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    Re: wtb stump grinder

    Look online for a stump screw. At only 29 hp, I think you will have trouble finding a grinder which is high speed and high torque. Stump screws are slow speed, high torque. How big are the stumps?
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    Re: ASV RC-100 Rough Idle and Smoking

    My chipper's cummins smoked like that on cold days but it didn't die. Poor fuel in my Bobcat caused similar issues. Can you smell fuel in the engine compartment?

    I would be checking my fuel...
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    Re: F series Engine RPM's

    Update:

    Dealer didn't find anything. Everything spec'd out and flow meter showed it was on the mark as well as having a belt adjusted correctly. Still doesn't sound right and I can feel it...
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    Re: Lot Clearning - DIY or Pro ?

    It isn't always fun. A suggestion, always wear the seatbelt and watch out for widow makers and large trees that can snap or fall the wrong way. A helper needs to be a tree length plus out of the...
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    Re: FTX/C 140 PLANETRY HUBS

    How many hours did you have on them? You do all of your own repairs?
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    Re: Advice Needed

    I would get that tamarix out of there and it will help the riparian features. The cedars can be thinned out via a tree shear. Cottonwoods, though messy, are just a part of riparian areas but can be...
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    Re: F series Engine RPM's

    I only have about 225 hours or so on it. Could it be loose already? Thanks for the advice. Will check on it.
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    Re: Advice Needed

    400 acres is a lot of land to work on. I envy you. Keep the tractor, buy attachments.

    I'm in TX as well with just over 100 acres. I started with a jd 450 crawler loader and a 4x4 35 hp jd tractor...
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    Re: F series Engine RPM's

    I tried it out today. It's the hydrostatic pump making the noise. The rpms do go up and down quickly while under load.. not sure if that's normal. I've owned 12 or 13 Bobcat machines with the Kubota...
  10. Re: Cleaning up 5 acres after logging in east Texas

    The stump grinders are a little rare. You might have better luck with Cat rentals or talk to Vermeer about a rental. The bigger Vermeer self propelled and tow behinds are powerful.
  11. Re: In search of contractor for Brush mulching

    I second that. Around here there are quite a few contractors and I've seen rates for as low as $100/hr (looks like crap and they never seem to finish the job) to rates near $200/hr. I'm at the upper...
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    Re: F series Engine RPM's

    Well, had to take it to work yesterday and it's still doing it. Only when I press the accelerator about halfway or when it's under load. No noticeable power loss but the RPMs jump up and down and you...
  13. Re: Cleaning up 5 acres after logging in east Texas

    You could grind those stumps pretty quick. Maybe rent a Bobcat with a stump grinder. I could do 100 in a few days if you just had to get them below grade. Might even go faster. Getting to them...
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    Re: F series Engine RPM's

    Don't say that. Warranty just expired!
    I have actually been kicking around the idea of selling my Toolcat. I've had one since '07 but around the ranch, I mostly use it for mowing, loading...
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    Re: F series Engine RPM's

    I think that worked. It was turned to the on position. I will know more when I get a chance to work it but a quick up and down my hills seemed to feel different. Thanks for the reminder. I had...
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    Re: F series Engine RPM's

    I will give that a try!!!
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    F series Engine RPM's

    My F series Toolcat has about 250 hours +/-. About three months ago I noticed that the RPMs dance all over the place at low to mid rpms when the machine is in gear and moving forward. It's not at...
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    Re: excavator tree saw

    i looked into these awhile back:

    Timberline TB-1000-EX Rotating Tree Shear Attachment for Excavator | Skid Steer Solutions
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    Re: New FAE drum

    Did you have an FAE head before? From the pic, it's hard to tell if the drum design is different or tooth setup is different but the tooth holders are very different. The old style works well and...
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    Re: New FAE drum - with pictures

    Just noticed "new drum" mentioned in your post.
    What type of drum is that? Haven't seen it before.
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    Re: New FAE drum

    that's an impressive rate of wear-down. I'm running cobras in rock/dirt and seeing okay life even with some dings/chunks missing. I tried the cobra carbides and got from an hour to 8 hours before...
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    Re: best walk behind brush mower

    Back in the early 90's we used DR brush mowers to clear heavy weeds and small saplings in tight areas. Worked great though it was hard work.
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    Re: The reality of aluminum body panels.

