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    Why won't this #$&n stump come out. Thought I did good. Cut all of the roots. Realized it was more than likely too heavy for the little guy so I hooked it up to my truck and no bueno. Tap root?

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    Most likely answer is a tap root. I mean, something has to be keeping it there right?

    Do you know what type of tree is was?
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    what breed of tree

    You'd be surprized how big the root ball on an Oak is.

    They are a pita to dig out......Now I leave the tree attatched for leverage and the little mini ex can topple 100' r's.
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    I do not know what kind of tree it was. It's been a stump since we bought the land. We have a lot of thorny locust kind of trees on the property. The previous owners had a bunch of the "bad trees" cleared from this 2 acres to build on. (then they didn't). So I have about 15 more stumps to get out after this one.

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    I believe you have some more digging to do.
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    honey locust (thorny) ....of which i try to remove 20-50 each year on my property....are a major tap root tree......in addition to usually 2-3 major branch roots .

    i use a full size backhoe ...dig perimeter feeling for and cutting the branch roots then push as high as i can reach in wet weather to break the tap root .....then drag them off........yep if thats what it is you have more work to do sir wet weather can be your friend

    as a service to others...i have learned to ring the tree usually fall before leaves fall...then pour Tordon in the ring...let it set sometimes a year but at least till spring....if you dont use a killer they left over roots will sprout a whole crop of sucker sprouts you will have to deal with later....but i wait to deal with them...one of these days i will have them eradicated hopefully before i die on my property (i am very open to other methods)
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    Quote Originally Posted by rtgt View Post
    I believe you have some more digging to do.
    I can't figure out where to dig more. Out from the tree? Just deeper? Is there a way to get under the stump that I can't think of? I kept going deeper thinking there must be more root but never hit any. Might just be asking too much of the little dude.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ttazzman View Post
    honey locust (thorny) ....of which i try to remove 20-50 each year on my property....are a major tap root tree......in addition to usually 2-3 major branch roots .

    i use a full size backhoe ...dig perimeter feeling for and cutting the branch roots then push as high as i can reach in wet weather to break the tap root .....then drag them off........yep if thats what it is you have more work to do sir wet weather can be your friend

    as a service to others...i have learned to ring the tree usually fall before leaves fall...then pour Tordon in the ring...let it set sometimes a year but at least till spring....if you dont use a killer they left over roots will sprout a whole crop of sucker sprouts you will have to deal with later....but i wait to deal with them...one of these days i will have them eradicated hopefully before i die on my property (i am very open to other methods)

    I lived on a small farm in north central MO a few years back that had a bunch of honey locust trees. I only lived there for about 4 years, but I had them pretty much eliminated by the time I moved back to KS. They sure made good firewood. None where I live now and no fireplace either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ttazzman View Post
    honey locust (thorny) ....of which i try to remove 20-50 each year on my property....are a major tap root tree......in addition to usually 2-3 major branch roots .

    i use a full size backhoe ...dig perimeter feeling for and cutting the branch roots then push as high as i can reach in wet weather to break the tap root .....then drag them off........yep if thats what it is you have more work to do sir wet weather can be your friend

    as a service to others...i have learned to ring the tree usually fall before leaves fall...then pour Tordon in the ring...let it set sometimes a year but at least till spring....if you dont use a killer they left over roots will sprout a whole crop of sucker sprouts you will have to deal with later....but i wait to deal with them...one of these days i will have them eradicated hopefully before i die on my property (i am very open to other methods)
    I have a customer of mine with a mini excavator, a backhoe and and a big a$$ trackhoe. That trackhoe put in my waterline and it just plucked stumps like this out like they weren't there. It was awesome.

    He is going to have one of his guys stop by and pick it out for me. This one is right in the way of a swale I'm cutting for drainage at our new place. Then I can see what is going on and get a better feel for what I have ahead of me for the next 15 or so that aren't necessarily in the way of anything. Just ugly. May be time to rent a mini excavator or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robertopod View Post
    I can't figure out where to dig more. Out from the tree? Just deeper? Is there a way to get under the stump that I can't think of? I kept going deeper thinking there must be more root but never hit any. Might just be asking to much of the little dude.

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    ...think a tap root almost as big as the tree going strait down......has to be broken off since most are beyond practical diggable depth...........might try something on the stump to twist it to break it


    edit: posted the same time as your trackhoe post .....that is the right tool for the job for sure
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