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How to Safely Use a Stump Grinder

Making a yard look beautiful is a matter of pride for many people; for others, it is a matter of practicality. Yards can be both beautiful and practical, and trees can be a big asset in achieving both aesthetic and utilitarian ends. However, when a tree needs to go, for whatever reason, leaving a stump behind is both unsightly and impractical. Tree stumps take up room that could be used for other things and are an eyesore to the property that doesn’t need to be there. Removing a stump is a fairly simple process and can be achieved with minimal fuss by obtaining a specialized piece of equipment: a stump grinder. Stump grinders can be rented from most tool rental agencies, or, if you have an ongoing use for the tool, can be purchased from companies such as ExMark. Whether you rent or buy, a stump grinder is a good investment, but, as with all power tools, it must be used responsibly.
 
How to Safely Use a Stump Grinder

A stump grinder is basically a vertical spinning blade set in a machine that allows it to pivot as it cuts. The blade is designed to be extremely durable and can withstand a lot of friction. While you want to avoid rocks, hitting one with a stump grinder is unlikely to damage the blade. The machine is bulky (especially the more powerful versions) and you will need to make sure you have the appropriate help to lift and transport it to your desired location, but once there, a stump grinder can easily be operated by one person.

1.      First, make sure you have the right protective gear. Safety glasses, ear protection, gloves, and a hard hat are a must, as the grinder will spit out many broken chunks of wood in all directions.

2.      The grinder is gas powered, and you will need to make sure you have sufficient fuel to finish the job.

3.      Position the grinder so that the blade is facing the stump, and start the engine with the pull cord.

4.      Roll the grinder forward and tip it back so that the blade sits over or to the side of the stump.

5.      Engage the locking mechanism (which locks one wheel around which the machine pivots), and begin to cut away at the stump with side to side motions.

6.      The stump grinder will slowly grind out a curved bit of the tree stump in much the same way as a router. The process will take time, but the stump and roots can be cut out to whatever depth you desire (within practical reason) so that what remains of the stump may be covered with soil.


Renting a stump grinder, or purchasing one from a manufacturer like ExMark, can help you achieve the right look for your yard and aid you in reclaiming the space for other uses.

10 comments:

  1. This sounds like a neat thing to have if you have stumps. We have one but I don't think I will be removing it. It is in the shape of a heart so it brings smiles when I see it especially with a dusting of snow lol Ok I know i am an odd duck.

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  2. i need this we have so many stumps to get rid of

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  3. What a great idea for those who need to get rid of stumps I bet it can be a nusence x

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  4. I am very experienced with these, if you have ever owned a cypress tree, you learn quick.

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  5. Wow, it was great to read how to use this machine. It is actually empowering to learn that this is something I can do for myself.

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  6. I hope I never need to use one as that thing scares the heck out of me!lol but if I ever need to it is good to know how to use it correctly

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  7. We don't have one but thanks for the information.

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  8. Such great ideas for those looking to get rid of stumps! It's good to know that you can rent these machines.

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  9. The place where we used to live there were many trees around, including an eye-sore tree stump. This equipment is definitely helpful.

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  10. I have never used a stump grinder and I don't really have a big back yard so I don't think I will be getting one anytime soon but this was interesting information. :)

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