    I wonder if insurance will just go up across the board as more and more hard-to-fix vehicles enter the market. Personally, I like the idea of a lighter truck but don't relish the idea of higher...
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    Re: Clearing overgrown forest

    We grind a lot of stumps as well and don't get regrowth. Stumps need energy (food) stored up to regenerate. If the stump is obliterated, it loses it's nutrition and usually doesn't have the ability...
  25. Re: V417 Versahandler Quit Running. Look what came out of the primer.

    Looking at your pic up close, I don't see a fuel filter on your transfer tank. If you don't have one, I recommend you get one ASAP. Older diesel in the tank can separate, grow organisms, etc. Napa...
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    Re: 600' trench DIY?

    6k? Are you trenching through granite? Even in hard Texas caliche, if you wanted to go 42", you could get that done in a day with a 6' x 48" trencher. If you are in dirt, figure on a half day. I...
  27. Thread: chipper

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    Re: chipper

    If you have the bobcat chipper, it is made by bearcat. Knowing what I know now, i would have saved 3 or 4k and bought the Bearcat. I hate that I have to shut the chipper off and start the Toolcat to...
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    Re: Clearing overgrown forest

    Welcome to the forums.
    I've got my own 100 acre wood with arroyos, cliffs, and a lot of cedar and oak trees. Even with my own equipment (mulcher, shear, chipper, mini ex, etc.), I find that...
  29. Re: Fecon samurai and Dennis cimaf knives

    i use and like FAE Cobra teeth. They are about $35 per replacement double-sided tooth.
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    Re: Fecon RTF 230

    No offense but the testing should be done in Central/South Texas, on cedar, in the summer. That will show you the strengths/weaknesses of a machine. If it can mulch in the thick cedars and rock...
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    Re: bobcat s250 acs code32-39

    keep your hands off them when you start the machine. If one is not sitting in neutral, you will throw a code. Could be a bad controller.. maybe Doxie will weigh in on this.
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    Re: Worst stuck pics

    I don't have any pics of my stucks.. but I've been close to your first pic. Mud up to the door on a skid with OTT tracks. I'm glad you got it out and you didn't get hurt. Machine okay? Getting mud...
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    Re: Clearing 4 acres in North Carolina

    I don't recommend that. Accident waiting to happen if cable snaps or anchor tree gives. The whipping action alone could bring down a widow maker on you.
  34. Re: Clearing 20 acres on top of small mountain/high hill

    With your last comment about planting, I'd go with the highest horsepower you can afford and get a machine with a head that will till the material into the soil as best as possible. It will make...
  35. Re: Clearing 20 acres on top of small mountain/high hill

    The drawback with a mulching head is the depth. I'd try and find a big machine with a stump grinder for the stumps. Are the tops and trunks mulched or grinded?
  36. Re: Clearing 20 acres on top of small mountain/high hill

    That looks like it's going to be horizontal or tub grinder work and a big stump grinder/mulcher after they finish to get the stumps down. It would take a really big mulcher to tear up 45" trunks and...
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    Re: trailer loading fail

    Wow, that hurt bad to watch. Why not GO SLOWER and position ramps better?
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    Re: Rayco C140 issue

    I am glad you found the problem. Now get back to work!!!
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    Re: Mulching Contractor in Louisiana

    If you find someone you like, make sure you post about it.
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    Re: Rayco C140 issue

    Did you wash that machine or could water have gotten into the connectors? We had a similar problem with a Bobcat years ago. Whenever it would rain, we would get a fault and on another machine the...
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    Re: Mulching Contractor in Louisiana

