To cut to the chase...here's the bottom line question:
Would an aggressive stump bucket like this CRI bucket on a little SCUT be able to take the stumps of 10-12 inch diameter spruce trees in wet soil?
Here's the backstory...
I recently had a storm take down one of about 7 relatively unhealthy blue spruces along one edge of my property, all of them about 10-12 inches in diameter at the base. The soil is pretty wet (probably one reason the trees aren't very robust) and as you can see from the photo it's a pretty shallow root system, typical of blue spruce. Straight line winds just plain blew the sucker over. This was probably the largest of the 7 spruces along that fence.
As I've been working on getting this tree out of there, I find that I'm held up at the base by several small-ish 2-3 inch roots. With my 1023E and forks, I can lift the tree and rotate it back and forth pivoting on the roots that are attached but I don't have enough power to lift at the base and uproot them. It's clear that I'm going to have to sever those remaining feeder roots to free up the base.
Additionally, I think (more importantly, my wife thinks) that those other spruce trees are going to have to come down. She wants them out of there and wants to replant white pines or balsams, or something.
And in the front yard I have a couple of other unhealthy spruces that need to come out and replaced with something more suitable to the soil and location.
These trees are all 10-12 inches in diameter (the one that blew down is the largest of them). I'm no tree expert, but I know that spruce typically have no tap root, just spreading feeders that rarely go deeper than about 12-18 inches, and that's what I see on the one that blew down.
As I was looking at the stump bucket thread here, it occurred to me that an aggressive stump bucket like the CRI bucket ought to let me rip the rest of those roots on the downed tree. So, I wonder if that same bucket on my 1023E would be able to uproot the remaining spruce trees along that fence.
My question for you all, and I appreciate your looking at this thread:
Would an aggressive stump bucket like this CRI bucket on a little SCUT be able to take the stumps of 10-12 inch diameter spruce trees in wet soil? I'd need to dig around the things and sever the feeder roots and then lever the stump out of there. My thinking is that $750 for a stump bucket is going to be a lot less than what I'd pay a tree service.
Or...any other ideas?