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    Default Re: Removing thorn bushes - looking for suggestions

    I'd go with one of these.

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    Default Re: Removing thorn bushes - looking for suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by huffy2404 View Post
    Doesn't look like any TSC in my area carries the ratchet rake. I guess I may have to order it online and pay the shipping.
    Can't you go to TSC's web site and order it on-line for "free" delivery to your closest TSC?

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    Default Re: Removing thorn bushes - looking for suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Zinj View Post
    I'd go with one of these.

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    With the drought we are in in this part of the world I am sure that thing would do the job and then some!


    Quote Originally Posted by jeff9366 View Post
    Can't you go to TSC's web site and order it on-line for "free" delivery to your closest TSC?
    It doesn't appear that I can do anything other than check store availability on TSC web site.

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    Default Re: Removing thorn bushes - looking for suggestions

    Some items it allows you to order online; others it does not. Apparently the Rachet Rake is one of those items which must be ordered in the store. None of the stores in my area have one, so it would have to be ordered.

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    Default Re: Removing thorn bushes - looking for suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by T Dew View Post
    I've heard great things about the RR and the Piranha bar for such jobs, but I have yet to use either of them. I have, however, cleared lots of areas on my property that look similar to yours. I haven't yet found a method that is an acceptable level of work. I usually just end up doing more work than I thought I would/should have, cussing a lot, and promising to come up with a better method. To that end, I'll be following this thread with great interest.
    The Piranha works great and can also be used for light digging. I use one for blackberry bushes on a much smaller tractor....excellent tool. Good people to deal with as well. Good luck!
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    Default Re: Removing thorn bushes - looking for suggestions

    My Ratchet Rake arrived today, so if it's not raining after work I'll try to get some pictures of the before and after.

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    Default Re: Removing thorn bushes - looking for suggestions

    Avoid running over those thorns and ending up with flat tire(s). Look forward to the pictures.

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    Default Re: Removing thorn bushes - looking for suggestions

    Welcome, I feel your pain. Depends on if you have more time or more money which option is best.

    You can root plow with a BIG dozer, or you can spray and wait. I think what ever they are, the spray method for mesquite will probably work.

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    I like the looks of that ratchet rake.
    there are 2 kinds of oats. Oats in front of a horse, and oats behind the horse.

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    Default Re: Removing thorn bushes - looking for suggestions

    We have 300 acres of thorn trees that we bought and what works the best is to bush hog them with a hd mower and then take a roll bar hay rake, cut out a section, then rake into a windrow, then push up into a pile with your loader.make sure you don't get to much of a section because you'll clog your rake. Also, we've cleared about 80 acres and only a small tire leak.

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    Default Re: Removing thorn bushes - looking for suggestions

    perhaps black locust v honey locust:

    Black locust is the more common. They can get large (24 inch plus trunks) the bark is rather coarse, and the wood tends to be greenish yellow. It will turn amber when it ages. Trunks tend to have a lot of deep bark inclusions. Not much in the way of thorns, especially in larger trees. The wood also smells kind of bitter. Seed pods are a couple inches long with small seeds in them. Makes excellent split rail fences.

    For the Honey locust, there are 2 types. The wild version, common in the midwest has a lot of thorns in the 6 to almost 12 inch long size. There is a hybrid type (Moraine locust) that is grown ornamentally which is more common out west. The wild type seldom get very big, not much more than 10 inch diameter trunks. The Moraine can get up to 24 to 30 inch diameter trunks. The seed pods get big (1 inch wide and 8 or more inches long), and the seeds look kind of like milk duds. Bark is coarse, but more flat pieces rather than ridges like Black locust. Wood is brown to amber with distinct dark and light rings, and it smells kind of sweet when turned.

    Black locust makes great, super-durable fence posts and rails, and hot burning firewood

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