Wouldn't do any different than an electric drill. Except maybe work
How about the classic Skill saw, with a cheap carbide tipped blade? That
will cut thru most anything, with the right blade. A low tooth count, if
you have a choice.
Otherwise, as Jimmie Walker used to say (not in this context)
A neighbor drilled a dozen or so holes in the sides of an empty coffee
can, ran it through the can opener again to remove the bottom and set
the empty cylinder on the stump. He filled it with charcoal
briquettes, added some charcoal lighter, and fired it up.
The incredibly hot fire burned right down through the middle of the
stump; hardly any flame but a lot of wonderful smelling smoke. He
hosed down the area around the stump a couple of times a day to insure
that the fire didn't spread. By the time it burned itself out there
was little left but the outer bark. Once it cooled it only took a few
licks with an axe to knock what was left into the hole in the center.
A couple of shovelfulls of dirt on top and the stump magically
I cut down an oak tree early this year. Later, I cut off the stump
close to the ground using a bow saw (I don't have a chain saw) such
that I can mow over the stump without the blade hitting it. I plan to
let the stump be as it is and eventually rot on its own. It might
take awhile, since white oak is rot resistant.
Likewise. I have (and continue) to cut stumps at ground level with a
chainsaw. That almost always results in cutting dirt at some point.
Yes, I have to sharpen it after doing so but it hardly dulls
- Nehmo -
I would ignore this issue and go about what I need to do today, but this
is an important issue for safety and for the maintenance of the tool. Of
all the power tools commonly available, the chainsaw should be given the
A chainsaw is not supposed to be used in a position where it may touch
the ground. If you have been using the tool that way, you have been
"If you accidentally allow the chainsaw to touch the ground while it is
still running, stop what you are doing and resharpen the chain. It will
be instantly blunt. "
Chain saw safety
"The chain saw should also never be allowed to touch the ground".
Getting in the Wood
"Don't ever let the chain touch the ground while you're cutting."
All you can do with a chainsaw is cut the stump close to the ground.
Nothing beyond that should be attempted.
This is obviously a completely worthless source of information.
I'm not arguing the safety issues at all. I've cut down and sliced up
100s of trees. I recently nicked myself in the knee with a running saw
(cutting a limb too far overhead) so I have utmost respect for what they
can do, along with a nice souvenir scar.
Sure it can. It just ruins the chain saw. That's why I recommended
using someone else's.. The real problem is that it's freaking dangerous,
as you're in an awkward position with the tip buried in the ground where
you can't see it, and that just invites kickback and other excitement.
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