The best chain for pulling stumps may depend on the size of the tree stump but I have seen 3/8 inch Grade 80 logging chain do well pulling brush stumps.
- 3/8" - Grade 80 Binder Chain - Grab Hooks - 20' Length
- Number Of Items: 1
- Country Of Origin: United States
- Package Dimensions: 11.1 L X 19.6 W X 43.1 H (Cm)
- Package Weight: 7.988 Kilograms
- Size: 3/8"
- Grade: G80
- Working Load Limit: 7100 lbs
- Product Finishes: Yellow
- Weight: 0.65 lbs
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Pulling stumps with a tractor or truck
There is a lot of danger associated with using a tractor or truck to pull a tree stump from the ground.
Often, tree stumps are not near the road. This means you will be trying to remove the stump in a limited traction situation. Your tires may spin.
Adequate traction will be a factor when pulling a stump with a truck or tractor.
If you have a four wheel drive truck, make sure the 4×4 is engaged.
Make sure you use an appropriate hitch point on your vehicle.
Also, make sure you are using a good logging chain for pulling brush stumps. You may want to consider a choker chain for pulling trees, too.
Don’t use a stump pulling rope or ratchet straps! Get a good chain rated for what you are doing!
Pulling tree stump with truck fail
Guide to buying a logging chain
Chain size and grade impact the strength of a chain.
Chains are graded based on tensile strength, which is the amount of force an object can handle before busting.
As the grade increases in number, the chain has a higher strength.
Chains are graded up to 100, which is the strongest.
For example: A 3/8 G30 chain works well for agricultural use — such as chaining down a small garden tractor on a trailer. A 3/8 G30 is not a good choice for removing a stump. A 3/8 G70 or 3/8 G80 chain would be more appropriate.
Working Load Limit
The working load limit notes how much work the chain can handle before breaking.
A 3/8 chain with a Grade 30 rating is limited to 2,650 lbs before snapping. A 3/8 chain with a Grade 70 rating is limited to 6,600 lbs before breaking.
The difference is 3,950 lbs. I will always error on the side of caution rather than damage something.
A thicker chain will have a stronger working load limit. Example: a 5/16 Grade 43 chain has a working load limit of 3,900 lbs, but a 3/8 G43 chain has a working load limit of 5,400 lbs.