Do you have an unsightly tree stump on your property that you need to get rid of? You could get it out one of the conventional ways, but what’s the fun in that? Why not just hook a rope up to and pull it out with your Chevy like these guys did? It only takes a couple minutes to attach the rope and a few seconds to pull it out, but the memories will last a lifetime.
Okay, so that might not be the best advice, because there’s some danger involved in removing tree stumps this way. The guy here was lucky the flying stump didn’t bust out his window and hit him, and it probably did put a dent on his roof and maybe cracked the top of the window a little as well.
The removal was successful here, but there have been instances where flying tree stumps have seriously injured people. And in fact, there was a freak accident recently where a guy was killed doing the same thing. He wasn’t as fortunate as the driver here, as the stump went through the back window and hit him in the head. So it’s probably best to file something like this under “Do Not Attempt” unless you really know what you’re doing.
DIY Stump Removal
If you have a stump or two that you need to get rid of, there are much safer ways to do it. Unfortunately, they take more work, which is why some people like these guys look for a shortcut. Here are 4 common methods.
- Burn It: For this one, you will need to drill about an 8” hole in the center of the stump and several other holes about an inch apart. Make sure to clear the debris out, then put potassium nitrate and then hot water in the holes. Next is the fun part if you like playing with fire. Put a piece of scrap wood on top of the stump and light in on fire. The stump will ignite and start burning. Then you can grab a shovel to help break it up.
- Rot It: For this one, you’ll also want to drill holes into the stump (about 8”). You then fill them up with a substance high in nitrogen. Pour that in the holes and gradually chip off the pieces and you’re good to go.
- By Hand: This is how the real men remove a stump—use a shovel, digging bar, and pick to dig around the stump and the roots, then get your axe and hack off the major roots. You can then start pushing the trunk to reveal more roots. Cut those roots off when they’re revealed until you can uproot the entire tree. Roots are stubborn, so it you can get it out by hand, you can wrap a chain around it and hook it to your 4WD truck and slooooowly pull backward and forward to wiggle it out.
- Use Chemicals: Not a green gardener? Just grab some handy chemicals. Unfortunately, the chemicals don’t do all the work for you though. You’re still going to need to drill those holes along with 1” holes around the stump perimeter, then drill 45-degree angled holes on the side of the stump that meet with these perimeter holes. Now you can pour potassium nitrate down the holes, fill them with water, and play the waiting game for 4 to 6 weeks. There are tree stump killers on the market like Tordon that can speed this process up. When dead and spongy, you can break the stump up with an ax.
Of course, if you don’t want to spend that time and hassle, there are professional tree removal services out there. They can uproot the tree or grind it down with a hydraulic tree stump grinder. You could rent a stump grinder yourself, but they are pretty expensive. Still, you might enjoy feeling the power of a heavy-duty tool like that in your hands. The power put out by one of these things is typically around 30-35 horsepower.
It’s a good idea to take a hint from this and go slow if you need to remove a stump with your truck so you don’t make a slingshot! As mentioned, you should also use a chain instead of a rope.