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Did anyone ever use one of these things? I cut down the offending willows that caused my basement flood and now I need to remove the ugly stumps. Are they quick or a royal pain in the ass?

Deathrattle, it's $68 for a 4 hour rental. If I finish before that, I'll let you borrow it to work on your teeth, ok?

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I thought you were talking about a prostitute with braces.
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RE: Stump grinder

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"Did anyone ever use one of these things? I cut down the offending willows that caused my basement flood and now I need to remove the ugly stumps. Are they quick or a royal pain in the ass?

Deathrattle, it's $68 for a 4 hour rental. If I finish before that, I'll let you borrow it to work on your teeth, ok?"

^^^^^^

I suspect the nickname 'Stumpy' is something with which you are far more familiar than me.[;)]

Seriously,when you have ground your Willow stumps down to below ground level,you will certainly need to treat the remainder with a poison (SBK in the UK)to kill the roots and prevent them coppicing.Accordingly you need to leave a little stump in which to apply the treatment and to act as a reservoir to the root system.There is an old saying in England,relating to Willow's tenacity, that if you stick a cricket bat in the ground it will sprout leaves.
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My wife bought some crap but after googling around it appears that it is basically salt water that dries up the stump and allows you to then burn it. I'll look for some poison to kill it dead. Maybe you could send over some bangers and shephards pie.

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^^^^^^

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TK, I would suggest to spend a little more to hire the professional to do it right, that thing is a big PITA to use. I paid $200.00 on my 3 stump that cause my driveway raised and inch. If you really want to DIY make sure the "A" root disappear, if you didn't get that it will grow again. The "A" root is the single root in the middle of the stump. You have to be a strong man to use that machine. good luck

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TK, I would suggest to spend a little more to hire the professional to do it right, that thing is a big PITA to use. I paid $200.00 on my 3 stump that cause my driveway raised and inch. If you really want to DIY make sure the "A" root disappear, if you didn't get that it will grow again. The "A" root is the single root in the middle of the stump. You have to be a strong man to use that machine. good luck
Thanks Jim, I am a hopeless do-it-yourselfer but in this case, I may relent. The landscapers are coming out for spring cleaning so I'll see what they would charge.

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Also think of the benefits of hiring this out, you get to spend more time on BW.
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Ok, stupid little story...

Had to remove a huge ol' stump where my house's foundation was going to be in Dallas. Workers dug it out as best as possible then they tied chains around it and tried to pull it out with a two wheel drive p/u on dirt.
After many futile efforts, I attached the chain to the frame of the ML320 and slowly pulled the fucker out. The laughing stopped when it popped. Of course any 4 wheel drive could have done it, but still it blew some silly stereotypes.
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RE: Stump grinder

How big are the willows? I rented one and got rid of three stups in my back yard about two years ago. The stumps were 4-5 inches across. It wasn't very hard at all, just time consuming. I also stopped and dug out the shreaded part of the stump during the process. Nothing has come back yet, but they were not willows.
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