Tree stump removal – excavator or Stump grinder? This is a question that I am often asked about.
As someone who has been grinding out tree stumps for over 16 years, plus. I see people trying all sorts of methods to remove a tree stump. There are many times when I have been to various gardens where the customer has spent the whole weekend trying to dig out a tree stump and got absolutely nowhere! I can see that they have been trying their hardest to remove the offending tree stump. And yet often their work can all be in vain.
First of all, if your tree stump is larger than 15 inches (40 cm) the average mini digger may struggle to remove the tree stump. It is surprising how much hold a live tree stump can have. The second problem is that once you have removed the tree stump with a digger, what do you do with the actual stump itself? Thirdly, if your tree stump is against the wall, pathway or a building pulling the stump out with a digger can also cause issues like cracking a path or disturbing foundation.
I appreciate if you have a digger on site that sometimes an excavator can be a good option. However, for most jobs in the garden, a stump grinder is the cleanest way to remove a tree stump.
A stump grinder literally grinds the tree stump into small wood chips that will quickly decompose in the ground. Or alternatively, they can be removed and composted or taken away. In many cases, a stump grinder will remove the whole root ball. Which is ideal for replanting or laying on et cetera. The other great advantage of a stump grinder the fact that the machine can grind close to walls and fences. In this way, it does not cause any damage to walls, foundations or pathways.
What Do You Do With A Tree Stump Once It’s Been Dugout?
One of the problems with removing a tree stump with a digger is the fact that what you do with the tree stump once it’s been dugout? I have seen lorries, trucks and trailers with large tree stumps on the back that have been dug out with a large excavator. The advantage of stump grinding is the fact that the tree stump is mulched up into small chippings that can easily rot away. When a tree stump is dug out with a digger there is a cost involved to remove the actual stump. In many cases, I can grind a tree stump out quicker than a digger can pull a tree stump out.
Narrow Width Stump Grinder
I own a Predator radio remote narrow width stump grinder which can grind any size stump and will also fit through a narrow gateway. The tree stump is a tracked machine. Which gives the stump grinder a very low ground pressure and causes minimum damage to lawns and gardens. You can find out more about the stump grinder that I use here. The chippings can either be composted or put back into the ground.
If you would like more information on grinding out a tree stump or multiple stumps. Please feel free to call Roy on (07971) 648879.