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Has Anybody Used a Lane Shark or Similar?
« on: August 11, 2021, 10:53:42 AM »
I've got constant trimming duties with over 3.5 miles of fence line, cutting back branches, brush, etc thats my bush hog won't reach.  I've thought about renting a boom mulcher, but would have to do it every few years so don't really want to start that.  I'm going to throw out my pole saws and other back breaking tools, I cant even begin to keep up.

Has anybody used a Lane Shark, or one of the similar items available from other brands, for tractor front end loader mowing both vertically and horizontally?  I have a 100 hp News Holland tractor and front end loader with cab.

Any feedback is appreciated.

 
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Re: Has Anybody Used a Lane Shark or Similar?
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2021, 11:01:48 AM »
At first I thought you asked if anybody had used a "Loan Shark" and wondered what you were buying now.  :D
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Re: Has Anybody Used a Lane Shark or Similar?
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2021, 11:27:03 AM »
Been there. I already sold my pole saw. I havent solved my problem though. Its somewhat different than yours but the basics are the same. Im curious about this lane shark, but Id have to go to the loan shark to get into that. 

Other places Ive seen clear the other side of the fence completely making a 6-10 ft bush hoggable lane. Generally the spray right under the fence with a long lasting herbicide. Certainly a big project initially, more typically the fence was built leaving the cleared lane on the outside. But then the branches still need to be trimmed back every two or three years. None of that is simple easy or cheap. Especially 3.5 miles of it. The old school approach was to run a sickle more vertically and whack off the small stuff. Not very effective or comprehensive though. 

I understand the problem youre facing and sympathize, and I hope to see a reply with a good solution. 

The people that clear along power line ROW here use a saw on a long boom to do lot of that kind of work. Not cheap equipment, but Im sure they can be hired -  for a small fortune. 
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2021, 11:37:55 AM »
YouTube channel Arms Family Homestead made a 12 minute video April 18 , 2019 called . . The Lane Shark !  This might be the Best Front Loader Attachment Ever . . he was very impressed 
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Re: Has Anybody Used a Lane Shark or Similar?
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2021, 12:02:51 PM »
Has anybody used a Lane Shark


I heard of a Land Shark on SNL years ago??smiley_whacko
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Re: Has Anybody Used a Lane Shark or Similar?
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2021, 12:19:05 PM »
Ive been dealing with this for years and keep putting off a real solution. Last year I did as Btulloh mentions and sprayed everywhere, including the overhanging branches.  Hosed everything down. Tank after tank of spray.  The leaves wilted but the branches didnt die and this year they came back with a vengeance, worse than ever.  I talked to one of the road crews last year and they were doing a good job but were slow.  They did the side of my driveway the power lines are on, but it took them a full day. I wouldnt want to pay them to do the whole property. We have cross fencing as well so I need to get both sides. The main issue is overhanging branches.  I cant even drive some of my field roads anymore without branches scraping my tractor cab.  

Ive seen some of the Lane Shark videos and it looks effective but I distrust sponsored videos.  There are about 3 different brands of this type of front end side mower and also a couple front end suitable mulchers.  Ive also looked at hydraulic tree shears and limb shears but they seem slow.  Maybe good for trimming back a couple trees, but not a couple thousand.
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Re: Has Anybody Used a Lane Shark or Similar?
« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2021, 12:47:50 PM »
I have looked at these before but have not bought one, things that I thought were interesting were you shouldn't need a loan shark to get one, light weight, requires little hyd power and flow, can fab a mount to extend reach.

https://www.cutthat.com 

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« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2021, 08:08:20 PM »
I have one farm that has an "old county road" long ago abandoned as its only access. Its now a deeded ROW but the landowner it crosses would prefer that it wasn't and won't allow spraying or bringing in a dozer to fix it. Fenced on both sides and eroded 10' deep into the hillside in places. Its a 1.5 miles and real pain to keep cut back. I looked real hard at the Lane Shark. I have used the brush mower on the front of a Cat tracked skid steer raised up which gets quite a bit but doesn't get to the sides unless you turn 90 to the direction of travel.

The Lane Shark is Hydro driven which is a plus. Your tractor has the weight to handle it.

The down sides I saw to Lane shark is that it operates in a vertical plane and doesn't have much side reach. Also not much in the way of guarding.

