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Author Topic: How do I cut a stump REALLY low.  (Read 9379 times)

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Offline Steven A.

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How do I cut a stump REALLY low.
« on: March 12, 2007, 04:12:50 PM »
I have 8 fir and pine landscape trees in a lawn that I am cutting down. About 12 to 20 inches on the stump. I want to cut the stumps flush with the lawn and let them rot away or something.  I want to just be able to mow over them. The money I save by not hiring a stumpgrinder I'll use to buy some other landscape plants.
So, this may be a stupid question but.... whats the easiest way to cut them close and minimze the wear on my chain and bar.
In the past I've cut them a little above ground when I dropped the tree and then dug down around the stump, sprayed it off with a hose and then just sawed it off as low as possible.
I cannot think of any other way to do this but maybe someone here has a majic technique.

Please, majic?   :)

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Re: How do I cut a stump REALLY low.
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2007, 05:23:22 PM »
That's the way I do it Steven.  I also make a few plunge cuts into the face of the stumps to help in the rotting process.
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Re: How do I cut a stump REALLY low.
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2007, 06:32:24 PM »
Did you consider renting a stump grinder and doing the work yourself?

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Re: How do I cut a stump REALLY low.
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2007, 06:34:22 PM »
That's the way I do it Steve, and the ones I get lazy about I let rot for 10 years and break up with a pollack or axe. Although softwood, even fir, is a lot more resilient than a hardwood stump.
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Re: How do I cut a stump REALLY low.
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2007, 07:35:46 PM »
After you cut it as low as you can take a drill witha cheap spade bit( the bigger the better) and drill as many holes as you can stand to do in the stump. Then fill the holes with manure or compost and cover the stump with compost. Plant flowers and give it a few years. this will accelerate the rate of decay.


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Re: How do I cut a stump REALLY low.
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2007, 09:37:58 PM »
Hi ya Stephen (great name) ,when you get it cut as low as possible cover it with barbaque brickets, lots or some starter stuff , remember fire is our friend.  fire it up and throw a couple of hot dogs on it so neighbors pay it no attention  and bye stump repeat if necessary. fire causes it to rot really quickly if there is anything left. Stephen
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Re: How do I cut a stump REALLY low.
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2007, 10:10:16 PM »
Cut both ends out of a 55 gallon drum. Set the drum down over the stump with 3 or 4 bricks under the drum to allow airflow.. fill the drum with scrap wood and set it on fire. Not only burns the stump, will even burn out the roots.  Not recommended on a lawn with dead dry grass.. don't ask how I know.....
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Re: How do I cut a stump REALLY low.
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2007, 10:24:43 PM »
Only other way I can think of is to : start on one side of the stump cutting at an angle towards the ground on the side.Don't cut all the way through and mind the tip of the saw  does'nt go accross the stump to the other side but try to cut as close as possible. Then cutting at an angle to ground level on the other side again don't cut all the way through for this cut you. To see where your chain is cutting remove your saw from time to time and with an axe simply chop off the pieces as you would firewood when you do this you should see how far you are from the edge and when you only have a little bit to cut you should be able to cut that with the axe. Do the same to the other side. If you are left with a high centre as it is all timber you can lay your saw flat and cut it off. Hope this helps as I can't think of any other way. Cheers J.S.

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Re: How do I cut a stump REALLY low.
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2007, 10:35:30 PM »
I just throw on an old chain and have at it.  What I miss, I will clean up with the mower. :D :D

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Re: How do I cut a stump REALLY low.
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2007, 07:42:04 AM »
I did the fire thing to. But it was to kill the boxelder stumps we cut after the '98 ice storm. If ya didn't burn the darn things they'd sucker for ever. Yup, fire will fix them up right. ;D
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Re: How do I cut a stump REALLY low.
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2007, 11:16:33 AM »
I've always used the fire method but every once in awhile I seem to hit one that gets "fire hardened" by the process.  Must be too wet, too green or something.
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Re: How do I cut a stump REALLY low.
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2007, 11:51:51 PM »
I protest!!!!

We stump grinders must eat too (and with a 25hp, 65 hp and 105hp grinders it takes alotta feed).

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Re: How do I cut a stump REALLY low.
« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2007, 02:58:05 PM »
> I want to just be able to mow over them.

You do not have many stumps, I would just rent a stump grinder at Home Depot. Four hours is about $80. You should be able to do all those softwood stumps in three hours if you are in good shape. It takes about 1/2 an hour for a 20 inch stump.

I use to rent from a commercial place and get the big tow behind model that uses teeth instead of a blade (Home Depot). As long as you like a good work out, it is much quicker.

> The money I save by not hiring a stumpgrinder

True, but, they would be done in an hour's worth of time, tops. Plus, get much deeper. Winter time is a good time for a deal.


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Re: How do I cut a stump REALLY low.
« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2007, 03:22:20 PM »
I've never looked into such a thing for rent around here. Don't even know if they are available. Most likely the closest would be Moncton, a 3 hour drive from here. Glad I don't run some of this big harvest equipment. Every time something breaks they all have to head for a 3 hour drive one way for parts. I guess they figure we don't have forests up here. Go to Moncton on that marginal low land and you'd wonder what they could ever cut there in 100 years.  ::) But I digress. Being raised on a farm we just did it ourselves, even if it took more time and was the hard way. At least no one can tax me on my own time. ;D
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Re: How do I cut a stump REALLY low.
« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2007, 04:07:05 PM »
I once heard rocksalt made a stump decay fast, probably like the manure with a drill bit. I'll check back on this thread in a few years to see how you made out

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Re: How do I cut a stump REALLY low.
« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2007, 05:32:38 PM »
I think of salt as more of a preservative than a decay inducement. Not sure how come I think that....... ::)
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« Reply #16 on: March 14, 2007, 05:45:14 PM »
Salt might possibly be used to kill a stump. Although, ,my uncle tried it for a few years on a box elder and it just grew faster and greener. ;D

Hmm, 'spose it was Ammonium-Nitrate? ;D  :D
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Re: How do I cut a stump REALLY low.
« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2007, 09:01:45 PM »
Be careful cutting large stumps while on your knees.
Lots of cases where the saw kicks back and cuts into the side of the leg.

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Re: How do I cut a stump REALLY low.
« Reply #18 on: March 14, 2007, 09:55:43 PM »
Stump + Salt + Porcupine = No Stump  ;) ;D
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Re: How do I cut a stump REALLY low.
« Reply #19 on: March 15, 2007, 06:43:47 PM »
I heard once about pounding short pieces of copper pipe into the stump to speed the rot up. Dont know if it works, never tried it...
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