Pull out a tree with a walk behind?????

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Dependable Lawncare, May 7, 2003.

  1. Dependable Lawncare

    Dependable Lawncare LawnSite Member
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    Ok, this was suggested to me by someone who's opinion I don't necessarily trust so help me out. Is it safe/ possible to take down a small tree or shrub with a walk behind? I'm talking about a trunk maybe 3 inches in diameter. I have a 3 month old Exmark 36 Kaw 15 hp hydro. Not wild about doing something that could damage it. Anybody done this? If so please explain. Thanks.
     
  2. thartz

    thartz LawnSite Senior Member
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    shovel.Break a handle $15.00.Break you walk behind???
     
  3. The Lawn Boy Pro

    The Lawn Boy Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Lets just say my V8 tore up most of my "putting green" :D

    I think the answer is pretty obvious to this. trees have a tap root extending down AT LEAST 3/4 of the trunk height from ground level. What you need to do it effectively is something that has a larger mass and weight.
     
  4. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
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    Not enough power. I wouldn't try it with my WB! I have, however, used my ATV to pull out shrubs. Of course, I have used my FORD to pull out trees and stumps,no problem.
     
  5. Dependable Lawncare

    Dependable Lawncare LawnSite Member
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    There is always that......
     
  6. Dependable Lawncare

    Dependable Lawncare LawnSite Member
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    Hey I just thought of something? I don't have a Ford, do you think my Chevy would do?
     
  7. lawnkid

    lawnkid LawnSite Senior Member
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    Any truck should work but if you have 4 wheel drive it's better. First dig around it and loosen some roots with an axe or something and then hook a chain up to the truck and put the truck in 4 wheel drive if you have it and pull. Good luck.
     
  8. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
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    Hmm:rolleyes: maybe:D
     
  9. Brickman

    Brickman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You will want to be very careful to not jerk the chain/rope/tow strap too hard. I hear bumpers can fly off and frames can break.

    I always found a Ford better suited to the purpose of pulling shrubs out.
     
  10. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
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    Actually, Ive found Ford just to be overall better suited...for whatever.:D Ok, Ok,, I'll stay on topic, I just couldn't resist.
     

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