Stump grinding is often done after a tree has been removed. Stumps may be unsightly, or the homeowner cannot mow over them, and may not like to mow around them. They may also want to plant something else in the place of a stump. There are, of course, many other reasons for stump removal.
To perform stump grinding services, we have a stump grinder that attaches to a bobcat skid-steer that runs off high-flow hydraulic power. This is advanced equipment that does a much more effective job than a stump grinder that is run off a gas, or even a diesel engine.
Customers often ask questions that show their concern about the cost of stump grinding. I charge $10 an inch if the stump is small and less than one foot in diameter. If the stump is one foot in diameter or larger, the cost is $100 a foot. I may discount this if the stump is several feet across, thus being a very large stump. Also, if there are several or a lot of stumps to grind, I may discount the cost. This is how prices stand today. They may change as the cost of living changes in our economy.
There are also other factors that affect the cost of stump grinding. One is access. The more difficult it is to access the stump, the higher the cost. Other factors are the slope of the ground or barriers such as fences, walls, decks, and other structures that can interfere with the stump grinding process and require extra care. We also have to be careful on steeper ground which can possibly be dangerous, requiring extra care that raises the cost.
The species of tree can also affect the cost of stump grinding, species that are softer to grind bring down the cost. Similarly, dead or rotten stumps are easier and quicker to grind, resulting in lower costs.
A big factor that can affect the cost of stump grinding is the presence of rocks in and around the stump. Rocks are hard on the stump grinding teeth. They can dull the teeth and render them ineffective. In this case, the teeth need to be removed and sharpened, while another replacement set is installed. If the teeth are ruined by rocks, a whole new set of teeth will need to be purchased. In any of these scenarios, work can suffer a setback, with repairs that are costly and time consuming. If you have a lot of rocks in and around your stumps, not removing them will incur an additional cost.
Something else that can affect the cost of stump grinding is if you want all the wood shavings hauled away. This is an extra cost because it takes time and hard work, as well as other equipment such as a different trailer that may require a return trip. I can give you an estimate with or without the hauling away of wood shavings. If you choose to have them remain, I rake them into a neat pile that fills the hole left by the stump grinding.
When we grind stumps, we generally grind them to a depth of 8 or 10 inches, which is usually adequate. However we can grind to a depth of 12 or 14 or even 16 inches if necessary. On the other hand, if you just want the surface ground, or to only a depth of 3, 4, or 5 inches, you can save on some of the costs.