To zip through the labor-intensive work of shredding up stumps in the yard, Toro has a prototype of a larger dedicated stump grinder in the works.
Toro is adding to its line of tree care equipment with the unveiling of the new STX-38 stump grinder. The prototype was on display at The Rental Show, held Feb-6-8 in New Orleans. The STX-38 is scheduled to hit the rental market in the second half of 2012, and industry experts say it’s being well-received.
The idea was born two years ago when Toro redefined stump grinding by introducing the STX-26. Although it has yet to make its formal debut on the market, the STX-38 is already creating a buzz of excitement.
“The positive feedback has exceeded our expectations,” said Greg Lawrence, marketing product manager for Toro’s compact utility equipment. “Professionals in the rental, landscaping and arborist markets have asked us to develop a new grinder that can provide even more productivity, which is why we are developing the new STX-38 model. This unit will deliver more horsepower to make quick work of larger stumps.”
The soon-to-be-released grinder is modeled after its predecessor, the 26-horsepower STX-26, designed to take the toil out of stump grinding. The STX-26 features include easy to use controls, track drive to increase stability on hillsides, and Toro’s exclusive traction control system. Transport speeds can top 4 mph, so you can get the job done faster.
Toro’s TX models are easier to use than others on the market because of the TX-style controls and tracks for superior maneuverability and quicker transfer speeds. The STX also helps reduce maintenance expenses because it features a hydraulically-driven head, eliminating the need to replace belts. The STX-38 will get the job done with less effort and sweat because of its extra horsepower for increased efficiency.
Landscapers and lawn maintenance contractors depend on the equipment to make their job easier, and the STX-38 will mean they have access to a more powerful and efficient way to clear land. In comparison to the STX-38, earlier models of Toro stump grinders have 6.5 and 13 hp. The STX-38 will take its place among a line of tree care equipment which includes the STX-26, the SGR-6 and SGR-13 handlebar stump grinders, the LS-9 log splitter and the BC-25 brush chipper.
Without a Toro removing tree stumps can still be done, but it’s hard work and takes several weeks. Doing it manually requires drilling holes in the stump, pouring in stump remover, filling the holes with kerosene and then dropping a match onto the stump. This way is dangerous, but using the STX-38 will be a safer, easier way to get the job done.
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Photo Credit: The Rental Show