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    Check one off the HoneyDew list... big stump

    First project with the new 1025R FILB.. remove large Mesquite stump. Tree was about 20 to 25 ft tall, I cut it down about 3 months ago.. so it was still alive.. mesquites are hard to kill.. it was already growing new branches. It took me 3 months to decide what tractor to get mainly because of the 3 large stumps I need to remove. I was hesitant on getting a SCUT because I didn't think they could handle the job. Well I proved myself wrong today. These SCUTs can definitely handle the job.

    The stump was about 18 in across.
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    After a couple of hours messing around I could finally see all the roots.. This is the first project and I had a bit of a learning curve using the backhoe.
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    Some of the roots were almost 12 in across. There were about 5 of these around the trunk.
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    Had to do a little manual labor and cut the roots.
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    Finally was able to move stump, flip it over to get to tap root.
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    The roots went over 40 ft from the trunk.. dug up as many as I could get to.
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    Cut the tap root... a little more manual labor.
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    Moving the truck was interesting.. popping a few wheelies (forgot to load bucket).. it was almost at the boom limit to get it out of the hole.
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    All cleaned up... like it was never there
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    Great first project. I even got Mrs. HoneyDew to fill in the hole.. she had a blast... guess I will have to hide the keys from her!

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    Looks like a blast! Thanks for sharing.

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    Good job! I like digging up stumps with mine. It can be challenging and fun at the same time.
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    Great job, looks like you had a lot of fun.

    And thanks for the pics.
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    Good riddance!! The only thing mesquites are good for is wood for cooking!!

    Nice job!!
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    Great shots. Thanks
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    Good job done. All and all, I see a lot of work that was done.
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    It always fasinates me as to how large the hole has to be to remove a stump. Good job!
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    Nice work! Perfect example of what patients and persistence will get you with a smaller machine. It'll do just about anything a larger machine will do, just slower and within reason of the machines capabilities. My 1026 continues to impress me...
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    At first I was running the BH at about 1700 rpm's... but after getting more comfortable I sped up to about 2200 rpm's... The extra rpm's definitely helped when doing multiple functions at the same time. Tractor was using about a 1/2 gal an hour of fuel... maybe a little less.

    The real power seems to be a combination of the dipper and bucket curl. The BH seems to have good feathering control. I was able to position it precisely when I needed to by feathering the controls. It also had enough power to lift the tractor for re-positioning.

    The FEL also had plenty of power. Before removing the trunk I had to remove the gravel covering the ground. I had heaping scoops of gravel/dirt and the FEL (49in bucket) lifted it without hesitation. The dump is a little strange. It dumps at normal speed until almost fully dumped then speeds up. I read something on GTT about that... just different than other tractors I have driven. I never used MFWD (4wd) as I was able to hit the gravel pile in 2wd and fill the bucket.

    Most of the work was in Low Gear... I did learn to go to High Gear when transporting to the dump pile to speed things up. The hydrostat seemed happier when I hit the gravel pile in low gear, then switch to high to transport.

    I got about 11 hours on the tractor, so I thought I would grease the fittings. Wow this things has lot... I found 15 on the backhoe, 12 on the FEL, and 3 or 4 on the steering... I skipped the drive shafts at this point.. hopefully I found all of them.
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