    There must be someone local. I found this on a quick Yahoo search. Louisiana Mulching Service, Louisiana Hydro Ax Mulching Service, New Orleans Louisiana, Baton Rouge Louisiana, Shreveport Louisiana,...
  42. Re: Advice for a Newbie Clearing 120 Acres of Cutover

    Burning is becoming more and more taboo in many areas. I agree that it is sometimes the best option even though I offer "no-burn" solutions for most jobs. Even in rural parts of Texas, neighbors can...
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    Re: Fecon RTF 230

    Tony.. my wife says you are only as old as you feel. I'm only 45 and some days I feel 25 and others I feel a lot older! The smell of new equipment and the piece of mind of a warranty makes me wish...
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    Re: Mulching Contractor in Louisiana

    I had a friend around Shreveport that had trouble finding a mulching contractor. He finally found one but I don't think he'd come out for 2 acres.
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    Re: skidsteer vs. mulcher for mulching?

    I'd like to add that you would be pushing mid 70's for a state of the art skid and mid 80's for a loaded out CTL to run a mulcher.
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    Re: Ordered up cem 36 today

    Good luck!! Let us know how the DCR rotor does.
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    Re: Fecon RTF 230

    I heard it was north of $400
  48. Re: PT100G and T870 Forestry reviews/opinions

    Landshark,

    I had the same thing happen in my s750. While the motor was out to replace the fuel tank, I had them install a welder's style blanket. It gives the hot embers something to smolder on...
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    Re: Fecon RTF 230

    I too saw that machine and it really got me thinking. I turn down a lot of large mulching jobs because I have a small machine.
    If I have the opportunity to get on a bigger project, I might look...
  50. Re: Keeping perfect edge on mulcher knives

    Interesting. I've been recycling my used blades into the metal bin. I was concerned that as they wore down, my material would get stringy or chunky. I too run 10 blades in the middle of my mostly...
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    Re: Fecon RTF 230

    I like the idea of the mid mount engine and wrap around visibility. The all wheel steer is probably nice ( I use it on a Bobcat toolcat) but I really like the compact size versus power. At only 18k...
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    Re: skidsteer vs. mulcher for mulching?

    Does the extra weight of the CTL over the rubber tire version of these machines rob horsepower from other applications. In other words, does moving the weight of the CTL over the skidsteer affect...
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    Re: Farmboy HD

    I think for adding counterweight, even if you don't have an implement on the back, that attachment looks nifty. I've seen it before and thought it would work well with a box blade. I had a pto...
  54. Re: Knowing what u know now, what woulda changed?

    If your business has grown to where you need a mulcher, if it is affordable, I'd trade that 650 or sell it and get a 770 or cat 299 and run a 2 speed FAE or Fecon head if you have rocks down there. ...
  55. Re: Knowing what u know now, what woulda changed?

    Bobcat dealer no good? For the brush you have down there, a Bobcat/Fecon or CAT/FAE head would eat it up. You run wheeled or CTL?

    Do you have a Fecon or CAT dealer?
  56. Re: Knowing what u know now, what woulda changed?

    I used Brushcats and a Davco when I needed a rotary. They are different animals. The new style brushcat, at 1900 lbs, is not going to fall apart and will do 3-4 inches no problem. The Davco didn't...
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    Re: Solid Backhoe for $35K possible?

    that is a nice looking machine. It looks like it's in great shape.. You could always add A/C aftermarket later.
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    Re: Any Ideas??????

    glad to hear it.. it may end up being intermittent. That's not fun to chase.
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    Re: Goal reached !!!!

    Okay, you have to post pics of shiny new equipment
  60. Re: Advice on clearing two acres (video inside)

    Maybe this doesn't apply to your situation but for others..
    That's the problem. If he's just sitting there.. no insurance, no nothing, why would you want to hire someone like that? I'm not saying...
  61. Re: Advice on clearing two acres (video inside)

    But hire a legitimate business with insurance, etc. Too many fly-by-night guys who are cheaper because they don't have to pay sales tax, texas workforce commission, etc. To me, they are cheating...
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    Re: Goal reached !!!!

