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Hi,

I watched a YouTube video where a professional gardener was using a tool to remove stumps and boy he made it look easy; he just went around the stump chopping through roots then levered the stump out. I've spent the last three months grafting in the garden removing many stumps; lots of the smaller bush stumps were a real pain involving a great deal of digging; the really big stumps involved using bottle and trolley jacks.

https://www.toolstation.com/roughneck-digging-bar/p48155

With more stumps still to remove I collected the tool shown yesterday; as it was handed over I was amazed by how much it weighed and how long the carton was; obviously the weight and size are explained in the details but in real life it seemed much heavier.

I soon put it to use; WOW it's amazing; I had a small oak tree stump which I chopped around but needed the trolley jack to break it clear due to the thick tap root; with the oak stump out of the way I then tackled smaller stumps with relative ease using the tool; it's definitely heavy but its mass increases its chopping force. I'm mightily impressed by this tool so thought the information worth passing on.

Kind regards, Colin.

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Stumps and roots are never an easy job.

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The oak stump and roots intertwined with Hebe and Holly making it a real pain to get out.

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Just one of the jobs I've done this time clearing another area. We planted two Hebe's 30 years ago and they have got leggy with lots of dead branches; the oak tree was amongst them and when I felled the oak tree I hadn't realized just how bad the Hebe's had become also there were a number of self seeded holly trees.

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Brash clearing underway this the first section; I shredded all the brash and it's now used as garden mulch the logs have gone to a wood burning friend. The roots will be taken to the tip shortly when I gather a bit of strength.

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Another section of our mountain reclaimed; it sure is steep making standing upright challenging; just climbing to the top of the garden is tiring.

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Here the oak tree has been removed; now for some fun.
 

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I've got that exact same bar in my garage - used it for removing laurel stumps (after doing 2 manually). What a difference it made :). It's a lot of fun to use too, as you can really get some force behind it.

It's great for levering too, when a spade just doesn't have enough length to it.

It was tiring removing laurel stumps, so good on you for digging out oak stumps manually!
 

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