Have a pesky stump in your yard? There are a variety of ways to take care of that, but the safest and most reliable way is with a stump grinder. Many people attempt to remove lawn stumps in unsafe ways such as with a chainsaw. If you value safety and time, invest in a stump grinder for removing your stumps.
How it Works
How do stump grinders work? Stump grinders are incredibly varied, with some being personal sized and some being as large as a truck. The key to discerning what kind of grinder you will need will depend on a variety of different factors. Besides manually removing stumps by literally dragging them out of the ground, stump grinders work by allowing you to slowly chip away at the wood with a rotating disk.
The disk typically has teeth made of carbide, giving it excellent cutting power. This disk burrows its way into the wood and turns the stump into a pile of sawdust. The sawdust is then either left to rot, or collected and hauled off.
You may be thinking that you can just use a chainsaw to remove that pesky stump. Why not? For starters, chainsaws work by spinning a saw chain around the arm. Getting rid of a stump involves digging into the ground, which would involve getting dirt all through your chainsaw. This can not only decrease the live of your chainsaw’s teeth, but it also will bring the dirt into the main area of your saw.
Beyond that, it is just flat out impractical. The amount of time it would take to manually remove a stump from the ground with a chainsaw just doesn’t make sense compared to the raw grinding power you get from a real stump grinder.
There are four primary types of stump grinders: handlebar grinders, self-propelled machines, tow grinders, and truck mounted grinders. Handlebar grinders and self-propelled have a clear advantage over the competition simply because of their size. They can get places traditional stump grinders can’t get to. This is perfect for getting to stumps behind sheds, or close to existing trees.
However, they generally lack the amount of power other grinders will have, and are unable to grind as deep as other grinders.
For picking up when handlebar and self-propelled grinders fail, tow grinders and truck mounted grinders come stacked with power and depth. Truck mounted grinders can also be fitted to the PTO of a tractor for power, giving them enough power to grind and sized stump.
When looking for a grinder, there are a few things to look for. It is imperative that your stump grinder have some sort of skirt around it to shield you from flying objects that will inevitably result from stump grinding. If you’re not sure about the best way to go about grinding a stump, or find yourself uncomfortable doing it, it may be a good idea to hire someone to do it. Most companies charge by the diameter of the stump, and also how deep it is.