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    Default Tree Sheer on my John Deere

    I've had the M&M Hydra Snip for a while but couldn't use it without ballast. With the barrel ballast complete, I finally got a chance to use it.

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    The barrel was a good match for the shear. It controlled any bounce from injudicious FEL movement on all but the most rugged terrain. Without it, the rear tires came off the ground quite easily. I ran it for 4.5 hours. I'd considered another brand on reputation but they refused to build one for a tractor because they said there wasn't enough visibility. I've landed a supersonic aircraft from the back seat of which there really isn't a view of the runway ahead of you; big deal. As I lined up on a tree I had the sheer tilted back so I could ensure a maximum opening of the cutting tools and then lowered it as I maintained a track and leaned over the left side to level the tool and put it on the surface. It was easy to determine if the sheer had engaged the tree and if it hadn't I'd take the time to rake the branches off for a better view. Generally, cutting at the surface was easy to achieve.

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    Regarding, the performance of the shear - I was impressed. The cutting surfaces show no wear although the paint is gone. I don't know how you'd get paint to stay on steel with that much chromium in it. Another detractor I was warned about is the slower cycle rates that my John Deere would achieve compared to a skid steer. Having no reference, it's noticeable but not annoying. If you don't actuate any other components it's about 4-5 seconds. Maybe I'm patient but it didn't bother me. The sheer is supposed to be capable of cutting a 12" tree. This is true but it depends on the tree. Some of the oneseed red cedar that have the first branch coming out of the ground had to be smaller. If the tree your cutting has branches six inches or so from the ground then it'll have clearance for the assembly and might cut something even bigger.

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    In summary, I was very impressed with the M & M Tree Snip and would recommend it. It made quick work of a few areas I mauled. Next week I'll take out the Ranch Rake grapple and build some piles. Finally, I'm making progress on the weed tree.

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    Default Re: Tree Sheer on my John Deere

    Sounds like you had fun. Keep us posted on your progress.
    Don

    MF GC2400, FEL, 60in.MMM, 5ft. Cultivator, Single Bottom Plow, Bush Hog RTC48 tiller, MF 2360 front mount snowblower, 5ft backblade. BXpanded Piranha toothbar.

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    Default Re: Tree Sheer on my John Deere

    How bout some pics of the tree wacker wacking trees?

    A little shot of roundup on those fresh stumps from a squirt bottle might help to rot them out quicker
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    Default Re: Tree Sheer on my John Deere

    Red Cedars croak if you cut it below the lowest branch. I'll take video next time I'm out; this time I worked alone most of the time.

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    Default Re: Tree Sheer on my John Deere

    What prevents a tall tree from falling over the guard onto the tractor/operator?

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    Default Re: Tree Sheer on my John Deere

    Fair question and a concern I had but the mass of a cedar is low as is the foliage so they're bottom heavy. Still, you can cant in forward and load the tree with the brush guard. Though the cut won't be flat you can come back at it. Anyway, nothing even came close to coming back.

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    Default Re: Tree Sheer on my John Deere

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Hunter View Post
    Fair question and a concern I had but the mass of a cedar is low as is the foliage so they're bottom heavy. Still, you can cant in forward and load the tree with the brush guard. Though the cut won't be flat you can come back at it. Anyway, nothing even came close to coming back.
    Watch out for Junipers with two trunks!

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    The ROPS saved me, but I could not drive out from under it!

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    Default Re: Tree Sheer on my John Deere

    Lots of BIG photos of shear-induced devastation.

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    Not fare Dan, we need pictures of the business end of that chopper !
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    Default Re: Tree Sheer on my John Deere

    I'm helping my daughter move Saturday but hope to get out Sunday and will try to get some video.

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