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 10-03-2001, 21:27 Post: 32194
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Alright, here's the situation. I bought a 790 about 2 years ago but couldn't afford the front end loader at the time. Now I have saved up and am contemplating buying the loader soon BUT my project may merit hiring someone with big equipment rather than spending the money on the loader. So, who has attempted some serious tree clearing with their 790 with a 70A front end loader? I have about 6 acres with many trees 8 - 10 inches in diameter. I want to clear all the small stuff and leave the massive oaks etc. for a park like atmosphere rather than the jungle effect I have today. I am looking for an excuse to give my wife to buy the loader but if I'll have to end up hiring the dozer guy too that will be bad!






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 10-04-2001, 05:05 Post: 32197
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I have a 790 with 4 wd and the loader.......it's great for pushing snow, moving loose soil and gravel etc....and I emphasize " LOOSE"....
if it is compacted in any way.....it's a no go.....

it's a light duty tractor and a very light duty loader.....as soon as your bucket hits something too hard or you try and dig or lift compacted material, you can see the loader arms starting to flex.!!! not good....

so in answer to your question about tree removal.......my answer would be a definite no to that...save your money and your machine...hire the dozer guy.......

that's probably not what you wanted to hear,,,but the truth from an owner/operator......

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 10-04-2001, 06:00 Post: 32198
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It depends on the tree size and type. You can bushog small pines that are 2" or less and the stumps will rot out in 4 months. Other trees will grow back. If you put a toothbar on the loader you may be able to dig out some of the others. I have a toothbar for my 790 (but have not installed it yet). Glen is correct in that the loader (w/o a toothbar) is pretty useless for anything that is not loose and does flex somewhat. We had the same situation recently and used an excavator to pull clumps of small pines and sweetgums trees straight out of the ground. As such, our top soil was not damaged like it would be with a dozer. And, he he was able to shake the trees clean of dirt and pile them up nicely for burning. It went very quickly. He did about 3 1/2 acres of super dense pines and sweetgums in 3 days.






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 10-04-2001, 08:36 Post: 32204
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I just re-read the original post. Your 790 would be useless against 8 to 10" trees (as would most compacts or even large tractors). Hire someone with an excavator.






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 10-04-2001, 08:41 Post: 32205
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Thanks for the advice - I suspected hiring someone with large equipment is the best choice. I may still buy the loader for addressing some soil erosion problems and my personal fun factor.






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 10-04-2001, 10:04 Post: 32206
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Brian it would also be useful in picking up future debris from storms and to maybe do the final grading after the big toys have left.






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 10-04-2001, 21:22 Post: 32218
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Hey Brian

I have a JD790 w/loader,4wd and have done alot more with it than I thought it could do. Down here in FL. I used it on small 1-3 in. trees and brush and it did pretty good. I was able to get about 75% of the palmettos out of the ground, but some would not budge. I removed dead pines 12-16in. by 70'(lightening struck),but had to drop them by chainsaw and cut into 10-14'sections. The stumps will have to rot. The loader for a tractor is worth the money,You have a larger range of lift than a boom,ease of moving dirt,debris and objects w/o having to handle them. (unless loaded by hand) and a push/pull scrape option. I did alot using a toothed box blade on roots and then used the loader to push it out of the way for another pass. If you have a BIG job or you dont have the time to do a little @ atime, then get the big boys in there. I hope that helped with your decision, I know my tractor won't do everything I need done,but it does far.........more than I can.

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 10-28-2001, 07:03 Post: 32707
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I have a question along the same lines. Was moving loose gravel w/790 and 70 FEL when the loader came off. Having trouble remounting because I can't get the hydraulic lines reconnected. I've tried working the control in all 4 directions to relieve pressure on the lines but still can't reconnect. Anyone have any suggestions? In response to the question....apparently you can't move a large bucket load of loose gravel in a 790 w/loader.






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 10-28-2001, 10:36 Post: 32712
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Vic;
You need to have the motor off to releave the pressure. Did you try it with the motor off?
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If the line disconnected when there was a load in the bucket, then there probably is pressure in a cylinder line. If so, then hand pressure may be insufficient to depress the ball seal in the male fitting end and then the line can't be reconnected. To relieve pressure in a male end hose, wrapping the hose end in a rag and pushing it against a hard surface often is sufficient. A rag is needed because there can be a large squirt of oil under considerable pressure. Some times the ball needs to be whacked with a soft mallet. Once I was unable to depress the ball by any means that I didn't think could damage the connector. I ended up loosening a fitting until the pressure bled off. Anyway, this risk exists anytime a line is disconnected without everything sitting on the ground with the pressure relieved--as Peters noted 'with the engine off.' However, the same problem can happen if an implement was removed on a cool day and then remounted while it's setting in the sun on a hot day.






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