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 05-09-1999, 00:00 Post: 3604
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An adjoining property owner as aprroched me about buying a 4 acre parcel of abanded pasture land. It's been neglected for about 12-15 years now and has developed a dense growth of brambles and 1-3" saplings. I'm thinking of the purchase if I can reclaim it. I know that the sickle bar mower on my Kubota 2850 would balk at even thinking of doing the job. Would these rotary cutters some of you people mentioned be able to handle young trees this large. Or is there some other attachment that would? I'm not looking for an overnight reclamation, but, hopefuly after several years of knocking it down, it will be ready to seed, Thanks.






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 05-09-1999, 00:00 Post: 3613




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I mowed about 8 acres of heavy brambles, chest high weeds, sticker bushes, etc.with a 4' Woods rotary mower, (bush hog). I used a B1550 Kubota (17 hp) and itwent through it very easy. When I got to some small samplings, less than oneinch I just mowed right over them. Anything larger I went back with a chain sawand cut it even with the ground. I wasn't sure if the thicker samplings woulddamage the rotary mower or not and did not want to take any chances. A big concern that I did have were finding hornets nests in the tall weeds, scared thehell out of me but other than jumping snakes, rabbits and groundhogs the rotarymower worked fantastic. If the weeds were extremely tall, in some spots theywere next to tall trees I would back the rotary mower in and cut. I was realimpressed with my woods mower. Good luck.






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'Not sure of the size of your tractor, but the material is definately mowable. It's easiest to ride the tractor up and over the doomed tree. As another post said, go back and cut the tree off even with the ground or you are asking for flat tires later on.Lee






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 05-09-1999, 00:00 Post: 3624
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I agree with Lee and Stanly. Mow what you can with a rotary cutter. You will be surprised at how fast the pasture grass comes back. As for the larger saplings, I would wait until the leaves are off this fall and then cut them off as close to the ground as you can with a chain saw. No bigger than they are the roots should rot in a couple of years and the stumps should come out without much effort. If the stumps bush up in the spring hit them with Roundup and wait a couple of weeks for the roots to die before you mow. If you have a loader on your tractor you can try to push the lager trees over. Depending on soil conditions, etc., they may push over and uproot. Simply put the loader bucket against the tree and ease in. If the tree topples, fine. If not, use the chan saw. Don't abuse your equipment by ramming trees or stumps with your loader.






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 05-09-1999, 00:00 Post: 3625
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I agree with Lee and Stanley. Mow what you can with a rotary cutter. You will be surprised at how fast the pasture grass comes back. As for the larger saplings, I would wait until the leaves are off this fall and then cut them off as close to the ground as you can with a chain saw. No bigger than they are the roots should rot in a couple of years and the stumps should come out without much effort. If the stumps bush up in the spring hit them with Roundup and wait a couple of weeks for the roots to die before you mow. If you have a loader on your tractor you can try to push the lager trees over. Depending on soil conditions, etc., they may push over and uproot. Simply put the loader bucket against the tree and ease in. If the tree topples, fine. If not, use the chan saw. Don't abuse your equipment by ramming trees or stumps with your loader. I don'y know how you feel about trees but you may some desireable species among your volunteers. Would not hurt to have someone who knows something about them advise you on what should go and what are worth saving.






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 05-10-1999, 00:00 Post: 3650




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 Thanks for the help guys!

Yes I do have a loader, as well as a frame mount backhoe, york rake, log splitter, sickle bar, and a grader blade. My Kubota 2850,I believe is 30 H.P.,with a 28 H.P. pto.. I really enjoy the extra hydralic controls for the rearimplements. It's really a time saver to adjust the hydralic top link(angle of attack)and swing the rake or blade without leaving the seat. Thanks again forthe responses. If I can get my neibor down a couple thou. I will jump on it.






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 05-11-1999, 00:00 Post: 3703
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i maintain 27 acres woods and pasture, i have a NH 23hp 4wd with loaderthree inch saplings i just push over with the loader, lift the 5 ft bushhog and drop it on the tree, turns them into toothpicks quickly, no problem for meor the tractor no noted wear on the hog that i can see. if the ground around the trees is a little wet, roots and all come up and i gring them with the hog also.






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i maintain 27 acres woods and pasture, i have a NH 23hp 4wd with loaderthree inch saplings i just push over with the loader, lift the 5 ft bushhog and drop it on the tree, turns them into toothpicks quickly, no problem for me or the tractor no noted wear on the hog that i can see. if the ground around the trees is a little wet, roots and all come up and i grind them with the hog also.






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 05-12-1999, 00:00 Post: 3722




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AL-How do you deal with the same size (2-3") saplings that are growing out of a stump?






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 05-12-1999, 00:00 Post: 3743
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If you want to get roots and all, back up to the tree with a landscape box lowered all the way to the ground. Ease the back edge of the LS box into the treeand at the same time raise the box up. You will easily pop 2-3" saplings out of the ground. I have a loader on my tractor and the box works better than the loader.






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