My latest "mowing" project

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mowingman, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 4,662

    Even though I have sold my lawn business, I just can not seem to get away from "mowing". Here are some photos of my latest "mowing" project.
    Mowing down 30 acres of trees and brush with a forestry mulcher. This is the first part of a 500 acre project.

    Fecon just starting.jpg

    Before looking south.jpg

    after looking south.jpg
  2. stuffdeer

    stuffdeer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,538

    Holy Moly..

    Good luck, I hope everything works out.
  3. spurlocklawn

    spurlocklawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    nice long is it going to take ya .....
  4. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,322

    i just got done mowing with the same machine, check out my pics. are you renting it?
  5. greenbaylawns

    greenbaylawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 564

    WOW that things like a Mini Kansas Tornado
  6. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 4,662

    I averaged 2 acres/day on this property. Just completed a second location and averaged 4 acres/day on it. Production depends on how thick the trees and brush are, as well as what diameter most of the trees are.
    You sure buried that little Fecon. I don't think I will have that problem with this FTX140. It is so dry dry here, the dust is hiding the mulching head from my view. I am running the windshield wiper to remove the dust so I can halfway see.
    My customer,(the landowner), has a long term lease on the Fecon. I have a contract to operate and maintain it, oversee all land clearing operations using whatever resources I may need to bring in, as well as grind out all the larger stumps with my stump grinder.
    I have tree service company dropping any trees over 6" diameter. They cut off the limbs so I can mulch them, then, they haul off the trunk sections. I then grind those stumps. I have ground 190 stumps on the first 30 acre tract already, and have about 200 more to grind.
  7. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,322

    yeah that ftx 90 got stuck good, i was alot more carefull when i was running the ftx130 to keep it high and dry.they are nice to run until a tooth busts off then all hell breaks loose!! after this year rayco isnt building the carrier any more bombardier will be. hopefully they can make a better machine.
    L E fence company in texas has two of those fecons up for sale, with 500 acres maybe buying one of his machines would be a smart biz move.
  8. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 4,662

    I don't think I want to own one. They take a beating every day and constant maint. is required. I like having no liability, (as in a loan), for the machine, and having no risk as far a paying for repairs. If I get other jobs, I can always rent one myself later on. At least I will know firsthand what the actual production capabilities and operating costs are, if I bid other clearing jobs.
    I really like how the machine operates. About the only thing I would change is the cab door. It is a pain to get in and out of it.
  9. DK lawn care

    DK lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
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    How much is that thing to rent and where do u rent them at?
  10. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,322

    the fecon headquarters is in lebanon ohio you can call them and rent one direct or any fecon dealer will rent you one, the ftx90 runs $2200 per week the ftx140 runs $4600 per week

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