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Old 10-06-2012, 03:11 PM
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Job for skidsteer/mtl w/ mulcher head??

I was asked by a customer of mine to go look at clearing underbrush off 4x lots in a new development. He owns one and his two friends own the others. He is also best friends with the developer who owns the whole community. My guy wants to clear all debris and undergrowth now so we can keep it managed untill he builds. Instead of just cutting/clearing and hauling away the debris(ive got tractor w/ fel, skidsteer w/ grapple, 23yd dump trailer). The lots are all approx 100' x 175'. Ive been wanting to rent a big skid w/ mulcher to demo. I really think it would be the best option to cleanup up the lots and could really score me alot of work with the developer if he likes it. Whats yall opinion?
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:13 PM
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I think the size of those downed trees, assuming they are not rotted, would be a little beyond what a skid steer mulcher can do effectively. It does not look like there is a lot of underbrush. You could use a mulcher but you will need to spend a lot of time with the head in the ground picking up the downed timber. I think if it was my job, I would pull out the large timber (anything over 6" in diameter) with an excavator, and mulch what was left.
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:00 PM
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A chainsaw and grapple bucket will go a long way with an area this small. If you can demo one for free then go for it man. They are a lot of fun
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:41 AM
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They're 4 grand for a rental here.

Are you trying to clear the lot or just over growth?
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:44 AM
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They're 4 grand for a rental here.

Are you trying to clear the lot or just over growth?
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wow thats pricey!!

my buddy owns a heavy equipment repair/rental company. i can get a T300 w/ enclosed cab and timberwolf mulcher head for $500/day
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I would run through there with the skid and grapple and rent a mower attachment for your skid. Doesnt look heavy enough to warrant a mulcher. Unless they want to demo it for free. Then beat the hell out of the demo unit
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:50 AM
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I would run through there with the skid and grapple and rent a mower attachment for your skid.
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That was the original plan of attack i came up with. I really want a mower for my skidsteer. I land these and it would give me a good excuse to buy one.
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:51 AM
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That was the original plan of attack i came up with. I really want a mower for my skidsteer. I land these and it would give me a good excuse to buy one.
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Plan on getting a cab on your skid steer if ya dont have one. I used a mulcher with an open cab and it was loaded before the day was done.
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Plan on getting a cab on your skid steer if ya dont have one. I used a mulcher with an open cab and it was loaded before the day was done.

Running a mulcher without a lexan door is insane unless your wearing kevlar body armour.
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:02 PM
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Before we get to the discussion at hand on how to do the project, I want to reinforce what KSSS said about how insane you have to be to mulch or mow with an open cab machine to those out there who feel that you can get away without the proper protection. I've taken whacks to my cab door with both my mulcher and brush mower with large pieces of debris that made my ears ring for several minutes. If I didn't have that door, I wouldn't be here right now as I'd have a hole in my chest that you could pass a football through. Even with a Kevlar vest, I'd still be in serious shape due to all the broken bones I would have in my body from taking a piece of debris shot off my mower or mulcher to my body.

Jacob, in terms of your project, I don't think you'd necessarily need a skidsteer mulcher for those lots. With anything less than a Supertrak machine or prime-mover mounted mulcher, those logs will be hard to tackle if they are not thoroughly rotten. Like others have suggested, take your grapple through there and clean out all the big wood. Once that is done, I don't see anything in there that wouldn't be able to be handled by a mower on a skid in a few short hours.

Any questions- feel free to shoot 'em my way.

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