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Old 08-22-2014, 07:07 PM
treemover treemover is offline
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Mulcher / brush cutter

We don't have a lot of trees here but got a little job possibly coming up. 6 acres or so of 3" and under saplings and undergrowth needs cleared out under big trees. I was thinking mulcher for my skid then realized I would have to rent a high flow machine to run it. Rent here is 25-3600 a week for mulcher and machine. Then one of my salesman said just use a brush hog for the front of my machine, it would handle 3" and under . Running 329d deeres. Any thoughts on brush hog way. Mulcher would be best but that's 3k out of pocket.
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Old 08-22-2014, 07:12 PM
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The brush hog will handle it just fine.. A mulcher will give you a finer product left on the ground, but both will do the job easily... I have done up to 5-6" trees with my brush hog.. just takes longer to do them... You can also go back in multiple directions to make the material smaller on the ground.
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Old 08-23-2014, 12:13 AM
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8iAuyYUomo

Here's the Bradco Extreme Duty Ground Shark, it would handle 3" material super easy, but it needs ~30gpm minimum, according to the specs. The regular/low flow Ground Shark is rated for up to 4" material and should be able to handle that easy enough. It only needs 15-25gpm and can be had for ~$6k. The Extreme duty is ~$11k.
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Old 08-23-2014, 09:03 AM
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It will work great. It can leave a nice finished product if used correctly.
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Old 08-23-2014, 06:40 PM
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Thanks for replies. I have never really look Into them, we a 16' batwing and 6' smaller bush hog, I was quite impressed at what the ones will do on a skid after watching some videos. Anybody have a brand preference, or ones to stay away from?
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Old 08-23-2014, 07:16 PM
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What are you running the mower on?
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Old 08-24-2014, 11:27 AM
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Deere 329d
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Old 08-24-2014, 11:38 AM
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Cid attachments extreme brush cutter. Paid 3650 shipped to my door last June. Good solid cutter.
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Old 08-24-2014, 12:20 PM
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Does it have high flow?

If all you're trying to cut is 3" material, I would go with the CID or similar. If you have high flow and want to get into heavy mowing, the Bradco wins.
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Old 08-24-2014, 01:08 PM
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Kind of a coincidence, but i just had a chance to use a Bradco Brush mower last Wednesday for the first time ever. Put it on our TL240 and used it to mow some HEAVY briars, vines, weeds and some 3" poplar trees. I was very happy with how it did. There is definitely some technique involved.
I ran into a guy who does tree clearing in our area, and he always subs out the brush mowing portion of the clearing to a another guy with a Supertrak and a Fecon head. He and i have been friends for quite a few years, and he wants me to look into buying one to do his stuff that won't require a mulching head. I guess i better look in the CID and Bradco Brush mowers. .. my local Takeuchi and Kobelco dealer is a very good friend of mine, and he happens to be a Bradco dealer too..
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