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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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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. :laugh:
 

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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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With one of those brush & tree eaters I would have been finished around here years ago!
I'd run one of those for a week as a vacation. :laugh:

It does kinda take the fun out of land clearing though. I know it wouldn't be fun if you needed to do miles and miles for a project or what not for work, but I enjoy the fires, the chainsaws, the skidding... It's relaxing.
 

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What an amazing machine!

And to think how many years I worked on brushing out part of my property (~2 acres) - started out doing it by hand then finished up with my tooth bar and brush hog.

If I could have that guy for one hour right now......

I think that was a great deal - all the clearing the guy did in that amount of time - well worth the cost!
 

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CAT makes one about the size of one of their bigger articulated endloaders, 400-500 HP, takes a 7-8 foot swath. It can knock down and chew up trees 2-3 feet in diameter.
 

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More Power!

CAT makes one about the size of one of their bigger articulated endloaders, 400-500 HP, takes a 7-8 foot swath. It can knock down and chew up trees 2-3 feet in diameter.
Now that's what I'm talking about. . . The only down side to those machines is unless they are on tracks, I can see some serious wheel tracks left behind. The tracked Bobcat we rented was very good about that as long as we were careful to not spin it in one spot on soft ground. Even with a pretty heavy cutter, we had very minimal tracks left in a wet area.

Still, 400+ hp would be great, until it's time to fuel it up. That would probably get painful really quickly based on how much fuel the 100+ hp Bobcat sucked down. Of course you run those machines flat out to keep the hydraulics up to speed and the cutter moving but we could put 100 gallons a day in the tank. :munch:

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Cheaper probably but not as much fun

That's an expensive beaver to feed!

Seems like you could get some goats cheaper. :laugh: Just cut the big stuff and leave them to eat the rest. :mocking:
The goats might be cheaper although once you figure in fencing, waterers etc. plus watching over the goats for coyotes, I'm not sure. They would be quieter, use less fuel and leave a biodegradable residue but take quite a bit longer and not be as much fun.

I wonder if you could attach goats to a FEL and have the best of both worlds? :lol:

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The tracked Bobcat we rented was very good about that as long as we were careful to not spin it in one spot on soft ground. Even with a pretty heavy cutter, we had very minimal tracks left in a wet area.

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This one was a 100 hp and very little track damage at all. He said the 110 hp was $48K more and he just couldn't justify it for 10 more hp. He said he had had this one for 6 years and it had more than paid for itself.
 
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