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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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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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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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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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Rent a stump grinder it will make the job easy.
 

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If you don't want to rent

If you have some time and don't want to rent a grinder, consider drilling a series of holes in the top of the stump and packing them with fertilizer. That will speed up the rotting process. It will still take a while but the fertilizer both holds moisture and feeds the bacteria that rot the stump.

Or you could do what I did with a hickory stump. I used a chainsaw to cut a bowl in the stump and made a planter out of it. I drilled into the bowl from the side so excess water can escape. It's got marigolds blooming away in it right now. It's probably only got another couple of years before it rots too much but then I'll take it down as hopefully some of the roots will have rotted as well.

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I'd call in someone with a stump grinder, pay them the $50 to $75 to grind out the stump, then use your tractor to clean up the mess, fill the hole and patch the lawn.

I dug a stump half that size many years ago when I was building my garage because it was right square in the way, hope I never need to do that again. Even with a full size backhoe and experienced operator it was a two hour job that left an enormous hole to fill and roots pulled up everywhere. I spent hours digging and cutting all the roots off. The job was tough on his machine too, really glad it wasn't my tractor.
 

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Another vote for the grinder because of what was said above about a lot less clean up. I would use a chainsaw and cut off as much as I could before using the grinder. It looks like you could take off 6-8" in height on that, which would obviously take a while to grind. I've found that dry stumps grind much quicker and easier than if they're wet, so consider the timing of when you do it. My father and I removed over 100 pine stumps in my backyard last year using his 784, the MC and me on the stump grinder. I rented one for the week. I ground whatever he couldn't dig up. Check it over if you do rent one. Check the condition of the teeth especially. Some on the one I used broke off and after looking it over, they were worn thin where they mounted. I called the rental company to get more and they said I'd have to load it back up and bring it to them, which ended up taking most of the day. Good luck!
 

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Most of us are here for 2 reasons: To learn, either from other's mistakes or their knowledge or experience, or to help, based on our mistakes, knowledge, or experiences!

Here's 2 of mine:
In the mid 80's, I dropped a hickory tree, maybe 3 foot+ diameter at ground level. I had a JD 1010C crawler with a hoe, a chainsaw, and figured, 'I can get that stump out.' Well, I did...2 months later, 8 or 10 saw chains later (plus sharpening each 3 or 4 times before they were TOTALLY destroyed!), and a 40 foot diameter hole 6-8 feet deep. I got the stump was out!

Last summer, I dropped an oak, 2 foot diameter at the ground. I know have a Case 580K TLB (a pretty good size machine) and a chainsaw. I also have a computer (to find a local stump grinder), and a telephone (to contact that local stump grinder)! $100 and an hour later, the stump grinder rolled out of my yard and the stump was gone!

If you want seat time, plus buying fuel and the joy of replacing a dozen saw blades and maybe a bar or 2, go for it! If you want to play with a stump grinder, rent one, and enjoy! If you just want the stump gone, hire a stump grinder! Those are pretty much your choices, other than waiting for it to rot in 15 years. Your yard, your equipment, time, and $$, and your call. Bob
 

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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.
Rather than a fan, I use a steel drum,,
cut out the bottom, then cut a large hole in the top,,

The stump will burn like it is in a woodstove,, :good2:

 

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Should you get it dug up, you can likely just chain it to the drawbar and pull it out of the hole.
Or use a truck to drag it out.

Personally, Id grind it. Anything that big is going to be a BIG job to dig out.
You could grind it 18" down in a few hours pretty easy and be done.
 

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I’m just here to see pictures of the stump grinder :lol:




I say go for it! You will be the man if you get it out! You could walk around with your chest out high.


For the record I’d call in the stump grinder. I had a guy come grind a lot of my stumps in my yard. I went and made money while he grinded about 14 stumps from 12”-36”. $300 bucks I believe. I left enough 8-12” in my wooded back yard I’ll get to when I’m bored.
 
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