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Need help removing a pesky stump from your backyard? To do it country style (aka the smarter and more cost effective way), all you need is a a little bit of engineering know-how and some quick construction skills. With those, you can build this simple A frame to help rip a tree stump right out of the ground. Just watch how easy it is in the above video.

The amount of remaining root structure that gets pulled up with the stump is impressive. You can try and rip stumps out of the ground with just a tow strap or a chain, but you might wind up with a broken rear windshield like a few other dummies we’ve watched before. But, YouTuber Sam Haraldson ain’t no dummy. Watch and learn.

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“The necessary pieces for this are quite simple,” Haraldson explains in the YouTube description. “A heavy duty nylon tow strap connects to the truck. At the other end of the strap is a somewhat long piece of chain that attaches to the stump puller. The pulling device is built from the ground up like this: A log, split lengthwise in half forms the two bottom pieces that the device pivots on the ground over. Spiked to those are two 6″x6″ posts that are held together by nuts on the outside of a very long, threaded bolt. At the top holding the posts together is a steel plate that has a 2″ square tube welded to it. A ‘v’ notch is cut into the top of the square tube and this is where the chain from the tow strap gets wedged.”

“The pulling device works best when it’s in a vertical position so as the truck moves forward and pulls the stump out a little bit the chain needs to be loosened from the notch, the device stood back up vertically and the chain re-positioned. As you can see in the video we pulled and re-set the device multiple times while pulling this stump out.”

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And, there you have it. Do you think you could try this for yourself at home?

This post was originally published on January 30, 2017.

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