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Old 10-31-2010, 08:17 PM
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I have a couple of small (4-8") tree stumps to pull. I partially dig them out, and then want to hook up the truck and pull them the rest of the way out. I did one today with a towing strap, but of course it slipped off the stump as the truck pulled. I guess I will get a chain to wrap around the stump a couple of times so it bites into the wood, but I thought I would see if there is a better way. Do you pound a spike or lag bolt into the stump so the chain or strap doesn't slip off, or is there something that tightens down and grabs the stump the harder you pull?
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Good luck with that, they are ALOT harder to pull out than they seem. Be very careful, when chains break they can snap back at you and hurt ya.
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Don't ask me, I got my ass kicked by a bush... literally!

DON'T USE A STRAP! Chain only... Straps stretch and come off, that's what happened to me - could have killed me if it were just a few inches higher (kidneys)
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Rent a mini excavator for $150 for the day and youll be done before lunch and your tranny will still be intact.
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Sounds like a ten minute job for my stumpgrinder. You should get some quotes before you hurt yourself. Goodluck!
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These guys are right, you stretch that chain and it brakes it will tear your truck up when it hits. Second you might be amazed how strong a chain is and tear your truck up pulling on it.
If you own a chain saw, cut it as low to the ground as you can and call a stump grinder to come cut them down under the dirt. Had about 60 in my yard done.
Same people that have the grinders will have a saw if you don't have one. Look under tree work in the yellow pages.
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Don't ask me, I got my ass kicked by a bush... literally!

DON'T USE A STRAP! Chain only... Straps stretch and come off, that's what happened to me - could have killed me if it were just a few inches higher (kidneys)
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cut them level with the ground burn them out ... then fill with dirt
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Brush Grubber and a few of their products work great
Always use chain, if it breaks it will just fall to the ground not snap back and hurt someone/something.
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Do you mean that the stumps are only four to eight inches tall? I wouldn't be putting a rope, chain or strap on anything that short. That's a disaster waiting to happen.

If you want cheap and can wait, just cut a big "X" across the top of the stump about 1/2" to an inch deep. The tree rings won't be able to grow and the stump will eventually rot away.

Careful with a grinder. My son had a tree trimmer grind down a stump. They also got the sprinkling system too!
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Where can I buy me one of them stretchy chains?
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4 to 8" are small stumps.

Something that will help is to use a sawzall with a long blade to cut some of the main roots coming off the stump.

How tall are the "stumps"?

I've used chain wrapped around and even under the stump, then attach to a HD strap.

What truck are you pulling with?

I've also burned stumps down using charcoal briquets.

Be safe...
Old 11-01-2010, 07:48 AM
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Dig around the stumps and cut the big roots with an axe if you are going to pull them out with a truck and a chain. Personally I think it is just as much fun to get a few beers and lots of diesel fuel. Gasoline burns too quick to burn green stumps. By the way, you may want to warn the neighbors so nobody tips off the fire department.
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Dig around the stump, cut the roots with a large reciprocating saw blade and pull little by little. As you continue to pull get out and see how the roots are going, then cut roots as needed. You will have them out shortly. I used a chain around the stump and then a 27000 strap from the chain to the truck. I would put a large winter coat or maybe an old comforter on the strap so if it slips or break a lot of the energy will be taken out of the break and not come back a hit the truck. Also, avoid snatching, if you have 4wd, use 4wd LOW and ease it out.
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do what they do around here - put one of those cement rabbits on top of the stump and it'll become decorative.
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Originally Posted by glacierbaze View Post
Where can I buy me one of them stretchy chains?
You got a point but I've learned the hard way with the Stinger. Wrapped the chain around the frame of another deck when pulling big units and had to split the tires. forgot when I got where I was unloading pulled the handle to slide the deck and watch the chain fly through the rack like a rubber band.
Don't talk about what that adventure and lesson cost me in damage to the unit below it but don't ever say never.
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Originally Posted by glacierbaze View Post
Where can I buy me one of them stretchy chains?
They stretch right up until they break! Broke an old logging chain pulling on an old pine stump. Half of the link burried itself in the side of the house and the other link cut the tractor tire.

You can burn it but what doesn't burn or is charred will be there for a long time, if that matters to you.

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