Oct 16 , 2018
A: Yes, but it requires a strong back. The minimum half-day charge for a basic rental grinder is about $50. In contrast, for your three stumps, a pro might charge $110, at a rate of $2 per inch of stump width. All this means you’ll save 60 bucks, get some exercise, and have fun using a cool tool.
Even so, a pro might be a better option for those who have more than five or six good-sized stumps to remove. That’s because the pros use hydraulic equipment that grinds large stumps much faster than a rental grinder can. So it might cost less to hire the pro than to rent the grinder. To get an estimate, call a professional listed in the Yellow Pages under “Tree Service.” You can often save up to 50 percent of a professional’s fee by cleaning up the chips yourself.
Round up your hearing and eye protection; you’ll need it when you run the grinder. Wear heavy-duty work clothes, like a long-sleeved shirt, gloves, pants and work boots.
Dig a furrow around the stump. This furrow not only provides a place to collect the chips, it makes it possible to remove troublesome rocks. Running the grinder head into a rock can ruin the teeth, costing you about $15 per tooth to replace.