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  1. #21

    Join Date
    Jul 2001
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    81
    Location
    Middlebury, IN, USA
    Tractor
    Kubota BX2200

    Default Re: Why A FEL?

    Harv, what are you using to help in the weed pulling? It looks like I might be doing it the hard way.

    I loop a length of chain around the trunk and clip it to the grab hooks on my bucket, then lift while moving forward. Are you using forks set close together?

    Tom


  2. #22

    Join Date
    Aug 2000
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    California - S.F. East Bay & Sierra foothills
    Tractor
    Kubota L2500DT Standard Transmission

    Default Re: Why A FEL?

    <font color=blue>Are you using forks set close together?</font color=blue>

    Yep. Forks plus chain wrapped all around. That pict came very early on in my tractor experience, and the associated episode resulted in the original Stupid Tractor Tricks thread. [img]/w3tcompact/icons/crazy.gif[/img]

    Although I have used the fork/chain technique successfully a few times now, I'm not sure I would call it a great way to remove saplings. There have been other threads discussing better methods, some of which require implements I can't afford right now. I keep telling myself that the 3pt (and a suitable attachment) would provide better lift at a better angle, but when I only have one or two to do, I'm too lazy or in too much of a hurry to remove my boxblade and figure it out. [img]/w3tcompact/icons/tongue.gif[/img]


  3. #23

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    Middlebury, IN, USA
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    Kubota BX2200

    Default Re: Why A FEL?

    <font color=blue>Although I have used the fork/chain technique successfully a few times now, I'm not sure I would call it a great way to remove saplings.</font color=blue>

    Well, to steal a common expression, if all you've got is a hammer, the whole world looks like a nail.[img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]

    Unlike the member whith the armstrong equipment, I have to turn some of this over to my Mexican co-worker, Manuel Labor. I'd rather use the FEL and some chain than the 3-inch mattock. I did try this on a 4 1/2 inch stump about three feet tall this week. Didn't lift the back end, but the front started to go down. I looked down and saw the front tires flattening out and decided that Manuel's gonna have to do the larger ones.[img]/w3tcompact/icons/frown.gif[/img]

    Tom




  4. #24
    Veteran Member
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    Oct 2001
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    Location
    South Carolina
    Tractor
    Kubota B7500

    Default Re: Why A FEL?

    I had to read that twice....Manual Labor!!! Made me laugh out loud!!

    Jeff


  5. #25
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    Location
    Western New York
    Tractor
    Kubota B2710

    Default Re: Why A FEL?

    Harv, You missed one, Its sure beats draging your deer in the fall!


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  6. #26
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    Dec 2000
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    Location
    Southern VT, Southern ME
    Tractor
    John Deere 4100 HST /410 FEL, R4s

    Default Re: Why A FEL?

    Sure makes it easy to move the ol' wood chipper around the yard. [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]

    DFB

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  7. #27
    Gold Member
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    Apr 2000
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    444
    Location
    Central Arkansas
    Tractor
    Kubota /L2650/ LA450/B4690 -- John Deere 450 Dozer

    Default Re: Why A FEL?

    Harv, the little 3pt tree puller I had made works great on up to 3 inch saplings. For now while clearing field edges and old fence lines...run the dozer taking out the big stuff, then the tree puller taking out the 1-2inch saplings, brush hog, then the disc and leveler. Getting to run the tractor two or three times over the same ground gives plenty of seat time, and gives a great looking job.


  8. #28

    Join Date
    Aug 2000
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    California - S.F. East Bay & Sierra foothills
    Tractor
    Kubota L2500DT Standard Transmission

    Default Re: Why A FEL?

    Von -
    Good example. Guess it all depends on your hobbies, though -- the deer on my property just keep on walking. [img]/w3tcompact/icons/wink.gif[/img]

    DFB -
    Since it's so easy to move that fine-looking chipper, maybe I could persuade you to move it on over to my place for a while. [img]/w3tcompact/icons/laugh.gif[/img] Vermont isn't that far from Californy, is it? [img]/w3tcompact/icons/crazy.gif[/img]

    BTW -- did you pay extra to have it match the color of your tractor so perfectly?


  9. #29
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    Location
    Monkton, Vermont
    Tractor
    NH TC33D Modified with belly pan, limb risers & FOPS for work in the woods

    Default Re: Why A FEL?

    Jag -

    Got a picture of that 3 Pt tree puller? I'm clearing some trails (some of which were logging roads at one point) through a wooded area. There are a bunch of sections that are overgrown with lots of 1"-2" saplings. I've been brush hogging them, then trying to yank out the stubs with the box blade... sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. There has to be an easier way.


  10. #30

    Join Date
    Oct 2000
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    South-Eastern Michigan
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    Kubota 3010HST

    Default Re: Why A FEL?

    It makes it handy to carry unusable apples out to the deer pile[img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img].

    Paul

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