Best way to clear dense woods

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  1. J. Peterson Grading

    J. Peterson Grading LawnSite Senior Member
    from IA
    Messages: 989

    There really isn't a BEST way to do it. Do what needs to be done, and learn what not to do the next time.

    I do alot of clearing on the creek bank stuff that I do. Every one of them is different. So each time we clear, we have to adapt to where we are working.

    Sometimes, I can get a truck to the work area and load debris out with a hoe as sonn as it comes out of the ground, other times (Like today) We have to hand drag small trees and branches to where my loader/grapple can get to them.

    If I had the money, I would get some sort of a small whole tree chipper/shredder or a construction waste processor. I would load it with a hoe on site, and chip into a dump truck. I would then sell the mulch to builders for building site erosion control. Not that would be making a killing, but I would be making some extra cash off the haul off.

  2. 4 seasons lawn&land

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

    Were making lawn/field to be mowed w/ finish mower every few weeks. So we have to get the stumps now. But the job evolved from taking out the saplings and briars, cut & drag job, into full fledged land clearing, everything to 8 inches.
  3. AWJ Services

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

    I do this all of the time and My Tak TL140 will make short work of it. It will be about 3 times as fast as doing it with my KX 161 excavator. Both of those together with 2 operators is the best way to go.

    When its cleared just use something to dig up the first six inches of the ground to loosen the rest of the roots left, Harley rake them up into piles, pick them up and your done. Perfect for ssed bed. There however will be a few small roots occasionally left sticking up but they will mow pretty easy.
  4. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Messages: 3,792

    check out and look at that type of chipper and mulcher combo.
    If you are hand clearing and stack in piles, the chipper will self-load most of the material. What's left can be mulched. You might have to sub out some of the work but the end product will be park-like. BUT I just saw that you need the stumps out. I would have uprooted then mulched stumps and all in windrows and hauled off the shreds to be composted or regrinded. The ground would be left bare and need to be seeded right away, though.
  5. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Messages: 3,792

    in the future, team up with a brush mulcher type guy. I don't mulch a lot of standing trees rather I work with other tree companies/contractors who do their own clearing. I offer the mulching/chipping solutions and large stump removal and grinding.

    You can handle the job and be responsible for all the clearing and clean-up. Down here, you can get a mulcher for a day on a big bobcat for about 1100-1200 for 7 hours of mulching +/-. If the guy has some skills, even with the limited power of a skid steer mulcher, the right technique makes up for it and you will be amazed at how much brush and stumps can be grinded up and mulched or chipped. The disposal, then, is much easier with the 10-1 reduction of mulching trees.
  6. riverwalklandscaping

    riverwalklandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 759

    I would do like several have sad use the mini ex and then the skid to bring it to the chipper but the one thing i'd do diff is leave it all by the chipper then when you are done or in stages id bring the mini ex back out to where the chipper is and use it to load the chipper. It's safer and much faster than trying to load a chipper by hand... and you cant load a chipper with the skid. Just make sure you keep one guy by the chipper feed wheel shut off incase u see something going in the chipper wrong
  7. AWJ Services

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

    One issue with mulching is you still have to remove the roots left in the ground and the mulched material from the site.

    The fastest way period is to push everything up with a loader/dozer and then load into something and truck off the site wether it be dunptrucks or rolloff containers.
  8. nedly05

    nedly05 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 540

    If it were me, I would tear it out roots and all and pile it with the 70 and use the Kioti and grapple to carry it to the chipper, there will be some stump trimming that needs to be done before the chipping takes place. Pick a good spot and lop the stumps off on the way, then the stumps are all in one place. It should go pretty quickly this way. If I rented the big Morbark chipper from the rental house up the road, I would put the mini by the chipper to feed it. Once brush this size has been handled with a machine, it's just about impossible to hand feed it.
  9. EverestLandscape

    EverestLandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 201

    We have been using a Cat304 with the hydro thumb and move logs into the switch n go containers we drop. Then use the ex to load the chipper too. Regardless of how anybody does it, an ex with hydro thumb is A LIFE SAVER

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