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Stump grinding cedar creek
Stumps can break up your lawn, are tripping hazards and can make basic lawn maintenance
more challenging. While you could hire a professional service to remove your stumps for you, a
stump grinder rental may be a more economical route. Stump grinding cedar creek
A stump grinder is large gas-powered tool that resembles a tractor mower with a large lever
protruding out the front. A steel studded disc is mounted on the end of the lever and is used to
chip away at the wood, leaving a large hole in the place of the stump. The lever is generally
operated with hydraulics and can be moved up and down and side to side. A basic stump
grinder rental is usually about the size of a lawn mower, though some models are as large as a
Using the stump grinder to remove a stump is fairly easy but does require some serious safety
precautions. Before you begin, you need to remove all rocks from around the base of the
stump. Rocks can dull the steel teeth and can cause the disc to skip. Your rental company will
likely provide safety and operating guidelines for the specific model you rent, and it is
important to follow these closely. Wear protective goggles, hearing protection, a helmet,
gloves, a face shield and sturdy footwear. The machine throws wood chips in the air as it goes,
so being properly protected is important. Because of flying debris, it is also important to make
sure that no one is within 25 feet of the stump grinder and that it is positioned so that debris
will not damage vehicles, windows, or other property.
Once you have removed rocks, and donned the appropriate gear, you may want to trim the
stump down as close to the ground as possible, using a chainsaw. Though not required, this
step will make the stump grinding process go faster. Then, it's time to get started. Using the
hydraulic lever, position the disk a few inches above the stump, then carefully move it into
position directly above the stump. Turn on the machine and slowly lower the disk into the
stump. Move the lever back and forth as it chips away at the wood until you have gone about 4
inches below the surface of the ground. Rise up the lever, move forward a few inches, and
repeat. Continue this process until you have removed the entire stump. Stump grinding cedar
Choose a stump grinder rental over a professional service if you have more than one or two
stumps to remove, or if you plan to share the rental costs with a neighbor.