The stump grinder is a mobile machine that spins a large, heavy duty circular saw wheel. The teeth on the blade break the stump into chunks.
The stump grinder is a mobile machine that spins a large, heavy duty circular saw wheel. The teeth on the blade break the stump into chunks. The stump can be ground down to several inches below the surface, so that grass can be planted over it.
What to expect
Stump grinding jobs typically take 1-2 days, at most. Expect us to show up with a truck and trailer, our stump grinding machine, and an operator. Your lawn will remain intact, except where the stump currently is.
Expect to have a large pile of wood chunks left over, and a swath of dirt where the stump was. The pile of chunks will be much bigger than the original stump, so you’ll need a way to get rid of those. That’s something Snohomish Tree can help with, if needed.
Finally, expect some noise. Stump grinding is a loud process. One stump can take anywhere from a couple hours to more than a day, depending on things like size and hardness of the stump.
What will it cost?
A few things will impact the cost of your stump grinding job. Total time is the biggest cost factor to be aware of. Stump hardness, access, and the top layer of earth all impact the amount of time needed to grind a stump into oblivion.
Softer trees like cedar and alder take less time. Maple, spruce and cottonwood are a bit harder. Trees like Douglas fir and Western hemlock are among the hardest trees in our area and take more time. Of course, the hardness of every tree is affected by how green it is. Older stumps tend to be a bit softer.
For help identifying your trees, you can see see our Western Washington tree library here
If your stump is in an area that’s hard to access --- say it’s in a tight corner of your fence --- it can take a little more maneuvering to get the job done, which adds time.
The top several inches of the ground will get churned up by the stump grinder as it grinds the stump down below the surface. If this layer has rocks, it increases wear on the grinding blade. Naturally, there is an additional cost to this.
To get an exact cost for your stump grinding job, you can go here to fill out an estimate form.
How you can save money on stump grinding
You’ll get your stumps removed for a better rate if you do multiple stumps at once. There is a transport cost for bringing the machine out to a job, but that cost is going to be the same no matter how many stumps we do while we’re there.
If you have neighbors who also need stumps removed, you can get them all done as one job, so everybody involved can split the transport/setup cost.
Another cost you might be able to eliminate is removing the pile of chunks your stump will leave behind. If you have a somewhere to dump them, or have a neighbor who does, we won’t have to bring out a machine and trailer to haul them away.
To get an estimate on stump grinding or tree removal, you can go to our estimate form here and fill one out.
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