Now we will address the key factors that will affect the cost of the stump grinding job:
What is the diameter of the stump?
As you would expect, the bigger the diameter of the stump, the larger the cost. Stumps of size will take more time due to grinding a higher volume of material, and it will also require a more expensive, powerful grinder. In contrast, smaller stumps will cost much, much less. As a rough guide, we charge from £10 (+VAT) per inch in diameter (a minimum call-out charge may apply).
What is the tree species, and how big are the roots?
Different tree species have different types of root systems; some species’ roots are shallow and short, whereas others can be deep and widespread. For example, cherry tree roots are generally broad, whereas conifers are relatively stubby. Trees with expansive or deep root systems can take several hours to grind out, and this increase in time will increase the price. The species of tree will also determine how hard or soft the wood is, and this, in turn, will also impact the cost. When we price our stump grinding service, we only price for the main body of the stump (the buttress) and the primary lateral roots, but if you require any other root removal, we are more than happy to do this for an added cost.
Where is the stump’s location, and is it easy to access?
The location plays an integral part in calculating the tree stump removal cost. Access difficulties are more noticeable, but we must also consider the ground’s topography and the bedrock’s level. Any uneven ground may pose a safety risk, and high levels of rock in the soil can cause damage to the stump grinder teeth, which will slow down the grinding process.
How many stumps do you require grinding?
We can offer great discounts for grinding multiple stumps on the same day if you have numerous stumps to remove.
Can I not just hire a stump grinder and do it myself?
Stump grinders are available to hire from many tool hire shops throughout Hampshire, Surrey and the South East, but we would certainly NOT recommend hiring one without adequate training. Stump grinders are dangerous pieces of machinery and, if misused, may cause severe injury or damage to property. Stump grinding also requires skill and experience to do it efficiently, so why not leave it to County Tree Care as this will save you effort, time, and risk.