When The Tree Falls

Posted: November 7, 2013 by Bunce Rental in Uncategorized

In the great Pacific North West we are blessed with an abundance of trees, but each winter we always seem to have a few storms that blow through; and when they do, they take down trees and limbs.  When Mother Nature takes down a tree what do we do?  You’ve used a chainsaw to cut the trunk up and cut the limbs away.  Now what?  There are limbs to get rid of, pieces of the trunk too big for a fire, and a stump left behind.  Luckily, Bunce Rental has the equipment you need to make cleaning up this tree’s mess a breeze!

Log Splitter

log_splitTo cut the pieces of the trunk into a more manageable size for use as firewood or just for removal, a log splitter will make the task easier.  The log splitter can be used in the horizontal position (pictured left) or flipped for use in a vertical position.  Our log splitters have an opening to accommodate up to 25″ of log.  The logs can be split into 6″ wedges.




Brush Chipper

chipper_bc1000xlBrush chipper will cut the limbs into beauty bark size chips.  The chippings can even be used for beauty bark or filling in low spots in the yard.  At Bunce Rental, we carry two sizes of chippers from Vermeer; 6″ chippers and 12″ chippers.  The 6″ chipper will chip branches up to six inches in diameter, while the 12″ chipper will chip branches up to 12 inches in diameter.  Keep in mind that if all your limbs are small and thin, they will plug up these chippers unless you feed them through with the larger branches.  The chippings come out of a chute, which can be aimed in the direction, you would like: a certain spot in the yard or into the back of a truck to haul away.



Stump Grinders

stumpgrinderNow that the firewood is cut and the branches are chipped up, all that is left is the stump. Before using a stump grinder to remove the stump, use a shovel to remove any rocks from around the base of the stump.  This is important because the rocks can be thrown when the cutting wheel engages and the rocks will also dull or damage the teeth on the cutting wheel.  Next, you will use a chainsaw to carefully cut the stump as close to the ground as possible (without the chainsaw hitting the dirt and dulling the chain).  Now you are ready to use the stump grinder by positioning the cutting wheel over the stump and slowing lowering the wheel into the stump (about 3”).  Use the hydraulic lever to slowly swing the wheel from side to side to clear out the wood and grind the stump away.  As you grind down, you will need to repeat this process a few times to work your way through the other side of the stump.  Normally, you would like the freshly dug hole to be at least 4” below the ground where you can then fill the hole with topsoil.  Aside from the Vermeer Stump Grinder pictured, we also carry the tracked Toro Stump Grinder.  If space is a concern the Vermeer Stump Grinders have a second set of wheels, which can be removed to get through narrows spaces.

With each of these items always wear protective clothing, gloves, eye and hearing protection.  To learn more about our stump grinders, chippers, and log splitters, call one of our stores to speak to our staff and determine if the equipment is suited to your project.


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