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.
- G80 High Grade Transport Chain with Grab Hooks
- Size: 3/8" x 10'
- Working Load Limit: 7100 lbs
- Weight: 16 lbs
- For carrying around similar weight in chains and binders, drivers can have much greater working load limit
- SLING HOOK WITH LATCH: Painted finish clevis hook made of grade 80 drop forged alloy steel
- Chain clevis hook is great for connecting heavy-duty safety chains or securing transport binder chains
- Steel swivel hooks can be used with 3/8 inch chain size
- Strong steel swivel having 7100 pounds working load limit
- Follow proper procedures; Falling load may cause serious injury; Avoid loading more force than the hook's assigned working load limit (WLL)
- Pack Size: 4 Pack
- Grade 80
- Clevis Cradle Grab Hooks w/ Pins
- Color: YELLOW
- Size: 3/8" & Working Load Limit: 7100 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.