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    Default Tool for Grubbing Stumps

    Hey Guys, I don't want to re-invent the wheel, so I need help. Just purchased 10 acres that is primarily hardwood timber. The previous owner went through the plot with a shredder and took out everything three inches and less. Now I have a lot of small stumps that need to be grubbed out of the ground. Have a L3130 and thought I might adapt an old middle-buster to do the job. Seems like I could just back up, over the stump, set the "adapted" tool into the ground, then pull the stump and root ball out, while lifting with the TPH. Surely, somebody had come up with a good tool to accomplish this task. Any ideas ? Thanks

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    Default Re: Tool for Grubbing Stumps

    If you can weld - make yourself one of these:

    Tree getter - more info here pushing back the woods

    You can also search for "tree getter" and find a few other versions.

    Hazmat

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    Default Re: Tool for Grubbing Stumps

    An unmodified middle buster would likely not have enough strength to hold up. Maybe a strong single shank subsoiler would do the trick of ripping it out by the roots. I had to grub out a 3 or 4" tree a couple of days ago. I used my grapple rake and got the tines deep in and under the roots and popped it out. Of course I made a 6 1/2 foot wide hole in the process!!
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    Default Re: Tool for Grubbing Stumps

    Several methods come to mind.

    First, if you have access to a backhoe that would likely be quickest.

    Second, a grapple, especially the curved type known as root grapples should be able to do this work if you FEL is strong enough (lift >1000lbs at pivot points roughly)

    Third, there are specialized FEL grubbing buckets that are triangular or trapezoidal in shape that allow you to dig under the stump and lift it out.

    Fourth, you could do this with a tooth bar on your FEL although it would not be terribly efficient as you'd end up digging a wider area than desired.

    Fifth, I don't think this is a commercial product but if you search on TBN you can find an example of a relatively simple welded device that attaches to the 3PT hitch and has a rear facing V shaped jaw at near ground level which allows you to back the tractor so the jaw engages the stump then use the 3PT hydraulics to pull it up.

    Others may have additional ideas.

    (Edit: I see that Hazmat has posted an example of the fifth device I was referring to)

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    For 3" and less stumps - I vote for FEL with toothbar if you need to see immediate results and already have a FEL - otherwise - leave them be and they will probably be gone in a year or two anyway. 3" stumps from saplings I cut two years ago can be kicked out of the ground with my foot - just make sure they aren't green stumps if you kick any
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    Default Re: Tool for Grubbing Stumps

    The back hoe would be the best. However you siad that you have 10 acres to do that is going to take a long time with compact backhoe and you will most likley have some repairs by the time you finish ( busted lines, broken welds, ect) If it were me i think i would rent me a small track hoe or good size mini excavator with a thumb on it. Thoes things can literally pop them right out of the ground. Where a backhoe you are going to have to dig around them. Especially if they are any kind og hard wood with a deep tap root.

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    Default Re: Tool for Grubbing Stumps

    Here is one that I think would do a good job.
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    Default Re: Tool for Grubbing Stumps

    I built a tree grubber that works pretty good. Pictures aren't the best but you get the idea. I'm usually grubbing trees but it will dig into the ground and grub a stump if needed.

    I built one for my buddies 100HP tractor. I used 8" I Beam and 4" square tube. My little Bota won't tear up the one pictured but I didn't think it would handle my destructive buddy!!!
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    Default Re: Tool for Grubbing Stumps

    Quote Originally Posted by JerryG
    Here is one that I think would do a good job.
    How does that one work? It looks to me like the v cut/blade is facing towards the 3pt hitch instead of rearward which is what you'd need to back up to snag a standing tree. I guess this style would work fine with stumps as you'd just drive over them but it would be kinda tough to lean backwards to look down to see you were properly lined up while moving forwards.

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    Before you go out and get new toys take a try using your bucket.
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