Large & Small Stump Grinders

When it comes to stump grinders, there are a wide variety of different types that cover different applications.

Larger stump grinders are perfect for large stumps and high volume jobs while smaller stump grinders can be great for navigating tight spaces or jobs where heavier machines could run into issues. With the wide variety of stump grinders on the market today, you will be happy to know that there is an option out there suited for your application.

Types of Stump Grinders

Large Stump Grinders

Large stump grinders are best suited for grinding large stumps. The larger stump grinders will typically have more power, and a larger grinding blade. This allows them to efficiently handle large tree stumps with ease. Large stump grinders will require a trailer and tow vehicle to transport them to and from job sites because of the size, and weight of the piece of equipment. 

Large stump grinders are almost always gas or diesel-powered due to the amount of power these pieces of equipment required. Typically, the largest models of stump grinders are diesel while smaller, while still large machines, are powered by gasoline.

Larger stump grinders have a few ways that they are typically operated. The large stump grinders that are on the smaller end typically run from controls directly on the piece of equipment. The largest models can be run with a set of controls that are held by the operator safely away from the machine and debris of the stump. Ultimately the type of controls comes down to the size of the machine, and the brand of the machine. This is for the operators’ safety and ease of use. 



Small Stump Grinders

Smaller stump grinders are best suited for smaller stumps or smaller jobs. Smaller stump grinders are best suited for smaller stumps or a lower volume of stumps because they have less power and are usually push-operated. Smaller stump grinders will also have a smaller grinding blade than larger ones. Smaller stump grinders still require the proper vehicle to transport them, but they are easier to transport than the larger models. Many of the smaller stump grinders can be put in the back of a pickup or van with ease. 

Smaller stump grinders are typically powered by gasoline. In recent years with developments in technology, electric stump grinders are becoming more popular as well. Despite advances in electronic equipment, gasoline-powered stump grinders are still the most popular type of smaller stump grinders.

Smaller stump grinding machines will usually be push operated and require the operator to physically move the machine to grind stumps. This process can be more labor-intensive for the operator than larger machines operated by a set of controls. Smaller stump grinding machines are also more popular for rental.

Things To Know Before Selecting Your Stump Grinder

With the wide variety of models and brands on the market,  the best stump grinder is going to be subjective to what suits your specific needs the best. Here are some of the most important things to consider when you are selecting your next stump grinder for your stump grinding business.

Wheeled vs Tracks vs Pull-Behind

Wheeled machines can leave ruts on softer ground and can be less maneuverable than tracks, but wheels typically will not tear up the turf as badly as tracks can.

Tracked machines can turn on a dime, but in doing so, tear up the turf by turning. 

Pull behind machines are transported by another pull vehicle of some kind.  Usually a truck, but sometimes a skid steer or articulating loader. These machines often have higher horsepower than wheeled and track machines, however, are limited where they can go as they need to be backed up to the stump with a truck.  These work great along boulevards or in wide-open areas like golf courses, etc. 

Diesel vs Gasoline

In recent years, new EPA regulations created additional emissions requirements on diesel equipment – especially diesels with 75hp or more –  which make running and maintaining them more of a pain. Older, high horsepower units (pre 2017) do not have the same emission restrictions and is a reason why some of the older diesel equipment is becoming rarer and rarer and more desirable – like the Vermeer 1152, and the 852 for example. The extra emissions also rob horsepower from the engine, and ultimately slow down production. 

Gas engines can circumvent the emissions issue and is why we now see far more high horsepower gasoline engine grinders on the market today.  There are 2 significant downsides to the high hp gas engines.  Far less torque at the same hp than their diesel counterparts and gasoline engines are huge gas guzzlers. As an estimate, they consume fuel 1.5 – 2x the rate of diesel. 

Remote Controlled or Operator Station

Remote-controlled equipment is a somewhat newer and well-loved feature allowing the operator better visibility of the work area and can also allow them to remain a further distance away from the “danger zone”.  Not all models offer this costly feature.  There are a few companies that build after-market remote control setups for some of the models.  

Machine Width

Some machines have a permanently set width while others have removable outer wheels or retractable tracks to make the machine more narrow/wider to fit through gates or other narrow passages. 


horsepower is a MAJOR factor in production speed. The number within the machine’s model number is usually indicative of the unit’s horsepower. the Hurricane is a diesel with 140hp

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