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    Dig up a 43" oak stump, am I crazy?

    I love to browse the what have you conquered thread. And I've done plenty with mine, but nothing so ambitious as many of you, wasn't sure it was worthy. But this, 43" diameter stump, this will be a challenge. Even once I've dug it out, cutoff roots, not sure the 2032 will pull it out. I dug one out half that size, and it was all I could do to lift it with the grapple. There was a lot of dirt/clay among the roots it weighed a ton (figuratively speaking, not really sure how much it weighed).
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    So I've often read we can tackle any project with our compact tractors, it just may take longer. I have no idea how deep and broad the roots on a oak tree of this size are.

    Advice?

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    I say go for it.
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    If its like the oaks I've removed your in for quite a project.

    Root ball will be twice the diameter of the stump and probbly 5' tall.
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    For a stump that big, I would consider picking up a cheap old beat up chainsaw that you don't mind getting into the dirt. I've cut roots many other ways, but it takes forever. Since you're too close to structures to use explosives, a small "throw away" investment seems to make sense. It also would help you gain better access to leverage points as you dig. Another thought: With a combination of your "good" and "ugly" saws, you might be able to cut vertically to divide the stump into quarters. That would let you pull sideways and backwards on roots rather than straight in tension where they're strongest. I've never tacked a stump that massive. Please keep posting progress!

    Oh, and yes you're crazy. But we like that here...
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    I think I would find a stump grinder,,. and remove it that way.
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    I dig out a Bradford Pear stump with a ridiculous spiderweb of a root ball. I used my craftsman chainsaw and an ax to chop roots. I boogerred up my saw chain pretty bad from dirt, but it’s salvageable. You’re not going to ruin a saw doing such things, but I still wouldn’t stick my Husky in the dirt. Like said above, you could quarter it with a chain saw, and that would help. I think that’s how I’d choose to go about this project. I’m in for updates!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjlennon View Post
    I love to browse the what have you conquered thread. And I've done plenty with mine, but nothing so ambitious as many of you, wasn't sure it was worthy. But this, 43" diameter stump, this will be a challenge. Even once I've dug it out, cutoff roots, not sure the 2032 will pull it out. I dug one out half that size, and it was all I could do to lift it with the grapple. There was a lot of dirt/clay among the roots it weighed a ton (figuratively speaking, not really sure how much it weighed).
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    So I've often read we can tackle any project with our compact tractors, it just may take longer. I have no idea how deep and broad the roots on a oak tree of this size are.

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    2032R? Do you have a backhoe for it? Otherwise if you're planning on using the loader bucket it's going to be quite an excavation. Even with a backhoe, a 46 or a 270 you're in for a heck of a task.

    I'd suggest contracting someone with an excavator or a construction TLB to come in and dig it out. Otherwise have the stump ground down below the grade.
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    I don't think I would attempt to dig that out with a small tractor. Try a large bag of charcoal and a fan first.
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    Are there any buried utilities nearby? That’s pretty close to the house. Careful before you start going to China. Unless your putting a structure there, I’d rent a stump grinder if your just planting grass


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    Definitely call the wire locating service, it should be free. Otherwise I say go for it. I pulled one out similar in size with my 3025E and an Artillian Hoe Bucket. I would use that or some sort of stump bucket if you have one. Your regular FEL bucket is too big for this task. A BH would probably be ideal but I have never used one so.. You have to dig around the stump and dig down. It will be a pretty wide circle and you will be cutting the roots in addition to removing dirt. Highly doubtful you will be able to lift that stump out of the ground since the roots will have a lot of dirt mixed in. With mine I was able to roll the stump to one side of the hole and then backfill the hole eventually the stump came out of the hole.

    Plan most of a day or two to do this. Patience is key If you have utility or water lines buried in the ground then consider just using a stump grinder because it maybe to much of a PIA to work around the lines safely. What are you going to do with the stump once it's out? I am still burning the one I removed and it's been a year and 4 or 5 bon fires. It's significantly smaller than when I first pulled it out but it's still hanging on.

    Another less exciting non-John Deere seat time method I have seen on YouTube is people drill a hole in the stump and burn it out. You are close to structure, I assume you care about so that might be too much risk to manage successfully.
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