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Old 08-25-2009, 10:09 AM
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DIY tree stump removal, drill bit getting caught?

I think I know the answer here but I wanted to ask...

Last year, when Hurricane Ike came through, I lost 5 trees on my property. I have been looking for a reasonable means to remove the stumps, and the one that keeps popping up from friends and neighbors is a product called Stump Out. I read the instructions, and have helped a neighbor with his after the stump out did its thing on an oak stump, and it was like chopping out balsa wood after it did its thing. Nice and easy...

I am trying to prep one stump, a 12" diameter Beech stump, per the MFG directions, which is to drill a 1" diameter hole 12" deep.

I am trying to use my Irwin Speed Bor Max boring bit and extension for the job, and it mostly works okay...

But it seems like I have to barely touch the hole, and back the bit out to clear the sawdust or the bit gets jammed in the hole and I need to back the bit out...

Is there a better bit that I can use that will eject material from the hole better?

The rest of the stumps are MUCH smaller, with the next largest stump 4" diameter Chinaberry junk that is actually in the Bayou but keeps trying to grow accross and on to my property...
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Old 08-25-2009, 10:18 AM
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no direct experience with it but maybe an auger type bit would help eject the cuttings while drilling - the speedbor MAX is one of those flat spade bits that won't really eject cuttings.

Like these augers from Lee valley:
http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.a...at=1,180,42240

the text says they are excellent for softwoods and green woods.
only problem is the 18" long one costs $31

Irwin makes a SPEEDBOR SHIP AUGER 1" Dia x 17" long
http://www.irwin.com/irwin/consumer/...2&search=false
http://www.amazon.com/Irwin-Industri...1210248&sr=8-7

also $30.43 at Amazon.

Another:
http://www.amazon.com/Milwaukee-48-1...210605&sr=1-15

there are shorter ones for cheaper but they won't bring the cuttings all the way to the top!

So, how much are you saving by DIY?
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Old 08-25-2009, 10:21 AM
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Stump Out takes forever. A quicker way is to go get some heavy mesh wire. Make a cage around the stump that is 2-3" bigger than the stump all the way around and several inches higher. Fill it with charcoal. Light the charcoal. Refill as necessary and in 24hrs or so your stump is gone. You can help speed things up even further by drilling several 1/2 or 3/4" holes in the stump and pouring in some diesel. Wait till it soaks in, do it again a few more times. If you are in a neighborhood though I would just stick with the charcoal. I dig a trench around the stump and clear out combustible materials and then I try to keep the trench damp.

I have a Rigid auger bit with bigger flutes than my Irwin auger that does a better job of clearing chips.
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Old 08-25-2009, 10:29 AM
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You definitely want an auger bit. The paddle bits are best used horizontally or for overhead vertical because they do not move the chips out.
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Old 08-25-2009, 10:35 AM
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The reason for the Stump out is that burning is not required. (But does make for a lot less chopping and digging of porous debris)...

This stumps roots run under a wooden fence, and are generally where clearing out combustibles is not going to be an easy task...

I have time, I can wait for the chemical action to work...

The Speed Bor is a flat blade spade bit sure, the Speed Bor Max which is what I am using, is a wierd exaggerated something between a twist drill, and an auger bit.

I hadn't thought of grabbing an auger bit (there is a reason I ask these things here!).

I found a Hitachi 1 inch x 22 inch auger bit on Amazon, yeah it's not cheap, but it's a LOT cheaper than getting a tree service to dig this thing up...
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Old 08-25-2009, 10:39 AM
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So, how much are you saving by DIY?
Lowest quote I got for stump removal for all 5 is $750.00 so DIY is worth the effort...
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The wood is wet and so it clogs.

I drill lots of small holes, I happen to have a long small bit. I then slowly fill the holes with something flammable, like Colman fuel from a rusted bottom can or last years mower gas or, used lacquer thinner. Then I let is seep in and repeat. stand back and light, if lucky it will burn. Then just fill the hole every spring for years after.


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I figured you'd be using that badass truck and ripping them out of the ground.

An auger bit should help with the holes.
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Old 08-25-2009, 10:55 AM
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Lowest quote I got for stump removal for all 5 is $750.00 so DIY is worth the effort...
My local rental place rents a stump grinder for $100 a day.

I'm not sure I'd try it, that machine scares the begezus out of me. It looks like some sort of machine from the movie "Road Warrior".
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Old 08-25-2009, 10:57 AM
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Where do you get stump out? How much does it cost? I have a bush that I need to rip out, and the last one I did took forever/ is taking forever to get the stump out....
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