Hand Digging A Stump Can Be Painful

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Hand digging a tree stump

In this situation, the customer had tried to hand dig their hardwood gum tree stump out by themselves. The customer was trying to dig under the stump to be able to dislodge it. After days of digging away by hand using a shovel and mattock and many blisters and sore muscles later, they decided to hand it over to the professionals. We came to the site with all our stump grinding machines and were able to grind this stump out within a few hours. We turned the hardwood tree stump into usable mulch. Our customer was very grateful and glad he called. Hand digging a tree stump is not for the faint-hearted, especially a hardwood.

If you are determined to dig the tree stump out your self make sure you choose the right digging tool and the tools are in good condition. The handles need to be sturdy and your tools need to be sharp. It’s worth using a metal grinder or file on the mattock or axe to make the job easier. A mattock is one of the most versatile tools because it can dig and chop. The mattock has a long handle, and a head with an axe blade and a cutter for digging up and cutting tree roots. A sharp axe would be a handy addition to the task as well. Lastly, wear really good gloves made of leather or some sort of tough material.

Reducing Stump Grinding Costs

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Palm Tree Stumps

To reduce your stump grinding costs it’s better to get your stumps taken down as low as possible. This photo shows that there is still trunk above the stump. If these stumps were cut just above ground level this would have made for a cheaper stump grinding service. We are able to cut the stumps down lower as we do carry a chainsaw, but there is extra charge for it.

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Difficult Access Tree Stump Surrounded By Concrete

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Portable Stump Grinder

In this situation we couldn’t get our large hydraulic machine to the stump. So instead we opted for our small portable stump grinder. As you can see in the picture it’s narrow in width and can easily be manoeuvred into difficult areas. This stump was surrounded by concrete which meant we had to take extra care when grinding. Making sure our stump grinder machine didn’t come into contact with the concrete as it can damage our machine cutting teeth.

Deep Stump Grinding For Replanting

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In this situation we needed to use our portable hand held machine to grind deep enough for replanting. This meant grinding 400mm to 500mm below ground level to remove the entire stump and root system. This allowed for a perfect space to plant a new tree. It is important we know what is happening to the area after the stump has been ground out so we can grind to the appropriate depth. We make sure your new plant has plenty of room to grow without getting caught up on an old tree stump.

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Aluminium Ramps For The Stumpgrinder

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We always try to be the most efficient stump grinder possible using wherever means possible. In this situation we needed to use our aluminium ramps to enable us to use our most efficient stump grinder, down into a boggy building site. We could have used our smaller portable machine, but it would have added to the cost of the job.