Stump Grinding Field Hacks: Tips that Make Your Job Easier


Many parts of the country are beginning to see the fall sun turn colder. Winter is just around the corner. Take advantage of these last weeks of autumn to finish your stump grinding projects.

Although stump grinding is possible all year, it is best to start planning for projects before the ground freezes.

Fuel up & Gear up

You should have a full tank of gas and a greased machine. This will eliminate the need to stop halfway through a job and keep your machine running smoothly. You will need the proper Personal Protective Equipment such as safety glasses, ear protection gloves, boots and a helmet.

Field Prep

It will be easier to operate efficiently and quickly by doing a quick pickup and site assessment.

  • Clear debris. Large rocks, litter, and other obstructions should be removed from the stump or around it.
  • Evaluate the location and the area where you will be traveling. The route from the stump should be easy to walk. You should look for areas of soft, moist ground or new grass or flowerbeds that you can navigate around.
  • When operating near a fence, be aware of the reach of the grinder head sweep and plan your sweeps accordingly.

Cut Tall Stomps

Do you have to work on a stump that is high? A chainsaw can be used to reduce the stump before it is ground. While you can grind tall stumps, depending on their size, it may be easier to save time and cut down the stump. You can also save your grinder teeth’ edges for longer, making replacements more cost-effective and less frequent.

Use Shields

The Barreto stump grinders 30SG and 37SG Barreto come with a shield to protect the operator. However, it is sometimes useful to keep any chips from flying. You can clean up quicker if you keep chips concentrated in the area. Also, leftover chips make excellent mulch for your garden and flower beds.

Use your Mulch

This mulch is a bonus product of stump grinding in north shore and can be offered to customers as a bonus. It’s ideal for fall landscaping or winter preparation. Mulch can be used to cover garden beds in fall. It will help nourish soil, protect plants from extreme cold, and repel weeds.

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