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Stump Grinding

Stump Grinder at work

If you require Stump Grinding work and live in the Glossop area, you have come to the right place!

We have 6 industrial Stump Grinders of various sizes to tackle any job, large or small. We also have a dedicated stump grinding team.

We carry out between 4 and 10 stump grinding jobs on a typical day, so we are very experienced and with experience comes speed, this means we can normally do the job quicker than most, meaning it will cost you less with us.

We are fully insured for your peace of mind and you only need to pay us once we have completed the work.

Get in touch now by using the various call now buttons below or fill in the form and we will contact you. We may ask you to send us a couple of photos or a video to enable us to give you a price over the phone today.



When you want a tree-stump stump grinding (removed), a tree stump removal company may suggest grinding it out if access and conditions around the stump allow it. Questions to ask yourself; Should you go for stump grinding? How long might it take? What is the benefit of removing a stump? Should you do yourself or employ a contractor?

We answer all of those questions about stump grinding – and more – in the article below.




A stump grinder is a powerful machine that resembles a lawnmower/circular saw hybrid. They are designed to easily access the stump and then grind it into small pieces that can be removed or dispersed in the surrounding area (stump grinding).

A typical Stump Grinder

Predator Stump Grinder


A stump grinder eats away at the stump of wood that remains after a tree has been removed. Stump grinders all use powerful, rotating blades that cut into the wood as they turn. The teeth of the blade splinter the stump’s wood into small pieces. An operator guides the blade over the stump, reducing it to wood chips and removing it to well below ground level.

A stump grinder at work

Stump removal


Stump grinding generates a lot of wood chips (a lot!). The actual amount will surprise you, but they can be used as on-site mulch or added to your green waste can. Because you just ground out the stump volume that filled it, you will also have a hole after the stump grinding.

You can either shovel the wood chips into the hole and let them decay, or you can import soil and fill the hole to level with the surrounding ground.

Sometimes local businesses or groups (schools, nurseries, parks) may welcome you with open arms for you to drop off the “waste”. And you will be seen as contributing to the community. However, this requires you to collect it on-site in the first place. Leaving it on-site is the preferred option.


Stump Grinding Wood Chip

Stump Grinding waste


Lightweight grinder models are available for small jobs, as well as large, powerful grinders for large stumps and complex logistics. Among the various types of stump grinders are:

  • Hand-guided, walk-behind, or “handlebar” grinders are compact and portable. Because of their small size, they are the most portable, as they can fit in the back of a truck.
  • Rear-hitch, wheeled stump grinders can be attached to a truck or trailer for transportation and then uncoupled and steered into position at the job site.
  • Riding grinders are manoeuvrable, similar to a bobcat or small tractor, with the operator controlling the grinder from a seat.
  • Skid stump grinders have tank-like continuous track treads and are driven from behind or by an operator riding atop. Where the ground is soft and traditional wheels would churn up soil or turf, continuous treads grip large surface areas.
  • A stump grinder attachment can be attached to a skid steer and operated by the same arms that guide the trenching or bucket attachments.

Stump grinders, like most powerful pieces of equipment, are purpose-built.



Types of Stump Grinder

Types of Stump Grinder





Stump grinders are not the same as stump removers, which are auger-like and bore down into the stump from above, removing all trunk wood and anchoring roots.

Auger v Stump Grinder

2 different types of stump removal machinery


Stump grinders available for public rental are smaller and less powerful than those used by professionals, and you are unlikely to have a variety of stump grinder models to choose from. As a result, it is usually preferable to hire a professional.


Industrial Professionals, such as certified tree-care specialists, typically utilise stump grinders. The risk of harm is substantial, as it is with most large, strong equipment. Before picking up a stump grinder, DIYers should be confident in their abilities. Make certain that you have been fully instructed on how to utilise the stump grinder you wish to hire.


When operating the stump grinder, operators must wear protective equipment to shield themselves (and any personnel nearby) from flying debris and noise. Debris can be anything from sharp bits of wood to mud, stones, bricks, glass, and much more.

Professional tree surgeons and tree removal businesses are also insured (or should be) against accidental property damage caused by tree removal and stump grinding. Stones can be thrown at high speeds, shattering glass and damaging structures, cars, and other objects. A do-it-yourselfer should consider the likelihood of this and ensure that they have insurance that will cover any damage to their own and their neighbours’ property.


Most likely not. A lightweight, compact, leased stump grinder requires more time and physical work from you, and your stump may just be too massive for a rental stump grinder to handle. And, as everyone who has used them knows, there is no guarantee that the equipment is in excellent working order or even that it is safe to use. Avoid this option whenever possible.

Stump Grinding Hire Shops

Typical plant hire store in the UK where you might hire a stump grinder.


Considering a Stump Grinder

Things to consider when hiring stump grinding equipment

If you’re considering “Do It Yourself” tree stump removal, you should first calculate the actual time and expense of renting a stump grinder, which includes:

  • Fuel you will need to run it?
  • Buying or Hiring Personal safety gear for you.
  • Are you able to load, unload and move the grinder?
  • Can you maneuver the grinder?
  • You’ll need materials to protect the surrounding ground from damage (heavy, awkward and expensive)
  • You’ll need material or screens to protect property from flying debris
  • Pay for damage to the hired stump grinder, blade and teeth from hidden debris
  • Cleanup and disposal of debris.
  • Liability insurance cover
  • Yours and any helpers time to do the work, taking in to account of lost earnings away from your job.

When you weigh what you’ll have to do against the time and cost of having your stump professionally removed, you could realise that the professional alternative is the superior choice. We’re experienced, quick, and efficient, with a trained crew and professional equipment. We’ll manufacture wood chip mulch for you and clean up after ourselves!


