The new Vermeer SC48TX stump cutter provides a solution to access residential jobsites with a narrow footprint and low ground pressure to 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,” explained Josh Vrieze, senior product manager for Vermeer Environmental Equipment.
Low-disturbance tracks provide traction on soft, steep and rocky terrain with low ground pressure and stability, requiring minimal job prep before and cleanup afterward. These retractable tracks transform the machine to only 35 in. (89 cm) for navigating narrow jobsites and standard 36-in. (91-cm) gates. Once through the gate, the tracks can be extended to 49 in. (140 cm) for 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,” said Vrieze.
The Vermeer SC48TX is outfitted with the SmartSweep control system that monitors engine load and provides continuous feedback, resulting in a 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 with cutting performance and can be flipped to the other side of the cutter wheel.
Vermeer designed the SC48TX with a direct-drive system that transfers 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. "The remote can assist with navigating tight gate entries,” said 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,” said Vrieze.
In addition to these options, Vermeer offers the Vermeer Confidence Plus asset protection program to provide ongoing service and protect the Vermeer SC48TX.