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Cost of tree stumping

Last updated: 23rd May 2019

Do you want to get rid of tree stumps on your property? The cost of tree stumping or stump removal today starts from around $66 and can go up to about $800 depending on the complexity of the job.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2016 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Tree Stumping Experts on the site from July 2015 to July 2016.

Stump removal prices from real customers

Raje from NSW: Stump Grinding and Removal
Job details: Complete removal of one stump including the roots and grinding down of three stumps including the roots
Other details: Disposal of old rocks in the backyard to clear the area
Peter from Vic: Stump Removal
Job details: Removal of one tree stump
Adam from Qld: Bush Stump Removal
Job details: Removal of ten native bush stumps with diameters varying from 10cm to 25cm; area needed to be concreted as soon as possible
Harrison: Cypress Pine Tree Stump Removal
Job details: Removal of 11 Cypress Pine Tree stumps; diameters: around 150-300mm
Other details: Removal of 3 large bush stumps on front lawn

Factors that affect the cost of tree stumping

Businesses differ when it comes to rate. Some charge per stump or per diameter, while others charge per hour. So don’t forget to check what type of quote you’ll receive and discuss it with your chosen business.

When booking tree stumping services, you should be aware of the things that affect the cost. There’s quite a few, and each of them are considered by businesses.

  • Type of work
    There are two things that could be done to a tree stump — grind it or completely remove it. Unlike stump removal, stump grinding takes care of the exposed parts and leaves the roots behind.
  • Accessibility
    If the stump you want removed is in an area that’s difficult to access, then you can expect the price to go up.
  • Size
    How big is the stump? Larger stumps are naturally more expensive as they take more time to grind or completely remove.
  • Root structure
    The time it takes to uproot the stump or grind exposed roots is also a major cost determinant. The more complex the root system is, the more time and labour are needed to complete the job.
  • Additional work
    If you don’t want to dispose of the removed stump or root yourself, you can also ask your chosen business to do it for you. Of course, this will require additional payment.

Make sure to hire professionals

Although it may seem tempting to do the work yourself, it’s still best to leave tree stumping work in the hands of a capable business. This will not only save you time but will also ensure your safety. Tree removal and stumping companies have the necessary equipment, tools, machines, and safety gears to carry out the job properly.

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Pricing information correct as at August 2016

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