MIS311 Stump Grinding

MIS311 Stump Grinding

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MIS311 Stump Grinding

Minimum Industry Standard series

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This book is one in a series of Minimum Industry Standards produced by Arboriculture Australia Ltd and the New Zealand Arboricultural Association in consultation with the national arboriculture community in both countries. These industry peer-reviewed documents provide a ‘body of knowledge’ which is shared by practitioners and can be used as the basis for training, dissemination of skills and professional development.

This Standard covers the work tasks of preparing, maintaining and using stump grinders, as well as a range of considerations for selection of an appropriate grinder and applicable safety considerations.



A Minimum Industry Standard for stump grinding
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How to use this Minimum Industry Standard


1: Introduction to stump grinders

  • Types of stump grinders
  • Chainsaw attachment
  • Pedestrian
  • Power Take Off grinders
  • Tow behind
  • Attachment to skid steer machine
  • Self-propelled grinders
  • Choosing the correct type of grinder
  • Comparison of stump grinder types
  • Hiring or buying a grinder
  • Components


2: Maintaining and preparing stump grinders

  • Performing regular checks
  • Daily checks
  • Weekly checks
  • Monthly checks
  • Three monthly checks
  • Yearly checks
  • Sharpening teeth
  • Removing the teeth
  • Fitting the teeth
  • Transporting the grinder to the work site
  • Tow-behind grinders
  • Trailers and vehicle towing capacity
  • Towing capacity
  • Loading the grinder onto a trailer
  • Loading auxiliary equipment
  • Transporting the grinder
  • Unloading


3: Preparing for the job

  • Scoping of works or work specifications
  • Selecting and preparing equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Selecting machine and tools
  • Selecting Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Safe work method statements and risk control
  • Example of risk control measures
  • Completing the JSA
  • Site Hazards
  • Emergency plan
  • Work instructions


4: Grinding out the stump

  • Preparing the stump
  • Setting up the grinder and rechecking
  • Grinding the stump
  • Cleaning up
  • Recording the outcome of the job


5: Post operations

  • Backfilling stump hole
  • Replanting
  • Tidying and removing debris
  • Cleaning off all tools and equipment
  • Biosecurity and the transmission of pathogens
  • Biosecurity measures
  • Clean On / Clean Off procedure
  • Performing basic maintenance
  • Loading up and securing the grinder for transporting
  • Liaising with client



Minimum Industry Standards

  • Using the MIS in training and assessment
  • Disclaimer for Minimum Industry Standards and all associated documents
  • Industry stewardship program