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    Tree and Stump Removal

    I have some small trees that i want to remove on my property. I am trying to thin out my woods area behind my house for a little more "park like" area. Does anyone have any tips on how to remove the trees. Most of the trees that i want to get rid of are at most 8" in circumference. I have been able to just pull some of the smaller ones out with my tractor, but not the bigger ones, because a lot of them are closer together, and the root systems are all interconnected. I have a 3025e, and no backhoe. I really don't want to dig up all of them with the loader. Is there any easier way to get these out, without damaging my tractor?

    I saw a video online where a guy some some block and tackle to pull out a MASSIVE stump with a small 1 series like tractor.
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    8” in circumference equals only 2.5” in diameter. Pulling small trees like that would be pretty simple with a chain and a wheel/rim as shown in the video.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3aiErElwrxA
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    Quote Originally Posted by danmc48 View Post
    I have some small trees that i want to remove on my property. I am trying to thin out my woods area behind my house for a little more "park like" area. Does anyone have any tips on how to remove the trees. Most of the trees that i want to get rid of are at most 8" in circumference. I have been able to just pull some of the smaller ones out with my tractor, but not the bigger ones, because a lot of them are closer together, and the root systems are all interconnected. I have a 3025e, and no backhoe. I really don't want to dig up all of them with the loader. Is there any easier way to get these out, without damaging my tractor?

    I saw a video online where a guy some some block and tackle to pull out a MASSIVE stump with a small 1 series like tractor.
    I'll be interested to see the replies.

    Search for "stump bucket" on YouTube to see videos of it being done.

    Once you break up the roots on the periphery there isn't much left that holds them in place. At least you have a lot more leverage to get the stump out at that point. I wonder if something as simple as a subsoiler would be sufficient for the job.

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    I'm guessing he meant 8" in diameter, not circumference.

    Did you do that math in your head, Stan? I could have easily told you the circumference from the diameter or radius, but going the other way would have required some cipherin' with a pencil and paper. Or at least with Google!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark02tj View Post
    I'm guessing he meant 8" in diameter, not circumference.

    Did you do that math in your head, Stan? I could have easily told you the circumference from the diameter or radius, but going the other way would have required some cipherin' with a pencil and paper. Or at least with Google!
    Once upon a time......but yeah - Google was my friend. It has made me lazy!

    If that is the case and they being 8” diameter nothing but a backhoe I am thinking.
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    Years ago I cut off some locust trees to allow Bush-Hogging a field. I purposely left the stumps at waist height so that I could see them through the briars during subsequent mow sessions. After acquiring the property four years ago, I began using a chain and my tractor's drawbar or largest four-wheeler and attached the chain as high as possible on the stump to increase the lever force on the stump. Soft ground helps with stump removal also, such as in the springtime or after a rainy period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danmc48 View Post
    I have some small trees that i want to remove on my property. I am trying to thin out my woods area behind my house for a little more "park like" area. Does anyone have any tips on how to remove the trees. Most of the trees that i want to get rid of are at most 8" in circumference. I have been able to just pull some of the smaller ones out with my tractor, but not the bigger ones, because a lot of them are closer together, and the root systems are all interconnected. I have a 3025e, and no backhoe. I really don't want to dig up all of them with the loader. Is there any easier way to get these out, without damaging my tractor?

    I saw a video online where a guy some some block and tackle to pull out a MASSIVE stump with a small 1 series like tractor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    8” in circumference equals only 2.5” in diameter. Pulling small trees like that would be pretty simple with a chain and a wheel/rim as shown in the video.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3aiErElwrxA
    Great! Just the type of tip i was looking for! Now i just got to find a wheel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlKozak View Post
    I'll be interested to see the replies.

    Search for "stump bucket" on YouTube to see videos of it being done.

    Once you break up the roots on the periphery there isn't much left that holds them in place. At least you have a lot more leverage to get the stump out at that point. I wonder if something as simple as a subsoiler would be sufficient for the job.

    Al
    I've looked into both of those, but i don't have the room to work around the trees right now. Very tight working area until i open it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark02tj View Post
    I'm guessing he meant 8" in diameter, not circumference.

    Did you do that math in your head, Stan? I could have easily told you the circumference from the diameter or radius, but going the other way would have required some cipherin' with a pencil and paper. Or at least with Google!
    Nope, meant circumference. Pretty small trees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danmc48 View Post
    Great! Just the type of tip i was looking for! Now i just got to find a wheel.
    You can create the same effect with something like a piece of 6x6 lumber - put a notch in the top of it for the chain to rest in. Then position the 6x6 vertically slightly leaning toward the tree with the chain in the notch and pull.

    You can be creative to find something to use that will work. The main thing is to get upward force on the base of the tree - enough to at least get it started - then lateral movement is fine to pull it the rest of the way out.
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