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    best tool for cedar tree removal.

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    im trying to plan ahead a few years. i have a charge over a 100 acre farm about 20 min. down the road. one of the fields is overgrown with cedar trees that make it a pain in the butt to bush hog and put fencing in. these trees range from .5" all the way to 6". my question is what implement is best for digging out these trees and piling them up? i looked at the deere av20 grapples, but those dont look good for getting under trees and prying them up. unfortunately, the artillian system is not in the budget and deere forks are coming soon.

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    IMO,,, rent a small track-hoe,,, and enjoy the day removing the trees,,,

    Removing them with a tractor will do more damage to the tractor than the rental cost,,,

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    Don't know what they are called but if you go on you tube you can see where a guy bought and used a V shaped tool with teeth shapes on the inside of the V to dig out cedar trees out of a field. It attaches to the front of the FEL in place of the bucket. You just put it at ground level and go. The V tool does the rest. Cedar trees...gone. You can even use it to pile the trees.
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    They're called stump buckets. They work really well on skidsteers, but I wonder about the forces they place on a FEL's arms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Levi View Post
    Don't know what they are called but if you go on you tube you can see where a guy bought and used a V shaped tool with teeth shapes on the inside of the V to dig out cedar trees out of a field. It attaches to the front of the FEL in place of the bucket. You just put it at ground level and go. The V tool does the rest. Cedar trees...gone. You can even use it to pile the trees.

    Is this it?

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    This looks like it would do the job. Your tractor is probably big enough for this.

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    Every year I'm running around grubbing up autumn olive on my property and the best thing I found so far is a tooth bar on the bucket. I have a dirt dog grapple (similar to the JD style) and the piranha tooth bar on my bucket. The grapple works good but for my purposes is way too slow. The piranha tooth bar works awesome for shrubs/trees up to about 3" in caliper. Keep the loader low and drive in at a medium speed and the thing will just grab and uproot small shrubs trees. I've uprooted 4-5 pines by going up to them in low range and then lifting the bucket while pushing as well. I have sandy loam soil so I don't know if you will get the same results as me but that piranha tooth bar is quite impressive. So far its the best thing I have found for a similar task that you are doing with my 4310.
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    I don't know about cedar's root structure, but I rip out oaks up to 6" with my root grapple. I knock them over from about 4-6' up and then back up and hook the root ball/stump with the leading edge of the grapple and push or lift (depends how good a grip I can get with the bottom edge) to complete tearing them out of the ground. From there I shove them to where I can get a bite and then stack em up.
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    all good ideas!

    the thing about cedar trees is that you cant knock the damn things over, ime. i think i need something that can dig under the root ball.
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