Asked on Oct 26, 2017

Drill/Driver or Hammer/ Drill which is best to use to drill hole stump

Leona Clemens
by Leona Clemens
I'm trying to drill holes in tree stumps, my regular drill does not have the power to do this, so wondering if I needed Drill /Driver or a Hammer/Drill, will appreciate any information you give, thanks.

  6 answers
  • Ken Ken on Oct 26, 2017
    If you are using a cordless drill to drill 1" or larger holes for stump remover I have felt your pain. All you need is a middle of the road corded drill and an extension cord. If it is just too far to use a corded drill the next best solution is one of those nice Dewalt cordless drills that all of the contractors use. Even then you will probably not get a lot of holes out of a charge. A hammer drill will not do any better for this application.

  • Rafig Gurbanzada Rafig Gurbanzada on Aug 09, 2019

    Rafig Gurbanzada:

  • Rafig Gurbanzada Rafig Gurbanzada on Aug 09, 2019

    One method of removing tree stumps does not require an expensive stump grinder or hours of back-breaking labor. Drilling multiple holes in a tree stump allows you to increase the rate a tree stump will rot. Over time, you will be able to remove the rotted tree stump without excessive digging. Using the proper drill bit allows you to drill effortlessly into the tree stump. Correctly drilling holes in a tree stump is the most important step in affordably removing it.

  • SeanChapman SeanChapman on Aug 10, 2020

    Using a cordless drill is a good option if you have limited choice of tools. But actually, you can use corded drills as well because they are more powerful. See for yourself: Though having a small shovel is advised too.

  • Mogie Mogie on Aug 10, 2020

    1. DRILL multiple holes in the tree stump, spaced about an inch apart. Drill as deep as you can, making sure holes are at least 3/4 inch in diameter.
    2. POUR dry Epsom salt into each hole and spread some around the base of the tree stump, as well.
    3. SPRAY with water to saturate the Epsom salt but not to the point where the solution is running out of the holes.
    4. COVER with a waterproof tarp so rain doesn’t wash the Epsom salt away. Over the next few months, the Epsom salt will draw water from the tree stump and roots and prevent resprouting. After that, it’s up to you whether to chip away at the tree stump, cover with soil or use as a pedestal.

  • Sadpomoi Sadpomoi on Aug 09, 2021

    I use a screwdriver for this purpose. It is more compact and works better than a drill or rotary hammer for non-professional work. I have a recommendation for wood drilling. When drilling through holes with a large-diameter drill bit, there is a risk of damaging the backside of the workpiece - chipping can occur. To avoid this, you usually first drill with a smaller-diameter drill bit and then finish drilling to the desired diameter with a thicker drill bit. You can also solve this problem by clamping the backside of the workpiece with an unwanted scrap rod. If you want to learn more about the screwdriver, you can check it out at .