If you only have to grind a stump or don't have the necessary safety equipment yet, it may be cheaper to hire a professional. Armed with the right equipment and a minimum of training, the stump shredding service may come naturally to you to offer your customers and the world. And while you may want to resort to DIY stump shredding methods to save a few pennies, in some cases it may be cheaper to hire a professional. If you like to take matters into your own hands, you might want to rent a stump shredder and remove that cunning stump yourself.
Getting into the stump milling business makes sense from both a customer and contractor's point of view. A number of factors can affect the total price, including stump size, project completion time, and trunnion type. In a recent survey conducted by this magazine, nearly one-third of landscape contractors responding to the survey reported that they now offer stump milling as part of their range of services. Buckeye Landscape Service, Blacklick, Ohio, is a full-service landscape contractor that owns a small stump grinder and rents out larger ones as needs arise.
Do-it-yourself stump removal methods include manual digging, while professionals have special equipment for pulling the stump out of the ground. At a minimum, stump grinding team members should wear helmets, gloves, safety goggles, ear protection, long pants and steel-toed boots, says Shawn Cressman, president of Cressman's Lawn %26 Tree Care in Hellertown, Pennsylvania. This way, if you encounter any stump grinding problems that delay your work, you will not run out of time. Another thing to consider before buying a stump grinder, Patten says, is whether your insurance provider considers stump removal to be tree care work.
With this information in mind, you should have a pretty good idea of how much it will cost to shred the stumps on your property, which will make it easier to find the best deal. The size of stump crushing equipment ranges from small walk-behind units, with small motors, to heavy-duty units designed for forest service. According to contractors, one way to improve the profitability of a newly created stump grinding service is to schedule several jobs in one day, which increases the productivity of the equipment.