Need to clear 2 acres of Brush and Trees including stumps

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by KCWB, Dec 17, 2006.

  1. KCWB

    KCWB LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I have recently purchased 2 acres of Industrial land that I need to clear so I can make room for a 6500 sq. ft. building. I have started cutting down the shrubs and small trees but I'm at a loss when it comes to the bigger stuff and at an even bigger loss when it comes to the stumps.

    My plan is to cut down the trees I can and pile them somewhere on the property to then either sell what I can for fire wood (or give it away) and shred whats left. My problem lies with what do you with the stumps and the best machine to take them out. I have been in touch with specialists in the area and they want upward of 30k so I figured Ill give it a go myself.

    Any suggestions about my stump problem and other tips on what to do to make it easier to put up a building and parking lot would be great.:confused:
  2. Andyinchville

    Andyinchville LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    30 K wow that's alot!....I had some land cleared fo $65 per hour with a 955 Cat loader...The dump truck fee was $50/HR plus dump fees....That was back then (about 6 years ago)....Since then I now clear land for myself (I buy land and put trailers on them to rent out....I do this during the winters when there is no mowing out to do) using an older case 680 Backhoe that cost me a total of 12K ater buying the machine and fixing everything to make like new minus the paint....Probably the cheapest route to go would be to buy a used Case 580 sized backhoe and do it yourself....DO NOT cut trees before you push the trees over or you will spend lots of time trying to get the root ball save more $$ a large hole can be dug to bury the rootballs (in some areas this may not be totally legal so be careful or do it when nobody is around....;-).....In the end the machine could be sold for pretty much what you have into it if the machine is decent to start so the main cost would be fuel and your should definately be able to save some $$ DIY but be careful whatever you do....(light brush can be burned on site if in the country).
    Hope this helps.
  3. josh1981

    josh1981 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 427

    cut the trees down and cut them up into small pieces. As for the stumps cut then as low to the ground as you can (but leave a little on top) and use stump rotter to rot them then just rake them down.
  4. jbone

    jbone LawnSite Member
    Messages: 125

    A rifle and about a dozen propane tanks.

    But seriously a friend of mine can pull about 30+ stumps a day with his john deere 110. go rent a backhoe and spend a few days getting the stumps out. It may even be an idea to hire an arborist to come by and fall all of your trees. They can usually lay them out nice and neat for you to clean up, and its a lot safer. just my opinion

    WALKER LANDSCAPE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,413

    Do some research in Ontario and find a rental place that will deliver a Cat dozer what ever size you think you will need and do some demo. Cut the trees four foot off the ground. That way you can push the stumps out with the cat. Plus you can push your piles into an are to burn. If your on a buget
    try to do it yourself. The dozer is easy to figure out with practice.
  6. KCWB

    KCWB LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Ive already cut down a bunch of scrub and some small trees to just above the ground. Will I be able to use the cat to remove these stumps. Or will I need a excavator for your method?

    WALKER LANDSCAPE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,413

    When you leave them high they actually pop out the stumps roots and all.
    If they are at ground level they well be alot harder with the dozer. You will have to excavate those maybe. The higher they are the more leverage you
    can get on them.
  8. josh1981

    josh1981 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 427

    ^^ what he said!
  9. muddstopper

    muddstopper LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,341

    The taller you leave the stumps, the more mess you have to hual off or bury. If you rent a backhoe just push the tree over before you cut it. If you rent a dozer, you can dig the stumps out in minutes each. For $30 grand, I could probably comeup there and bring my equipment and clear the land, stumps included. Best advise is look for another contractor, the one you talked to must have been drunk.
  10. godzilla

    godzilla LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 400

    Odds are you can get those 2 acres cleared and stumped for under 20 G's.

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