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 09-30-2000, 17:41 Post: 20199
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 Boomer & Palmettos & small oaks in sand/limestone

I have saw palmettos, oaks up to 2 inches in diameter and garbage dumped here & there on this property I just got. I want a tractor to front load some of the garbage. I figure if I put a chain on the front of the tractor and run it under the machine and then wrap it around the palmetto of my choice and then ask the tractor to go forward I can get rid of the nasty things. The idea is not to have a bulldozer in to hurt my HUGE live oaks. I like what I've been reading about Boomers. What size, drive and attachments seem like good ideas? I figure on Ag tires. Thinking 4 wheel drive and easy driving (I ain't as young as I used to be).Thanks, gang. I've gotten this far in my thinking from reading your posts. Justine






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 10-01-2000, 16:03 Post: 20216
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Not familiar with palmettos but tree pulling/removal can be very difficult.

If the root systems are weak enough you could potentially use the breakout hydraulics on the loader to lift the trees. If that does not work the chain damage that you would have caused to the trunk will kill the trees. Wait a year after dying and then pull them. Dried tree roots tend to be brittle and much easier to pull/remove.

Its difficult to recommend a size tractor for you without knowing more. Many times it is best to size the tractor not for the initial job of cleanup, but rather for the maintenance work. You could always rent a specialized piece of equipment for a weekend or two to do the initial removal and pocket the difference. ($750 to rent vs an additional $5000 to buy oversized equipment) Of course it can be more fun to buy and play and maybe even have some extra weekend-for-hire work.

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 10-03-2000, 20:54 Post: 20284
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Justine,
I have a TC33D and just last weekend was tasked by my wife to remove some stumps from trees up to about 4 inches we cut this summer. She wants to clean up the area and plant nicer things than stumps and overgrowth. I have a "sub-soiler" (that is what it is called here in Georgia anyway) that I have been using to prepare garden plots. I use the subsoiler to cut the roots on both sides of the stump and continuing around the stump to get all of the roots. With the hydro stat it was pretty easy working over and around the stump. Once all the horizontal roots were cut, it was pretty easy to pull the stump and the tap root. To me, thats easier than chaining up and pulling the rear off the tractor or over loading the loader hydraulics to get them out. My two cents...
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 10-03-2000, 22:51 Post: 20288
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Justine,
"IF" they aren't any larger than 2" in diameter, I raise the loader up and level the bucket. Push into the SMALL tree. As it starts to lean, lower the loader to help push the tree down. After it is down, back up, place the bucket lip under the exposed roots and push. That should finish taking it out. I have been known to push over 3" trees. BUT, watch over head and keep an eye on your bucket lip. Some buckets that aren't strong enough will bend.
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 10-11-2000, 16:27 Post: 20520
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I read this thread with interest and unless i am missing something, what was proposed in the original post could be quite dangerous. Connecting a chain to the front of the tractor and running it under the tractor to pull could result in the chain getting wrapped up on one of the wheels/axles etc. This could result in a very dangerous situation. If you want to try and pull them out, either use the front bucket method suggested (first push them over and then dig them out) or else pull them out with a chain correctly attached to the drawbar at the rear of the tractor with the tractor going forward. My current tractor is a Ford (New Holland) 2120 (not sure of any new Boomer's, but the 2120 was larger than any of last years) that I have had for over 12 years and I've pulled out many stumps/trees, but I would never attempt to pull with anything runing under the tractor. I could push over a 2" tree, but a 3" tree would be very challenging. That's what I use my backhoe for.

Even if you meant that the pulling would be done up in front of the tractor, it can result in a very tippie situation.

Also just one final comment on pulling. I have the top edge of my bucket strenthed by welding on a plate and have 4 "tow" hooks welded on. If I attempt to pull without the bucket just about on the ground it is very easy to tip over the tractor and it happens very fast. I also had the bottom "cutting" edge of my bucket made stronger by welding on a thicker edge.

Just thought you might gain something from my experiences.






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