Stump grinding Winston-Salem is the process of turning the wood of a tree into a smooth and usable log. This process may require some help from a planer, milling machine or saw, but the result is a longer lasting, better quality log. Although stump grinding has been around for a long time, it is still one of the most popular means of working wood.
Stump grinding can be performed using hand tools or machinery. If a machine is used, it will usually be connected to a headstock, where the hand crank is attached. This can be adjusted by turning the spindle on the machine, which can reduce the pressure on the wood. The wood is turned into a chisel-like piece, which is then used to turn a wheel in the milling machine.
Stump grinding is sometimes called split or splitting the wood. There are several reasons why a stump would be split apart. Sometimes a tree dies. When this happens, there is nothing that can be done to hold the tree together. The majority of times this type of stump grinding will simply split off the top half of the stump.
Stump grinding can also be used to clean the stump before starting the rest of the process. During the course of cleaning, a separate sheet of sandpaper is placed between the stump and the headstock. With a paper punch, the top half of the stump is scraped off, leaving the top layer of the stump. The headstock continues with the sandpaper and the next stump in line, using a spinning tool in the milling machine to cut the top layer of the stump.
Logs that are split off after the main stump has been ground are called split logs. The log itself may need to be stacked higher than normal due to its size. When stack splits occur in stacks of logs, a filler, such as sand or sod, is added to the stack to hold the stack together.
Log splitters, also known as stump cranks, are used to grind the split logs into shape. Log cranks are mounted on a masonry work platform that sits on a small deck. A board is pushed through the cranks so that the log is pulled through the log holder and turned until the log is about 2 inches thick, and is ready to use.
All of the logs are rolled out at the same time and fed through a hole in the center of the log holder. This hole will be the entry point of the log splitters. The logs are very light, so the smaller log splitters will usually have an extra auger to push the logs through the hole.
Stump grinding is an important part of logging, as it provides extra stock in the event of a log shortage. It takes extra time to grind and turn the stump and can take up to 30 minutes or more to complete. Since it can also remove the top half of the stump, it is often necessary to cut a new hole to allow the stump to be turned back into a log, leaving an extra log on the tree.