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    Clearing an overgrown drainage ditch on my property

    I planted 16 acres of hardwoods on my 35 acres and in the middle was an overgrown section that was just too wooly for me to clear and reclaim by myself. A neighbor had a similar situation and found a local guy with a "Mulcher" that is actually a, what we call it in our area, Bobcat with a set of hammers on the front. You'll see it in the pictures.

    (All of the "overgrown and Mulcher" pictures were taken last week with the Iphone held in my normal position with the Home button on the left. All of the "cleared" pictures were taken today with the Iphone held as Kennyd suggested. If not correct rotation, one of the overworked, under paid Mods will have to help me out again with rotating the pictures. Thanks for your help.)

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    Picture 1 is in the same general area as picture 11 in an "after and before" sequence. The clearing took 2 & ½ hours @ $150 per hour. The trees / brush were chewed up into pieces about the size of my forearm. He said in our area, the wood would decay in about 5 to 6 months. Almost all of it is small enough to drive a bush hog over without doing any damage. I have picked up the bigger pieces and will burn them later.
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    The right tool for that job! I could use him for a few hours myself. Problem is, around here they probably have to get $500 / hour.
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    That turned out great and very reasonably priced in my opinion. Maintenance will be a snap now. Gotta keep that moving in the right direction 🏼


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    For anyone that's never seen one of these mulchers in action...



    They are pretty awesome little machines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimR View Post
    For anyone that's never seen one of these mulchers in action...



    They are pretty awesome little machines.
    With one of those brush & tree eaters I would have been finished around here years ago!
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    Seen something like that last summer on a skid steer, man it was chewing up anything and everything ,,well of wood. A crew was clearing a power line when they finished no piles of brush , everything was all chewed up.
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    I what one. The thing will clean up my property in one day instead of one decade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimR View Post
    For anyone that's never seen one of these mulchers in action...

    They are pretty awesome little machines.
    Thanks JimR for posting a video. They are amazing. The guy who did my work told me he had only one rule: No living being, man or animal, could be in front of him while the Mulcher was operating.

    He worked about an hour and then stopped to make sure I was pleased with what was happening. I was very pleased with the results. He told me that the only time I was being charged was while the "hammers" were turning.
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    They have heads like that for excavators as well.
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    Great fun

    We rented one of those for a week about 2-3 years ago. While great fun, our trees were actually a bit bigger than they should have been which slowed down the work considerably. The results were good but it was slow and the Bobcat sucked a lot of diesel that week.

    Several firms around here have the same concept only mounted on a skidder. Next time we want to do some land clearing, we'll bit the bullet and lease one of those in a tracked version. Why use 100 hp when 400 are available?

    I recommend running one if you get the chance. Particularly when cutting up high, it's a trip. You can't see anything but chips and stuff falling and have to run the machine by feel and sound.

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