date September 05
Stump grinders had always been one of my least favorite rental items. For a pro user, they were great, but they were not ideally suited for the occasional user. They could be very difficult to use for the inexperienced user and if used incorrectly belt and tooth damage occurs. This was not because the customer wasn't careful, but rather an effective stump grinder can be complex to use. Thanks to Vermeer's complete redesign of the traditional stump cutter, this tool has gone from a pro only tool to something anyone can use safely and effectively!
The most commonly worn parts on previous designs were the drive belts getting worn out and the effectiveness for the novice user. Vermeer fixed both of these problems by making the drive system completely hydraulic (which ads a ton of power) and making the grinding process essentially automated. Now you just point it towards the stump and let it go like an attack dog.
A completely unexpected improvement was the addition of a track system. Who doesn't like tracks? They are more versatile in every situation (except doing donuts in your driveway).
The new SC30TX even has something in common with the latest smart phones! It knows when you are holding it. This is huge for safety. If something distracts you and you let go of the controls, it knows and reacts to prevent any damage to the machine and people.
Of course, this tool also retains the strengths of prior models - great tooth setup, reliable and easy to start engine, below ground level grinding, commercial grade setup, and safe operation.
When customers call needing to rent a stump grinder, I no longer cringe. I'm happy to recommend and introduce the Vermeer SC30TX Stump Cutter