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Old 02-06-2006, 11:23 AM
Hummer Hummer is offline
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Fecon Bull Hog or Loftness Carbide Cutter?

Of the two, which one would you choose for use on an ASV RC-100? Why? Why not?

From what I've seen on the internet, the Fecon Bull Hog seems to be the more common choice. Maybe it's due to the Loftness Carbide Cutter being realtively new to the market?

What about the Loftness Timber Ax? It doesn't use carbide cutting tools, but uses steel blades that you have to resharpen periodically and from what I've gathered, produces a smaller sized mulch compared to the carbide cutters. It also seems to be better suited for cutting grass versus the carbide cutters which are more suited to brush and trees.

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Old 02-06-2006, 02:26 PM
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I would say that you must demo each under your 'normal???' conditions

I heard the Ax works better in small brush and vines

unfortunately they are quite different machines, but @ $20k one cannot afford one of each!!!

I am impressed with the 'finished' product of 'timber-ax' (fully mulched, no limb chunks) but... it doesn't smooth / prepare soil for replant, tho Mulching (fecon) is minimal ground prep

problems...

Timber -x - more maint. doesn't do well hitting rocks or metal (fence posts, wire, cars, tractors, machinery, wash machines...junked bobcats stuck in brambles...)

Mulcher, leaves chunks, branches, results vary with soil / vegatation conditions, and I think takes lots of power, and leaves dirt ridges/ trenches

I can probably get you in touch with a guy who has used both, currently very happy with 'Ax (in OR) (or an aggressive dealer who sells both) BUT>>> we have 'soft, spongy, mossy woods on the 'west' side', not 'hard as nails' hardwoods, like you might have

but... do the demo (several hrs w/each, on different sites (bottom ground, hilly /rocky forest)
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Old 02-06-2006, 03:44 PM
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janb pretty much hit the nail, on the head. You are just gonna have to demo them all if possible. I personaly am leaning more towards Loftness. Its just my personal preference as Fecon has been in this game a long time so you know they are doing something right. I plan to demo both the Timber Ax and Carbide Cutter from Loftness. Unless I am just ultra impressed with the Timber Ax, I beleive Carbide it will be for me. But what might be good for central NC may not be good for Missouri...
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Old 02-07-2006, 08:23 AM
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stroker,
have you checked into the toma-ax. i was looking at one of their adds and it seems interesting. you can find it at www.gyrotrac.com/skidsteer , they have a low flow and high flow model. their site says the high flow model is capable of up to 12" trees. gonna get a bit more info from them.
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Old 09-23-2006, 10:36 AM
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try FAE the #1 head world wide, the most copied head in the world, but i have never found a head that worked for less.
warrenty 12 mths most others are only 6. that says a lot to me.
Cat tested them all for over a year and came up with FAE as the best head for Cat units and the only head Cat oked for use
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Old 09-23-2006, 03:47 PM
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I have Bradco Magnum head demo on Deere CT332 Tuesday. Several dealers and customers from the southeast are coming in for the demo. I will let you know how it goes.
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Old 09-23-2006, 09:44 PM
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you should have other brands at the demo and run them on the same CT332
dont fall for the 2 sided cutter LOL they are a joke
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