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    Please advise a newbie: Best stump pulling practices with 3 series

    While I'm waiting for my tractor to be delivered, I'm reading as much as I can about safe use of various implements. One common task that seems to generate some controversy is pulling stumps or other resistant loads. Chain vs straps, attachment points, size of chain, how to hook the chain, pull from front vs rear, etc.

    Is there a "best practices" technique for pulling a stump that minimizes risk to the tractor and operator? I will have a 3046R, 320R loader, 4 in 1 bucket (Ken says bolt on hooks won't be a good option), Artillian fork frame with 2" receiver shackle.

    Any Stump Pulling for Dummies suggestions are welcome. I won't be a bit offended with basic information.

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    Hook low.
    Pull from something designed to pull (drawbar, 3 point).
    Don't jerk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutty72 View Post
    Hook low.
    Pull from something designed to pull (drawbar, 3 point).
    Don't jerk.
    This, plus put a coat or blanket on the pulling chain. Nobody likes summer teeth.

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    "Oversize" whatever chains or cables you're using to pull, plus any connections between them. If you break one, it may recoil into the back of your head. Wrap around the stump twice for the same reason, to avoid slipping off the top when it tilts toward the tractor.

    If you know you're going to pull the stump, cut the tree high enough to leave a "lever arm" to help break the roots loose.
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    I'd suggest using the chain (or strap. I prefer a chain though) as little as possible.

    I use a subsoiler and go around the stump to break up any roots that spread outs sideways. Then I use my forks to pry the root ball up. I only attach the chain to break that final tap root (if need be!) and drag the stump out of the hole.
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    I prefer a chain to the drawbar. Any higher attachment point and the pulling will cause the front tires to loos weight and thus traction. I also only pull when i have my ballast box attached and the chain pretty short. So if it breaks/slips it will hit the box, not me or the tractor.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JimR View Post
    I'd suggest using the chain (or strap. I prefer a chain though) as little as possible.

    I use a subsoiler and go around the stump to break up any roots that spread outs sideways. Then I use my forks to pry the root ball up. I only attach the chain to break that final tap root (if need be!) and drag the stump out of the hole.
    This, too. If you think you're going to hook a CUT up to a stump that you can't wiggle by hand, you're biting off more than you can chew in most soil types. I usually do like above, maybe pulling a little to watch where the roots are then slacking the chain and digging/chopping the roots with an axe. It's not a lot of fun.

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    Here is a good example (recently posted in the SCUT thread) of how NOT to do it.

    First - look how high the chain is hooked to the tractor. Any resistance from the stump and you are going over backwards. This is why you want to hook as low as possible. The drawbar is designed for this.

    And talking about the possibility of rolling over - take notice of the ROPS....

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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    Here is a good example (recently posted in the SCUT thread) of how NOT to do it.

    First - look how high the chain is hooked to the tractor. Any resistance from the stump and you are going over backwards. This is why you want to hook as low as possible. The drawbar is designed for this.

    And talking about the possibility of rolling over - take notice of the ROPS....

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