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Best way to clear dense woods

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by 4 seasons lawn&land, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. ARP

    ARP LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,510

    Ok, you had to know it was going to be mentioned eventually :rolleyes: :laugh: but I would feel pretty comfortable doing that job with a mulcher on a skid.

    Granted, while a mulcher is a specialty machine and is relatively hard to rent (at least in my area), a mulcher should be able to handle your project in less than a week using one machine with one operator.

    Did I mention I travel? :laugh:....

    BTW- I'd rather leave the 5-8" trees standing and mulch them in place. It would give you cleaner results and would be faster.
  2. farmerknowsbest

    farmerknowsbest LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 350

    Fastest way would be a dozer with a root rake to windrow everything. Then I'd hire one of these to mulch the windrows. Use the dozer to grade everything off at the end. Shouldn't be anything bigger than about 2 inches 8-10 inches deep. Not cheap but it would be fast and require no burning.


    The mulcher could do the job on its own but it would cost significantly more.

  3. Ozz

    Ozz LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 887

    I'd use a track loader with a root rake/grapple combo. I can rake it out, and stack it with one machine.
  4. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Posts: 3,597

    you cant rake out trees. how do you rake out trees? Do you cut first?
  5. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,548

    Its possible to rake out trees..
  6. Giles_uk

    Giles_uk LawnSite Member
    Posts: 203

    am i missing something here but isnt he asking whats the best way with the stuff hes got or could reasonable hire and still make money on the job. not sure how densely populated the land is with tress but he mentioned having to leave anything over 8" so crashing through the area with a track loader raking or huge mulcher or m1 abrahams isn't really practical.

    personally id be knocking over and pulling out the smaller tress with a midi 5-8ton and stacking behind me as i went to be carried out by what you have with a grapple or can skid out with a chain be it an horse :), atv, skid/ctl/telehandler or backhoe to the shredder. buck anything to long at the back on the excavator and carry it out of there.

    we tend to use the mechanical advantage of the tree against itself when using smaller machines, dig a bit out the back them use the tree as a lever to push it over and pull the stump at the same time.
  7. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Posts: 3,597

    Im really asking what the fastest way possible is. Ive already sub'd and were half done. I want to not sub at all at some point.
  8. Ozz

    Ozz LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 887

    Well, since you seem to be talking about small trees and scrub brush, you would take the track loader and run the rake slightly under ground level, and it would remove the trees roots and all.

    BTW- I meant using a root rake, and a pretty solid one, too.

    Just notice that you can't remove anything past 8"... Use a 75 size hoe with a thumb and rip it all out.
  9. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,548

    I'd do as I said earlier if all you've got on site and care to keep on site is a mini excavator..
  10. hvy 1ton

    hvy 1ton LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 581

    If you're trying to make lawn/field/pasture:
    CTL or track loader with rake grapple for 1 machine solution. Or mini with a rake/thumb to bunch trees and a CTL with a grapple to move wood main pile.

    If you can leave the stumps:
    CTL with shear to bunch trees, grapple to move the cut trees. If dealing with larger trees a 3ph winch or a dozer and log chain will handle anything a CTL shear will cut.

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