Stump Grinding Cost vs DIY in Greenville, SC

Photo of a large yellow stump grinder removing a stump in a garden in Athens

If you’re like most people, then you’ll probably want to get any stumps removed from your property after you’ve had any trees cut down. If you don’t, your stump could become a home for termites and pests, could develop a tree rot that can negatively affect your lawn and landscaping, and you will always have to mow around it. Needless to say, they are an eyesore, and it’s best to get them removed as soon as the tree is cut down. 

If you’re looking to hire a professional stump removal service in Greenville, SC, the most common removal technique is stump grinding. Stump grinding is efficient, affordable, and simple, which is why it is so frequently recommended. You can hire a professional, or you can rent a stump grinder machine yourself somewhere like home depot, or another home improvement store. Whether you go and rent a machine and do it yourself, or you hire a professional, stump grinding cost is often an important factor in the decision making process. In this post we’ll go over the basics of stump removal cost, so you can be informed of your choices. 

To rent a stump grinder and do it yourself, you can expect to pay about $75-$175 for a half day rental, or about $150-$375 for a full day rental. If you decide to go this route, it’s important to be aware of how many stumps you need to grind, and how big they are, so you can accurately determine how much time you’ll need, and what size grinder you’ll need. 

In most cases, professional stump grinding will cost you on average, somewhere between $150-$400. Different companies calculate the cost differently, some calculate by the inch, some by the hour, but the prices are on average about $150 for a small to medium stump, and the prices increase as the stump size increases. Professional stump grinding cost has to factor in the time spent doing the work, cost of transportation back and forth, paying the employees, and factoring in for overhead, like the cost for the actual machines themselves, insurance, etc.  

Some things to consider if you’re thinking of going the DIY route: should you miscalculate and only pay for a half day, and then the stump removal process end up taking longer than expected, many home improvement stores will charge you for overtime, in addition to the full day price. Most of the stump grinder available for rental are best suited for small stumps, so if you have a larger stump, it will most likely take you several hours and end up being a very labor intensive project. If you damage the grinder or break any of the teeth off (which happens often, especially when using a small grinder for a large stump) you will be liable to the rental company for replacing and repairing the pieces. You’ll need to be very careful as well, since operating heavy machinery like a stump grinder comes with inherent risks to your safety and property. Post grinding, you’ll need to deal with clean up, since stump grinding chips the wood away into small chunks that tend to go flying around the yard. There will be quite a lot of wood chips leftover, more than you might expect. 

Hopefully this was informative for you, and helped you calculate whether stump grinding cost would be worth it for your project! If you have any questions for us, let us know and we’d be happy to answer! Also, if you have any topics you’d like us to cover on the blog, reach out and let us know, and we’ll get right on that. Happy stump grinding!