    I'm glad you are back in business. Did it really take a month and a half to get the insurance to pony up? What did you do for work/income while the mulcher was out of service?
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    Re: Any Ideas??????

    Do you have a computer that overrides idle or rpms? Could your low and high speed sensor be stuck and the machine thinks it is between speeds? Does it do the same thing in reverse?
    I have no...
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    Re: Operator salary?

    I stay small because of exactly what you are going through. I can't replace me or my attention to detail easily though I'm sure I could find a better sales person. I have tried finding qualified...
  65. Re: Knowing what u know now, what woulda changed?

    There are a lot of guys doing this type of work. The quality of work ranges from poor to excellent and a lot in between. Machines range from big to little and I'm hearing that some regions don't have...
  66. Re: Knowing what u know now, what woulda changed?

    Check out a guy named Jon Acuff. He has a book called "start".
    Dave Ramsey has some great books on sale for $10 bucks this week on his website that deal with "making the jump". Here's my .02. ...
  67. Re: Advice on clearing two acres (video inside)

    I still can't believe a dealer will rent a skid steer mulcher especially to people who may not have ever operated one. I was looking at rental machines while waiting on one of my machines and they...
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    Re: Getting parts for my Bobcat

    You can probably get filters and the like from Napa. The newer cartridge style filters will start to show up after-market soon but you will probably be paying dealer or close to dealer prices for...
  69. Re: Knowing what u know now, what woulda changed?

    Happy Birthday OZ! I always enjoy your posts and learn a lot. I didn't get into the equipment thing (started with a simple 8n tractor) until I was about 24 years old. I'm 45 now and have done...
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    Re: Toolcat for our company

    looks like new! They are great machines. They can be tough to repair due to all the wires and hoses but the two I've owned have been reliable so far and come in handy.
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    Re: Prowler Tracks?

    1500 hours pretty good right?
  72. Thread: FECON DCR

    by yellowdogsvc
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    Re: FECON DCR

    Running a skid steer and mulcher in S. Texas in the summer means that if I don't keep the radiator clean, it will get hot. I haven't had any problems but I get calls and emails from other guys who...
  73. Thread: FECON DCR

    by yellowdogsvc
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    Re: FECON DCR

    you beat me to the punch. Not apples to apples at all
  74. Thread: FECON DCR

    by yellowdogsvc
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    Re: FECON DCR

    A hydraulic head will reverse and I have done it to back wire off. Not fun and hitting a choker cable would really make it a bad day!

    Conroe is dirt. Some of the meanest, ugliest, and roughest...
  75. Thread: FECON DCR

    by yellowdogsvc
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    Re: FECON DCR

    Texas is a big place. What part of Texas? In my area, tooth wear is a big issue (TX Hill Country) with limestone and flint rock and rock hard dead oaks.
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    Re: Goal reached !!!!

    I am sorry to hear that. I've been there but didn't have a total loss. Hope it is resolved with new machine.
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    Re: 2011 5600 toolcat value?

    What other options? AC? attachments?
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    Re: Goal reached !!!!

    Congrats. Owning your own little piece of dirt is the best thing in the world. I find that I spend about 1/4 of my operating hours on my own place working for free whether it's mulching trees and...
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    Re: Toolcat for our company

    Welcome to the forums.

    I think you are stuck with the ride on the C series. If I'm not mistaken (I had a B series), the cab is isolated from the frame by springs and it will get rocking. The...
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    Re: Need Help BAD!

