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Anyone use mini ex for land clearing?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by toomuchtime, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. toomuchtime

    toomuchtime LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    Looking for some insight for those that have done it. I currently have a cat 289c that I use a br378 highflo deck to do clearing with. It does great a but I am finding the need to do selective clearing of 4-6" young trees as well as clear around the bases of larger trees weaving the 289 with a 72" deck in and out of small trees can be tuff at times. I am in socal so trees to me is proabably saplings to u guys in the east and Midwest. Most of my work is brush and open mountain terrain were the 289 does great but lately it seems I'm finding valleys or canyons with trees the customers want partially removed or selectively removed and I have to send a crew in with chain saws. With a mini ex I thinking a use a rockhound type attachment and selectvely remove branches and clear around the trunks a little easier and quicker. My question is I'm looking in the 5-6 ton mini ex 305.5 or some similar do these machines posses the hydraulic power to run a cutting head with power for mulching type applications?
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  2. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Messages: 4,281

    I have a Kx161 that has 20 GPM available on the Aux and the only thing available is a Flail mower and it is limited to smaller stuff. 6 inch is pretty big.

    Do you just want the stuff knocked down or does it need to be mulched up?
  3. toomuchtime

    toomuchtime LawnSite Senior Member
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  4. toomuchtime

    toomuchtime LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    Awj the kx161 is a very nice machine that is about the size I am looking. I don't want to go bigger cause I still would like to be able to move it myself and have the ability to do dirt work in tighter places. On the land clearing side of the things 6" is Max and for the most part if there is something that size on site it stays most likely but I alot of times I'll need to take a few low hanging branchs here and there without destroying the tree.most of the stuff is smaller then 6" but I would need it semi mulched once it's on the ground.
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  5. stan the man

    stan the man LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 702

    this is what i have got 4 weeks ago 2007 kx 161-3 it great i all so have 2010 kubota l4400 with back hoe

    2007 KX 161-3.jpg
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2011
  6. SiteSolutions

    SiteSolutions LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,114

    I have cleared a lot of property using a mini excavator in the 5-6 ton size. They are great for clearing. Combined with a grapple on a CTL for the underbrush, I can be very productive and leave a very clean finished product.

    Take a look at Dirtman's recent pics of clearing lots; those jobs could be done with a Kubota 161, although a step up to the 8 ton machine would be nice. (I'm sure the big Volvo makes it go quicker but the smaller machines will handle any tree in those recent pics)

    Of course mowing or mulching is a whole nother thing...
  7. ioilyouin

    ioilyouin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 710

    I think you'd be hard pressed to find a mulching head for a 5/6 ton machine. I believe a few manufacturers make them for 8 tonners, 12-15 ton heads are more common place. BTW, I could probably use a mulching head for my 5 tonner. If anyone is listening.
  8. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Messages: 4,281

    Most mulching heads weigh in the 1200 to 1500 pound range so your looking at a 10 ton machine to run it.
    No one makes a mulching head for machines like mine that I know of. The sales people could not convince me to invest 8k+ in a mower but others have used them and had good luck?
  9. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Messages: 3,613

    No mulchers for anything under a 70 size machine. Twice the size your looking at. We have cleared some area using a 40 just chain sawing & raking it up with the mini and that worked well but you still have the stumps and digging stumps makes a mess.
  10. toomuchtime

    toomuchtime LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    Thanks for the info guys maybe I'm wording it wrong. Something along these lines maybe its more of flail type mower
    http://rockhound.com/Products/40EX HammerHead

    Were I'm at we don't have stumps. Cause if it's big enough to have a stump property owners wants it to stay lol I'll post some pics of the terrain im usually in a little later
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