DIY Tree Stump Removal - Kubota KX057 ExcavatorJun 11, 2021
Hey guys, Neil from Essex, here I'll take you with me today. We have work to do on a 24 inch
stumpthat needs to be removed and I'm going to dig it out with my Kubota
excavatorthat I have. you supported me here, come with me here today we will talk a little about the job, a little about what we are doing to achieve it, many times when we analyze and talk about how to do a job with a piece of equipment, we could not say that many jobs can be perform with almost any machine, it's just a matter of how long it will take you to perform them, this is a particular size, it starts to matter if you get it.
If it's a little too small, you may get into some of these
stumps or you won't be able to remove them at all simply because the resulting stump is too heavy to lift, manipulate, and get out of a hole that I'm going to create here by doing this. I chose a 12,000 pound
excavatorhere because I want to do this reasonably quickly. I will be able to get through and dig out this stump here in probably about 15 or 20 minutes with a machine this size, if you do this with a tractor that is generally too small, you will get some roots here that are too big to get out with the machine, which which will require you to say, dig out the dirt and jump in there. with a chainsaw or something, size matters, so if you have a lot of these things to do in total, I have about half a dozen of them that I need to dig out, get out a little bigger equipment, maybe rent something in order. doing the job will make things a lot easier to do and won't wear out an undersized piece of machinery, so we start here, we're starting the machine by turning and moving on to our thumb hydraulics, you'd be surprised. with YouTube videos, a little bit of prep that I do for these things, this is one that I actually did a little bit on.
When you see me here, I'm pretty proficient at using an excavator, but there are guys who are real operators of these machines that do it. this type of work day in and day out and they are much more competent than I am, so sometimes you have to take a little bit of what I would say about thinking about keeping a grain of salt, you know, I'm a salesman, real traders . I will make fun of our salespeople and for good reason we are not as good as them. I was when I did this, you know, kind of research on YouTube.
I was a little disappointed with what I found. I didn't find any videos that I thought I did a really good job of going over and talking about any kind of technique that they were doing or even creating something that was semi-observable, so we're going to do that here today. I'll start here, you know, without continuing directly. on this stump, even with this big machine, if I go right to the top of the stump and pull it, I can't move it well, so I'm going to start by digging the topsoil here and putting the topsoil on the side because When this is over, come back out and close my hole.
I want to put the topsoil back on top and not bury it at the bottom. When you take out a stump like this, you'll end up with plenty. of dirt that needs to be replaced because this is going to displace a big hole here when we go and take everything out so I'm just removing the top layer of soil, after we remove the top layer of soil we're going to start digging and breaking up a little bit. roots and that's where this starts to get a lot more fun. I could feel where those roots are. You know, when you do this you're going to want to use a bucket that has teeth, not a flat edge leveling bucket because we're going to need those teeth to start going in here and tearing out these roots here eventually oh, one big thing I thought about when I was making this is my third of my six stumps now that I've been working on trying to minimize the amount of dirt. that I disturbed you could very easily when you start walking towards these things, working on these things, creating a really large work area, a very large disturbed area, so I started going through and trying to find ways that I couldn't do such a thing. disaster and a One of the ways I was doing it was I was throwing some of my remains here while I was digging back into the hole and when you start digging into these roots and pulling them out, you know the
treeroots are in the top layer of the floor.
They don't go deep underground, so once I've successively broken through and broken the roots, instead of continuing to dig up that dirt and make a bigger and bigger hole of offal here, I'll start taking some of my offal. and dropping them back into my ditch, so if you look here on my left side you'll see that I broke the big root of the tree that was on the left, so now when I start digging on the right, I'm going to come over and start dropping drop my spoils back into the hole on the left side so you know I don't create bigger piles and more mess in here than I have to do now when you're actually entering. here and working on the roots themselves, you are not removing the earth.
I took off the top layer of soil here, they come here to my roots. You're going to want to think about the different hydraulic functions of your backhoe or excavator and which ones actually have the power to break right when we come in here we use the bucket, the bucket loop circuit is the one that has the right power if you go in and try remove the root using the dipper, the dipper cannot. come in and really rip well, the rocker arm has a much longer arm, it doesn't have anywhere near the power that the curl circuit has, so you want to come in here and get the tines in place and then bend that bucket back and let the curl work. goes through and actually breaks the roots as you go and digs, so now that we've gone through and dug and broken to the left on the right side, we're going to reposition the machine so that we can break the roots on the Head on The back part here shows that I'm digging above the sheet.
It would have been easier for me to just drive the machine here and dig down the side. I wouldn't have had to drive around and completely break things. So, when you come in here and start tapping into these roots, you're going to start lifting the machine and here's a big one, the hydraulics are going to start fighting you a little bit, so you're going to want to be able to put that blade in and lift the front of the machine up a little bit. machine so that when you start to set the bucket under the roots and lift those tines up to try to break up the root structure, the machine will stay planted in place if you finish.
