Pros & Cons Of Renting A Stump Grinder As A Tree Removal Contractor

As someone who is just getting started out in the tree removal business, you probably only have the basic equipment. Really, all it takes to take out a tree is a commercial-grade chainsaw, a good ladder, heavy-duty ropes and chains, some safety gear, and a vehicle to haul the tree branches and parts away when the job is done. However, there is one other piece of equipment you will likely find that you do need from time to time: a stump grinder. A stump grinder allows you to break down a remaining tree stump into what is basically a pile of mulch so a tree is completely removed altogether. You can rent stump grinders from many contractor's equipment rental places. Take a look at the pros and cons of renting this tree-stump removing machine. 

Pro: Renting allows you to offer to remove stumps when customers need you to. 

If one of your customers wants you to completely remove a stump after the tree is gone, it is always best if you can provide that level of service. Having access to a rentable grinder will help you make sure your customers' needs are always met to the fullest extent. 

Con: Renting a stump grinder frequently can be costly. 

You may not be able to invest in your own stump grinder just yet, but even renting one on a daily basis could quickly add up expenses. It is best to let customers know that you will be removing stumps after you have several stumps that need to be removed so you do not have to keep the grinder for long durations. 

Pro: Renting a stump grinder allows you to try out different units. 

There are several different types of stump grinders out there to choose from. If you rent instead of buy, you will get to try the different units and figure out which ones you like the best. Later on, when you do have the money to buy your own, you will already know which type you prefer to have. 

Con: Renting a stump grinder is something that may have to be done in advance.

If you do rent a grinder from an equipment rental store, it is best if you reserve the unit as far in advance as you can. Many stores only have a few units available, and they tend to be in high demand among tree service professionals and residential customers.