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Old 10-24-2019, 05:31 PM
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Default Skid Steer with mulching head

How hard are they to run?

I have run a lot of different skid steers, excavators, and other misc equipment but never with a mulching head.

I am thinking about trying to find one I can rent for 3-4 days to clear all of the under growth and small trees on the back of my lot. The trees are 2-4 inches thick. My plan is to leave the larger trees. I just want a clean/clear ground back there and level. I also want to clear a parking pad just inside the woods for storage. My wife doesn't want to look at the trailers so I am thinking a clear spot with a lean-to shelter to park them under.

I checked with a guy I like who can do it but I am not sure I want to go 6ish grand to do it when I believe I can do it myself and likely enjoy it.

Any inís and outs or things to watch for?
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No experience, but have always wanted to rent one. I’ve been told they aren’t hard to operate and some good fun
Old 10-24-2019, 05:35 PM
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Ridiculously expensive to rent one. Herein south ga it was 7k for a week.
Old 10-24-2019, 05:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Baderhold View Post
Ridiculously expensive to rent one. Herein south ga it was 7k for a week.

Damn, I know there are a lot of variables but if I was in the 7K range, I would just need to buck up and pay the man to do it. Rattling a few things around right now with some local contacts.
Old 10-24-2019, 05:45 PM
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And your responsible for the carbide cutters. My guy hit an old car part a tore off a bunch.

Check around here it as about $200 an hour for them to do it. They can clear about 1 acre a day.
Also depends on the head rotary or drum.

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Last time I checked in SC Blanchard was the only outfit renting them. Cat 299 with a forestry package and they arenít cheap.

have a good friend that has a pair of Fecon heads mounted on a cat 299 and Kubota 95hp (now out of production). He did some work on the farm for us. We have a similar background on farm equipment, both with lots of seat time and both with equipment sales backgrounds. According to him anybody that isnít stupid can run one, but it takes a hundred or so hours running one to get to the point you can save money doing it DIY in terms of productivity.
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Not sure how hard they are to operate. I've ran plenty and it's pretty intuitive with all the other attachments. When I worked in the Industry my boss didn't want to get one as skidsteers are a nightmare when they have issues. So that might be why they are expensive to rent.

So we always rented when we needed one.
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I had several acres cleared by a forestry mulcher.

Around here it is $100-$150/hr with a 4 hr min usually.

They can clear way more than an acre a day (at least my guy can).

He has a kubota machine, that's all I can tell ya unless I find some pics of it.

Awesome piece of equipment.
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Originally Posted by Baderhold View Post
Ridiculously expensive to rent one. Herein south ga it was 7k for a week.

I was quoted like 3-4 k a month. Same area
Old 10-24-2019, 06:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Rferrell View Post



I was quoted like 3-4 k a month. Same area
With a forestry head? Note, there is a HUGE difference between a skid steer mounted bushhog and a forestry mulcher.
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We have a commercial acct at sunbelt. Iíll call our rep tomorrow and ask what a weeks rental runs. We have rented the brush cutters before (they say they are good up to 1.5-2Ē) (at the same time obviously not a mulcher) (falls in between bush hog and full on mulcher) and it was maybe $500/day at most canít remember but it wasnít too bad.

On the hiring it out side, a guy down the street owns Carolina mulching company and he charges $2k a day and can get 1-2.5 acres done a day depending on how tedious it is with keeping larger trees and the terrain.
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Any tree farms around you? Those guys clear al out of brush maybe cut a deal
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Originally Posted by KingRanch View Post
We have a commercial acct at sunbelt. Iíll call our rep tomorrow and ask what a weeks rental runs. We have rented the brush cutters before (they say they are good up to 1.5-2Ē) (at the same time obviously not a mulched) and it was maybe $500/day at most canít remember but it wasnít too bad.

On the hiring it out side, a guy down the street owns Carolina mulching company and he charges $2k a day and can get 1-2.5 acres done a day depending on how tedious it is with keeping larger trees and the terrain.
sunbelt doesnít rent mulching heads. I used to be a rep for them. Also donít typically allow mulching heads or brush cutters to be hung on their machines due to not being set up for the required hydraulic flow or operator protection. A handful of stores have brush cutters.
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Looks like you can get one direct from bobcat from $4900+/- for the week. Fully outfitted and ready to mulch.

As much as I like to run them for the $1100 difference between hiring it out and doing it myself. Iíd hire it out and save myself 2-4 days worth of work.
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I rent that set-up typically a time or 2/year. I wouldnít say it is particularly difficult to get the hang of but they are quite dangerous. Both to the operator and to anyone or thing in close proximity. They are especially dangerous if clearing over rocky ground.

How much area I can clear in a day is entirely dependent on what Iím cutting and the ground conditions. Working on steep slopes or very rocky ground slows the process quite a bit.

Head and track damage can add can add a ton of coin to your rental bill. About a month ago I had a rig on rent for a week and it was $2000. But that was a special deal because my Case salesman owed me one. Norm is more like $2700/week depending on where I rent and size of the CTL.
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question,
will the trees just grow back in a brush form when you grind them to the ground just like when you cut them off at ground level without spraying the stumps with a stump killer
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Originally Posted by 99yam40 View Post
question,
will the trees just grow back in a brush form when you grind them to the ground just like when you cut them off at ground level without spraying the stumps with a stump killer
Some trees and brush, yes. Especially sumac and chokecherry. Not all from my experience but I have limited long term exposure to what happens after Iíve cleared.

Although I have 100ís of hours of clearing with a forestry head over the years itís typically just before we come in and make it a development
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Originally Posted by 99yam40 View Post
question,
will the trees just grow back in a brush form when you grind them to the ground just like when you cut them off at ground level without spraying the stumps with a stump killer
yep. Chemicals are your friend in that case. Itís a whole lot easier to run a boom sprayer through cleared areas than ones with trees and vines everywhere
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post


With a forestry head? Note, there is a HUGE difference between a skid steer mounted bushhog and a forestry mulcher.
yeah. Was with cat. Could be off a little on price as it was a while ago but wasnít much.

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First one was a mower. Second quote a Mulcher. Was a little off but these were my quotes.

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