Woodland Mills Stump Grinder with Backup Camera

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After cutting & clearing a 700 ft. swath of brush, small trees, and a few larger trees along the back side of a row of pine trees, it was time to start grinding all the stumps. I bought a back up camera earlier but never really finished installing it as i only ground a few stumps at a time every now and then. But with 100s of buckthorn, boxelder, small ash and other stumps to grind.....it was time to give the camera a trial run. It was impressive.

It stood up to the vibration, although the display needs a more solid mounting system. The camera, mounted on a bracket on the grinder, stayed put throughout the task and the view on the display was steady and never failed. Here's a couple of pics:
Backup Camera for WG24 Stump Grinder.JPG Camera Mount Bracket.JPG
The system still needs a little tweaking but significantly reduced the need to look back over the shoulder. It really simplifies controlling the depth of cut while moving forward as well as lifting/backing up/ and starting the next cuts.

The tweaking still needed: the camera seems to focus on the cutting wheel, which is fantastic while cutting. But when the grinder is lifted and you're locating the stump to grind....the view below the wheel is kinda washed out so currently I need to look over the shoulder to locate the stump. Once the grinder is lowered within a few inches of the ground or the stump top.....the view becomes much more clear. It may just have been the lighting. It may just need the camera's sun shade to be adjusted. But once the stump is located in front of the grinder you're done looking back for the most part.

This system came with two cameras so I may try mounting the 2nd one topside and looking down and back from the grinder. Then using the split screen function just might fix the need to turn around to initially locate the starting position. The area was somewhat shaded and the display was bright and easy to see. If the grinder started to shake a little too much, so did the display. Hence the need, or want, of a little more solid mount. It was just taped to the deck with duct tape. But if the display was shaking, it was time to lift the grinder a bit anyway.

This was a "wired" system and since it's for autos/rvs the wiring is quite long for the kubota installation. I might just get brave and redo the wiring and connections to make it more tractor friendly with an easy on/off for connections and mounting. All in all, it really was impressive in how much it sped up the process and saved on getting sore neck muscles! At the time purchased, I think the system was well under $100. If I add the 2nd camera or solve the depth of field issue with the first camera I'll update the story for all to see.
 
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Another first class install Bird! That is a great location for camera
 

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Very nice, I have been thinking about that very setup.
Nice write up! And your neck is saying thank you!
Another first class install Bird! That is a great location for camera
Thank you, gentlemen! I think it's a "keeper". After the very minor issues get resolved it'll really work slick.
After a long afternoon of grinding one day and in the morning the next.....there were no ill effects or stiff neck so it must help?
 

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To put things in perspective with the workout I gave the grinder here’s some more info and pics.

Young pine trees had been planted up against the existing but very old shelter belt close to 30 years ago. The original shelter belt (700+ ft. long) was old then and really failing fast now. It was time to clear a path along the pines to give them some more room, but also to make space to begin cleaning up and removing the deadfall and standing dead trees. It’s fast becoming quite a mess. Here’s what the mess looked like before the chainsaw roared to life:
Pre Path Pic.jpg

Here’s what it looks like now. And, yes, that little sliver of light is actually the light at the end of the tunnel as it opens up out into the neighboring field! :ROFLMAO:
New Path.jpg

During a week of rainy weather there was one hellacious and ongoing bonfire from sunup to sundown each day. The EA grapple was worth its weight in gold in moving all the cut brush and trees to the burn pile!

Today I cut, cleared, and ground stumps on the last 30 feet with just some scrub buckthorn trees and a couple of very small boxelders. But there was a glitch in the process: There is nothing in the grinder’s manual that warns you that this machine is also a good metal detector! While grinding one of the last few small stumps I heard a strange sound. Without ear protection on I might have heard it earlier? But I suspect the damage was done in the first inch of travel. Buried 3 inches below ground level the grinder exposed a length of 5/8” rebar. Dang!
Buried Rebar.jpg Rebar Extracted.jpg

The grapple dug out all 20 some feet of it. Being this is an old farmstead, I should maybe have swept the area with my metal detector first. But why a length of rebar at the very outside edge of the original shelter belt? It damaged the outer teeth on the circumference of the wheel. I’ll have to clean and inspect the teeth to see how bad and how many need replacing. For the amount of grinding its now done its not a big deal. Lesson learned! Thankfully, I started the grinding on the other end!! I'd have been quite pissed to have come to a screeching halt (literally) had I started clearing/grinding on this end.

Equipment used: chainsaw, grapple, stump grinder, flail mower
 
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that came out awesome! Reclaiming land from totally overgrown mess of woods is the best feeling. incredible amount of work
 

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that came out awesome! Reclaiming land from totally overgrown mess of woods is the best feeling. incredible amount of work
Thanks, B737! and I agree. Pretty sure I sweat more in the 3 weeks of this project than my 42 years of working for a living! :ROFLMAO:
 

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After cleaning up and inspecting the stump grinder for damaged teeth, I discovered 8 totally damaged teeth and 1 that had a minor chip on the carbide tip. :eek: The replacement set of 6 teeth from Woodland Mills didn’t cover all the damages done by hitting that buried length of rebar.

The 4 outer teeth on the wheel circumference were replaced along with 2 of the 4 lowest forward-facing teeth. Since the B2650 has trouble using the full cutting depth of all the teeth at once, I swapped out 2 innermost teeth with the last 2 damaged teeth. That puts the grinder back into full operation again. But at $10+ per tooth…….not checking for buried metal, rocks, or other debris turned out to be an expensive lesson learned. And all the damage was done in just a few seconds. Here’s a couple of pics. One shows the damaged teeth compared to a new one in the center. The other pic shows the damaged 6 teeth replaced. With two more to go when replacements can be had.
New Tooth vs Damaged 6 Teeth.JPG WG24 Damaged Teeth.JPG

ALERT to all fellow grinders: check for and try to eliminate any damaging debris in your stump grinding areas. Even if you suspect nothing could possibly be there. Don't do as I did! :cry:

David
 
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