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    Default Re: Subsoiler for small stump removal???

    Quote Originally Posted by s219 View Post
    Have you tried a brush grubber? It works well if you leave a high stump to grab onto for leverage.

    For that matter, for a 3-4" sapling, I imagine you could push it over with the front bucket hydraulics.
    No, I haven't tried a brush grubber, but the disadvantage with it is it requires either two people, or climbing on and
    off the tractor to attach it to the stump. As far as pushing them over with the bucket or grapple, they usually
    break off instead of raising the root ball up.

    It looks like from all the responses, that a subsoiler will do the job if I use it correctly.

    Thanks for all the responses. TBN comes through again.
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    Default Re: Subsoiler for small stump removal???

    Quote Originally Posted by s219 View Post
    Have you tried a brush grubber? It works well if you leave a high stump to grab onto for leverage.

    For that matter, for a 3-4" sapling, I imagine you could push it over with the front bucket hydraulics.
    just be sure to use a chain and not a rope, cable, or nylon strap which can come flying back at you if they should break.
    a chain looses its energy pretty quickly and will fall to the ground.

    Kinda like the difference between testing PVC pipe with air (a no-no) and water.

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    Default Re: Subsoiler for small stump removal???

    I noticed a cracked link in one of my chains last time I used it. I suppose it is good to inspect chains once in a while when grubbing stumps. I use my home made subsoiler to grub at roots. Little stumps of 6" or less I can get out easily enough. Last stump I grubbed out was probably 24-30 inches. That took a lot of time and a fair bit of axe swinging and hand digging. Actually the stump was too heavy for my loader but it cracked in two which was slightly more manageable.

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    Default Re: Subsoiler for small stump removal???

    I have an old fred cain and it it don't stop the tractor it will cut through. The ones that do stop it, I just move out farther and work my way back in. Seems to always get the job done with my 37 horse that is really only probably 30 horse after you figure in the HST.
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    Subsoilers don't work well on trees with big vertical tap roots. But they can work on threes with shallow, horizontally spreading roots. So study your tree root patterns.

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