Right now I have roughly 15 - 20 trees I need to take down and grind up the stumps on. My plan is to grind them down, till up the area and then plant new grass. I am leaning towards the WG24 because it's heavier. I like the "creep forward" style of the WG24 and the 1P24.wifi-guy,
Remember - the stump you grind today will be the hole you twist your ankle in tomorrow... I'll be filling in holes forever.
How many stumps do you have to grind and what type of trees?
I have a thousand+ ground stumps under my belt and lots of other stump grinder related "experience" (i.e. what you get when things don't go right).
There have been several reviews of the Woodland Mills WG24 grinder with lots of enthusiasm on this and other tractor forums. I haven't seen much on the Baumalight (I'll assume the 1P24 is the competition here). The cutting wheels look almost identical between the two from their pictures...
The Woodland Mills unit comes with a slip clutch PTO shaft vs. a shear bolt on the Baumalight. Strike one against the 1P24 Baumalight - a slip clutch is more protection that a shear bolt, although it's a bother to maintain. Fail to maintain a slip clutch and it's a liability (lots of folks will point to this as the reason why shear bolts are better). Stump grinders take a beating. I expect you'd be going through a lot of shear bolts during the initial learning curve and on even after that. Protect your machine and save work time - go with a slip clutch pto shaft unit, but take care of it.
The Baumalight looks more stout, but is lighter than the Woodland Mills unit (350lbs vs. 432lbs). All other things being equal, that alone would make the Woodland Mills grinder a better choice. Mass is very important with stump grinders - heavier the better (and these are both very light BTW).
The 3P24 from Baumalight is 624lbs and would fit your tractor as well but may require an electric diverter and/or extra hydraulic remote/s. It also has a slip clutch which makes up for the 1P24's sin. It spins at 810RPM vs 540RPM for the 1P24/WP24. This unit would be a better performer than the Woodland Mills but isn't as good a match for your machine's PTO HP... It would work mind you, and better in my estimate. It's just you're lower on of the HP range of the 3P24 than the 1P24/WP24 and it would work you tractor ~1.5x harder. I'm sure its more $$$ and rigidity is more of an issue in that design than the 1P24/WP24.
As I don't have any of these models, I can't speak for their individual performance. I can tell you it's important to have a very rigid frame on the unit without slop at any joints. Also, look into the price of teeth for the two units... Teeth can be a significant expense (you can sharpen them with a green/silicon carbide or diamond wheel and a respirator). They are a consumable. The slip clutch pads are likewise a consumable, but cheap insurance for your $30k machine.
I would lean towards the Woodland Mills WG24 vs. Baumalight 1P24, given the information above. If money was no issue and you could get a good inspection/demo of the unit before purchase, I'd go with the heavier Baumalight 3P24 or similar styled grinder from other manufactures to get the heft that design provides for your machine.
What are the considerations you are weighing to make your decision on stump grinders (e.g. cost, performance, compatibility, etc...)?
It's only money....:gizmo:
I second this and MattF’s sentiment on renting a stand alone self propelled stump grinder. A suitable sized machine would be a fraction the cost, easily and quickly complete the work (1/2 a day rental) and save your tractor the abuse and you considerable cost for a implement that you might someday use one more time.Is using the tractor mandatory? How about renting a stand-alone self-propelled unit?
I have rented before. Those machines are beat to crap and most of the time (at least in my area) there is only 1 place to rent from. The teeth are duller than dull. Took me a full day to grind up 3 stumps. It wasn't a fun day.Is using the tractor mandatory? How about renting a stand-alone self-propelled unit?
It never is... If you want it, get it! :kidw_truck_smiley:I have 20 stumps right now and that's not the end of it.