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    Been thinking of adding this as a service. Does anyone have experience with pricing? Recommendations for a smaller grinder that would fit thru a gate?

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    There are a bunch of older discussions here on stump grinding. First off, check out my blog article on how to bid stump grinding jobs. That should be helpful.

    Next, home depot rents smaller sized units you can get through a gate. If you can line up a couple of jobs in a day, you can experiment with renting one of these and make a profit on the day.



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    • #3
      Interesting I have been working on clearing trees lately just finished a 20" diameter base popular Friday if I had a grinder I know I could get the job removing that stump.

      I think I'll go check out the local rental shops and see if they have stump grinders for rent...

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      • #4
        Those little stump grinders work well for their size, especially when their blades are sharp.

        Let us know how it works out for you.
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        • #5
          Things have changed a bit I now have a lady asking me to not only clear some trees from her property but to grind at least 3 red cedar stumps two have been cut down for a few years but I am dropping the third one.

          This thread had gotten me to check into stump grinding so I already new I could rent a unit locally for $100/day so I was able to quote her like I actually new what I was doing...

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          • #6
            Excellent!

            Maybe check into the prices of used ones locally and also maybe look into including this in the services you market.

            Check craigslist and see how many others offer this service. Maybe you could stand out by offering it and then mentioning you also offer lawn care or other services.

            Using stump grinding may help you get your foot in the front door of new customers.
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            • #7
              stumper services

              Hey there,Second post for me been checking this site out quite a bit and just registered.

              I just purchased a stump grinding set up. I will be charging a range of prices by the inch, determined by location, number of stumps on the property, and soil type.

              for example if a new customer has one or two stumps, 24" dia, in the center of my service area, in a sandy or peat soil, i would charge around $3/ Inch. if he had a few to do i would do maybe $2.5.

              More stumps less $ Say 10 + on a property no less than $2/ inch

              My goal is to make at least $ 75-100/ hour.

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              • #8
                I finally rented the stump grinder 2 weeks ago it was exactly like the unit in the pic posted above it cost with taxes $116.00 for a 24 hour rental.

                I ran it for appr 6 hours grinding 4 red cedar stumps it worked great but WOW talk about work all the stumps had far more roots that I had to deal with than I thought...

                I charged the lady 7 hours labour $40.00/hr (I normally charge $50/hr but I gave her a break) + grinder rental + fuel $14.00 + taxes (12%) = appr $450.00 for the job.

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                • #9
                  Been thinking of adding this as a service. Does anyone have experience with pricing? Recommendations for a smaller grinder that would fit thru a gate?

                  I added stump grinding to my list of services.I price stump grinding based on a guestimate of time. like quoting a lawn mowing job.
                  I bought a new DR Stump Grinder.Its a great little machine for very tight spaces.My first job with it was to grind a stump that was 6" from the basement block wall to a house.and 2" from the pvc gutter downspout.the stump was 16" in dia.(pine)This machine is very user friendly.

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                  • #10
                    remember to make sure your insurance will cover you, a stump grinder is more likely then a mower to break a window or even hurt someone. I think here to do stumps you need tree trimmers insurance.
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                    • #11
                      remember to make sure your insurance will cover you, a stump grinder is more likely then a mower to break a window or even hurt someone. I think here to do stumps you need tree trimmers insurance.
                      unless you specifically tell your agent to cover you for stump grinding, you will not be covered.
                      it is not a throw in for insurers.

                      secondly, stump grinding charges by the inch not the hour and 3.50 is the minimum for ideal conditions.
                      depending on what type of teeth a machine has they can be anywhere from 4.00 to 13.00 per tooth and contact with one big rock will wipe out the whole set and whether you rent it or own it you are responsible for the teeth.

                      my machine holds 34 teeth at 9.00 a pop and if i am doing a 100.00 stump and i am not carefull there goes 300.00 worth of teeth.

                      lastly, don't let that little machine fool you, always think saftey saftey safety.
                      always wear a hardhat with face and hearing protection and don't face the machine towards anything of value.
                      i have had rocks the size of softballs hit me in the shins at a 100 mph and leave lumbs bigger then the rock that hit me.
                      i have gotten hit in the face countless times while wearing protection because you are dealing with rocks a high velocity and i have had my hardhat with face shield and hearing protection bitch slapped off my head like i was a red headed stepchild.

                      stump grinding for me when it arises is something i have to do more then i want to do.
                      it is very deceptive to the untrained eye and may lead you to believe it is highly profitable but really is not.
                      if you own the machine the maintenence is 100 times more then anything you use to cut grass, teeth are exspensive and you go through a ton of them.
                      those little machines are not cheap for what you get and for the average stump it is just a toy.
                      sure it will do the job but if you use it all the time you will see what i see.