Something else I looked at was basically a circle saw attachment that works on the same principle. Cooks might even make a version it. I actually saw a Lane Shark mounted on small John Deere this week and was tempted to follow the guy into the gas station to ask about it.

Watching the power line ROW machines I think the circle saw version is the safer way to go. I am uncomfortable with a bush hog type mower over the top of my head with no guards.


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Re: Has Anybody Used a Lane Shark or Similar?
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2021, 08:47:08 PM »
Not that it will do you guys any good, but I clear the edges of roads for our trucks all the time with the forwarder, just snap the limbs with the grapple.
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Re: Has Anybody Used a Lane Shark or Similar?
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2021, 09:17:41 PM »
I've ripped some decent sized limb off trees by hooking them with my grapple and driving off, but wow, does it make a mess of the trees, sometimes ripping the whole side off.

I also welded a tooth to my grapple and it will shear through some nice sized limbs but it's pretty slow. My grapple has a pretty good bite force, it'll break concrete off fence posts, and I've been doing this for awhile.  The typical scenario is that I'll be driving driving down a fence line and when a limb slaps my $600 side window, I get mad, turn back, rip the limb off with the loader bucket, or cut the limb off with the grapple tooth, or even just push the tree over.  The pushing the tree over works best, but I've got one fenceline where I've now got a bunch of pushed over trees messing things up, with root balls sitting up out of the ground and it looks bad, like Godzilla had gone for a stroll.

Here's a picture of the tooth on my grapple.


 

I've looked at the Cook's brush saw, but its over $13K last I checked, and for that I'd start leaning torward a mini excavator and mulch head for about another $15 K more.  

 
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If it wont roll, its not a log; its still a piece of tree.  Sawmills cut logs, not pieces of trees.

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Re: Has Anybody Used a Lane Shark or Similar?
« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2021, 10:08:58 PM »
Saw this mini-ex with mulch head the other day. 


Thought of your thread when I saw it.
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Re: Has Anybody Used a Lane Shark or Similar?
« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2021, 10:40:50 PM »
A guy i did some land clearing for says his county barn use them in tight locations they cant get the boom mulcher/shredder in and it works great for them. 
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« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2021, 11:10:07 PM »
Saline county just uses their excavator to rip the limbs off trees.  I would not mind having one for a time.  Neighbor has a rubber tire excavator, Case, that looks tempting, but not so sure it would get around like one with tracks.  Have a neighbor who has a big excavator, he just grabs trees and jerks them out of the ground.  Can pull good sized trees, maybe not 36" diameter, but at least 24".  He would be kind of expensive if you hired him for a week.
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« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2021, 11:16:45 PM »
Guys in the neighborhood have tree saws, and some can be turned up vertical, made for skidsteers.  A new neighbor has a prototype he said could be tried out, very heavy built.  I have a Wichita shear, with a pivot so it will sideline trees, won't go real high up.  I hate to drop big chunks of tree on my skidsteer.  Nothing harder on a skid steer than tree work.                                                       Looked at that Lane Shark, it is a bush hog mower with hydraulic drive, if you get one, make sure you have a dump for the hydraulic hose oil return, running all that oil through your outlet will over heat your hydraulic fluid.
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« Reply #15 on: August 13, 2021, 12:13:47 AM »
I talked to my dealer, he says New Holland has a case drain for the hydraulics to dump into the tank.  

He says people have given him good reviews on the Lane Shark but hes never run one.

I like the helicopter method, but it might be a tad expensive.
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If it wont roll, its not a log; its still a piece of tree.  Sawmills cut logs, not pieces of trees.

Kiln drying wood: When the cookies are burned, theyre burned, and you cant fix them.  Dont burn the cookies.

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« Reply #16 on: August 13, 2021, 01:10:46 AM »
    I have a Saber samurai. Clamps on side of bucket and cuts vertical and horizontal. Cuts up to about inch and a half . Would work well on a hydro drive tractor. You have infinitely variable forward speed.
     After the first trimming, cutting large and small branchs you will go faster just cutting smaller regrowth next passes. 
      After six years and miles of trimming mine is just due for new knives. About 1800$ Canadian. They have a US distributer I think.

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« Reply #17 on: August 13, 2021, 03:49:55 AM »
 

 Is this what your looking for. 23 ft boom. The model 100 is standard and the 200 rotates

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« Reply #18 on: August 13, 2021, 03:57:06 AM »
Riley is the name around 17k for the standard and 19k for angle

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