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    stump lost the battle

    I have been battling with removing my stump the last few weeks. I tried to dig it out. I went 2 feet down from where it was cut off. I cut a dozen of roots off the stump too. Then I hooked up the tractor and truck and tugged on it. All that did was make holes in the yard from the tires. I tried putting my high lift jack under one of the root stubs. The soil was too wet and the jack sunk in, but it did move the stump a little. I dumped 20 lbs of charcoal and half of the roots I cut off around it and tried to burn it out. Wood still too wet to burn all it did was char the skin. Finally today I used a floor jack, blocks, plywood, and large beam to jack it out. I finally used my physics classes. Made a class 2 lever and got mechanical advantage. Turned my 3 ton floor jack into @ 6 tons of upward force. I still found 2 more roots I needed to cut off before it would move.

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    2 foot deep hole around stump
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    getting jacked
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    those are half of the roots I cut off
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    another root left side
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    final root on right side
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    it is out
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    da hole
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    LMAO Hell yeah, now that's some backyard engineering!!

    Pruav ONE, Stump ZERO!
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    Arizona is hard living. Stumps there must be tuff.

    Not as tough as you!

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    the tree before getting cut down
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    If you ever have to do it again

    Quote Originally Posted by pruav View Post
    the tree before getting cut down
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    Good job on getting the stump out. If you ever have to cut a similar tree again, try either pulling the tree while still intact or cutting the tree as high as you can safely do so, then pulling the stump. The picture is a pretty limby tree but if you put a cable as far up as you can and pull that with your tractor you would have a lot of leverage to start the tree over. Once started, the tree's weight helps take it to the ground.

    It's even better if you water the ground around the tree thoroughly although that might take a lot of water in your area.

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    As Treefarmer suggested, I cut them high, then use the trunk for leverage pulling. I try to only tackle stumps in the spring when the ground is moist.

    I had one stump from a storm downed tree, about 3' across. I sold the trunk and the logger left nothing to pull for leverage, plus I knew it would be too big to do much with if it would come out. So I burned brush on it for several years until it was finally gone. And when I say brush, I mean piles as high as my loader will make.

    Pictures are from burn #2 stump survived this burn The stump in front was "pull" and put in the burn pile, actual stump is behind it to the left.
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    I am just wondering why you cut such a nice looking tree down ???
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    Quote Originally Posted by fjjd18 View Post
    I am just wondering why you cut such a nice looking tree down ???
    It was start to rot at the top of the trunk where all the limbs branch out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treefarmer View Post
    Good job on getting the stump out. If you ever have to cut a similar tree again, try either pulling the tree while still intact or cutting the tree as high as you can safely do so, then pulling the stump. The picture is a pretty limby tree but if you put a cable as far up as you can and pull that with your tractor you would have a lot of leverage to start the tree over. Once started, the tree's weight helps take it to the ground.

    It's even better if you water the ground around the tree thoroughly although that might take a lot of water in your area.

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    I had a tree service come in and cut it down. They had it down and grounded up in just over an hour. I would have had to rent a chain saw, get chains, mix gas, buy bar oil, and make several trips to the dump and it still would have cost me about the same.
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    Good advice about cutting it high and using the trunk as a lever. I realize that wasn't an option in your situation. You used some serious thinking/ingenuity to clean that up. Well done! If we were closer I would have brought over our 580K backhoe, popped it out of the ground and we could have had some beers with the saved time 😁
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