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How much does stump grinding cost?

Average cost in 20149: $135 See National


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The average cost for a stump grinder is $135. You are likely to spend between $80 and $235 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated September 1st, 2017

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Tree stump removal and stump grinding services are available for private properties, multiunit buildings, commercial properties and office buildings. Tree stumps can be any diameter and from any type of tree. Several factors affect the cost of these services.

Removal vs. grinding

Tree stump removal entails removing the entire root ball of a tree from below the soil. This process leaves a large hole in the ground and takes considerably more time and labor than stump grinding. For stump grinding, professionals use a chipping machine to grind away the above-level tree stump. Requesting subsoil stump removal may result in higher costs than the less labor-intensive grinding.

Total inches

Most tree stump companies provide quotes based on the diameter of the tree—whether the job is for grinding an above-ground stump or dealing with roots beneath the surface. Tree roots are measured at their widest points to gauge the size of the stump below the surface. Some companies’ cost per inch includes clean-up costs, while other companies charge additional fees to clean up the site. Stump Pros in Canton, Massachusetts, offers stump grinding services starting at $4 per inch, which includes blow-off services for the remaining wood chips.

Cost per stump

The more stumps to be removed at one site, the lower the overall cost. For example, a company that charges $150 for a stump, may charge only $75 for each additional stump because the equipment and labor is already on hand. Hernandez Tree Service in Plano, Texas, charges $100–$150 for each individual tree stump grinding.

Condition of stump

Rotting or old tree stumps are easier to grind down and remove and, therefore, will often cost less than removing a healthy tree stump.


The location of the stump can affect the cost of removal services. Stumps that are in concrete, near a home’s foundation or on rocky soil and those that have other obstructions may cost more for the added time and tools necessary to remove them.

Haul away

Having the tree stump or remaining wood chips hauled away from the property will typically increase overall costs. Once a tree is felled, Hernandez Tree Servicecharges an additional $100–$120 to haul away the pieces and less if it is only the wood chips from a stump that’s been ground down.

Tree and stump removal

To remove a tree along with its stump increases costs. The location of the tree and the tree’s health also play a role in the overall cost. Hernandez Tree Service removed a Hackberry tree and its stump that was damaging a home’s foundation for $1,500, including rope down, house protection, tree quartering and stacking, and stump removal.

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Recent reviews

Servintree & Landscape Management

Pablo kept in close communication and offered cost saving alternatives. He did a fantastic job and would highly recommend his services.

Juliano Lawnscaping & Stump Grinding, LLC

I had 10 stumps ground on my property. All work was done promptly and professionally. Cost was in average range compared to other estimates.


Professional service from the first call. They did a great job at a very affordable price.