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Tompeters

Mini excavator tree stumps

I've got nearly a dozen tree stumps to get out of my garden and am hiring a mini-excavator for a week self drive for other landscaping. I've looked at YouTube vids but none I have found are really helpful. Any tips?

Thanks :)

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SonyaK

Mini excavator tree stumps

Guess it partly depends on what sort of tree it was and what size.

We've had several pine tree stumps removed by 'professionals' - so that would be my advice!! They have special machines for the job which pulp the stump in situ.
With an excavator you have to dig deeply all around the stump, then pull it up out of the ground!
We have also tried burning them but that takes a long time - they smoulder for ages!

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Tompeters

Mini excavator tree stumps

Thanks, Sonya. The pro stump grinding thing is so horribly expensive I don't want to go down that route. I was shown how to burn the stumps by a French farmer a few years ago; drill deep, burning charcoal inside, then loose sods over the top like a charcoal burner's mound. He said, as you suggest, that it takes ages. And, of course, the mini-excavator is going to need a lot of excavating. Unless anyone has a better idea that isn't going to cost me a fortune, I'll get on with most of the landscaping I need to do then tackle the easiest stump and see how I get on. One of them is very close to the drainage field of our septic, which makes it even more tricky. I've cancelled the digger twice now due to sodden ground here but it is looking better. On tenterhooks tho' !!

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SonyaK

Mini excavator tree stumps

I agree the stumping is expensive - we paid about $500 to get a few done (that's as I remember!).

Good luck with the excavator!!

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Tompeters

Mini excavator tree stumps

Crikes, Sonya!! $500? You could buy an entire estate in Benbecula for that! with the g/c coming on Tuesday for the week, Thomasina wants me to get the digger in. Just between you and me I reckon the 13 y/o will be a better digger driver than I will be. And the 9 year old girl could too...but parental pressure makes her more pink and girly than I think she wants to be. She can have go as well. Great kids, both, looking forward to their visit.

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Dottie May

Mini excavator tree stumps

Good luck with your excavator. Don't envy you with this task.

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Tompeters

Mini excavator tree stumps


" Good luck with your excavator. Don't envy you with this task."

Thanks for your kind wishes, DM. Wouldn't have been my first choice but those who came round to quote had $ signs in their eyes like a Tom and Jerry cartoon. And they wanted to be in and out in a couple of days with several £1000s....but since we don't know what's actually under the various hillocks (the early 18th and 19th Century cottages had burnt down) we need to excavate and decide what to do as the situation reveals itself.

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Dottie May

Mini excavator tree stumps

How exciting - you could discover hidden treasure.

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queen jean

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hope it goes well with getting stumps out ,sounds like hard graft and big clean up .and yes metal detector may be handy at same time ya never know as dottie said may just find something lay beneath ooooh good luck .

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queen jean

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hope it goes well with getting stumps out ,sounds like hard graft and big clean up .and yes metal detector may be handy at same time ya never know as dottie said may just find something lay beneath ooooh good luck .

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queen jean

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ooops sent twice for some reason daft me .

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Tompeters

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QJ -- That's an excellent idea, the metal detector. Thomasina has a nice one. All we can see at the moment is the trashiest trash you can imagine. I had planned to hire an 800kg excavator but I'm going to increase that to the bigger 1.5 tonne machine, We are also hiring a 'hi-lift' tipper and a full size builder's skip (they replace as often as you need, an hour after a phone call - but for £100 or so) so I can drop spoil into the tipper and the tipper straight into the skip. Thomasina and I are fit enough but this is young man's work so we use machines.

I have very mixed emotions. The child in me is looking forward to 'Digger-World' in my back garden, the adult is telling me that I might not have the skills I need, and my wallet (and my wife) are telling me that this is what we should do. Well, with the grandchildren coming tomorrow, I reckon that even if I am not an ace after an hour, young James will take the controls and show me how to do it. Little Amy is so girlie she'll stay well away :) But she'll watch from the touch-line and then come over with her help and guidance -- which I shall take. No fool is Amy.

Let me know if you'd like to come to a 'bring a skill' party on the Isle of Wight this week... :) Tho' I should tell you that it's pretty wet and grey here right now.

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queen jean

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oh the kids will have a ball in all that mud and wet ground wellies needed by sound of it ,young lad will no doubt have to sit in the driving seat as boys do ,photo in order i feel if get chance .as long as everyone safe and job gets done ,and plenty mugs tea coffee etc ,should be fine.plus skips are pricey but we need them from time to time to clear the rubbish away ,my grandaughter whose 11 now just loves it when we up the lotty (allotment) and we have a garden fire ,we make hot choc sit on our bench and then her mum comes too .what is it about sitting round a fire havind nice hot drink on cold early eve .they are the times you remember .oooh just love it .and hope you all enjoy your day working too .its what you make it that counts be safe too .good luck and enjoy being together .thats what its all about .then look forward to hot soak in bath cos think you will have earned it after all that digging

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SonyaK

Mini excavator tree stumps

Good luck with it all. And don't forget the OH and S procedures!! Kids on large, powerful machines sounds risky to me!!
Not like driving an iPad!!

Never heard of Benbecula!!
But sounds like you're going to be in for a hefty bill for all your 'Digger world' escapades:)

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Tompeters

Mini excavator tree stumps

It's going to cost about £500 for the weeks hire of the digger, the hi-lift tipper and a skip. Digger world costs about £50 for a couple of hours :)) Children are better at learning new skills than adults - I am very much for letting the kids do whatever the can (while I have a snooze). :))

Benbecula is an island in the Outer Hebrides. I worked there for a while when I was eighteen. Not everyone's cup of tea! Very cold and barren, just one tree and a queue of locals with chainsaws.

I have recently learnt to fell trees...following Youtube advice I am passably proficient. Never too old to learn. So I guess I'll manage the digger.

Thanks for your kind wishes. Will be phoning the hire centre tomorrow (today was a bank holiday) to get delivery at the soonest now that the rain has stopped. For now.

 
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