                      i have a rayco 1625 self propelled and a tow behind vermeer 630a and the rayco will do a 36 inch hardwood stump in a hour or less depending on the roots and rocks and my vermeer will do it in 10 minutes.
                      my point is that it is hard to price them hourly because more often then not you will be overchargeing them if you are useing a little rental.

                      i do everything i can with the big machine and if i have a stump in the back yard with a gate or tough to reach location i use the rayco self propelled and i charge a little more for it because it takes longer.
                      for example: we have a 36 inch wide stump with easy access in the front yard i charge 4.00 per inch plus tax and i am out of there in 20 minutes for a total of 154.08.
                      compare that to a guy renting the little machine that is charging lets say 40.00 per hour.
                      it is gonna take him a few hours to grind it all a solid 10 inches below grade and when it is said and done he will charge 214.00 for the same stump.

                      the customer pays more and you make less after the rental and if you own the machine you will put a couple bucks more in your pocket but the customer will pay more for the guy renting then the dude that owns the right equipment.

                      basicly it boils down to that those little machines are designed to be used only when you can not get a bigger machine on the stump and are really not meant to be a stand alone machine.
                      they are great for little shrub stumps but when you get into the big wood their weaknesses are exposed.

                      i only say what i am as a way to foreworn anyone about some of the issues to be aware of with stumps and trees.
                      i am not trying to talk anyone out of it or say its not worth doing, all i am saying is that anything related to trees has a very fickle hand of fate that comes with it and it is very easy to get into trouble doing it or get a reputation of being high priced.

                      so if stump jumping is what you want to do, good luck and for god's sake be carefull.
                      Last edited by dpld; 02-10-2012, 10:27 AM.

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                      • #12
                        In regards to your stump grinding job, $2.00 (dpld) an inch seems quite low. In my area the going rate is $6.00 an inch usually with a minimum of $150. Also it is very important to have a minimum charge for this because it costs a lot of money to haul, operate, and get around to the job site. If you have to go around the house down a steep hill to the back yard then you should charge more compared to having the trees in a flat surface on the front yard. Stump grinding is a very specialized service and you definitly do not want to charge by the hour because you wont be making enough money. Charge by the inch (diamter). Moki im curious as to what was the total inches of all four of the stumps so I can break down how much you charged per inch. That will also help when bidding future jobs. But $450 seems low when your already paying $115 to rent one plus all of the overhead it costs to operate and get to and from the rental site.

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                        • #13
                          What made you all add a stump grinder to your equipment roster?

                          Once you got it, were you glad you did buy it? Did you find there was enough stump grinding work to make it worthwhile or did you have to promote that service to get work?
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                          • #14
                            What made you all add a stump grinder to your equipment roster?

                            Once you got it, were you glad you did buy it? Did you find there was enough stump grinding work to make it worthwhile or did you have to promote that service to get work?
                            i have been a full service tree company as well as a landscaper from day one and i am a certified arborist as well as a certified tree expert.
                            i do a lot less trees today because i built up the lawn biz the way i want it but if you do trees having a grinder goes hand in hand.
                            it would have been foolish for me to not incorporate all my skills into the business and i probably would not have what i have today if i did'nt.

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                            • #15
                              In regards to your stump grinding job, $2.00 (dpld) an inch seems quite low. In my area the going rate is $6.00 an inch usually with a minimum of $150. Also it is very important to have a minimum charge for this because it costs a lot of money to haul, operate, and get around to the job site. If you have to go around the house down a steep hill to the back yard then you should charge more compared to having the trees in a flat surface on the front yard. Stump grinding is a very specialized service and you definitly do not want to charge by the hour because you wont be making enough money. Charge by the inch (diamter). Moki im curious as to what was the total inches of all four of the stumps so I can break down how much you charged per inch. That will also help when bidding future jobs. But $450 seems low when your already paying $115 to rent one plus all of the overhead it costs to operate and get to and from the rental site.
                              i did not proof read my post but i don't believe i mentioned 2.00 per inch.
                              3.50 was the base price for a stump under ideal conditions like a rotted stump that you can paractically kick out of the ground anything more would cost more.
                              for myself, i dont have to worry too much about hills because between my two machines i can do anything without trouble and my rate is higher for the small machine.
                              having the two machines for me equalizes most of those issues but at the same time i have done some stumps in some really odd situations.

                              my main point i was trying to make was that allthough it may seem like easy money there is a cost and risk involved which in most cases supercedes the risks of a landscaper.

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