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Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by YellowDogSVC, Feb 14, 2014.
From a little job last August removing oak-wilt killed trees. Went back later to grind the stumps.
Nice looking fleet there yellow! How do you like the dump trailer vs. having a dump truck? Can you move equipment in it?
The big rocks lined up for the landscaper are surface finds or near surface finds found on my customer's ranch. For scale, the big rock in the foreground is over 7' wide. Wider than I could carry without using forks. I cut away a caliche wall, smoothed and compacted it then did a half-moon of large rocks. Later, I went back and added a few that put me on two wheels while I moved them from one part of the ranch to the other. That was fun.
The second pic is typical of what's just below the surface in many areas and why I asked a few weeks ago about severe duty buckets.
The only thing I could move would be a small skid which I don't have. My toolcat is too long and 750 and 335 are weight to heavy and long. Dump trailer is only 12' but it's 84" wide. I bought it for moving chips/stumps back in '05 but evolved to moving logs for another contractor. I prefer to mulch/chip on site but not much we can do with oaks other than burn or haul to a ranch that'll use them for berms. Unfortunately, I have to compete with contractors who will haul off and burn (illegal) so I have to price haul-off with creative uses.
I want a small dump truck but have no real use unless I get a bigger excavator and use it to load caliche for ranch roads. A trash dump.. I can make some money with that. Dump trailer is okay but needs to be bigger (means I need to get CDL) but also a PITA when batteries low and I go through tires because everything from China sucks even though chips don't weigh all that much.
Here's one of the Bobcat system.. with our 2014 Toolcat F series we got for running around the ranch. Now if I could clone myself, I could use the Toolcat like a little dump truck but my workers are better off cutting trees. I needed to submit some pictures to Bobcat for a contest I was selected for in January. We repositioned the machines and added my daughters and granddaughters and myself. I wanted to do something cool but had bad weather. I got an extension on submission and just didn't have time to get a lot of action shots. I'll wait until Bobcat posts the other pic before I post it.
Do you have to worry about spreading the oak wilt after it's chipped?
What's the advantages of that style grapple over a traditional root grapple?
Also does your dump trailer have 7k axles? What axles are under your equipment trailer?
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fungus is moisture dependent. I suspect, though, if I chipped live spores, they would be active in chips for quite some time but we rarely chip up large spanish (red oaks) that harbor fungal spores.
Fungus can be in the roots of live oaks for years after the tree dies but without reproduction bodies, it's harder to spread except through residual moisture or interconnectivity with other oaks (grafting in colonies). We clean our saws/equipment with bleach and sometimes car wash. Just in case, I keep stump grinder away from trees, spray it with bleach water, and let the sun dry out any wood chips that are on it but live oak generally doesn't have spore producing mats or spreading potential that a spanish/red oak does during spore season.
Fork grapple stabs gets under the brush and logs. Traditional root grapple better for squeeze/bunch.
7k axles on both. 6k on chipper and spray rig trailer (not pictured).
You don't have problems with tires or hubs carrying that heavy of a loader?
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