On the side where you don't get as much air, you don't get as much power out of the machine before it starts to lift, just to give you a good example that I'm going to lift my sword here and you. I can see the back of my excavator going up and down quite easily. I don't get as much power, but once I put it back on I use the blade to get my tracks up in the air a little bit and now when I get here and I dig, I stay planted there and I can go down there and rip out those roots, so there's a big difference: you have to make sure that when you do this kind of heavy lifting and heavy lifting, there it goes.
My stone, you have the machine pin right there to get that power now, once I can start to see this thing move, it's usually just one or two more roots that you can then bend and just use the arm. To get the ball rolling, you won't be able to come out here and just grab the top and hit it properly. The swing at your house doesn't have enough power to push, you have to continue using the functions where the excavator has power they get under it, they put the bucket under a curl, it lifts it up and loosens that thing completely, it seems that we're loose, okay, so one thing I do here before I pull this thing out of the hole is to try to get it out and remove as much dirt from the bottom as I can.
I want this stump. I don't want all the land, so we'll try to turn things around. and then use the teeth of the bucket to push through it and try to drag as much dirt as possible to get this thing out of the hole. You often have work to do many times. we can come in here and start trying to roll this thing back, so between lifting the machine and taking it out with the Dipper, we're going to try to roll it now. I've seen this done before, where the guys cradle the thing. trunnion on the front blade or hold it in the bucket, you have to be careful with that, so now we're going to go around the back now that I got it out and we're going to use the bucket to remove the excess dirt. the bottom of the stump, on the right.
Ultimately, I'm going to burn these stumps, but regardless of how you remove the dirt, you don't need to continue, so we're going to take the tines of the bucket here and remove that extra dirt from the bottom. Now many of you might have looked and said about this, why not just grab the thumb? grab it with your thumb from the beginning. They know they can use their thumb to pull it out of the hole now that I have more. Removing the dirt is light enough and I can do it, but you'll be surprised how heavy these stumps can be.
Just grabbing something and lifting it with this with a smaller machine like this is not the easiest thing to do and you want to do it. Careful, see how I lost it right there? It's really hard to get them, but there aren't always many good places to get things and they will fall off very easily, so I can manipulate this. Okay, but it's not the easiest thing to do, so here's a little one about six inches that's here now, look at this, now I can just yank it off. I don't even need to fight or dig around.
I did it with the big water, there's something incredibly rewarding about that having a big root system coming out of the ground for your thumb, okay, so I'm going to take the machine here and cut a backfill per hole here with the dirt. spare. I have, so I say my side path with the angle blade is to go through and roll the dirt towards the center. This is one of the times where it's worth investing in an angle blade machine like this for me when I can take that plate and drive forward and just turn it to the side, we'll reach out here and our trash in our pile of garbage and we will drag our top layer of soil into our hole.
Do you remember when we started here we put this pile? a top layer of soil here on the right side instead of putting our top layer of soil on the bottom and continuing the work in the same place. If you do that, the whole top layer of soil is going to end up mixing too much with the underground soil, so I'm going to I'm taking my pile of top soil here, picking it up again and making sure I put that top soil back on top. One thing I'm NOT going to be good enough at here compared to a real professional excavator is giving some sort of good finish. degree here to this is already done.
I'm going to come back here with my tractor then and you know, use a tractor or have a skid steer at your job site or something to go over and use that big or wider bucket to be able to Level this up now, you might be tempted to try do what I'm doing here to run this cube from left to right to try to smooth this out, but you'll find out pretty soon when we get further away from the machine this way. you just run out of power, the house of an excavator doesn't have a lot of left to right turning power to get through and move material properly, it's the in and out functions of the dipper stick where you have that hydraulic power, no, no. from left to right swinging the house so you get here and try to remove and scrape off as much dirt as you can and then carry the bucket and then drop it wherever you want, don't use the swing in order to try to level things out, just don't will work for you, so now that I've got most of that war in one, I'm just going to drive the machine back and forth on top of this here a couple of times to try to pack out my loose dirt and to see about 15 more minutes. late, to get this out, we have a stump out of the ground and a reasonably finished area behind us, so to recap some of that stuff with a small machine you can't. go right to those big roots and grab this stump and pull it out, it just won't work that way unless you have something that has the smallest of the little root systems, so you're going to work around the stump and get to the roots taking that.
Put the top layer of soil to the side and then use the bucket's curvature feature to get in, get your cloves under those roots and get that satisfying crunch when they start to break when you pull them out of the ground once you have that thing. loose and you could start moving the stump, bend it, turn it over and use that bucket to clean as much dirt off the bottom as you can and then find a way to roll it up or drag it up. out of the hole to get it to the place where it's going to be disposed of, so it was a little bit of time here working on me a little bit.
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