Flush Tree Stump and Grinder

Stump grinder removal of flush tree stump

No. Tree surgeons can’t cut a tree down flush with the ground, so there will ALWAYS be a stump. They may do both jobs on the same day with different teams.





It’s your choice, but you might be interested in learning more about what to expect if you don’t remove the stump after removing your tree and what you can do with it if you decide to preserve it.

Many people underestimate how much a remaining tree stump will stand out after stump grinding, especially if the rest of their landscape is neat and well-kept. Grinding out the stump, on the other hand, provides a blank canvas for future landscape design.

Of course, there are numerous possibilities. It all depends on where the stump is. Is it smack dab in the middle of your lawn? Is it a tripping hazard for youngsters, the elderly, visitors, and so on? Is it on the outskirts and not actually in the way? Are the roots causing damage to structures such as the house, conservatory, or border fencing?

Because stump grinding shreds stump wood below ground level, it ensures that your tree stump will not regrow with suckering growth around its perimeter. This is frequently the strongest case for stump removal; keeping a stump in situ can mean periodic sucker pruning, a garden duty that provides little gratification because you’re never done.

Spot the Stump

Tree stump with suckering well underway.


Suckering sprouts are the tree’s natural response after its trunk has been chopped down, however none of this growth is functional and will not result in a healthy new tree. Instead, you’ll have a lot of sprouts that turn into branches that need to be cut down repeatedly until the tree’s energy stores are depleted. This may take some time.

NOTE: Coppicing is an ancient practise in which woodland or forest tree trunks are cut down to ground level and new sprouts are encouraged to grow from them. Depending on the species of the tree, the new, sprouting wood grows until it is harvested for firewood, fencing, thatching, or carpentry. On a good coppiced tree, these cycles of growth and harvesting can extend for decades or more. However, this is unlikely to be necessary in your garden!

Stump grinding isn’t always essential, but think about whether you want to stare at it for years or accept its sucking progress. Make it into a landscape ornament.

Depending on its size, height, and location, a stump can be both an eyesore (particularly as it rots) and a tripping hazard. It can also attract insect pests, start fungal illnesses (which can spread to other trees), and leave soft, sunken places in the surrounding lawn or garden as it decomposes.

A stump, on the other hand, can be used to create a one-of-a-kind landscape design, as an informal platform for potted plants or sculptures, and painted, ornamented, or sculpted.


One critical consideration is if you plan to construct on top of the tree stump or add a patio or paving. Because it is formed of wood, an organic item, a ground tree stump will rot away over time. As a result, it is not a secure construction base material, and any foundations, footings, or stiff materials may shift over time.

Roots and patios Stump Grinding solutions

Tree roots can cause severe structural damage to surrounding areas

Even though the stump has been ground out, there may still trunk and root debris beneath the ground that will degrade and settle, perhaps causing future harm to your building. In this situation, make certain that all residual stumps and roots are removed, and that the pit is filled with native soil (not bagged potting mix) and compacted to the proper level for your construction job.


Most conveniently accessible tree stumps that are removed can also be ground out. A stump may need to be removed for safety reasons or to allow access. However, stump removal may be difficult or impossible in other circumstances.

  • Trees in difficult-to-reach regions with restricted access or where the equipment required is too large to transport may not be suitable for stump grinding.
  • Stumps that cannot be completely removed by stump grinding can be ground first and then extracted with a skid steer or excavator; this adds cost but may be the only alternative.
  • Trees that grow in small planting holes and are surrounded by concrete or other patio materials may create a stump that cannot be removed without causing damage to the surrounding material, or the surrounding material may need to be removed first. This can be costly or impossible to achieve.
  • If a tree stump is too close to other trees or important shrubs, the root systems of those plants may be damaged or destroyed.
  • Due to the risk of damaging foundations, footings, or utility lines and pipework, stumps adjacent to buildings or other structures may be difficult to remove.
Awkward stump grinding jobs

Awkward stump grinding job

It’s always a good idea to look for hidden hazards before starting to grind a stump, especially if you’re doing it alone.


If you have a small stump that isn’t worth stump grinding, you might be able to remove it with hand tools. A stump with a few feet of boot left on it is handy in this situation because the boot can be used as a lever to assist release the boot. To expose the stump’s roots, first loosen and dig up the soil around it using a shovel or a pick axe. Once the roots have been exposed, you can use gravity and your body weight to rock the stump loose. You can use loppers or a pruning saw to remove big roots and assist liberate the boot. This is physically demanding job, but it is not impossible.


Dragging out a stump

Alternative methods to remove a tree stump

You’ve probably seen chemical stump remover bottles at your local nursery or hardware shop. These compounds, which are frequently manufactured of potassium nitrate, function by hastening the deterioration of wood. You must drill holes in your stump, fill them with stump killer, add water, cover your stump, and wait.

Although potassium nitrate is not dangerous, it can cause eye and skin irritation, so keep children and dogs away from it and the stump.

Another method for removing stumps is to pour kerosene over the stump and set it on fire.

Please don’t be the person who thinks a blazing tree stump is a smart way to spend your time and money.


Please get in touch with us first. We can examine your situation and provide you an estimate for removing the tree stump. When compared to doing it yourself, you might be amazed at how inexpensive it can be. Most stump removal jobs are completed in a matter of hours, even for massive stumps.

We always offer stump removal services when we remove a tree, including outlining the benefits of having your stump properly removed and the benefits of tree-stump mulch for your yard.

Contact Northwest Trees and Stumps

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