    It does take some time. Talk to the guys at the repair shop and rental houses that may not rent a big stump grinder. Take them some business and ask that they give your name out. Put your name up at...
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    Re: Komatsu/Fecon 8 ton Excavator Mulcher

    interesting thread. We can always use more power but you were able to work with what you got.
    I wonder how something like a disc mulcher would work for that type of brush?
  82. Re: My marketing plan for Mulching/Underbrush mowing

    So the HDT is old technology or not as good as smooth drum? Here I've been wondering if I'm missing something running a smooth drum FAE (remember I'm in rocky areas) with a few chipper blades the...
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    Re: Stihl ms261 problem

    I bought a husky 372xp. Good saw. Ran for awhile then it wouldn't shut off. Somehow the ignition wire got shredded (copper) and there was no way to disconnect it. I fixed it in about 10 minutes and...
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    Re: New Tree Trimming Implement

    Cool for certain applications.
    Do you have oak wilt in your area? If so, be careful using those types of attachments. While fast, it's virtually a beacon to infections that can decimate your lease's...
  85. Thread: FECON DCR

    by yellowdogsvc
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    Re: FECON DCR

    impressive and very nice work pics too.

    What's the specs on that 299d? Is the Fecon a variable torque head?

    I'm in the same boat as TonyOz. Rock just about everywhere. Started running knives...
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    Re: THE highest HP mulcher currently running

    So I should forget saving up for an Iron Wolf? :)
    I don't think I could afford the diesel on that beast.
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    Re: Newbie Looking for Land Clearing Advice

    Sage advice..
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    Re: Newbie Looking for Land Clearing Advice

    I missed this thread's updates somehow.

    I try and work 45-50 miles from home base but that's A LOT of land where I am in Texas. A 100 acre ranch can keep me busy for months off and on if they...
  89. Re: Just bought a 5600 F need some advice on attachents

    I have had good luck on Craigslist but you have to weed out the idiots, loser, liars, cheats, and scammers. :)
  90. Re: loader or dozer as a second farm machine?

    What part of Texas are you in? I'm Northwest of San Antonio. I'm definitely not the most experienced dozer guy anymore but nobody else responded.

    My experience; A heavy loader will have trouble...
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    Re: diy stump grinder

    If you could get an extension on the mounting plate, it might help get into tighter places. I like it.

    Wonder how hard it would be to set up a telescoping head like CAT has?
  92. Re: Anyone start out with a Bobcat PowerLease??

    And an M series is completely different machine and certainly worth an extra $5k. It's quieter, stronger, and the M series debris kit, while fabric, will keep the machine's compartments cleaner. I...
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    Re: Newbie Looking for Land Clearing Advice

    If you have the energy, there is work out there. I'm not blessed with tons of energy nor do I like to drive long distances so I limit my home range a lot which limits my growth. That's a personal...
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    Re: Opinons wanted Cimaf vs Rotary Cutter

    I have mulched plenty of dead deer, hit a cat that had been recently buried (that was a mess with cat wrapped around my wheel). Owner had come out to tell me he forgot to tell me that he had buried...
  95. Re: Anyone start out with a Bobcat PowerLease??

    I was told the same thing about the teeth and with Fecon, you get choices of blades, stone or single hammers.

    I can't speak on the lease. We always buy and upgrade often though a lease sounds...
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    Re: Opinons wanted Cimaf vs Rotary Cutter

    I hit oil field drill stem occasionally. Find it in brush piles that the owners swear was "hand cut and stacked". Half the time the pile was pushed up and has concrete, rebar, and that pipe that's...
  97. Re: Thoughts on New Holland C238 w/ TimberAx head

    Hi Kajun,
    I've not heard anything positive about the timber ax. Someone demoed one here a few years back and called it a "boat" and said it was slow. I think Loftness did a redesign but not sure...
  98. Re: Hey guys, need a little estimating help

    thinking outside the box.
    Containers for anything not shredded are hard to compact as brush is "springy."

    For a job like the pictures, if it's all that low scrub, why not till up the ground...
  99. Re: Is the Gyro-Trac 500HF mulching head better than the Fecon Bull Hog?

    Wow, welcome. All the way from Russia.
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    Re: Opinons wanted Cimaf vs Rotary Cutter

    KW, I just pasted through I10 to the north of that area. What a difference from my neck of the woods. Saw a lot of ruts and standing water.
    I agree with the statement on the Davco. I ran one for...
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