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1930
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# Posted: 21 Dec 2018 12:16
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Worth asking not that I expect any new revelations but anyone here had to deal with multiple stump removal in their efforts to clear land?

I've tried this https://youtu.be/x8tnHIMNqTo and not tons of luck due to sandy soil and a real loss of traction to the vehicle pulling.

Maybe someone here has used a different technique?

I'd love to be able to make a dent in the stumps I have to remove before the large equipment rental.

BTW I am glad to have found this forum. I share alot of the interests you guys seem to have.

ICC
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# Posted: 21 Dec 2018 14:25
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If all the trees have been cut it is too late for my recommendation. When we know we want to remove stumps we first use a skid steer to push the whole tree over, then we cut the trunk into pieces. This works great with the tall pines and firs that are the common trees of the forests where we are. If the trees are already felled it gets more difficult and time-consuming. We have a stump grinder available to use, they can be rented. But if you are going to be building on the ground where the stumps are you need to remove them as the ground will subside as the stump rots.

hueyjazz
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# Posted: 21 Dec 2018 17:04
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Well
When I worked on the farm we could go to feed store and buy dynamite no questions asked but those days are gone. However I don’t know any farmers that would spend the money on it. We always had plenty of ammonia nitrate fertilizer and fuel oil. At feed store we could get blasting caps. Those days are gone too.
It’s been many years since I’ve done that but it was the most fun a teenager could have on farm. I’m 60 now

I’ve been told you can use tannernite now. Dig a hole under it and put it in there. Then shoot at it from a distance. It won’t be cheap but it would be fun.

paulz
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# Posted: 21 Dec 2018 17:16 - Edited by: paulz
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Sometimes I dig them out with the backhoe. Sometimes I use the stump grinder. I like the idea of burning them. Haven't tried it yet
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beachman
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# Posted: 21 Dec 2018 18:25
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I removed mine by hand - one stump per day. Then had to manually put them in a boat to load onto a truck then haul away. Icc is right, get rid of them if you are building.

slgerber
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# Posted: 22 Dec 2018 16:39
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I've been experimenting some with piling wet organic materials on top of stumps. The idea is that maintaining a moist environment will encourage soft rot to set in more quickly. Once a stump turns soft and pithy it's much easier to chop out in chunks than when it is exposed to air and turns dry and hard. I've had some success with a few smaller trees with softer rot prone wood like hemlock and tulip polar, but not so much with large oak stumps.

paul8511
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# Posted: 22 Dec 2018 18:06
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iron rod, fermented corn, pig
ferment the corn, poke holes down to the roots all around stumb, backfill, let pig do the work

toyota_mdt_tech
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# Posted: 22 Dec 2018 20:28
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My dad would just burn them out with charcoal briquets and a slow speed fan. Feel free to roast weenies or make smores while your at it too.

1930
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# Posted: 23 Dec 2018 06:55
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I have more than 100 stumps/trees to deal with.

hueyjazz
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# Posted: 24 Dec 2018 10:17
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How big of stumps are we talking here and what's your master plan?

If these are of any size then removing a hundred is going to take a lot of time unless you have some heavy equipment do the job. All the methods mentioned here are good for a few unless we are talking sampling stumps.

Minimum you're going to need a tractor to pull them. Presently I'm preparing a site for a pole barn and I've dropped about 60 trees. Most of these are five inches of diameter or less. However about twenty are a foot or better.

I already have a guy set up for the spring to do the site work. He ask that I leave about four foot of the tree so he could knock them over with his skid steer. He charging me a $1000 to do this and level the site. This I thought to be an excellent deal.

I did look into renting a skid steer and they were About $300 a day plus a fee for getting it delivered to a remote area. That $1000 will get it done in a day and I can work on those things that I actually know how to do without killing myself.

Are these samplings? Pickup truck, 4WD, chain, decent hitch, engage in low and yahoo. Be careful so stump doesn't rocket through your rear window when tension is released as stump isn't anchored anymore.

My best source of information is my country butcher. He seems to know everybody. Quality of his meats is beyond anything I've ever obtained before and all the locals go to him. He knows who does what and who is good at it. I also find country pay scale to be far more reasonable than city pay scale.

1930
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# Posted: 24 Dec 2018 12:57
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Range in size from 3-8 for the majority, some bigger but I don't expect to remove anything large.

My master plan is too save as much as possible till Feb 2023 and in the meantime work out there, get done what I can get done/have fun.

February 2023 start building my retirement home.

I've already tried the post deal that I posted a link to above, no traction, I wasn't satisfied and I'd like to do better cause I don't like being beat.

hueyjazz
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# Posted: 26 Dec 2018 14:13 - Edited by: hueyjazz
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Well 1930, you got the same master plan as I do and I don't like get beat either. But, work smart and not hard.

The small stuff will start to rot away. Keep cutting off any suckers that give stump any nutrition. I got a pro weed whacker with a carbide tip saw blade on it that make easy work of the small stuff. Big stuff there's just no easy way to do quantity quickly without something that's going give you an advantage. Used tractor? Sandy soil doesn't seem to lock roots as well as some.

1930
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# Posted: 26 Dec 2018 19:26
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I dont suppose anyone here has tried one of these ?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/MINI-BACKHOE-WITH-10-14-and-24-BUCKETS-JANSEN-MINI-EXCAVATOR -10HP/263935697001?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908 105057%26meid%3Dabdd7d4dfbc84af7bdf12ba11a2174a9%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D15%2 6sd%3D263935697001%26itm%3D263935697001&_trksid=p2481888.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=page ci%3Ac186c163-096d-11e9-ba4a-74dbd1800492%7Cparentrq%3Aed0c3c6c1670ab4dd50b2ca8fff493 34%7Ciid%3A1 or this one? https://www.harborfreight.com/9-hp-towable-backhoe-62365.html

I have a small tractor already but its not large enough for a backhoe attachment

DaveBell
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# Posted: 26 Dec 2018 20:06
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justincasei812
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# Posted: 28 Dec 2018 11:50
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I have taken about 250 trees off around my cabin just for better sun light and so nothing comes crashing down on it. There were some trees that were in the woods that the stumps didn't matter as long as they are real close to the ground. Anything small I have taken the stumps out with a pick axe. If you have an old chainsaw that you don't care too much about or buy a cheap one out of the want ads it helps with bigger roots. Takes a little bit of time but it's good exercise. Anything with some size (1 1/2' or better) to it I have hired out and had them grind the stumps. I priced out the cost to rent a grinder for a day $300- 350+. I had a guy come in and ground about 60- 70 stumps for just less than $600. I figured with my inexperience it would have taken me a day or two to do it myself. So it was pretty close to a wash for me.

RichInTheUSA
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# Posted: 29 Dec 2018 17:51
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I took stumps out my stumps by digging a trench around the tree... then filling it with water and letting root ball get nice and wet.

Then took a chain and attached it to my pickup in 4 wheel drive. Pulled them right out some times... but other times had to see which roots were holding, used the axe, and then pulled again with the truck.

Worked for me.

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