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Before you alter that edge, try to make a cold shut with some metal so you actually KNOW what you are dealing with.

Go slow with the angle grinder on only a short section of only ONE edge.  You want to just dull the edge a bit so you can try it out with a hammer and metal for a week (40 hours) or more.  

For your new stump, pack a 2 wheel dolly in the car.  Locate the stump, return to the car for the dolly, and dolly in hand, to retrieve the stump.  The extra walk will do you good.  The light work of using the dolly will make the retrieval of the stump a joy with no recovery time just bending over and trying to roll the stump any distance.   Keep a cold drink in the car to celebrate the successful recovery.

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I "transported a 180# forklift tine out of the woods once.  (Old industry used to push stuff off the bluff face near the river back in the "bad old days".)   I C clamped a couple of small wheels to the tine and would drag it till I had to stop and get my breath, repeat until where I was parked.

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Here's an improvised anvil I made last year. It's a piece of 6" round stock, about 8" long and ~70lb. It's a really nice little portable anvil, and the "fine" horn and heel I added have proven very useful. They're kind of like a bridge tool and a bick, except they're really solid instead of bouncing around in a hardy hole.

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For retriving stumps,stones and other treasures from remote places,one of my "rickshaws"would be handy.  I first built one for a co-worker to take his disabled son into the forest.  Utility vehicles are popular but many public forests forbid motorized vehicles off established roads,especially during hunting season.  The co-worker said it was handy for packing game out so I modified the design and built one for our hunting group.   The laughter it drew when I first showed my hunting buddies was worth what it cost (nothing other than a few bolts,welding rod and a couple hours of assembly).  Since then I built 2 for friends and 3 for profit.  With a few mods and additions,old wheelchairs work well but can be difficult to buy cheap.  Old bikes have most everything required and can be had free if you beat trash collectors to them.  

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We made a rickshaw kind of device for my old dog, long since passed, as a wheel chair using the wheels from those little bicycle trailers.  The framework supported his weight at the hind legs and he was able to pull himself around with his front legs.  Anyway, point is, the wheels from the trailer would make an excellent wheel for a stump dragging rickshaw.  Lightweight.  Already has good bearings and axle.  Inflatable tires and has a large radius wheel to get past obstacles.  If you can find one of those trailers for free, it could help move some stumps. 

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If you make the rickshaw type device with forks you can work it like a hand truck for heavy weights on rough ground. 

Lithium batteries, in wheel motors and you could have a powered forest retrieval rig.

Frosty The Lucky.

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I was able to snag a larger chunk of steel today. Figured if I turn it on it’s side it would give me a larger surface to work on and more mass underneath. Why not! Going to go grab a couple stumps Sunday. 

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