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Question DetailsAsked on 10/7/2013

I have a tree that's been cut down; how do I have the stump removed?

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Depends on how large a stump. For a small one that can just be pulled out with a truck and chain or by cutting the roots with a sawzall, about $50-75. For large ones, about $75-125 if currently cut off within a few inches of ground level, or $100-150 if has to be cut off before the grinding machine can get at it. This assumes of course that the grinding machine can be readily maneuvered to it - looks like a large roto-tiller, smaller ones will fit through a normal 3' wide fence gate - if you have limited access, be sure to tell contractor clearance width when you set up appointment to be sure he has a machine that willl fit through.

Of course, most trees you can remove the stump out yourself if you are inclined unless your soil is real rocky - put a 1 to 2 ton come-along on it with a hard pull and start cutting on the side away from the come-along with a sawzall with 12 inch wood cutting blade - cut roots as you see them - after you get the first couple on the side away from the pull, the stump will start tilting up - just keep cutting roots and tightening the come-along as you go - goes REAL fast after the first couple of roots are up, as the come-along starts ripping roots free of the ground and exposing them for cutting real well. I have done 3' diameter cottonwoods and 2 foot diameter birch this way in less than an hour from starting to haul tool out to sitting back with an iced drink. Granted, if you are talking a 200 year old tree with 2 foot diameter roots, then you are into a bit of pick and shovel work to dig around the big roots and use a chainsaw on them instead, and more like 3-4 hours work per stump. Also, works best with a 5-6 foot stump sticking up for leverage - does not work well on a ground-level cutoff, though you can get the cable or chain passed over the stump and around a root on the side away from the come-along and get some leverage that way - but takes more roots cut before starts tilting up.

If you are inclined to grind the stump yourself, rentals about $120-200/day for a grinder, but you need to be pretty confident - the machines are pretty intimidating to most people, with a 2-3 foot diameter exposed blade spinning away at the front of it, and it does take some muscle to work it back and forth across the stump surface and to hold it in line.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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Sorry - forgot to provide contactor category to search for in Angie's List Search teh List - Tree Removal service, or some Landscaping companies. Because ofthe extreme haqzard of these machines, I would NOT use a handyman, and wouldbe sure their insurance and ESPECIALLY Workman's Compensation coverage is in effect.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD




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