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Old 10-25-2019, 08:33 AM
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Not sure how much area you have to clear, but Double A Hauling in Washington was $200/hr with a 2hr minimum. It'd be worth a phonecall. I had him mulch stumps from Florence and clear a bunch of other brush at my house and was pleased.
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How many HP in the tractor? Have you thought about a controlled burn? That's the easiest way to clear out underbrush and trash trees.
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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard View Post
I just had about 2 1/2 acres done. A lot of stuff will grow back, so you'll have to do something with it. In my case I used a box blade with ripping shanks/root rakes to pull a lot of it out. Then i used a disc to cut more of it out. If you keep it bush hogged, over time the shrubs/trees die off and grasses grow in.
it's fun playin on a tractor huh buddy?

in my case (which I think is the same is PB) I was turning woods into food plots

I had the mulcher clear it, you could have drove a honda civic thru there when he was done. He ground the stumps down into the ground a little.

Then I let it sit til the following year to give things time to breakdown.

Then I bushogged it and disced it up.

Came out great.

If you want to thin stuff out have it mulched and then bush hog it 1-2 times a year.

e-z peasy
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I purchased a bobcat and forestry muncher last year for a large overgrown waterfowl hunting property I have. It is hands down the funnest toy I own. Even better than the boat.
I actually ran out of shit to destroy with it and moved it over to a buddies place so I could tear up his place. If you like wrecking shit I say rent one and enjoy. It’s worth every penny!
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Originally Posted by Kansas30 View Post
I purchased a bobcat and forestry muncher last year for a large overgrown waterfowl hunting property I have. It is hands down the funnest toy I own. Even better than the boat.
I actually ran out of shit to destroy with it and moved it over to a buddies place so I could tear up his place. If you like wrecking shit I say rent one and enjoy. It’s worth every penny!
mmmm America . I haven't run one yet but come on , look at what that thing does . No chasin' armadillo's .
Old 10-25-2019, 10:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Kansas30 View Post
I purchased a bobcat and forestry muncher last year for a large overgrown waterfowl hunting property I have. It is hands down the funnest toy I own. Even better than the boat.
I actually ran out of shit to destroy with it and moved it over to a buddies place so I could tear up his place. If you like wrecking shit I say rent one and enjoy. It’s worth every penny!
With a handle like Kansas30 I reckon it's too much to hope that you live in eastern NC...
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Originally Posted by STIPulation View Post
With a handle like Kansas30 I reckon it's too much to hope that you live in eastern NC...

Thats what i was thinking. I was going to offer fuel and beer (for later in the project) to make it go.
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Done this all my life , what you have can easily be done with a tractor bush hog . Hire someone to bush hog the under brush and trees up to 2" , then rent a track skid steer for the day with a grapel bucket and rip out the 4" trees ( will take tree and stump at same time ) .
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If you want everything gone , and trunks to ground level , munching is what you want done. Bushhogging will leave stumps, limbs, that will have to rot or be removed and small bushes that will grow back and will be rough to cut later. With a rotory bush cutter you will have broken stumps, limbs, and will have to clean up or let rot. Munching will leave a clean floor and nothing but munch on the ground several inches thick and will stop alot of regrowth. Good luck in renting or hiring it out.
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I think mulching is the way to go. I have been doing some clearing on the outer peremiter with my Kubota but the larger stuff is a problem. While the lot is around 6 acres, the wooded part is more like 1.5 acres but it is pretty dense. May pick up a skid steer with a grapple for a day and see what happens. I was thinking about a mini Ex with a thumb as well.
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I could have a blast with one of these
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OP it sounds to me like you just want to fill the cooler with a 12pk & go tear some shit up. And there's nothin wrong with that! I'm not sure you'll get done what you want if you just rent a skidsteer & a grapple bucket tho. If you are going take out trees up to 4" then you'll at least need a heavy duty brush cutter. You mentioned 1"-2" trees/brush, that size will simply bend/twist/layover ALOT & be a PITA to take out alot of it with a blade.

A true mulching rig like the killer "Darth Vader machine" like rdmallory posted is about the baddest thing available short of a D9 & going "moonscape" on any & everything. But you'll play hell finding something like that to rent locally. That's about a 13k-14k# machine as well so you'll likely need it delivered. Also, if you do break something on it that rental bill just went into orbit! I also don't think you really need THAT much machine if all you're taking out is 1.5 acres of underbrush & saplings.

