Now that the weather is finally warming and showing signs of spring, many homeowners are removing unhealthy trees that were damaged over the winter. If you have trees that were damaged in the harsh winter weather, spring is the perfect time to remove them and do a little cleanup in your yard. Once the tree is down though, you still have to deal with the stump. You don’t have to live with an unsightly stump in your yard. Instead, you can use a stump grinder to remove it.
Benefits of Stump Grinders
If you have ever tried to remove a stump manually, you know how difficult and laborious the task is. Picks, axes, shovels and chainsaws all require hours of manual labor, and can majorly damage your yard. By using a stump grinder, you can get rid of the stump quickly—and with minimal damage to your yard. The ease of use makes them a clear choice over manual stump removal methods.
Stump grinders come with a hydraulic self propelled motor. They are easily towable with a pick up truck and can drive themselves into position. They can go 12″ below the surface to allow for any type of landscaping. The cutter wheels are designed to chip the wood into small pieces that are easily removed from the site. They also have an electromagnetic clutch with a wheel brake.
How to Use a Stump Grinder
Before you begin removing the stump, you need to prepare the area to make sure that it is clear of rocks and debris. This will ensure that you will be able to operate the stump grinder safely, and avoid damaging or dulling the teeth on the cutting wheel.
Cut the stump as close to the ground as you can by using a chainsaw. This will reduce the amount of time you spend with the stump grinder. Once you are ready, maneuver the grinder into place, and use the hydraulic lever to raise the cutting wheel above the stump. Slowly lower the grinder onto the stump and begin to move it from side to side. Once you have ground down several inches, move the grinder forward and repeat the process on the next section. You will continue doing this until the entire stump has been ground down.
Once you have finished grinding the stump, fill the hole with soil. Pack it down tightly to ensure that it is compact and even. You can then seed the area so it blends in with the rest of your lawn.
Rent a Stump Grinder
When you are ready to tackle your stump grinding project, you can rent a stump grinder from Diamond Rental. We offer flexible time frames and competitive rates. You can rent a stump grinder for 1 hour for $40, 2 hours for $80, 4 hours for $160, daily for $235, or weekly for $800.
No matter how large your project is, Diamond Rental can provide the tools you need to make it effortless.