When palm trees die or grow so tall that pruning becomes a costly or dangerous chore, it may be time to remove them. This is no simple task--palm trees have tough, fibrous root balls that can be difficult to cut through. You'll need the right tools and some patience.
For smaller palms, use a chain saw to cut down the tree a few feet from the base. For larger palms of a few dozen feet, the tree will need to be cut down in sections. It is better to hire a professional to do this work.
Remove the stump with a stump grinder. You can either hire a professional or rent the machinery for a day. If you are removing several stumps, renting the machine is a more cost-efficient option. If you are only removing one stump, contracting a professional usually will be the better deal. Before grinding the stump, remove any debris or rocks from the area.
Remove the root ball by digging all the way around it and cutting pieces out with your chain saw. If you can obtain a backhoe, this will make the task faster and easier.