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Sabina Lawn Care 09-21-2011 05:44 PM

Stump Grinding
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?

Steve 09-23-2011 01:08 PM

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.

Does this help?

Moki 11-12-2011 09:24 AM

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...


Steve 11-14-2011 11:33 AM

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

Let us know how it works out for you.

Moki 11-15-2011 12:17 AM

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...


Steve 11-15-2011 11:40 AM


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.

Lake Area Turf 02-09-2012 10:55 PM

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.

Moki 02-10-2012 08:21 AM

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.

thom 02-10-2012 09:13 AM


Originally Posted by Sabina Lawn Care (Post 95093)
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.

wandfsmall 02-10-2012 09:17 AM

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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