I had some fun with a home improvement project the other day. There was a big old rhododendron bush near the end of my cement walk that was all but dead, and unsightly. I grew tired of walking by it each day, a blight on an otherwise neat and tidy front yard. I decided to take it out, and replace it with a few new shrubs and flowers. Upon examining the twisted trunk pinned in between the cement walk and house foundation, I figured I'd gas up the chainsaw, snip the branches close to the stump and dig it out. Standard operating procedure.
Luckily, I had a flash of ingenuity borne of the desire to have a little fun. I don’t have a tractor, but I do have a 4 cyl Toyota sedan which so happens to have a tow hook welded to the frame. I also so happen to have a length of some heavy guage rope, real tough natural braid. So… not even wasting time with the saw, I tied the rope around the base of the bush (this was a big bush and had been growing many years) and double looped the other end of the rope through the frame of my small import sedan. Slow in reverese to take out the slack, a couple of gentle snaps of the clutch to break the roots and then one long steady pull and the whole root ball popped out like a tooth. Perfect.
The whole process got me to thinking how much fun I had driving tractors working on farms in my younger years. Good honest work. I pulled out a lot of stumps with a Ford 7610, which is a pretty stong tractor, but I never pulled out an entire tree. You need an even bigger machine for that….Have a look: The Lorax would be most displeased.