$75 – $125
Average Cost Estimate
$125 – $300
$125 – $600
|Stump Size||12″ – 18″ inches||12″ – 18″ inches||12″ – 30″ inches|
|Type of Wood||Soft||Average||Hardwood|
|Stump Height||– 6″ inches||6″ – 24″ inches||6″ – 24″ inches|
|Number of Stumps||1 – 3||1 – 3||1 – 3|
|Removed By||Pro||DIY or Pro||Pro|
|Local Demand||None||Average||Avg to High|
|Cost of Tools & Supplies||None / Included||$90 – $150 (Rental)||None / Included|
|Permits, If Required||$0 – $150||$0 – $150||$0 – $150|
Tree stumps detract from the beauty of a well-kept yard and are a nuisance to mow around. As they decompose, they attract ants and other wood eating insects to your yard, as well as being an injury risk that creates liability for homeowners. Once a tree is down, grinding the stump to several inches below grade, filling the space with topsoil and planting grass is the easiest way to remedy the problem.
This page of Costimates provides stump grinding costs for renting a grinder and doing it yourself, as well as the cost of hiring a professional. This page, along with several other related tree removal cost estimates shown below, allow you to compare how much to grind a stump with the cost of digging it out entirely. If you have trees you’re planning to take down, reading the tree removal cost pages below will prove helpful too.
If you’re going to do the work yourself, here are your supply costs:
If you have a heavily wooded property and have 40 or more stumps to grind, you may considering buying a machine yourself to save money in the long run. If you buy your own stump grinder, expect to pay upwards of $5,000, as well as high maintenance costs.
The time required for pros to do the work is considered below. Add 25-50% to those totals if you don’t have experience running a grinder because it takes time to become efficient.
You will also need a shovel or hoe to expose roots and a rake and tarp to clean up debris after grinding. These items are available for $5-$20 if you don’t have them. Eye protection ($8-$15), hearing protection ($5-$35) and protective gloves (up to $45) should be worn.
Prevent utility damage and cost: While you don’t need a permit, you might want to have the location of underground utilities marked, especially if removing long lateral roots. In most communities, your local utility company will mark locations at no cost. Call 811 or your utility company to take advantage of this free service. Most areas require 72-hour notice, and marking is valid for 21 days.
Taking the cost factors listed above into consideration, here are estimated stump grinding costs for common types of work.
Stump grinding costs continue to rise as the number and diameter of the stumps go up.
Here are typical timeframes for professional stump grinding:
Renting a stump grinder and removing your own is definitely a DIY project for the right person. I’ve gone many ways on this in the past and if you aren’t comfortable handling a powerful, jumpy piece of power equipment, it may be best left to the pros. I had 3, approximately 24 inch stumps removed near our driveway 2 years ago, and it cost $385, without cleanup. Next time, I’ll call them back to do it again since it’s much easier and faster than diy!
|Costimates||$135 / Stump||$75 – $600|
|HomeWyse||$135 / Stump||$95 – $185|
|AngiesList||$210 / Stump||$150 – $350|
|HomeAdvisor||$292 / Stump||$75 – $900|
|Stump Grinder Steve||$4 / Inch, $90 Minimum||$90 and Up|
|HomeDepot Rental||$140 / Day||$98 /4 hrs – $560 / Week|
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