New Vermeer stump cutter tackles tough jobs in tight spaces

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The new Vermeer SC48TX stump cutter provides a solution to access residential job sites with a narrow footprint and low ground pressure. But it can still efficiently remove larger stumps. Powered by a 48-hp (36-kW) 1.7 L Cat diesel engine certified to Tier 4 Final/Stage V emissions regulations, the Vermeer SC48TX can cut up to 28 in (71.1 cm) above grade and 16 in (40.6 cm) below the surface. It features a straight-line cutting width of 65 in (170.2 cm).

“Companies operating this size of stump-cutting equipment previously were limited to mainly gas-powered options. They expressed interest in a diesel engine choice because the high torque produced will help them work efficiently when cutting below grade,” explains Josh Vrieze, senior product manager for Vermeer Environmental Equipment.

Low-disturbance tracks provide optimal traction on soft, steep, and rocky terrain with low ground pressure and improved stability, requiring minimal job prep before and clean up afterward. These retractable tracks transform the machine to only 35 in (89 cm) for navigating narrow job sites and standard 36-in (91-cm) gates. Once through the gate, the tracks can be extended to 49 in (140 cm) for maximum stability.

“The SC48TX stump cutter is agile enough for tree care and landscape professionals to get through most gates while the tracks allow for increased flotation,” says Vrieze.

To help maximize productivity, the Vermeer SC48TX is outfitted with the exclusive SmartSweep control system that monitors engine load and provides continuous feedback, resulting in a smooth and consistent cutter wheel sweep rate.

The Vermeer Cutting System (VCS) solves many challenges associated with traditional cutting systems. Rather than using a bolt to secure teeth to the cutter wheel, the VCS has a mounting and retention structure that helps keep teeth from shifting in the pocket and absorbs the shearing force while operating. In addition, two-sided carbide V-profile cutter teeth help optimize cutting performance and can be flipped to the other side of the cutter wheel for an extended wear life.

Vermeer designed the SC48TX with a direct-drive system that transfers maximum power to the cutter wheel through a pair of gearboxes. Like other Vermeer stump cutters, the SC48TX is beltless, so users won’t have to think about replacing a belt. A bump start clutch smooths the transition as the drive system gets up to speed. An operator presence system will disengage the cutter wheel and bring it to a stop within seconds if the operator’s hands leave the control.

An optional full-function remote control allows operation of the stump cutter without being at the operator’s station, which can maximize visibility.

“The remote can assist with navigating tight gate entries,” says Vrieze.

An optional backfill blade has a rounded lower edge to minimize turf damage.

“It saves either manual work or having to bring another piece of equipment to do the work. The backfill blade makes this machine very versatile,” says Vrieze.

In addition to these options, Vermeer offers the Vermeer Confidence Plus asset protection program to provide ongoing service and protect the productivity and value of the Vermeer SC48TX.

Contact your local Vermeer dealer for more information about the Vermeer SC48TX stump cutter or visit

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