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#4511878 - 09/09/17 09:24 PM Anyone else remove a tree stump with a chainsaw?
motor_oil_madman Offline


Registered: 11/29/09
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Loc: Houston, Texas
I was trying to dig up a stump from a palm tree that died and by the time I got all the dirt dug out enough to see what I was looking at I realized this stump isn't coming out with a shovel any time soon. Instead of me digging for hours I decided it was worth it to sacrifice a chain on the chainsaw. Worked out great actually. Since I already had about 10" dug out from around the stump, so I was easily able to just angle the saw and get the stump cut down even deeper just as if a stump grinder was used. (kind of) I don't get why anyone would dig for hours when you could just do it this way. Yeah it trashes your chain on the chain saw but they're only like $25 anyways. A pic axe would have worked better, but still a bunch of unnecessary effort imo.


Edited by motor_oil_madman (09/09/17 09:25 PM)
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#4511888 - 09/09/17 09:37 PM Re: Anyone else remove a tree stump with a chainsaw? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
clinebarger Offline


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It also trashes the Bar & is hard on the sprocket & clutch, I was taught to never put the Bar & Chain in the dirt! Stump Grinders are cheap enough to rent for a couple hours
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#4511895 - 09/09/17 09:47 PM Re: Anyone else remove a tree stump with a chainsaw? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
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I agree with clinebarger. Dirt raises all sorts of problems with saws. I use a tractor on the smaller stuff and still have the skill set and distance to use energetic materials on the bigger ones. About to set the lift on a 4 foot willow.
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#4511902 - 09/09/17 10:02 PM Re: Anyone else remove a tree stump with a chainsaw? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
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Yeah that's true. Still worth it imo.
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#4511920 - 09/09/17 10:18 PM Re: Anyone else remove a tree stump with a chainsaw? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
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Registered: 05/30/10
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I would not use my saw for that, rent one. You will wear the sprocket and bar. Yes you only need to change the chain, but the sprocket and bar wear will show up down the road. Rent a saw, don't use your saw if is a quality saw, and you care about it.
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#4511930 - 09/09/17 10:30 PM Re: Anyone else remove a tree stump with a chainsaw? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
KD0AXS Offline


Registered: 11/13/12
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I'm not the least bit shy about cutting in the dirt with the Wood Shark. laugh


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#4511934 - 09/09/17 10:38 PM Re: Anyone else remove a tree stump with a chainsaw? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
Linctex Offline


Registered: 12/31/16
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I keep cheap, crrapppy, worn-out bars & chains for just this purpose.

It's fine in sandy soils, about worthless in rocky soils.

Use a digging bar & a shop vac to suck as much dirt away from the roots as possible. You can actually keep the chain dirt-free with a lot of shop vac work beforehand.
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#4511935 - 09/09/17 10:40 PM Re: Anyone else remove a tree stump with a chainsaw? [Re: spasm3]
Linctex Offline


Registered: 12/31/16
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Originally Posted By: spasm3
I would not use my saw for that, rent one.


Seriously? Around here, renting one is almost $100 a day.

You can buy a new chinese bar and several new chinese chains for FAR less than $100
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#4511936 - 09/09/17 10:44 PM Re: Anyone else remove a tree stump with a chainsaw? [Re: Linctex]
spasm3 Offline


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Originally Posted By: Linctex
Originally Posted By: spasm3
I would not use my saw for that, rent one.


Seriously? Around here, renting one is almost $100 a day.

You can buy a new chinese bar and several new chinese chains for FAR less than $100


If you have several stumps to cut, that's a great option! In fact i'd buy a cheap saw like a poulan, or a running craigslist saw for that.


Edited by spasm3 (09/09/17 10:45 PM)
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#4511943 - 09/09/17 10:52 PM Re: Anyone else remove a tree stump with a chainsaw? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
JohnnyJohnson Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
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Just saw it off a foot or so above the ground and use it to put a planter on.
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#4511950 - 09/09/17 11:16 PM Re: Anyone else remove a tree stump with a chainsaw? [Re: clinebarger]
Merkava_4 Offline


Registered: 01/30/07
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Loc: Clovis, CA
With a stump grinder, the stump is still there. It sucks trying to level an area for grass when there's still a stump there.

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#4511953 - 09/09/17 11:22 PM Re: Anyone else remove a tree stump with a chainsaw? [Re: Merkava_4]
motor_oil_madman Offline


Registered: 11/29/09
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Loc: Houston, Texas
Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
With a stump grinder, the stump is still there. It sucks trying to level an area for grass when there's still a stump there.


Yes after a couple years the grinded stump starts rotting and creates a big sink hole.
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#4511955 - 09/09/17 11:25 PM Re: Anyone else remove a tree stump with a chainsaw? [Re: KD0AXS]
motor_oil_madman Offline


Registered: 11/29/09
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Loc: Houston, Texas
Originally Posted By: KD0AXS
I'm not the least bit shy about cutting in the dirt with the Wood Shark. laugh



You just have to remember to try and keep as much of the chain out of the dirt as you can otherwise it will just clogg up the clutch area and jam up quick, also pull out frequently and rev it to clear excess dirt.
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#4511958 - 09/09/17 11:26 PM Re: Anyone else remove a tree stump with a chainsaw? [Re: JohnnyJohnson]
4WD Offline


Registered: 09/21/10
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Loc: Texas
Done that - palm tree stumps die fast and rot fast - the end.
Conversely - had a few deciduous trees try to come back or take forever to rot. Have had a large pot plant on a Burr Oak stump for 3 years - it's not showing any desire to rot - and we deep grooved the surface and salted the grooves ...

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#4512025 - 09/10/17 05:22 AM Re: Anyone else remove a tree stump with a chainsaw? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
Ducked Offline


Registered: 10/25/12
Posts: 4388
Loc: Taiwan
Only ever used explosives.

I've read/heard if you cut the stump low and then put cruciform cuts in it you can soak a chemical in which allows you to burn it out.

Presumably a powerful oxidant, like maybe sodium chlorate or ammonium nitrate. Don't remember and don't have time to search now.

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