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 05-20-2003, 13:11 Post: 55186
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I'm shopping for a tractor in the JD4410/TC33D class and need to choose which implements to buy. One use for the tractor will be to pile up slash that will be created when thinning our heavily overgrown 15 acres of douglas firs. What's the best implement for doing this kind of work? I'm thinking of something like a front blade that will float just above the surface of the soil - is there anything like that made?






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 05-21-2003, 07:28 Post: 55243
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I'm not aware of anything specific. Around here it's done with the front blades on log skidders or dozers but I don't imagine there's too much concern about what happens to the ground. The slash rolls are still there 30 and more years later and still aren't doing anything for the scenery.

Off the top of my head, it sounds like putting gauge wheels on a loader bucket and using it in float might do the job. There are some hydraulic grapple attachments and pushing with the grapple open would provide a couple of vertical arms to catch slash that would go over the top of the bucket. A homegrown stone rake discussed here used in a slightly different way also might push a bunch of slash.






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 05-21-2003, 07:58 Post: 55255
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sounds like hiring in a dozer would be the smart thing to do beings 15 acers of douglas firs is going to make some pretty big piles.






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 05-21-2003, 08:40 Post: 55260
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 Best implement for rolling up slash piles

Want you want is called a "root rake" with a "grapple" in place of the bucket on a FEL. You will not find one just anywhere, and I doubt you would EVER find one used. It will not be cost effective so go to the next best alternative, a manure fork.

If you get a good sized one (for your loader) you will be able to scoop up an impressive amount of brush in a single pass, even more so if you put a light 'grapple' (a couple of steel fingers that close like a fist does) on the top of the manure fork. The only more cost effective way to do it would be to hire an excavator with a brush grapple instead of a bucket a have a truck or trailer to transport to where you want to deal with it. I f you need topsoil, or even just better soil, you can either compost or bring in a grinder/chipper to reduce the material before composting as a soil amendment.

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 05-21-2003, 08:51 Post: 55265
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 Best implement for rolling up slash piles

plots is right, you will need a bigger unit for this job. Otherwise expect a lot of broken parts and pieces that won't be covered under warranty.






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 05-21-2003, 10:01 Post: 55272
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Thanks everyone for the good feedback. I'd be completely lost without the help of friendly folks like you.

TomG, around here they call those ugly slash piles habitat. I'll be burning ours once it's piled up. The bunnies and squirrels around here don't seem to know that there's no habitat for them to live in Smile

Murf, thanks for the tip on the root rake and grapple. I'll do some searching to see if I can find one somewhere. Do you know of a source?

plots1 and marklugo, I've seen the big dozers at work in clearcuts around here. They move EVERYTHING. I'm planning on cutting the trunks into firewood and slash piling only the smaller branches. Shouldn't a 30hp tractor be able to do that? Or am I missing something?






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 05-21-2003, 10:21 Post: 55274
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30 hp will do any thing a larger one will it will just take a bit more time. sharpen those blades sounds like you have plunty of cuttin to do. best of luck. bye the way i was thinking the price of a grapple imp could be put towards dozer fee, and if your dealing with an operator thats knows what he's doing he can push wood you want to cut accordingly. money saved on imp you might not use much afterwards plus speed of completing job.once again best of luck what ever you decide to do.






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 05-21-2003, 21:02 Post: 55310
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Not sure what size materials you need to tackle. I have had great success cleaning up fairly large (3' diameter)white pine, particularly branches, using my fork attachment. I would put it up against anything else as the Swiss army knife of all implements. I haven't had the bucket on my machine in the summer in over a year.






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 05-22-2003, 05:35 Post: 55320
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Yes, we're surrounded by habitat here too. Habitat seems like a nice friendly city word. There's a funny thing about habitat. In the city people create 'people habitat' by landscaping their yards. They plant trees. Around here people landscape by cutting down trees. Rodents seem to do well in either place whether or not there's intentional habitat.

I'm guessing that the trees to be thinned aren't very big. There are issues for a 30-hp tractor if skidding logs of any size in rough terrain. It's pretty easy for a log to outweigh the tractor, and then the tractor goes where the log wants to go. Felling trees of any size in the bush also has its issues but you're probably more familiar with this stuff than I am.






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 05-22-2003, 07:30 Post: 55326
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Much of our land is a Christmas tree farm run amok. Mostly these are doug firs with some nobles. I want to thin to maximize growth of the doug firs for commercial value. The biggest trees I will fall are probably no more 6" trunk diameter, and most of them are less than 4". Those that are big enough will be turned into firewood and anything smaller will be burned. The slash I want to pile up will mostly consist of small branches and skinny trees. We also have a few acres of 100+ foot doug firs, but I'll leave those for the pros when the time comes.






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