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How much does Stump Removal cost?

$60 - $220 per hour

    How Much Does Tree Stump Removal Cost?

    Australia has a variety of trees that affect the price of tree stump removal. Depending on the depth and diameter, the cost can range from $100 to $1,000. A tree stump measuring above a two-metre diameter can be more expensive.

    How Much Does Stump Grinding Cost?

    Stump grinding involves grinding the stump to the grind and leaving the root of the tree. Stump removal involves the removal of the entire root. A stump grinding price averages $3 per diameter with a minimum fee of $100. Many property owners will have several stumps ground up, on one visit to save costs.

    Stump Removal Costs Across Australia

    Different areas of Australia dictate the pricing of stump removal and grinding. This can be due to the type and size of trees, the proximity to buildings or a company’s hourly rate of stump removal and grinding. The following costs are dependent on the size of the trunk and accessibility to the tree.

    City Average Stump Removal Costs
    Sydney $75 – $300
    Melbourne $75 – $300
    Brisbane $100 – $1,000 
    Canberra $165
    Perth $70 – $300
    Darwin $170
    Hobart $70 – $300 
    Adelaide $110 – $1,000

    Things to Know Before Stump Removal

    Removing a stump requires research on the part of the homeowner. Knowing what lies beneath the stump can prove dangerous for the stump removal company. A palm tree stump removal cost may increase drastically if you find gas or water lines running beneath the surface. Always call utility companies before planning a dig to avoid damage to city or county property. Yards with obstacles, such as bushes or fences, may keep a tree stump removal company from gaining access. A minimum rate of $100 can be added to your quote for trees that are difficult to access.

    Man is strapped to a large gum tree in preparation to cut it down.

    Professional arborist up a tree. | Source: Roots 2 Leaves Tree Services

    Factors Impacting Tree Stumping and Grinding Costs

    Receiving an estimate of tree stump removal may not be entirely accurate if you don’t consider the following factors. Do you have:

    • Utility lines running beneath the tree stump?
    • Bushes surrounding the stump?
    • An unobstructed entrance to the stump?
    • Are you within close proximity to your neighbours?

    Remember that a tree stump removal cost estimate does not include removing barriers to get to the job. Consider the size of the equipment necessary to remove a stump and make the appropriate arrangements.

    Man in orange hi vis strapped into a large palm tree with a branch hanging from his side.

    An arborist scales a large palm tree. | Source: Westside Professional Tree Management

    Price Estimates for Different Types of Stump Removals

    Stump removal pricing takes into consideration the type of tree and the diameter. Hardwood trees are more difficult to remove than palm trees due to the deep roots. Palm trees are soft and have shorter and more flexible roots for removing. You will find these in sandy soil.

    Here are some common costs associated with the removal of hardwood and softwood trees. The price of root removal should also be considered with a hardwood stump. A stump grinding machine goes typically 20cm to 30cm below the surface of the ground. Stump grinding can be a separate cost from stump removal costs. Be sure to inquire about this in your estimate.

    Diameter of Stump Average Hardwood Stump Removal Costs
    15cm – 25cm $60
    25cm – 40cm $120
    45cm – 60cm $200
    65cm – 80cm $300
    85cm -120cm $400
    Diameter of Stump Average Softwood Stump Removal Costs
    15cm – 25cm $40
    25cm – 40cm $80
    45cm – 60cm $120
    65cm – 80cm $175
    85cm -120cm $250


    Stump Grinders

    Grinding up a stump is less intrusive and less expensive than digging up the roots. Stump grinding cost depends on several factors. The diameter of the stump, whether you have a softwood or hardwood tree stump and the geographical location are all considerations in the stump grinding cost. There is usually a minimum of $100 for a company to bring out a stump grinding machine. Average prices will run:

    • $110 for a tree with a 500mm diameter
    • $170 for a tree with a one-metre diameter
    • $335 for a tree with a two-metre diameter

    It is possible to rent a stump grinder and grind yourself. A stump grinder rental cost averages $150 to $300 for 24 hours.

    How to Hire an Arborist

    Arborists are experts in the care of trees.  A proper consultation with an arborist will inform you about the condition of your trees. An Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Level 5 Arborist should always be consulted in the maintenance or removal of trees. Some areas of credits that should be researched include:

    • Licensing and Training
    • Amount of Liability Insurance Carried
    • Certifications: Have they completed at least an AQF Level 3 in horticulture or arboriculture?
    • References

    An arborist tree company will present a quote for the specific job at hand. This cost can range anywhere from tree removal and tree pruning to tree inspections. The cost can vary from $75 to $4,500, depending on the individual task. You can save money by waiting to hire an arborist during the offseason.  Winter months are an excellent season to get the best quotes.


    * The cost data is based on Oneflare and third-party sources

    Real Oneflare Customer Quotes

    Dee's Arborist Job

    Location PinSouth Brisbane, QLD
    Job type

    Trees chopped

    Stump job

    Stump removal


    As soon as possible

    $600inc. gst

    Quoted by Nez Tree Services

    Sandie's Arborist Job

    Location PinSouth Brisbane, QLD
    Job type

    Tree removal and stump grinding

    Number of trees


    Condition of trees


    $990inc. gst

    Quoted by Koala Tree Care

    Mechelle's Arborist Job

    Location PinSydney, NSW
    Job type

    Tree and stump removal

    Tree type

    Palm tree

    Location of tree

    Front of property

    $900inc. gst

    Quoted by Asap All Trees Services

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