You don’t need a high skill level to operate a tree stump grinder. What is surprising, is that some clever guy out there hasn’t created an automated stump grinder. It should be able to recognize its approach to a stump, the stump’s size, an appropriate depth of grind, completion of grind, and move onto the next stump. Additional features could be night vision grinding, and built in detection of buried services complete with fail safe circuitry so it can skip a stump with services too close. Cars can now park and drive themselves, so I’m sure these objectives are not a technological hurdle, but only a matter of time before somebody creates an automated stump grinder.
Wait a minute!
I’m suggesting Blitz-A-Stump specialist tree stump grinding can be replaced with a robot! Besides which—the reality of operating a stump grinder is somewhat more complexed! When attempting to access stumps in a back garden, on slopes, near obstacles, on rough terrain, or where ramps are required (as on steps), a risk assessment needs to be made as to its feasibility, and whether or not these issues can be done in a safe manner. Further, off site maintenance precautions are also required, complemented by operational health and safety preparations well before stump grinding can begin. For example:
The above tasks are just the preliminaries which should be accomplished well before arrival to site.
Sorry to bore you with lists of detail. I only wanted to emphasis how foolish it would be to automate a stump grinder. Additional requirements to perform these operations safely, makes automation impractical. Remember, these are only minimal requirements of a general nature. There are further requirements which are unique to the design of certain stump grinders and specific to other environmental factors.
All of the above doesn’t answer the question “why do I do it?”
I guess I have a masochistic streak within myself and love punishment. — I’m joking !
Yes, in truth, I am a sad person having received formal training, and having come from an electro-mechanical background—both within trade schooling, the military, and industry—I am able to apply those skills to this “bit of kit”. I get enjoyment with creating, and applying new gadgets, and accessories directly to my stump grinder, or indirectly to maintenance, and work performance operations connected to the act of stump grinding. Further, I get self satisfaction to find easier and more efficient ways to achieve my operational activities. It doesn’t end there either. I also get great enjoyment in visiting some fantastic gardens—including those on the Queens Sandringham Estate! I also enjoy the travel to new places throughout the Anglia region where I live, and get to meet many interesting people.
So,—that’s why I do it!
I’m now seventy one years old, and I shall carry on as long as my health and mind are capable. Besides which,— old stump grinders never die, we just fade away 🙂
Thanks for your interest.