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Old 07-18-2018, 06:20 PM
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Most times I'd use a B/H to dig up and remove a tree's stump or root system. These days without the use of one, the shovel would be the only option. My shovels are old school rice shovels and great for digging. Me? Not so much.

So, I've used a single bar bottom plow to cut around the stump, going as deep as allowed and chip away or cut out the roots until I can get enough movement to break way.

So, thinking along these lines I see some tool about the likes as a chisel tang plow, but only as wide in cut as the thickness of the material used to make it.

Having draw bars to hang something single like this, it's easier and cheaper to make a draw bar clamp set and weld/bolt the leg to the body of the clamp set rather than have it set up as 3pt. With the clamp setup I can move it to either side of the drawbar or closer to the middle span. We are not talking a 100hp tractor here. At 13hp with the SA I'm allowed to keep things smaller and less robust. lol

Some projects get move back to allow for those in need at the moment.

The clamps I make do take some time to cut the pieces and drill a few holes with suitable welding of parts included, but all of it is cut on the metal saw, no flame cutting. I do think I'll make two pair of these things, one to use now and the other for a later project should time allow.

I've got several pieces of 3/4"x 6" wide f/b which will be more than enough to make this thing.
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Old 07-18-2018, 06:58 PM
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Didn't you inherit a trencher from somebody ? Run around the base of the tree with the trencher.
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Old 07-18-2018, 08:17 PM
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Didn't you inherit a trencher from somebody ? Run around the base of the tree with the trencher.
Talked about needing one. Found pieces of one but not enough to rebuild.

Built/made a small B/H for Maggie but sold it as soon as it was finished. Which I realize was a huge mistake.

I've got all of the steel and hyd parts to build another but it's in it's cutting stage. Nowhere near completion.

Would not want to hold onto that kind of bronco hitting roots with something the size in a trencher I might be able to afford to rent.

So, I'll have to cut and tug in the mean time.
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Old 07-18-2018, 09:23 PM
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Best of luck.

Depending on location of stump to buildings, I am a big fan of black powder.
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Old 07-18-2018, 09:57 PM
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Back in the late 80's I came back to La toting a 4 gallon sized bucket kit of Thermite.

On the 4th of July I lit this thing off sitting on top of a 4' dia oak stump in a back yard that had been used for shelving potted plants. We figured it to make a nice bit of excitement. I was quite amazed how deep and fast this stuff went.
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Old 07-22-2018, 01:06 PM
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In hopes to lessen the time cutting out parts on the bandsaw I've been thinking more on how to cut the notches needed to fit the draw bar profile without the individual pieces cut and then welded.

Which I think is doable with a jig. Although knowing the saw does not cut square to it's drop on the horizontal there will be a small area that will have to be cut by hand to final sever the cut. Won't be much to remove, but enough to where the cutout portion will not drop out.

As it is now with the way I've made the clamps in the past, making one side(or half a clamp) takes 5 individual pieces with a considerable amount of grinding to vee for penetration and the welding itself to put together.

I do think this would be the better to go with in time savings. With only 3 parts to weld and with little to no vee notching needed.
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Best of luck.

Depending on location of stump to buildings, I am a big fan of black powder.
Black powder is effective IMO. We use it very often in our projects.
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I think you are on the right track, Jef.
If you take a look at a ripper tooth, dragon claw, whatever, for a mini-hoe, the same idea you have, but at an angle so that it cuts and lifts at the same time is the design they use.
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The last time I had a similar problem, I* used the ANFO solution. Black powder was expensive and a little hard to get in quantity. The makins for a bowling ball sized charge was cheap and availible.

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FWIW, the thing as drawn was fab'd as shown.

Works great, only one problem. Cutting roots with a Super A with a healthy 13 hp just won't slice a very big root. lol

Of course, my White 4wd FL will rip the smaller stuff right out of the ground using a tractor rim and chain.

A neighbor has a Steiger 4wd dual tire beast that takes care of the rest.
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