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Author Topic: Pulling Stumps with Block and Tackle  (Read 33780 times)

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Re: Pulling Stumps with Block and Tackle
« Reply #40 on: March 03, 2006, 09:13:36 PM »
After working 18 plus years in a major sewer plant here in the L A basin where, we treated 240 million gals. of waste water a day plus 200 tons of sludge a day. I would not use any of this sludge on farm land. Land growing trees may be OK. Just too many unknows in that sludge.
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Re: Pulling Stumps with Block and Tackle
« Reply #41 on: March 03, 2006, 09:46:38 PM »
Landrand, First off I agree with most everyone else here in that hiring a BIG excavator is the best way to go here.  I have spent years trying to clear my place with a chipper and stump grinder on my days off, it would have been much easier to have  hired it done but I didn't have anywhere to put the stumps.

Now, for your block and tackle approach.  Give it a try and see if it works, all you have to loose is some time.  but be careful, when a cable breaks it can go anywhere!
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Re: Pulling Stumps with Block and Tackle
« Reply #42 on: March 04, 2006, 02:53:03 AM »
The block and tackle may damage the trees you are keeping.

They spread the treated sewer waste on fields down here, there are some restrictions as to where/what kind of fields, but I don't remember the specs.

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Re: Pulling Stumps with Block and Tackle
« Reply #43 on: March 04, 2006, 07:30:18 AM »
It wouldn't surprise me if that sewer sludge is full of heavy metals and other contaminets. Think toilet bowl cleaner acids, motor oils, heavy metals, and what ever else some people need to get rid of. Treatment records can and do get "doctored" by the guys running some of the plants. Two employee's in our town got in trouble with the State for changing records on water treatment. And a town near Traverse City was changing records on their sewer treatment reports. I would get an independent analysis at least, before spreading the stuff on my land.
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Re: Pulling Stumps with Block and Tackle
« Reply #44 on: March 04, 2006, 03:51:14 PM »
I was reading the posts about twisting the stumps out and I got a vision of a giant oil-filter wrench, the kind that tighten themself onto the filter as you pull on the handle.

If you have access to big roller chain, size 80 or better, and an I-beam 6 or 8 inch by 12 or 14 feet you have the makin's of a tool.

Bolt that across your bucket and and with a little practice you may never have to leave the tractor seat.

It sounds good on paper anyway  ;D

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Re: Pulling Stumps with Block and Tackle
« Reply #45 on: March 04, 2006, 05:35:21 PM »
I'd skip the roller chain, and use some grade 70 or 80 3/8 or 1/2" chain...

that might work with a stump with a tap root, but it wouldn't work with hardwood, I don't think.  I dunno.

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Re: Pulling Stumps with Block and Tackle
« Reply #46 on: March 06, 2006, 09:52:49 PM »
   There was a family where I grew up ,cleared a lot of cutover land with hardly no equipment. They would buy logged over land,go in ,and cut 6-8 inches off the top of the stumps ,and leave the chunk on top. In a coupla years ,the bugs and rot had softened up the stumps to where a good heavy bush &bog dosk behind an old H or M farmall would get it in shape to plant to pasture. After a few years of pickin off the stragglers,the land was suitable for tobbaco and such,and the clearing family would move on.They cleared a lot of land that they bought cheap,and sold high.
   I have used this technique several times with good results each time.
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Re: Pulling Stumps with Block and Tackle
« Reply #47 on: March 07, 2006, 12:25:18 AM »
I've had good luck with cutting a couple of x slots in the top of the stump with a chainsaw.  Seems to me it helps to let the bugs and rot move in quicker.
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Re: Pulling Stumps with Block and Tackle
« Reply #48 on: March 07, 2006, 04:58:14 AM »
I guess you can't do this everywhere, but I have taken a good sized LONG drill bit and drilled down into the center numerous times, poured copious amounts of kerosene into the holes, let it soak a bit, then light it.  It burns rather smokey, but gets it down below the surface of the ground pretty well.

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