Dodge Ram 2500 Pulls Out a Stump the First Time
Ever seen a 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 diesel properly take care of a tree stump? Usually, trucks struggle with the stump and occasionally doing damage to their truck in the process. Then there are the times when everything goes just right. Dropping a 6-speed transmission into low-range and then letting truck nature take its course.
There’s not many stumps out there that stand a chance when matched up with the right truck. The biggest truck on earth has a payload capacity of 400 short tons. If that’s not enough just dig around the unfortunate stump before you chain-up and pull down.
There’s the Right Way – But What About the Wrong Way?
Not everyone has a Quadzilla Adrenaline Dodge Performance Module in their pickup truck. Most don’t even have a pickup truck at all. Sad, isn’t it? That’s why, for years, people have been sacrificing junk cars for the sake of stump removal. Some are pretty successful… Who are we kidding? No one is successful with this method. But that’s too easy!
No one expects a junk 4 cylinder automobile to collide with a stump and survive to be in working order… How about we use a pickup truck instead? Surely, say, a 1990 GMC K1500 wi
No one expects a junk 4 cylinder automobile to collide with a stump and survive to be in working order… How about we use a pickup truck instead? Surely, say, a 1990 GMC K1500 with a Stock 350 TBI V8 engine would be sufficient to uproot a stump! What’s that you say? No tow strap? No tow strap? No problem! Just ram the pickup into the tree repeatedly until it breaks.
What’s not covered is just how they intended to get the stump out after felling it in the first place – but perhaps thinking that far didn’t factor into the equation. And finally, if you have a powerful pickup why use all its power to your advantage when you could pull the stump out of the ground? Especially a low ground stump that’s rooted deeply, if it does pop out – it may go flying in the worst way possible.
Seriously, What’s the Secret to Stump Removal Success?
If digging isn’t your thing and the chainsaw is busted, just rig up a parallel series of heavy duty pickup trucks to the remaining stump. Then look on in horror or amazement as the entirety of the stump comes up out of the ground. In terms of practicality, that certainly is one solution. But going back to the original – the Ram 2500 in question used a mixture of power and giving itself enough room to accelerate to get that stump out the first time. Versus jerking the stump back and forth until it uproots, putting the right truck in a low gear is usually the right course.
Why the Ram 2500 Diesel is the Beast for the Job
The Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel is truly a workhorse of a pickup. And at 400 pound-feet of torque, it certainly is no stranger to pulling lodged objects out of the mud. This is why it’s a smart choice for an overall heavy duty pickup truck and has been revered as such. Adding to that is a towing capacity of almost 14,000 lbs with a payload capacity of almost 4,000. That’s some amazing capabilities right there. So when you take that tow strap and wrap it about a stump, this four wheel drive monster is sure to tear a couple roots free no matter what. This Dodge Ram 2500 is a pickup built for the task of moving heavy objects. And with root systems lodging in soil that can weigh nearly five to ten times the mass of the stump itself, every last pound of force is needed.