Mulcher / brush cutter

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by treemover, Aug 22, 2014.

  1. treemover

    treemover LawnSite Senior Member
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    We don't have a lot of trees here but got a little job possibly coming up. 6 acres or so of 3" and under saplings and undergrowth needs cleared out under big trees. I was thinking mulcher for my skid then realized I would have to rent a high flow machine to run it. Rent here is 25-3600 a week for mulcher and machine. Then one of my salesman said just use a brush hog for the front of my machine, it would handle 3" and under . Running 329d deeres. Any thoughts on brush hog way. Mulcher would be best but that's 3k out of pocket.
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  2. Kepple Services

    Kepple Services LawnSite Senior Member
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    The brush hog will handle it just fine.. A mulcher will give you a finer product left on the ground, but both will do the job easily... I have done up to 5-6" trees with my brush hog.. just takes longer to do them... You can also go back in multiple directions to make the material smaller on the ground.
     
  3. lumberjack1986

    lumberjack1986 LawnSite Senior Member
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8iAuyYUomo

    Here's the Bradco Extreme Duty Ground Shark, it would handle 3" material super easy, but it needs ~30gpm minimum, according to the specs. The regular/low flow Ground Shark is rated for up to 4" material and should be able to handle that easy enough. It only needs 15-25gpm and can be had for ~$6k. The Extreme duty is ~$11k.
     
  4. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
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    It will work great. It can leave a nice finished product if used correctly.
     
  5. treemover

    treemover LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks for replies. I have never really look Into them, we a 16' batwing and 6' smaller bush hog, I was quite impressed at what the ones will do on a skid after watching some videos. Anybody have a brand preference, or ones to stay away from?
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  6. lumberjack1986

    lumberjack1986 LawnSite Senior Member
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    What are you running the mower on?
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  7. treemover

    treemover LawnSite Senior Member
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    Deere 329d
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  8. GQLL

    GQLL LawnSite Senior Member
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    Cid attachments extreme brush cutter. Paid 3650 shipped to my door last June. Good solid cutter.
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  9. lumberjack1986

    lumberjack1986 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Does it have high flow?

    If all you're trying to cut is 3" material, I would go with the CID or similar. If you have high flow and want to get into heavy mowing, the Bradco wins.
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  10. excav8ter

    excav8ter LawnSite Member
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    Kind of a coincidence, but i just had a chance to use a Bradco Brush mower last Wednesday for the first time ever. Put it on our TL240 and used it to mow some HEAVY briars, vines, weeds and some 3" poplar trees. I was very happy with how it did. There is definitely some technique involved.
    I ran into a guy who does tree clearing in our area, and he always subs out the brush mowing portion of the clearing to a another guy with a Supertrak and a Fecon head. He and i have been friends for quite a few years, and he wants me to look into buying one to do his stuff that won't require a mulching head. I guess i better look in the CID and Bradco Brush mowers. .. my local Takeuchi and Kobelco dealer is a very good friend of mine, and he happens to be a Bradco dealer too.. :)
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