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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mike_6606, May 15, 2001.

  1. Mike_6606

    Mike_6606 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 8

    We have several miles of ditches that are overgrown with trees up to 5 inches in diameter. Guido has been working hard with Bobcat excavator, but we really need attachment for farm tractor or excavator that can handle cutting trees up to at least 4 inches diameter. Any suggestions are welcome.

  2. Hardy Enterprises

    Hardy Enterprises LawnSite Member
    Posts: 116

    Do you have a acess to a full size excavator or just a mini. I know of several companies that make brush shredders for large excavators.

  3. Highpoint

    Highpoint LawnSite Member
    Posts: 153

    My bobcat dealer has a tree cutter that they rent. Check your rental yards. Just a thought.
  4. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    while driving on the interstate the other day I say the highway crew using a D-5 type dozer with a flail type attachment on the front instead of a blade. this thing was awsome. what ever the dozer could push down the flail grinder turned into mulch. one pass and the right of way was maintained. you could use one of those.

  5. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,085

    Sounds good, but they wouldn't give us the $$ without skyrocketing your taxes!!

    Hardy Enterprises - We have access to about any type of equipment, what did you have in mind as an attatchment.

    The stuff I've seen is either only good for the small stuff (small brushcutters for bobcat loaders and farm tractors) or only good for the large stuff (big stump grinders for large excavators)

    We're looking for an all purpose attatchment in between the 2 extremes.

    It wouldn't be mad if we only had to do a couple of ditch lines but we have EASILY 75-100 miles of open ditches on base that haven't been
    maintained for over 10 years!! Its a real hassle just to get the machines in close enough to the ditches to start shaping them. I end up spending more time clearing brush and cutting down trees beside the ditches than I do cleaning out the ditches (the real problem!)

    Thanks Guys, let me or Mike know if you have anymore ideas!
  6. Barkleymut

    Barkleymut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,117

    Don't ya'll have some leftover Napalm? Just torch the ditches for a couple of weeks then throw down some seed. Otherwise I think you have a lot of work in front of you.
  7. Hardy Enterprises

    Hardy Enterprises LawnSite Member
    Posts: 116


    I don't know what your budget will support or how much these attachments cost but here are a couple companies that sell brush cutters that mount on a trackhoe.


    Pro Mac Manufacturing

    1-800-665-5405 or 250-746-5181

  8. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,085

    We'll check into it! The mower looks pretty neat!
  9. Mike_6606

    Mike_6606 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 8

    Thanks for the input. Personally, I like the napalm idea, just don't think we can get away with it. I saw a bush hog type attachment on a John Deere mini/mid excavator in Florida several years ago. It did a really nice job. I have surfed the web and can't find anything like it. As Guido said, we need something in a reasonable price range that will perform on one of the machines we already have. We have a John Deere 690 C (Military style with six rubber tires), a Liebherr 308 mid size (also wheeled), and a Bobcat 334 mini (Guido's Baby)

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