How to Use a Stump Grinder

First things first, when you go about using a stump grinder be aware of all the safety precautions that come with it. Make sure that you have all the safety gear before you start using the machine. Look for eye goggles, ear plugs, protective foot wear, and a long sleeve shirt.

Lets face it, having a stump in your yard can be a huge eye sore in a perfect lawn. Renting a stump grinder can be the easiest and best solution to get rid of it. You can easily rent a stump grinder from most major hardware stores in your area. If those are not available a heavy equipment rental company should be suffice. When you go to rent your stump grinder make sure you know exactly what kind you will need. Most of them come in different sizes, weights, and have different features for different projects. Most stump grinders will cost you about $125 and up a day. If you have a large project this could be very cost effective towards your pockets. Make sure you know the size of the stump so you rent a large enough stump grinder for the job. It can be an add precaution to buy one that has a skirt so you don't have to worry about flying chips. Also self propelled stump grinders are quicker and easier to use when you need to get a job done.

Now lets talk about how to use your stump grinder. Before you even start make sure you have removed any rocks around or on the stump. Not only is this for safety reasons but rocks can also dull the blades on the grinder. Next you will want to take a chainsaw and trim the stump as close to the ground as possible. Finally you can start grinding away. You will want to raise the grinder wheel above the stump and turn the power on. After you have the power on place the grinder on the stump and let it grind down. You will want to let the grinder settle into the stump. Always keep your feet away from the grinder and keep your ear plugs in. After you have successfully ground down the stump, you can then start to rake up the wood chips and fill the hole left behind with it. You can always add top soil and rake it across. If you plan on putting grass back down, go ahead and layer the top soil with grass seed and then rake.