Tractor Newbie pulling stumps

   / Tractor Newbie pulling stumps #1  

kirkkw

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Leander, Tx
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I have owned my tractor for several years, but have no prior experience (or anyone to train me) so everything is a new learning experience.

During the process of clearing the cedars off my 5 acres, I cut the stump as low as possible then leave it to rot for a few years.

Recently, I got the bright idea to use the center 2 tines on the box blade to scoop under the stump and use the rear implement lift to pull/lift the stump out of the ground.

Would doing this risk damaging the hydraulic lift on the back of the tractor?

Yes, I feel silly asking such a simple question, but I would rather appear silly than damage my tractor which is a Kioti DS4510.
 
   / Tractor Newbie pulling stumps #2  
I have owned my tractor for several years, but have no prior experience (or anyone to train me) so everything is a new learning experience.

During the process of clearing the cedars off my 5 acres, I cut the stump as low as possible then leave it to rot for a few years.

Recently, I got the bright idea to use the center 2 tines on the box blade to scoop under the stump and use the rear implement lift to pull/lift the stump out of the ground.

Would doing this risk damaging the hydraulic lift on the back of the tractor?

Yes, I feel silly asking such a simple question, but I would rather appear silly than damage my tractor which is a Kioti DS4510.
Damage to the machine, very likely.

Think WHEEL. Soak ground first or after a heavy rain!


With a tractor, front or back.




And think safety first, wheels can fly.

Flying tire lands in tree!
 
   / Tractor Newbie pulling stumps
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The stumps are 2-4" above grade - so there is nothing to grab.
 
   / Tractor Newbie pulling stumps #5  
Backhoe time
And you will probably be doing a lot of digging. The stumps I have dug out with a backhoe took way longer than I thought they should. No way would I have been able to pull them out with the tractor.
 
   / Tractor Newbie pulling stumps #6  
back hoe time as mentioned above. plus...those cedar stumps below ground will last longer than us... don't subject your machine to what it was not intended for.
 
   / Tractor Newbie pulling stumps #7  
I've done everything possible to get rid of tree stumps for over 40 years. I've burned, cut flush, backhoe, bulldozed and nothing was fully correct.

Finally, I bought a 3 pt hitch stump grinder and in my first few hours I satisfactorily ground 10 meaningful stumps below grade. And on top of that, I believe I could sell the grinder for more than I paid.

Recently, I ground a 16" softwood stump that was close to the house. Below grade maybe 5" is all that I wanted.

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Then, I spaded the ground, added a little fill, seeded and strawed. I set the sprinkler on top, watered multiple times a day and six days later the grass is popping through. From annoying large stump in a bad place close to the house to a week later almost green grass and no one is the wiser. I've ground stumps in the woods as well.


Of all the ways to deal with stumps, buy a stump grinder--I have a LandPride--grind everything and save 99% percent of your time for the wife and kids.

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EDIT--Here's pic of my stump grinder

EDIT--Below is the green grass growing where my sump used to be and it's only been a couple of weeks from inception to grass. I raked out most of the chips after grinding and added dirt to fill the hole. I've been stump grinding for decades and there is no better way to get rid of stumps.

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That last pic belongs in the mix above
 

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I have owned my tractor for several years, but have no prior experience (or anyone to train me) so everything is a new learning experience.

During the process of clearing the cedars off my 5 acres, I cut the stump as low as possible then leave it to rot for a few years.

Recently, I got the bright idea to use the center 2 tines on the box blade to scoop under the stump and use the rear implement lift to pull/lift the stump out of the ground.

Would doing this risk damaging the hydraulic lift on the back of the tractor?

Yes, I feel silly asking such a simple question, but I would rather appear silly than damage my tractor which is a Kioti DS4510.
Give it a try, the rear 3 point lift has a grater capacity then a FEL. It you can get the shanks to catch and pull it may do what you need.
You could also use a couple of the shanks to break up the roots before trying to pop out the stump.
 
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Restating me original question: Will it damage my tractor hydraulic system by maxing out its lifting capacity using a box blade to pull upward on the stumps?

They have been rotting for the past 5-7 years so the roots still attached are relatively short.

I have pulled a few up already this way, but then began to question whether it is wise.
 
   / Tractor Newbie pulling stumps #10  
The fact you question whether it is wise leads me to say yes you could damage something. You will save yourself a lot of heartache if you learn to listen that little voice. Especially when operating equipment.
 
 
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