Green Feet Lawn

    Green Feet Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 226

    Sub it out and make a little money. Make sure sub has insurance.
  7. johnnybow

    johnnybow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 157

    I checked with the rental today, I can rent one for 90 dollers a day. Im thinking about renting it for a day and try to find a few more stumps. Im thinking about charging 90 for the labor too. Is 180 too high to grind 3 stumps. Sorry i dont know the exact diamater of the stumps yet other than they came from good size trees.
  8. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    if its $90 a day it has t be a walk behind grinder. They take forever and are a pain in the ass. If these are hard woods at 10" idameter or more I would deffinetly bring in a sub with a real stump grinder that is hydrolically driven
  9. Turboguy

    Turboguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,970

    I will agree, rent a good stump grinder. I rented one like you are talking about with the plans to grind 5 stumps. At the end of the day I was still grinding on my first one. It was a pretty big and very old hardwood one but far more work than I expected.

    Towards the end of the day a friend of mine in the tree business stopped by and asked why I had not just had him do it. That all those things I was doing by hand his did hydraulically and insted of working my butt off as I was his would have been one handed control.

    Good equipment saves money.
  10. Brodie

    Brodie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    I do quite a lot of stump grinding. As a result we have a self propelled hydraulic grinder and on a decent sized hardwood stump we can be there for quite a while. If you are getting a grinder from a rental company I would think it is only going to be a small machine. I can tell you from experience that using those machines is a lot of hard work for little gain. Id overestimate your time on each of the stumps.

    If you are charging $180 for 3 stumps then you are way under in your pricing unless the stumps are really small. If you can give me an approximate stump diameter then I am more than happy to help you price out the stump.

    Just a quick question but are you insured for stump grinding work? Do you need a separate qualification to use a stump grinder? I only ask because workcover Australia wants us to have certain qualification to use the machinery.

    If you can give me some idea of measurements though I would be happy to price it out with you.

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