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 11-28-2008, 10:08 Post: 158191
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Seem to spend half my summers cutting and spraying brush because it just returns. Or pulling it with a chain that half the time rides up. Just saw an ad for the $60 "Brush Grubber." Its maker's site, "Gempler's," shows it working. Its self-tightening teeth grab a stump or trunk "up to 3 inches"; attach a chain and pull. Too good to be true? Anybody tried one?






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 11-28-2008, 10:44 Post: 158193
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It's nothing more than a set of "pallet tongs" with a different set of teeth installed.

IMHO, the only thing they will effectively clear is $60 out of your wallet.

We do a lot of brush grubbing, we use one of two methods depending on the site, a "brush brute" or a dozer with a brush rake.

You can make, or have made, a simple device that will clear stuff way faster and you get to stay in the seat for not much money if you have a quick-tatch bucket on your FEL.

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 11-28-2008, 11:35 Post: 158195
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That's what it is, which doesn't mean it won't work. Don't have a dozer. Couldn't find a photo of a Brush Brute but from commentary I gather it's a set of digging teeth for bigger tractors than mine and with removable buckets.

The Brush Grubber is in the new Princess catalogue (C$65). Half the things sold at Princess are great value and work fine. The other half, well, are not. Not sure which half this would fall into.






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 11-28-2008, 13:46 Post: 158196
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Couldn't find a photo of a Brush Brute but from commentary I gather it's a set of digging teeth for bigger tractors than mine and with removable buckets.



It's even made not far from your neck of the woods, sort of, in Shelburne, On.

They come as small as 52" and will work fine on machines as small as 25hp.

I don't know if they've changed, but they used to be made such that you didn't need to do anything but pull the pins and slip the bucket off. It is a PITA though.

A simple quick-tatch setup is also very easy to make, not much money at all either.

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 11-28-2008, 14:40 Post: 158200
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I use my box scraper with one scarifier tooth dropped all the way. I have removed many a 6"-caliper stump this way. And the nice thing about using the BS is when I'm done digging I clean up the hole and then tote the stump away on the back. Having a hyd. toplink really helps but not necessary. Driving backward (with the tooth raised) turns the BS into a dozer that does exceptionally well piling up the brush and cleaning up the site without bringing a lot of dirt along due to the geometry of it tending to ride up and roll the brush over. The hyd. top link is used to tilt the rear of BS down to prevent riding up (better attack angle).






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 11-28-2008, 15:47 Post: 158203
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Unless the stumps are going to be in ther way of something just a shot of Tordon on the fresh cut stump and they are dead in their tracks.






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 11-29-2008, 08:46 Post: 158209
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Looked up Tordon and seems to be what I want but I've not seen it in Ontario. Is in on garden-supply shelves in the US?






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 11-29-2008, 08:49 Post: 158210
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Last I bought was at a farm supply store, no applicators license needed that I know of. Frank.






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 12-01-2008, 09:25 Post: 158247
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Tordon is made by Dow Agriscience in Canada.

It is generically known as "picloram" or more commonly just as "2,4-D".

Go to any farm supply (not garden center) and ask for it as "2,4-D", it's not sold for retail, and in large quantities you need an applicators license in Ontario, but I believe that's just to buy concentrate, you can buy premixed product over the counter.

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 12-01-2008, 13:05 Post: 158251
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Tordon RTU, which I think stands for "Ready to Use??", comes in quart plastic squirt bottles here at any farm supply store. I'ts been a while since I bought any as a bottle will do a lot of stumps, so I can't recall what it cost either, but it wasn't too bad for what it will do.






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