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    Default Rotary mower operation

    Rather then hijack another thread I have a question about the rotary cutter finish work. Does it cut the alders off very close to the ground or leave then just high enough to punch holes on the tires next time through? Will also be using an ATV on the same area.

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    Default Re: Rotary mower operation

    Quote Originally Posted by rasorbackq View Post
    Rather then hijack another thread I have a question about the rotary cutter finish work. Does it cut the alders off very close to the ground or leave then just high enough to punch holes on the tires next time through? Will also be using an ATV on the same area.


    The way the rotary cutters are designed you will have lot of short shattered stumps if all you have is alder to deal with. I would not want to use an ATV until you can wander through there with at least a York rake before you get in there with an ATV or RTV.

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    Default Re: Rotary mower operation

    I see a york rake to be used to move all the downed limbs. I am not worried about these but the tree bottoms that are left in the ground . Will they go through a tractor tire.

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    Default Re: Rotary mower operation

    If done properly, it should look like this: Bush Hogging / Cutting Down A Tree - YouTube or this: Bush Hogging a Tree - YouTube and it shouldnt pop an ATV or tractor tire.
    Your bushhod blades should not be ground to a sharp edge like a knife or a finish mower blade. They should have a 1/16-1/8" flat edge so that they shatter the trees and leave the stump as a bundle small (~1/4" diameter) pieces sticking up. That way they will just bend when run over rather than poking a hole in a tire.

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    Default Re: Rotary mower operation

    Thanks Aaron Z Make more sense now.

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    Default Re: Rotary mower operation

    Quote Originally Posted by rasorbackq View Post
    I see a york rake to be used to move all the downed limbs.
    I am not worried about these but the tree bottoms that
    are left in the ground . Will they go through a tractor tire.


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    Yes they will go through a tire.

    Just to clarify about York Rakes you can simply let them drag in the float
    position and they will collect so much material that your tractor will not
    be able to maintain traction SO you can use them to help break up the
    sapling stumps.

    A five foot york rake will weight a considerable amount and they will do a lot
    of digging by simply being dragged in the float postition.

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    Default Re: Rotary mower operation

    So if they will or may go through a tractor tire how are they any good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rasorbackq View Post
    So if they will or may go through a tractor tire how are they any good?
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    The heavier the york rake the better to pull out the debris.

    It would be more cost effective for you to have a logger come in with forestry
    mower and level the place and then use the York Rake to clean up.

    The more you rip out of the ground by dragging with the York Rake
    after the forestry mower levels the place with a flail head the
    less material you leave on the surface.

    As I said the better one time solution MAY be to rent a small dozer
    with a six way blade and be done with it the first time.



    Unless your willing to try to rip out every absolutely every tree with a
    brush grubber which will require huge amounts of traction you will be
    doing it for months anyway. even then you will have roots sticking out of the
    ground and roots coming up after a frost.

    Been there done that with family member that insisted on being his own
    logger rather than having a logger come in and clearcut.


    I am not putting my hand on your walle, I am only relating real world experience to you.

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    Maybe you just saved my some money...............

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