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How Much Does it Cost to Remove a Tree Stump?

Author: Brian Eckert

Tree Stump Removal Prices

When you cut a tree down there’s always some leftover. That’s the hardest part to eliminate. You can chop a tree down. There still will be a giant stump sitting on the ground. There’s no way to chop a tree down level to the ground. It’s dangerous to try to do that and the angles don’t jive.

Therefore, you need to grind the stump down to the ground level.

Stump removal can be synonymous with stump grinding. Be sure to clarify with stump removal services the job to be done what they do and what they charge for it. Go over details.

Why not just pull the root out of the ground?

Sometimes the root is pulled out of the ground. This is generally only done when you need the space in the ground. Perhaps you want to install a fence, plant something, or do some landscaping. Those are cases that would call for you to remove the root system. It’s a lot of work and will cost a lot of money to remove the stump and root system. It takes a lot more time and effort, and therefore, costs a lot more.

A quote on completely removing a stump and root system from the ground needs to be given on a case by case basis. There are a lot of variables that go into that kind of project. Naturally, the more complex the project gets the more costly it will be.

How Much Does A Stump Grinding Service Cost?

It will cost $100 to $150 for the first stump. There is usually a break in price after that. Each additional stump will cost $25 to $50 to grind. The prices will vary from service to service so be sure to get a couple different quotes.

DIY Stump Grinding

You may rent a small stump grinder, about 13” to 19” in diameter from your local home improvement center. It will cost $75 to $150 to rent the machine for a half day. It will cost $250 to $400 to rent the machine for a full day.

Two things to remember when renting a stump grinder:

1) You will only be able to grind small stumps. You can rent a giant commercial stump grinder that gets puller on a trailer. Therefore, if you have a giant stump you will need to hire a stump grinding service. Check with your home improvement center to see what the limitations are on the stump grinding rentals they have.

2) You need to have a lot of stump to make it worth it to rent one of these and spend the day grinding stumps. It only costs $100 to $150 to hire a professional stump grinding service to grind a stump. It can cost $25 to $50 for every stump after that. Do the math. Sometimes it’s cheaper and easier to hire someone. If renting a stump grinder, you must have a lot of stump to make it worth the cost.

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