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    Silver Member Slackdaddy's Avatar
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    Default Root ripper ?

    I was digging out stumps a few years back with the case 580 backhoe/16"
    All where Red and White oak up to 3' dia.
    On the larger ones I would spend up to 45 min tearing the roots apart with the bucket, You would have to work around tearing through most of the roots before popping it. I always had a hard time tearing through some roots, I could never angle the bucket just right as to catch a root with one end tooth to tear through it.

    I always thought that I could take some 1" plate steel and make a large curved "claw" about 2' long and sharpen it, Fab some pivots so as to use it in place of the bucket, this would be a good root ripper ?
    does any one make something like this ?

    Nick

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    Default Re: Root ripper ?

    There have been a couple of good discussions of this in the last few months. If you search "backhoe ripper", you'll find several threads. Here is one of them. http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/a...backhoe+ripper


    Enjoy.

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    Veteran Member wedge40's Avatar
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    Default Re: Root ripper ?

    I'm in the process of having one welded up for my small backhoe. I'm hoping to have it done in the next week or two. I'll post photos of the finished product and when I us it.
    Check this thread out.. Its where I got a lot of my info from.
    http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/b...highlight=boom

    Wedge
    1967 Ford 4000,Mahindra 4530 with FEL and BH, Box blade, straight blade, FEL, Rake, Bushhog, Backhoe, Jinma chipper, KKII tiller, Grapple. Mahindra 4530, with FEL and Backhoe.

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    Default Re: Root ripper ?

    I would think that a modified middle buster on the 3pt would work. Circle the stump a few times then try and pop it out with the FEL. There are narrow root buckets for FEL's.

    jb

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    Default Re: Root ripper ?

    Check this out: Bro-Tek Ripper Tooth

    GS

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    Default Re: Root ripper ?

    My FIL fabbed up a 3pt ripper tooth from a ripper shank on an old (50's vintage) Cat motorgrader.

    It's about 30"-36" tall and it works great as a trencher to bury small electrical wire (Romex) or water tubing.

    It's got a beveled edge and cuts roots fairly well. Long story short --- I thought I could use it to speed up the stump removal process, too.

    NOT! The thicker roots would stall me out and I'd loose traction with my JD 970 (around 3,800 lbs with FEL).

    Well, not one to be deterred by some pesky roots --- I used another gear and more fuel!!

    Wrong move... After I rewelded the top-link end that snapped off and rebuilt the 3/8" flat straps that the top pin goes thru on the ripper tooth; I put the ripper in the shop and hooked up the backhoe.

    Throttle set at 2,000 rpm and 30 minutes later the stump is out of the ground and the rear axle housing is still in one piece.

    AKfish

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    Default Re: Root ripper ?

    Quote Originally Posted by AKfish
    It's got a beveled edge and cuts roots fairly well. Long story short --- I thought I could use it to speed up the stump removal process, too.

    NOT! The thicker roots would stall me out and I'd loose traction with my JD 970 (around 3,800 lbs with FEL).

    Well, not one to be deterred by some pesky roots --- I used another gear and more fuel!!

    Wrong move... After I rewelded the top-link end that snapped off and rebuilt the 3/8" flat straps that the top pin goes thru on the ripper tooth; I put the ripper in the shop and hooked up the backhoe.

    Throttle set at 2,000 rpm and 30 minutes later the stump is out of the ground and the rear axle housing is still in one piece.

    AKfish
    The advantage of putting one of these in place of the BH bucket is if you sharpen the front edge and run into a tough root you can try and saw through it. And from my understanding it will leave a smaller hole to fill than if you used the BH bucket to dig everything up.
    I'm waiting for mine to get done to find out for my self.

    Wedge
    1967 Ford 4000,Mahindra 4530 with FEL and BH, Box blade, straight blade, FEL, Rake, Bushhog, Backhoe, Jinma chipper, KKII tiller, Grapple. Mahindra 4530, with FEL and Backhoe.

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    Default Re: Root ripper ?

    What about using a sub soiler on smaller tree stumps. I am about to use a subsoiler to run 1" water pipe and will also try and pop out a few small (6" or less) stumps.

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    Default Re: Root ripper ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Slackdaddy
    I was digging out stumps a few years back with the case 580 backhoe/16"
    All where Red and White oak up to 3' dia.
    On the larger ones I would spend up to 45 min tearing the roots apart with the bucket, You would have to work around tearing through most of the roots before popping it. I always had a hard time tearing through some roots, I could never angle the bucket just right as to catch a root with one end tooth to tear through it.

    I always thought that I could take some 1" plate steel and make a large curved "claw" about 2' long and sharpen it, Fab some pivots so as to use it in place of the bucket, this would be a good root ripper ?
    does any one make something like this ?

    Nick
    Nick,
    Look at a frost tooth. It would do what you are looking to do.

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    Default Re: Root ripper ?

    Nick I'm not sure how big your BH is, but every now and then they have used frost rippers on Ebay. The last one I saw went for about $175.00. I believe it weighed around 150lbs. I'm guessing too big for you but you can watch.

    Also I have posted plans of what I'm having made here on TBN. The shank will be made from 1" plate and around 20" long with a curved edge. I'm also having a bucket tooth attached to the end. I took my bucket to the welder so he could duplicate the hookup to the backhoe.

    Wedge
    1967 Ford 4000,Mahindra 4530 with FEL and BH, Box blade, straight blade, FEL, Rake, Bushhog, Backhoe, Jinma chipper, KKII tiller, Grapple. Mahindra 4530, with FEL and Backhoe.

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