FAQ's - How much does stump grinding cost?

Cutting Wheel On Stump Grinder

How Much Does It Cost To Grind Stumps?

How much does stump grinding cost? Prices will vary depending on several factors including the size of th stump grinder, number of stumps, diameter, type of wood, accessibility and any possible related additional services. Stump removal, wood chip removal, fill and seeding would be examples. Typically there is a minimum charge to cover transportation  costs, Usually starting at around $150.00. So if you have one average stump between 10 to 24 inches in diameter and travel time is minimal, that's about what you should expect to pay. Much larger stumps can cost upwards of $300 to $400 each.

Would It Be Less Expensive If I Rented A Stump Grinder And Do It Myself?

Possibly, but a few considerations must be taken into account. Is it the right size? How sharp are the cutting teeth? Will you need to rent a trailer? Is insurance additional? Will you cause damage to the stump grinder by hitting rocks? These are all questions that you will need to ask yourself when considering the rental of a stump grinding machine.  

How Long Does Stump Grinding Take?

Again, it will depend on the size of the machine, how sharp the teeth are and the number of stumps. The smaller the machine, the more time it will take to get the job done.  Our machine can typically grind a 12 inch diameter stump in 2 to 3 minutes. Some of the larger tree stumps, 4 to 5 feet in diameter, have taken up to 2 hours. Much depends on the accessibility, age of the stump and type of wood.

Does Stump Grinding or Extraction Leave A Mess?

When a tree stump is ground down the stump itself is turned into mulch. The volume of mulch piled up when the job is complete is approximately 4 to 5 times the original size of the stump. Additionally, because much of the grinding is done below grade, some of the much will be mixed with soil. Some customers keep the mulch for spreading around plants or mixing it into their garden soil to create compost. If a stump is located outside the area of a lawn, it can be raked out and left to decompose leaving natural ground cover. The stump mulch can also be loaded into a truck to be taken away and disposed of. This option is additional cost.


Pulling out a tree stump with a backhoe  is usually a slightly more expensive option. If the stump is in the middle of a manicured lawn this may not be the way to go. In addition to the tractor tires compressing the soil the circumference and depth of the roots can disrupt a good size area. This method requires the void to be filled in, compacted and seeded. The disposal of the stump or stumps is also an additional cost as they must be transported to a special facility for processing.