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How Much Does Stump Removal Cost?

low costChemical Stump Remover: $4-$20average costStump Grinder Rental: $100-$200 Per Dayhigh costStump Grinding Company: $5-$500 Per Stump
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Letting a tree stump slowly decompose is the easiest, safest, cheapest and most environmental-friendly method, but can take five-10 years. To remove a stump more quickly, it can be treated with chemicals; pulled or dug out (called grubbing) by hand; or machinery can be used to push, pull or grind away the stump. The Louisiana State University Agricultural Center describes various stump removal methods.

Typical costs:

  • For $4-$20, home improvement centers or hardware stores sell chemical stump remover products that are poured into holes drilled in the stump, to accelerate the decomposing process. (As an alternative, fill the drilled holes with a fertilizer high in nitrogen.) describes using chemical stump remover[1] . Four to six weeks after treatment, the rotten wood can be chipped out with an ax, or the stump can be soaked with kerosene or fuel oil (never gasoline) and burned. Burning a stump can take a long time, is dangerous and is banned in some areas.
  • Renting a small stump grinder from a home improvement or rental center typically costs $100-$200 a day; larger stump grinders (on trailers or self-propelled) rent for $180-$400 or more a day. Sun Belt Rentals[2] estimates costs in Columbus, OH, at $74 a day ($106 minimum) for a small stump grinder; $190 a day ($323 minimum) for a medium-sized grinder; and $295 a day for a large stump grinder. A video[3] shows how to use a rented stump grinder.
  • Hiring a stump grinding company can cost $5-$500 or more per stump depending on the number and size of stumps and whether the price includes removing the resulting wood chips from the hole, hauling them away, filling the hole with topsoil, and reseeding or laying sod. Some companies quote a flat price per job, but most charge $1-$4 per inch of stump diameter (measured at the widest point where the stump comes out of the ground). Prices also vary based on distance traveled, access, and the size and type of equipment used.
  • For example, SKS Stump Grinding[4] in Minnesota charges $1.50 per inch of diameter for the first stump and $1 per inch for additional stumps with a minimum of $35, but with a quantity discount it charged $125 to remove 50 stumps averaging 8" diameter. Chipper LLC Tree Service[5] in Georgia charges $75 to transport its machine to the job site and $1-$3 per inch depending on the diameter of the tree. With 8' of access for a towed stump grinder, Affordable Stump Grinding[6] in Massachusetts charges $399 for up to 15 stumps plus $25 for each additional sump or $3 per inch of diameter with a $150 minimum; with access through a 36" standard fence gate the cost is $399 for up to 12 stumps plus $30 for each additional stump or $3.50 per inch with a $150 minimum. Difficult grinding situations cost more; A Stump Man in Colorado posts a video demonstrating precision grinding[7] with a remote control at $4 an inch or $385 for this stump.
  • When removing a large number of stumps on open acreage, hiring a backhoe or excavator operator to pull or push out the stumps can cost $5-$25 per stump, depending on local rates, access and the total number of stumps. For example, at TractorByNet[8] a Texas landowner reports paying $5 per stump for two days of work by a backhoe operator to remove a large number of stumps; and a Louisiana property owner reports quotes of $400-$420 ($15 per stump) for removing 28 stumps 4"-2' in diameter.
Related articles: Backhoe, Land Clearing, Landscape Design

What should be included:
  • A stump grinding contractor typically needs to visit the site before quoting a price, and should explain how the equipment will be brought on site, how the work will be done and what condition the property will be in when the project is finished.
  • Anyone operating a stump grinding machine should wear ear and eye protection. Popular Mechanics describes do-it-yourself stump grinding[9] .
Shopping for stump removal:
  • Find a local rental company through the American Rental Association[10] (look under General Tool/DIY and click on Grinders).
  • Ask for referrals to stump grinding companies from family or friends or at local home improvement or hardware stores. Many tree care companies also offer stump removal; the Tree Care Industry Association[11] lists local companies by state.
  • Get at least three estimates. Be sure it's clear what condition the site will be in when the job is complete (will wood chips be left in the hole, piled together or hauled away?). Verify that the company is properly bonded, licensed and insured; ask for and check references; and look for complaints with the Better Business Bureau[12] .
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Posted by: Markt in So bend, IN.Posted: September 6th, 2012 03:09PM
Size of Stump: 5-238 inchesRemoval Method:
Many rental companies rent stump grinder, if your looking for a discount. Do it your self! Hospitals are full of weekend warriors .. To send a crew to your home with a truck, the tow behind grinder and possibly a bobcat and another dump truck and then return to another site and finally dump the mulch in a organic landfill equals some over head. The best thing to do is hire a complete tree company that owned the necessary equipment to do the job. Don't settle for some bs line from guys w/ only pick ups or trailers.. If they don't look proffesional what else are they cutting corners on? Do your homework call the companies your friend or coworkers have successfully used!! No good tree service wants to grind stumps for a previous janky company you thought you were saving money with! A good company should give you a good price on a complete job. I offer free stump grinding w/ a large job.
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