Stumps from toppled trees

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  1. Tiz

    Tiz Been here awhile

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    Anyone have any thoughts on what to do with stumps of toppled trees - HUGE trees and HUGE stumps. Like 10' diameter root ball ripped up from the ground.

    I can cut the tree off the stump but not sure I can get at the thing with a stump grinder. How to get the dirt off?

    Ideas?

    I have 4 large trees down and need to get rid of the stumps and fill the holes.

    --Kevin
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  2. troidus

    troidus Long timer

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    Do you have to get the dirt off? A pressure washer would take care of it, but you may be making extra work (and a lot of mud) for yourself.
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  3. Tiz

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    I was considering a garden hose. I'd like to get most of the dirt off. I'm hoping they can go to the dump but I'll have to cut them up to get them in my truck. I'd need a payloader to move them as-is.

    I'd don't need them clean, but there's probably a ton of dirt there on the two biggest and half ton on the smaller ones.

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  5. SCQTT

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    What kind of trees? Could be worth some serious money.

    I lived in Memphis when Hurricane Elvis came through. Massive old trees down everywhere. Tree crews were making a killing removing the trees & then selling the wood & stumps. Double dipping!
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  6. Speedo66

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    I unfortunately was in the same position, 2' diameter tree down, with a huge root ball standing up.

    I can cut trees, but couldn't (didn't want to) handle the roots. Figured no good would come to the chain saw cutting through all the roots and dirt you couldn't remove.

    Called a tree service. Front loader picked it up and brought it to the driveway where an open box truck with an arm picked it up and took it away.

    I figured it was money well spent.
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  8. DUNDERHEAD

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    Be careful when you cut the trees. As you remove the weight of the limbs, the tree wants to stand up and bite you ! Watch out !!!!
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  9. machinebuilder

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    Call someone to grind them. the machines they have are so much better than you can rent and they'll probably level things when they're done.

    Of course it may take a while to get to your job with all the damage up there.
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  11. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    My buddy used a bulldozer to rip em out and then skidded them on a trailer. We started with a big stump grinder from a rental place, that lasted 20 min lol
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  12. speedracertdi

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    Burn them then beat the dirt off with a sledge hammer. Repeat until theyre small enough to handle.
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  13. adam_c_eckhardt

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    A local waste company takes a dump truck load of stumps for $100. He runs them through a shredder and sells the chips. Knowing what I know about shredders, that $100 barely covers operation and maintenance costs, not to mention paying off the actual machine.

    Then your problem is getting them in the truck. You may find someone can make quick work of this, and probably won't charge too much- especially if you offer cash.

    Whatever you do, please don't bury them. They can become quite dangerous. A family friend lost a toddler years ago. The kid was wondering around, fell in a sink hole caused by buried stumps, and suffocated. Turns out the developer buried stumps instead of having them hauled off.

    It's also been suggested that you hire a pro with a stump grinder. Not a bad way to go- their machines are top notch and will make quick work of it.
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  14. Beezer

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    if the trees are still in the dirt, leave the stump long. the extra height gives leverage to pull/push the stump out. it's not easy work even with a blade. anyway, no matter how you do it, it's never as easy as you think it should be.

    grinding.... maybe. it doesn't remove all the roots & such. if you want all of it gone, you have to pull it.
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  15. Tiz

    Tiz Been here awhile

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    Thanks all. I do like the powder wedge.....

    The trees are on their side with root ball in the air, so I think a stump grinder won't work. Best idea is probably to get someone with machines to haul them away. I had considered burying them but will not given the info provided.


    --Kevin
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  16. ragtoplvr

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    I assume this is from Sandy. Wait a bit. I am in the Joplin Area and part of the FEMA response was hiring contractors to remove and dispose of stumps.

    Rod
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  17. scooteraug02

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    Out here there are places that haul off the stumps. They recycle the dirt surrounding the stump. It makes good top soil. Then they grind up the stump.

    A friend got hit by Katrina in Gulfport. He documented all his damages. Receipts totaled $93K. He turned in his documentation and got $93K. Everyone around him without receipts got $135K no questions asked.

    Rental tools are crap. Get a pro. He does the job, you watch and it is done well. Dirt tears up chainsaw chains.
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  18. Tiz

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    These did come down in Sandy but they are in a woods area and did no damage. I doubt FEMA will be involved. There are people who really need that money.

    We just like to keep the woods cleared of large trees on their sides. I'll let the landscaper deal with it. He has machines and crew and could use the work. It's too much wood for me to cut and split alone.

    They are all tulip trees which has little value as far as I know. I'll burn it but it takes a lot to make any heat. But I'll have a shitload of it so that works ok.

    --Kevin
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  19. concours

    concours WFO for 41 years

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    I used to build these.. 1200 hp 3412 twin turbo Cat.. stumps? what stumps? The owner would dump a 3 yard bucket of cinder blocks in just to show how tough it was. POOF! Just dust. http://www.cbi-inc.com/
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  20. Tiz

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