Job for skidsteer/mtl w/ mulcher head??

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by KrayzKajun, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
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    Running a mulcher without a lexan door is insane unless your wearing kevlar body armour.
  2. ARP

    ARP LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Before we get to the discussion at hand on how to do the project, I want to reinforce what KSSS said about how insane you have to be to mulch or mow with an open cab machine to those out there who feel that you can get away without the proper protection. I've taken whacks to my cab door with both my mulcher and brush mower with large pieces of debris that made my ears ring for several minutes. If I didn't have that door, I wouldn't be here right now as I'd have a hole in my chest that you could pass a football through. Even with a Kevlar vest, I'd still be in serious shape due to all the broken bones I would have in my body from taking a piece of debris shot off my mower or mulcher to my body.

    Jacob, in terms of your project, I don't think you'd necessarily need a skidsteer mulcher for those lots. With anything less than a Supertrak machine or prime-mover mounted mulcher, those logs will be hard to tackle if they are not thoroughly rotten. Like others have suggested, take your grapple through there and clean out all the big wood. Once that is done, I don't see anything in there that wouldn't be able to be handled by a mower on a skid in a few short hours.

    Any questions- feel free to shoot 'em my way.

  3. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    This is correct, it was all ground level stuff never had raise it. It just mostly put leaves, poison everything and saw dust/dirt in it. However running the same machine with a brush hog was nastier then the day with the mulcher.
  4. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Thanks Andrew and KSSS.
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  5. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
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    looks tight to me for mulching. I would get the big wood out and mow the rest of the lot and it will look fantastic. With a mulching head, you will need to back up a lot as stuff gets kicked out/under the machine and that's especially true for round, hard wood. If you have a lot of experience with the head, you can minimize the ejection of material. If those big logs are rotted and you are set on mulching, cut them to a length narrower than your head and pile them in one location. Trying to chase logs or plane long logs takes a lot of time and you will still find them ejected under machine. Without much room to back up and maneuver, you will get frustrated.

    If it was my job and I had a place for those big logs, I'd cut them to whatever length would fit in my dump trailer and then just get a rotary mower for the underbrush and as I stated, it will look fantastic. You won't have to back up as much and you can maneuver around trees. You will burn less fuel, too.
    On some of the more rotted wood or "chunks", a little finesse with the rotary will chop it up enough to not be an issue.
    Looks like you could really make those lots "pop" from the road.
  6. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Would i be able to find just a front door for my mustang skidsteer?
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  7. italianstallion69

    italianstallion69 LawnSite Member
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    d5 or bigger dozer!
  8. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Thats the affect im really going for. draw the intrest of the developer and other builders who own lots.
  9. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
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    it would take a little work but you can get a standard door kit and have a lexan insert made. I know a place that does it but they need the pattern. I shipped them an old window and they made me an exact fit lexan replacement for a Bobcat K series rated to 300 mph impact.

    Definitely get the lexan if you go with a mulcher. A lot can go wrong. I have small logs ejected that destroyed the metal threshold (bent it into my cab) on a K series Bobcat door frame. That would have been painful had it only been glass and luckily it hit the $50 metal threshold and not my $500 lexan door. My doors now are about $1000 to replace. Sucks but it's a safety thing. I've seen guys operating mulchers with glass doors or no doors at all. Used to be a video of a guy operating a mulcher with a motorcycle helmet (open cab). Didn't see any body armor.. :)
  10. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    For some reason I picture some moron wearing a motorcycle helmet standing on home base while someone loads a pitching maching with wood shards.

    You are over thinking this way to much man, 1 guy on a nice chainsaw, grapple bucket, and have 2 guys running weedeaters with brush blades on them. Save up some dough brotha

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