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    Brush grubber and my tractor...should I?

    I searched this site for information on Brush Grubbers. My questions aren't specifically geared towards Brush Grubbers themselves, but more towards my tractors capacity for using this or a similar product(s). I have a X738 and I am wondering about it's realistic pulling and tugging capacity. In particular, I will be clearing out some of my acreage this spring and I have a lot of Buckthorn (typically not a deep rooted tree). Most of it is relatively small (<3" diameter). I cannot get a full size vehicle into this area. A tractor or a skid steer are my only options.

    I plan on hooking up a Brush Grubber or choker to my Heavy Hitch (low to the ground) with a shackle and pulling. I'll also use front weights to try to keep the front tires on the ground.

    Should my tractor be able to handle stumps up to 3" in diameter? If yes, should I use it or find another option?
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    Traction doubtful but what do I know?

    I'll be really surprised if you can pull the larger stuff with the X738 but it might fool me. I would be a big fan of using a skid steer. Depending on how much acreage you are clearing a skid steer with a forestry mulching head would be ideal but a skid steer with a grapple will work too. Renting the forestry heads get pretty expensive because you need a heavy, high flow skid steer plus the rental on the forestry head is high as they require a lot of maintenance. There may be someone in the area offering that service for a flat $/acre.

    One thing I would recommend not doing is using the brush grabber and getting any sort of running start. Odds are pretty good that the result won't be pretty as you might find yourself dodging a brush grabber headed right for you.

    I've been tempted to get a brush grabber for use with a tractor but the grapple has taken some of the temptation away. The Piranaha bar has also worked well on the loader bucket but another tool would be nice for the occasional use.

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    I agree. It also depends on how big the roots are and the soil type. Traction will be your biggest challenge. I've had issues pulling similar stumps with my 2720 and it weighs almost 4000 lbs (tractor, loader, operator, loaded tires, ballast box). I use a brush grubber chain attached to my draw bar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    I agree. It also depends on how big the roots are and the soil type. Traction will be your biggest challenge. I've had issues pulling similar stumps with my 2720 and it weighs almost 4000 lbs (tractor, loader, operator, loaded tires, ballast box). I use a brush grubber chain attached to my draw bar.

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    How much of that is the operator

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    Which Brush Grubber are you looking at? I bought the one that was meant for buckthorn on the label. The Brush Grubber HD. Good for compact tractors. Hooked that to my 870 (compact tractor) and started pulling buckthorn at our new property.

    Just guessing, but my 870 with loader probably weighs about 29-3000 pounds. I used this device as directed. No jerking, but let up the slack, and did a solid pull. Bent the snot out of thing. It hooked on, and it seems my little tractor was to much for it, wanted to twist off. Bent it back in the press, and left it for the little stuff.

    If you are looking to go with a skid steer, you want to get the big one. I picked up the Xtreme Plus to use on the remainder. Figured my little B will demolish the HD, so the bigger one should hold together better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PJR832 View Post
    How much of that is the operator

    Just kidiing

    225... I'm working on an all-twinkie diet to try to get more ballast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    225... I'm working on an all-twinkie diet to try to get more ballast.
    That’s the winning attitude, ballast is important
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    I just use a chain wrapped around what ever it is I'm trying to pull out 3 times and hooked on itself. If you have chain, you could give it a go before you spend money on a grubber. No doubt one would probably be easier, or faster to use, but a plain ole chain works too.

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    You can do it with the x738, you may have to loosen the ground around the stumps a bit with a mattock tho. I pulled several out with my old x540. Just keep a low center of gravity and keep the chain tight around the stumps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubber View Post
    I just use a chain wrapped around what ever it is I'm trying to pull out 3 times and hooked on itself. If you have chain, you could give it a go before you spend money on a grubber. No doubt one would probably be easier, or faster to use, but a plain ole chain works too.
    This is the way I do it.
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