Bush Hogging and tractor HP?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by eggy, Jan 18, 2002.

  1. eggy

    eggy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,085

    We have been subing out all bush hogging work however I have been looking into buying a compact tractor to handle this ourselves....Any recomendation on tractor HP The main account requests that certain areas are bush hogged three times per year...
  2. Planter

    Planter LawnSite Member
    from Utah
    Messages: 214

    ~35-40 horse, smaller will do, but you'll be all day.
  3. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,721

    35 - 40 for up to 6' mower
    50 - 60 for an 8'mower
    Buy all the HP you can afford, because you will always want more later on.:)
  4. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Messages: 1,484

    i agree with them, however i do have a question, how thick etc is the stuff u will be doing?
  5. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 8,957

    I would continue to sub it out unless you have enough work to keep the tractor busy full time. Initial investment will take along time to recoup if the tractor is used sparingly
  6. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    Hogging is one of the hardest things on a tractor,we have a 32hp ford,and a 5 ft hog,its enough power,but its just to slow going,If i could buy another it would have at least 45hp.The radiator screens plug constantly,your always hitting things you cant see,flats,etc...The problem with the compact tractors is they dont have the HP to do the job if time is money,They will do it,but not fast enough to make it worth your time.I get frustrated when i hog my back field,6 acres takes my about 8 hours.
  7. plow kid

    plow kid Banned
    Messages: 516

    It might not hurt looking into a DR Brushmower @ www.countryhomeproducts.com they are about 2k and I know of people that have put sulkies on them and they will do around a acre a hour~ NaTe
  8. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    kinda think u might come out cheaper to find a retired farmer etc.
    sometimes theyll work very reasonable ,for the promise of all your work. plus it gives them something to do with there equipment and a little extra spending.later now
    i know farmers never retire,but u know what i mean.
  9. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    we have been renting a tractor and 15' batwing last 2 years when we needed it and worked great, now they took it out of the rental fleet, so were looking for a 80 or 90 hp tractor and batwing now.

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