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Unread 03-20-2009, 03:58 PM   #1
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Winch tree/stump removal?

Has anyone done this? What is the "proper" procedure?

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Unread 03-22-2009, 11:40 AM   #2
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here how not to do it...

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Unread 03-22-2009, 02:04 PM   #3
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here how not to do it...

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The homeowner say's "Now that you have it in your truck, can you haul it to the dump for me?"

How obvious was it that that was going to happen? He's lucky he didn't get squished.
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Unread 03-22-2009, 06:17 PM   #4
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That would have been a great Darwin award had he been successful.
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Unread 03-23-2009, 01:27 PM   #5
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here how not to do it...

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That was funny as hell. How cold you not see that was going to happen.
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Unread 03-23-2009, 03:02 PM   #6
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Back OT. I had to winch a few trees for a friend of mine one. His property was on a 30' rocky hill overlooking a lake, with the edge of the yard at the top of the hill and the trees towards the bottom. When he cut the trees they'd fall down into the water. From there we'd cut them into about 10 foot sections and winched them up the hill no problem. Make sure you use a properly rated chain, shackles, etc. around the tree and not a strap. The strap could get ruined by dragging it over the ground...this is one place where a chain should be used.
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Unread 03-23-2009, 03:08 PM   #7
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But what about removing the stumps?
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Unread 03-23-2009, 03:12 PM   #8
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I doubt a winch is going to be of any use pulling a stump of any size. A winch is not supposed to be used for pulling.

Back in the say it took a pretty good tractor to pull stumps. If your trees are have any size to them you'll need to dig and cut the roots first.

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Unread 03-23-2009, 04:17 PM   #9
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yeah a winch is not going to do it. depending on the size of the stump you need to get under it and cut the roots. Even excavators have a hard time with stumps. If you can you should just hire someone to grind it down, its easier, quicker, and you won't have a gigantic hole and a stump to dispose of.
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Unread 03-23-2009, 04:41 PM   #10
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I pulled a stump out yesterday in 4L with a tow strap
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Unread 03-23-2009, 07:47 PM   #11
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I was figuring that here it would be easier to pull a stump because the soil layer is so shallow. Usually less than 2 feet before hitting bedrock (lava). The trees I want to remove are sapling size trees.
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Unread 03-23-2009, 08:56 PM   #12
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I do it all the time with the 12,000 lb winch on our 1980 GMC truck...works great, and its quick. I chock all 4 wheels with a 6 X 6 block of wood, I also set the parking brake. I throw a old bath towel over the winch line while pulling, just in case. To make it easier, I dig around the stump of the stump or tree, to loosen the soil a bit. Best to do this right after a good day of rain.

Hell I have pulled down old horse run-ins and old chicken houses we have on our farm with that winch.
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Unread 03-23-2009, 09:34 PM   #13
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I was figuring that here it would be easier to pull a stump because the soil layer is so shallow. Usually less than 2 feet before hitting bedrock (lava). The trees I want to remove are sapling size trees.

Saplings shouldn't be a problem for a good winch. You should be able to pull the entire tree and stump at the same time.
Soak the ground around the stump after you dig a bit around it. Cut the big roots that you can.
A towel on the winch cable is good, but a piece of carpet or old rug would be better in case the chain let's go.
Take pics and post them.
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Unread 03-24-2009, 07:09 AM   #14
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I doubt a winch is going to be of any use pulling a stump of any size. A winch is not supposed to be used for pulling. ...
I agree that a winch won't be a lot of use in pulling a big stump but I do have to ask - What do you do with your winch? Push??
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Unread 03-24-2009, 08:09 AM   #15
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lol, beat me to it.
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