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    Anyone ever tried the root gruber from Jones Manufacturing in Vernon TX or built something similar? I found this in the coop electric mag. I wonder how hard it would be on a 3pt hitch? It's a fairly simple contraption, I wish they had some video of it in action.

    http://www.dallasweb.com/jones/

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    Default Re: tree root grubber

    They call them root plows and are usually seen on a dozer. It takes a lot of power and traction to pull that through the dirt and roots.

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    Default Re: tree root grubber

    I've never seen one, but it looks like a tractor anchor more than anything else.

    How deep would it go and what type of soil?

    For a compact tractor, I'd get a 5 or 6 ft disk or sub soiler. I have the 5ft disk and it works good, just takes a hundred passes to get everything ground up nice and pretty.

    Eddie


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    Default Re: tree root grubber

    Their website indicates it will root 6-8". Knowing my soil, especially as dry as it's been, I'm thinking 1/4". But, it's amazing how much soil a wild pig can root and move though, even this dry. Maybe it would work. One good thing about this site is that it says 100% satisfaction guarantee, which is nice. How many times you see that on a tractor implement. However, it probably doesn't guarantee my tractor when it tears it apart, and I'm kinda concerned about that. Eddie, isn't Vernon, TX in your neck of the woods?

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    kossetx

    I have seen those same ads and wondered how well it would work for me. My land is all sandy land but my L3130 is not the most powerful tractor going. Have you contacted the mfg? Just wondering what costs were.

    Vernon

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    Vernon, Not cheap. The add states for the 18"er which is for a 20-40HP, 645.00 delivered.

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    I have a root plow, not that big, but it has a hydralic arm as a top link so I can push it out at a different angle and bring it in so I can get right behind the root and pull. I mount it to my JD4630 (155hp). Works best when the soil is fairly damp like after a couple inches of rain. Of course, around here in Tx, we need about 12 inches of rain just to bring us to even. But all in all, it works great for mesquite roots and anything under, say 3 inches. That plow is a lot bigger than the one I have so with a tractor like mine, you should be able to yank up some pretty good stumps. I wouldn't think of pulling up big stuff with anything under 50 hp.

    Dick

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    Default Re: tree root grubber

    I called the manufacturer and they sent me some literature. They have a side or slanted version which may work best in East Texas.

    Did you buy one of these? Several models and prices up to $1,350. Would like to hear from you.

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    Mark - Vernon Tx is west of Wichita Falls on hwy 287 just south of Altus Okla ... it's altogether a dreary place -- I lived at Altus for 18 months once upon a time .....
    Mike


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    Default Re: tree root grubber

    I have had a Jones Machine Shop grubber for about 2 years. It is the middle size of the 3 they offer. I use it on a kubota 3830 (4wheel drive with a shuttle transmission) It works great, but be sure to read the suggestions that come with it. It is best with a weight, I chained a RR tie to it. You can also reverse the blade and push backwards for trees you can't drive over. It is great for maintenance after you clear the Mosquites with a dozer. It certianly won't clear large old Mosquites when used on a little tractor like mine. I know people who tried to make make one but they never seem to get the angles right etc., and are disappointed. This is one of the few pieces of equipment that I haven't been able to tear up!

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