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Best Chain for Pulling Stumps

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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.

Bestseller No. 1
3/8" - Grade 80 Binder Chain - Grab Hooks - 20' Length
  • 3/8" - Grade 80 Binder Chain - Grab Hooks - 20' Length
SaleBestseller No. 2
B/A Products Co.-G8-3810TL Chain, Grade 80, 3/8 Size, 10 ft, 7100 lb.
  • 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
Bestseller No. 3
Mytee Products (4 Pack) 3/8" Grade 80 Coupling Link, Hammerlink, Hammer Lock Chain Connector
  • 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


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Guide to buying a logging chain

Chain size and grade impact the strength of a chain.

Tensile strength

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.

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