Land clearing

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by 1MajorTom, Dec 21, 2006.

  1. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Senior Moderator
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    This is for hands on experienced skid steer operators:

    Have about 60 stumps ranging between 4 to 8 inches in diameter. Stumps were cut last winter if that means anything. They were cut high leaving about 5 ft of the stump.
    Will a skidsteer be able to push these over, or will it will require digging around the stump first? Trees I believe were locust and sassafras.
    Will rent a skidsteer if this will get the job done.

  2. bobcat9957

    bobcat9957 LawnSite Member
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    I would go with a mini ex. You can probably get it done with a skid but an excavator will be more effective. Around here they are only about $40 a day more to rent than the skid.
  3. Mjh Excavating

    Mjh Excavating LawnSite Member
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    Rent the excavator, you would be surprised how tough an 8 inch stump is.
  4. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Senior Moderator
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    See i had a lot of low laying vines and brush that I was hoping to back drag with the bobcat. I appreciate the responses, thanks.
  5. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
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    there was a thread about burning stumps on here is that an option
  6. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    A mini with a thumb is a better choice you will be able to pull them out if they are tough then you can dig around them. Also with a mini you can pick them up shake the dirt out of the root ball then pile them up or load them into a dump truck. If the skid steer had a 4 in 1 bucket it would make ripping them out easier with a skid steer.

    The other option is get a block and tackle find the heaviest stump in the group and start winching the other stumps out. I have done that using a set of pulleys with 3/8s cable works good I used a 1 ton dually flatdeck with 1000lbs over the wheels for traction.
  7. dozerman21

    dozerman21 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Some trees push over easier than others, but skids aren't the best machine for the job. I would rent a backhoe if I were you. That way you could dig them out and use the front loader to move any of the brush or stumps around. Make sure you get a 4WD if the conditions are muddy. If you are set on a skid, get the biggest one you can and I'd use a tooth bucket to dig around the base of the tree, and to break up the roots.
  8. bugthug

    bugthug LawnSite Member
    from PA
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    What are you near in PA? I have a skid steer that is just sitting I will rent real cheap if you are close. I also Have a friend That is in the tree removal business.
  9. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    I forgot all about using a rubber tired hoe that would work good too even better than a excavator because you have so many small stumps to remove a 4 in 1 would be nice to have on it too.
  10. RockSet N' Grade

    RockSet N' Grade LawnSite Silver Member
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    MajorTom....I've done it by hand, with a skid, with an excavator and with a dozer. Method of choice for me would be the biggest mini-excavator with a front blade that you can haul or get delievered. Make it easy and safe for yourself.....I would prefer an excavator with a thumb, but even without one, an excavator is a better way to go...

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