Rent stump grinder

When a large tree is felled, it creates a lot of space and light. But after the main work, there is still the tree stump that stands in the way of a level lawn. A stump grinder can be rented to quickly remove the remains of trees that are firmly anchored in the ground.

What to do with the stump?

Sometimes trees in the garden are simply too big or too old and therefore dangerous to fall. Felling is then one thing. This already requires a professional approach with a well-planned strategy so that nobody is injured and nothing is destroyed by the falling tree. Depending on the size and surroundings, the tree can be cut down in pieces with a chainsaw or brought down in one piece with ropes.

But what do you do with the remaining tree stump?? If the felled tree was in the middle of the lawn and the grass cover is to be closed homogeneously here, the stump must be deeply removed. And even if the stump can be left standing quietly and converted into a platform for a natural table or something similar, there is a risk with some trees that they will sprout again and again even when felled close to the ground.

There are several options for deeply removing the stump:

  • Dig up stump
  • Saw off butt to accelerate rotting
  • Mill out the stump

Dig out

Depending on the size of the tree stump, digging is quite force-intensive, but with a little patience and a strategic approach, it is a recommended method. Because it removes the stump relatively quickly, inexpensively and also very environmentally friendly.

The preparatory work is best done by digging around the root system and levering it with metal rails. Try to create a passage under the main body of the stump and root system. A lashing strap or a chain can be put through there, on which the stump can be pulled out with the help of a motorized vehicle (for example simply a car).


If removing the stump is not too urgent, you can simply speed up the natural rotting process. To do this, the stump is sawed crosswise with the chainsaw. Calcium cyanamide fertilizers or compost accelerators can be filled into the grooves - they support the work of the decomposing microorganisms.

Milling out

Milling out is a quick, but also expensive, affair to remove the stump deeply. With this method, the wood is deliberately and thoroughly removed in one step using motorized technology, so that the extremely vital, stubborn tree species that are stubbornly willing to sprout disappear for good. A tree stump or. The stump grinder removes the stump in a short time and saves you heavy physical labor. It can also bridge conditions that make excavation difficult, such as a narrow border of the stump in terrace slabs or closely adjacent house walls.

High costs

You can borrow a stump grinder - also known as a stump grinder in northern Germany - for milling out. However, this is quite costly - depending on the size of the device, the rental fee is usually around a hundred euros net per day, with more professional, larger models, well over 200 euros can be due. In addition, there may be gasoline costs, transport costs and possible wear and tear costs.

Where to rent the stump grinder?

Such heavy equipment can usually not be borrowed from common hardware stores such as Toom or Obi, but only from forestry and landscaping shops or from large-scale equipment rental companies.

How to use a stump grinder?

When you borrow a stump grinder to cut out a single stump or a few stumps in your private garden, all you need is a simple, hand-operated device. Such "simple" stump grinders usually have a handle like conventional lawnmowers, stand on two lockable tires and have a vertically suspended cutter blade at the top. This is designed to remove a tree stump that has been sawn off close to the ground in horizontal strips.

To do this, the device must first be moved up to the stump so that the milling blade protrudes over the front edge of its surface. Then the wheels are locked (usually using mechanical levers). The working axis is then released using a third lever. This allows the device head with the milling blade to be swiveled slightly to the right and left.

The milling work can now be started. To do this, slowly guide the running cutter blade sideways over the stump surface using the handle. This takes time, especially for tree species with very dense, solid wood such as a cherry tree. In this way, first mill out the front side of the stump a little and then move the machine further back for further milling paths as required. To do this, the device must be repositioned each time by releasing and re-engaging the wheel brake.

In this way, mill off the stump wood so that a proper hole is created in the ground and as little as possible of the stump remains. The sawdust produced during milling can be worked into the hole at least partly together with earth, especially in heavy soils. As a vegetable filler, they loosen the soil and can promote the growth of sown lawn.