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How Do Stump Grinders Work?

What Are Stump Grinders?

Stump grinders are used to remove the stump after a tree has been felled. Whilst the stump can be left there if you don’t mind its unsightly appearance, there’s a risk that it may become infected with root diseases in the future. Suckering can occur too, which involves new shoots growing up from a stump that’s still alive.

Stump grinders can be as small as a lawnmower or as big as a truck. With most of them, a high-speed disk with fixed teeth grinds the stump and its roots into small pieces. The disk’s movements are controlled by hydraulic cylinders that work to force the cutter head through the stump. There are various different sizes of stump grinders to choose from, ranging from five to 100 horsepower. Most of the smaller models only grind down to ground level. However, if you want to grow grass after a stump is removed, the stump will need to be ground at least 6″ into the earth.

Who Can Use a Stump Grinder?

Whilst it’s possible to use a stump grinder yourself, this isn’t advisable unless you’re a qualified tree surgeon or landscaper. This is because these machines are very powerful and potentially extremely dangerous when they are used incorrectly. Stump grinding can cause serious injury or even death when not carried out properly. If you do want to do the work yourself, you may be able to rent a stump grinder from a tool hire company.

How to Use a Stump Grinder Safely

Safety should always be the number one concern when using a stump grinder. Since stump grinders can be so hazardous to use, it’s important to always wear protective gear, including a hard hat, safety goggles, gloves, work boots, earplugs and long sleeves. You should also avoid wearing loose clothing, remove any jewellery, and tie long hair back whilst operating the machine.

Another essential safety tip is to remove any item that you think could become a projectile, such as small stones. To protect the safety of others, it’s a good idea to create a boundary around your work area. To ensure that there are no underground pipes or wires that could become damaged whilst using a stump grinder, contact the relevant utility companies.

Hire Professional Tree Surgeons for Stump Grinding

Many people hire a professional tree surgeon when they require stump grinding. Not only is it safer to hire a qualified tree surgeon than doing it yourself but they are also likely to do a better, more efficient job. Stumps are usually big and heavy with deep and wide roots, making them challenging to remove. Tree surgeons will have removed hundreds of stumps over the years, giving them the skill and expertise needed to perform the task to a high standard.

For stump grinding services in Essex, get in touch with the ETB team today. We can discuss your needs with you and arrange a time to visit your site to provide a free, no-obligation for the work you require.

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