How to Remove Tree Stumps with a Mini Excavator October 24 2015, 3 Comments
I remember the first time I ever tried to use an excavator to remove a large stump on a side job we were doing for a customer. It was one of the most difficult experiences ever. I'm not sure if it was the size of the stump or the huge root system but one thing I am sure about is that the stump did not want to come out no matter how much we dug or how hard we tried to pull it out.
The real problem was that the excavator we were using at the time just didn't have the power and lift capacity to dig a giant old stump up out of the ground. I wish I had thought about that prior to renting the machine but you live and you learn. Now I want to share some great tips for removing tree stumps with you but first check out this great video Dirt Ninja made on removing stumps .
Removing Stumps with a Cat 305.2
Now that you've watched the video it'll be easier to explain how to dig up these hard to move stumps. I know they make it look easy and sometimes it will be but you won't always be so lucky. For those times you find yourself having a hard time I have made a list of questions to keep in mind when removing stumps with an excavator.
Questions to ask when Removing Stumps
- Is your machine large enough?
- What type of tree was it?
- How large/old are the roots under ground?
- Where do these roots lead?
Once you've answered these questions you can start to form a plan of action. Not every stump with come out the same way. Think back to the video, the operator wasn't just scooping all of these stumps up head on. Also notice that they were using a thumb attachment for this machine which made stump removal way easier. If your looking for a hydraulic thumb for your excavator check out www.MiniExcavatorThumbs.com before you start your next project. Here are some tactics for digging up stumps.
Stump Removal Tactics
- Aim for the roots
- Use a Thumb Attachment
- Use leverage to get under the stump
- Pull in on the top of the stump to break it free
These are just a few tips to make your stump removal project 10x easier and faster. Remember having the right tool for the job is always the most important thing no matter what the project is so make sure you have the correct size machine and the right excavator attachment before taking on any new jobs. Best of luck to all you other operators out there.
Ivy Baker on June 12 2018 at 11:35AM
I liked that you pointed out that it would be smart to know what type of tree the stump belongs to. I didn’t realize that could change how you remove the stump. It does seem like a good idea to grind how stumps that have large root systems.
Anthony - MiniExcavatorThumbs.com - Support on August 18 2017 at 02:14PM
Thanks Ivy! I would agree professional Stump Grinding is definitely a good option.
Ivy Baker on August 17 2017 at 08:37PM
I like that you pointed out that if you are going to try to remove a tree yourself you need to aim for the roots. That does seem like it would help prevent the tree from coming back. Also, it does seem like it would make your yard more even as well. Personally, I would want a professional to remove the tree stump that way you don’t have to worry about that. http://melbournetreestumpremoval.com.au/services/stump-grinding/