I have a 625 acre "recreational farm" that I've owned for 9yrs. 500 of those acres are hardwood timber that I'm letting grow for the grandkids college (or whatever my now college age kids want/need it for). The remaining land is 4+ miles of interior roads, foodplots & pasture/open fields & I have a 1.5 mile fence line along a road that fronts the property. Up until last month I've done all of it with a chainsaw, handlebar brush cutter & various attachments & implements on my 70hp Kubota 4x4 tractor. But after looking around, studying, talking to buds & neighbors, research etc I bought a 3yr old (500hrs) 75hp Kubota & a new Blue Diamond severe duty brush cutter. Damn what I've been missing! This thing is a MOSHEEN & tho it's rated for 6"-8" material, I've heeded my dealers recommendation & cut only forearm sized trees or less. (Including stuff like oak, hickory, Cypress & knees, pretty tough stuff!) Gotta admit, it's pretty fun rolling around "melting" nuisance brush, saplings & undergrowth that I never wanted to attempt with my tractor. I've also opened up probably 10-20ft around the edges of my foodplots by just cutting back the saplings & light growth that has popped up over the years.

If you do rent/borrow something just remember, DONT get in a hurry & use the grey lump between your ears. These machines & what they are cutting CAN KILL!!!


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This is just a quick "straight in, straight out" pic I took around a foodplot edge to show just how clean these things cut. That centermost/largest sapling was about 3" dia.

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Originally Posted by HatchieLuvr View Post
OP it sounds to me like you just want to fill the cooler with a 12pk & go tear some shit up. And there's nothin wrong with that! I'm not sure you'll get done what you want if you just rent a skidsteer & a grapple bucket tho. If you are going take out trees up to 4" then you'll at least need a heavy duty brush cutter. You mentioned 1"-2" trees/brush, that size will simply bend/twist/layover ALOT & be a PITA to take out alot of it with a blade.

A true mulching rig like the killer "Darth Vader machine" like rdmallory posted is about the baddest thing available short of a D9 & going "moonscape" on any & everything. But you'll play hell finding something like that to rent locally. That's about a 13k-14k# machine as well so you'll likely need it delivered. Also, if you do break something on it that rental bill just went into orbit! I also don't think you really need THAT much machine if all you're taking out is 1.5 acres of underbrush & saplings.

I have a 625 acre "recreational farm" that I've owned for 9yrs. 500 of those acres are hardwood timber that I'm letting grow for the grandkids college (or whatever my now college age kids want/need it for). The remaining land is 4+ miles of interior roads, foodplots & pasture/open fields & I have a 1.5 mile fence line along a road that fronts the property. Up until last month I've done all of it with a chainsaw, handlebar brush cutter & various attachments & implements on my 70hp Kubota 4x4 tractor. But after looking around, studying, talking to buds & neighbors, research etc I bought a 3yr old (500hrs) 75hp Kubota & a new Blue Diamond severe duty brush cutter. Damn what I've been missing! This thing is a MOSHEEN & tho it's rated for 6"-8" material, I've heeded my dealers recommendation & cut only forearm sized trees or less. (Including stuff like oak, hickory, Cypress & knees, pretty tough stuff!) Gotta admit, it's pretty fun rolling around "melting" nuisance brush, saplings & undergrowth that I never wanted to attempt with my tractor. I've also opened up probably 10-20ft around the edges of my foodplots by just cutting back the saplings & light growth that has popped up over the years.

If you do rent/borrow something just remember, DONT get in a hurry & use the grey lump between your ears. These machines & what they are cutting CAN KILL!!!

Well, you nailed it. Any chance you want to come to NC and do some fishing in the spring?
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2 yrs old on YTube - Creekside Forestry Mulching Saxapahaw NC 336-269-7469
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Snapped these pics of how the state/contractor does it putting in a road extension. First they took out the big trees.


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DAMN whatta machine!!!

I'd hate to even guess what that entire contraption co$t$.

But MAN talk about a "chainsaw on tracks!"
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You have the choice of either a very large skidsteer with the mulcher or a large 4 cylinder 4 wheel drive tractor with a Brown Tree Cutter. Many of the national tree surgeon companies buy tractors with custom roll cages to use with the Brown Tree Cutter. We very often see them clearing pines on interstate highway right of way. They also tractors/cutters them to maintain utility right of way for both natural gas and for electrical 550K kw lines. Don't confuse tree cutters with rotary cutters, as the rotary cutter will not cut trees more than a couple of inches.

Unfortunately, such equipment is seldom seen in rental fleets due to the high maintenance of such equipment. And if you find one piece of equipment, the price will be high.

You might keep your eyes open for an excavation contractor that has a ripper blade on a mid size crawler. Or, look for an independent skidsteer operator that has a mulcher. Call the local tractor dealer that sells the most skidsteer loaders and ask for a referral to one their mulcher customers that are in your area.

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