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Unread 03-24-2009, 08:22 AM   #16
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my buddy and I just pulled a tree that had fallenover but was still growing sideways, we dug enough to get the tow strap under the tree, then used a tree saver arond a tree in front of us and attached the winch to that. once everything was tight both front/rear i put the jeep in 2nd gear and at the same time was pulling the winch cable in. took about 25 minutes to get the pull the tree, stump and all out of the ground

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Unread 03-24-2009, 10:54 AM   #17
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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.
You should be fine then with small roots and sapling size trees. Just make sure you use a tree saver strap or a chain around the tree and secure it to the tree as a choker. then just pull away, you might have to dig on the opposite side of them or hack at the roots with an axe but with trees that small I think they'll just come right up. Good luck.
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Unread 03-25-2009, 08:52 PM   #18
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In the last 2 years I have pulled out 3 stumps. None of them with a winch. #1 was with a 3/4 ton Dodge with a Cummins, #2 was with a 420E Caterpillar backhoe (that stump was in there - took about an hour to pull/dig out, even with the backhoe), and #3 was with a 29 hp Kubota tractor - This was a smaller stump, so the tractor handled it ok. It's good to know someone who has a backhoe.
If you don't have access to machinery, I would suggest cutting the stump flush to the ground, then having someone come in and do some stump grinding. You could do it cheaper by applying some stump-rot to it. Takes a while to work though.

The video at the beginning of this thread is hilarious. What a bunch of dopes. Of all the people standing around watching, you would think that at least one of them could see what was going to happen. I feel sorry for the little truck.
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Unread 03-26-2009, 12:48 PM   #19
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Make a hole in the middle of the stump, fill with black powder, rig two wires for a detonator (model rocket parts work great), hook wires to a battery, and blow stump into oblivion.
Just make sure everyone is at a safe distance
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Unread 03-26-2009, 01:58 PM   #20
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My neighbor took out 3 50 ft. walnut trees out last summer.

Tree's were there when I left the house for work, gone when I got home. They cut them all up, then ground the stumps down. Fast and easy for the homeowner.

My other neighbor had a 2ft diameter stump ground down last fall. Grew right through the chain link fence between our property. Ground right through it all. Awesome way to get rid of stumps.
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Unread 03-26-2009, 02:19 PM   #21
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I dunno if I'd even attempt to pull a tree stump out with a winch. As heavy as my Wrangler is and coupled with its 9500 lb. capacity winch, all that happened for me was the winch dragged my Jeep across my neighbor's lawn when trying to yank out a big bush with deep roots. I'd think a tree would be even worse.
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Unread 03-26-2009, 06:08 PM   #22
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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??
Maybe I should have said for using as a tow strap or tow chain. A winch is used for, well, winching

The stumps I was thinking of were big trees....you know dozens of years old. I'm afraid all you'd do is pull your Jeep towards the stump.

It may work on saplings, but then again why not cut them off below the fground and be done. I suppose you have to use the winch for something.

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Unread 03-26-2009, 11:13 PM   #23
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I dunno if I'd even attempt to pull a tree stump out with a winch. As heavy as my Wrangler is and coupled with its 9500 lb. capacity winch, all that happened for me was the winch dragged my Jeep across my neighbor's lawn when trying to yank out a big bush with deep roots. I'd think a tree would be even worse.
Where's the video Jerry?
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Unread 03-28-2009, 09:52 AM   #24
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When I was a child I saw my uncle chain his surplus jeep to one stump and put the PTO winch to another. The thought was one stump to the other would come out..... The surplus jeep had the frame bolted back together (us army used to cut the frame in half) you can see where this went....
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Unread 03-28-2009, 02:59 PM   #25
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your doing it wrong

Cut it off as much as you can, drill a few holes. Soak in diesel for several hrs… put a big bag of match light charcoal on top. Burn it…. let the diesel burn off, and roast some Winnies/drink beer.

Cant burn it, rent or pay some one to grind it.


If you must pull, dig it out a bit, hook the chain as close as you can to the ground, run the chain up over your spear tire or spear wheel. Put the wheel as close as you can to the stump. This will both pull “up” and add a bit of leverage.
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If the rear of the Jeep were anchored to another tree by a chain, I wonder how much tension before the bumper, hooks, or frame went "pop". Probably more than most winches ratings, I'd imagine... All this stump talk reminds me of the enormous winches I saw on the logging program on Discovery...As Paul Hogan said on Crocodile Dundee, "that's not a winch mate. Now THAT's a winch" As for me, I'll call the excavator.
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When I was a child I saw my uncle chain his surplus jeep to one stump and put the PTO winch to another. The thought was one stump to the other would come out..... The surplus jeep had the frame bolted back together (us army used to cut the frame in half) you can see where this went....
not even serious? it really ripped in half????
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Unread 11-02-2009, 09:47 PM   #28
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should of made a video of my old 84 s10 wood truck rusted to hell and back.

only thing it had was locking rear and front diffs

we notched a tree hooked up about 50ft of tow straps and then the wind blew and the tree fell the other direction yankin us back and sitting the front end of the truck with the *** end in the air.
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Unread 05-12-2013, 01:19 PM   #29
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Worked like a charm.

Just cut the top of the 8" tree to chest height, wrapped winch + tree saver around it, pulled it taught, and went in reverse.

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Unread 05-12-2013, 02:29 PM   #30
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Just cut the top of the 8" tree to chest height, wrapped winch + tree saver around it, pulled it taught, and went in reverse.
Your mistake. A winch is not used on a moving vehicle. Tie the jeep off from the rear so you aren't pulling the Jeep to the tree, hook the winch line up to the tree strap and operate the winch.
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