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    Member bkcook's Avatar
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    Default What would you use for thick brush removal

    Hi I am in the process of removing think brush from some old fields. I have a 50hp massey I dont currently have a loader.

    I am not really wanting to run every thing over to cut it with the rotary mower will anything else to the job?

    The old hedge bushes that have grown have a 2 inch trunk.

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    Default Re: What would you use for thick brush removal

    If its very thick, a dozer w/ a root rake. I worked at some brush on my place for a week w/ my 50HP Mahindra. Hardly made a dent.
    I hired a dozer and he had 5 acres opened in a day. Much cheaper in the long run.
    Can't do what I NEED to do for doing what I HAVE to do...WANT to do? what's that?

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    Elite Member KentT's Avatar
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    Default Re: What would you use for thick brush removal

    Quote Originally Posted by hudr
    If its very thick, a dozer w/ a root rake. I worked at some brush on my place for a week w/ my 50HP Mahindra. Hardly made a dent.
    I hired a dozer and he had 5 acres opened in a day. Much cheaper in the long run.
    Or, hire someone with a mulcing head on a skidsteer or small track-loader. They'll cut 2" saplings like a rotary mower cuts briars and weeds -- and leave it as mulch spread on the ground instead of piles of slash to deal with...

    See some of the posts in the construction forum (and there's a couple in projects also)...

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    Default Re: What would you use for thick brush removal

    Those mulchers are ideal, but are expensive to hire out. I have an attachment similar to this that was 400+ dollars:
    eBay: TREE / FENCE POST PULLER SKID STEER BOBCAT SKIDSTEER (item 200110960571 end time May-24-07 15:59:32 PDT)

    You put it on your loader attach plate, (have quick attach like skid steer), and drive up to any brush that will fit between the jaws, close them (too much and it might cut a small diameter sapling), then simply pull it up. Drive it over to your pile, drop, and continue. Roots and all come up, and you simply don't have the loss of topsoil and erosion that you would get with a blade job from a dozer. With a dozer blade, you will still have many cut off, bamboo shoot-looking sharp ends left behind, with roots in the ground, unless they cut in pretty deep. I agree that clearing forks would work better, but I ended up buying the post puller attachment after the frustration of having to scrape up so much topsoil to get even a single weed tree with roots out, because of the width of the rake. I toyed with the idea of risking bending a hay fork on the edge of the loader bucket to pry the roots up, one at a time.

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    Default Re: What would you use for thick brush removal

    I agree with the others. if you don't have the right tools.. don't tear the tractor up.. some jobs were ment to be 'rentals' or 'hire-done'

    Soundguy

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