Clearing Brush with skid steer

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Bings, Jul 14, 2004.

  1. Bings

    Bings LawnSite Member
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    I just got my first job with my new skid steer. It's clearing brush and undergrowth 4-6 feet tall. My question is do I want to use the 4n1 bucket, open it up and "doze" this stuff or use the solid bottom industrial grapple bucket and push scrape then pick it up with the grapples. The customer wants the area cleared and returned to dirt, he wants this stuff piled up so it can be burned. I don't want to take too much dirt though. How would you guys handle this.

    Thanks in advance!!
  2. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Posts: 1,891

    probably a better idea to use a cutting-type of attachment, not a blade of ANY sort. pushing up stumps under the machine would be baaaaad.

    Bobcat Brushcat rotary cutter, for example.
  3. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I like the grapple bucket for land clearing. I have found that trying to "bulldoze" with a skid steer usually doesn't get you far. I've done clearings with a 4 in 1, and it will work, I just think the grapple is faster. Just try to clear the bulk of the brush, then back drag to get down to dirt. The fact that you can leave all the debris on site is a great thing. Have fun, I like jobs like that payup . BTW, what machine did you get? I bought a Cat 246 in April and I am loving it.
  4. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Silver Member
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    Rented a bush hog and bobcat to ckear a overgrown lot , its the only way to go .
  5. Bings

    Bings LawnSite Member
    Posts: 35

    AL Inc. , I got a Gehl 5640 turbo with enclosed cab (love the A/C!!)
    Tracks, and 6 attachments. I just had 2 trenching jobs come up before the lot clearing, first one went well, second one....Buried it to the top tracks in some of the worst mud ever. Had to call a wrecker to pull it out. But...I'm learning! Thanks for the advice on the clearing. Are you saying put the bucket at a angle and push, scrape forward with the grapple?
  6. Big M LawnnSnow

    Big M LawnnSnow LawnSite Member
    Posts: 217

    I use a Mustang with the eliminator attachment.
    It's the fastest and does a great job.
  7. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,218

    Bings, keep the bucket a few inches off the ground, angle the bucket down a bit with the grapple open and just move forward. It will gather the brush pretty well. Tracks will definitely help on a job like this. I kept my tracks on all spring, never got too badly stuck, though! I have pics I am going to post of a clearing we did back in the spring, I was able to do it just with the standard bucket w/ toothbar.
    BTW, the Gehl 5640 is a real nice machine, I demo'ed one and really liked it. It sounds like you spent some money there, machine, tracks, cab, and 6 attachments:eek: Good luck with it, Mike
  8. Bings

    Bings LawnSite Member
    Posts: 35

    AL Inc., Thanks for the advice. The brush clearing job went very well:D , I agree the Grapple bucket is the way to go!

    Still Learning......

    p.s. I would love to see those pictures of the clearing you did.
  9. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Pictures of Cat on landclearing job
  10. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,218

    I'll try that again.


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