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    Default skid Steer mount brush cutter

    I am looking for a brush cutter that I can mount on the front loader in a skid steer mount. I want to use this for rough terrain mowing, and cutting berry vines that grow along our road. My question is:

    Is this the right equipment to cut the berry vine which grow about 8 feet tall?

    Can you tilt the unit at a 45 degree angle to mow into the wall of berries?

    thanks

    Jerry

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    Default Re: skid Steer mount brush cutter

    Skid steer brush cutters are available.
    For your loader mount, how would you get power to it? About have to go with hydraulic motor and will need a lot of GPM and horsepower behind it.

    Need more about what you are thinking. But yes, the Bobcat brush hogs are pretty flexible.

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    Default Re: skid Steer mount brush cutter

    +1 on what beenthere said. These are not low power implements, you need hi pressure and 15+ gpm flow and a unit than can supply those flows full time. That usually means something like a 10+ gallon hydraulic tank so that the fluid has a chance to cool. Many tractor hydraulic systems are designed for just moving pistons back and forth, not as main power units.

    I have a ss brush cutter, mounted on a JD 325 skid steer. It works well, it works as you mention about cutting in at an angle. But the movement process (sideways) is slow. You also do not really want to be lifting it high up unless you are in a protected environment since things go flying and bouncing.

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    Default Re: skid Steer mount brush cutter

    How about something like this.

    Power-Trac has some brush cutters that run off 8 GPM.

    On the last pic, the top slides to expose the blades as much as you want.
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    Default Re: skid Steer mount brush cutter

    I should have indicated the tractor. It is a kubota L48 so it should have enough flow as per the manual, but cooling time for the oil may be an issue. That last unit mentioned sounds interesting. It could be used on bushes.

    ?? any more ideas.

    Jerry

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    Default Re: skid Steer mount brush cutter

    Quote Originally Posted by jchealey View Post
    I should have indicated the tractor. It is a kubota L48 so it should have enough flow as per the manual, but cooling time for the oil may be an issue. That last unit mentioned sounds interesting. It could be used on bushes.

    ?? any more ideas.

    Jerry
    The total hydraulic flow for the L48 is 25.9 gpm. Assuming the power steering takes 7-8 gpm, that would leave you about 18-19 gpm for attachment. That will roughly be about the equivalent of 20 pto hp or less. My Toolcat has near 27 gpm for hydraulic flow and the rear hydraulic pto is rated at 25 hp at 3000 psi. A 20-25 hp mechanical pto driven CUT has much more noticeable power that a 20-25 hp hydraulically drive pto. Why? Because the pto of a tractor will actually increase in hp and torque as a load is applied because the engine hp/torque curve is greater as rpm decreases. A hydraulic driven motor is max hp and torque at max flow and psi. Apply a heavier load to hydraulic motor, and the power decrease to the attachment is very noticeable. Depending on conditions, you may not like a hydraulic driven, FEL mounted mower.

    I will always choose my CUT with its mechanical pto over using the TC for mowing or tilling in tough conditions.

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