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Offline northillinois

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Absolute Most Productive Mulching Machine
« on: August 05, 2021, 09:38:22 PM »
Which purpose-built forestry mulcher is the most productive? Is it a Prentice/Barko? Or one of the tracked machines? 

Can any of these heavy carriers also be used with a forestry tilling/stone crushing head?

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Re: Absolute Most Productive Mulching Machine
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2021, 11:03:45 PM »
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Re: Absolute Most Productive Mulching Machine
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2021, 08:26:36 AM »
Versatile might be the tc 726 with some very expensive hydraulics. The Tigercat 726G mulcher can swap the 4061 mulching head to a disc saw head to use as a feller buncher.

and Street Works convert the 726 to a street trencher model with a concrete/ asphalt grinding head. 48 inches wide.

Most of the wood mulching/ stone crushing attachments are pto driven for ag tractors. (probably a mulch/ crush dual use could be hydraulically driven for a hydraulic rubber tire or hydraulic steel track machine, drive the rubber tire mulcher backwards etc use an accurate GPS to help keep a straight stone grinding path etc)
Multitasks - PTO Driven Heads | FAE Group
Stone Crushers & Soil Tillers - SEPPI crushers for PTO tractors

Claas xerion 5000 with fae sfh

There are smaller stone crusher for skid steers for small jobs.
Short list of stone crushers valentini, kirby, mericrusher, fae, seppi etc

No cheap options if crushing stone or mulching wood with high horsepower machines.

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Re: Absolute Most Productive Mulching Machine
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2021, 08:15:49 PM »
Warning: I am going to be critical here. If you are a Millenial youth, tighten your belt, bite your lip and hold back your tears.

You've asked a loaded question that most every customer asks because they don't have a clue about forestry mulching services or anything that it entails. Size, species, density, terrain and finish quality - what are you trying to achieve? Do you think every tree is the same and every jobsite grows trees on flat firm terrain? Life ain't a pine tree farm in southern Georgia. What is the safety zone like on the job - how far can I safely cast chips/chunks without damage or death? Do you want a lumpy finish or a tabletop? Are we cutting swamps, fields, roads or traversing rock ledges? How do you plan to maintain the property after or will you? How large are the trees you want to mulch up? 2 inch, 6 inch, 20 inch, 40 inch or larger dbh? What species are predominant? How many trees per 100 ft square? How much money do you plan to spend? If we don't meet my minimum to pull out of the yard, you need to find someone else that does not have a clue.

Are you a customer, a wana-be or a troll?

Horsepower, flow rate and pressure are king. Tires roll faster than tracks. Tracks go more places than tires. Attachments can be changed as long as the pressures and flow rate correspond or can be modified to match up. Every time you break a line (change attachment), you risk contamination to your hydraulic fluid. A 120 GPM pump is close to $20k, motors are a bit cheaper, nothing is cheap or easy on big machines. 28L-26 tires are generally not a 1 man job but it can be done with perseverance. It's heavy equipment because it weighs a lot - this does NOT mean it is indestructible or can't be broken.

Can you learn faster than you will go broke? If you can't fix it yourself, you are out of this business before you even started.

There are plenty of machines out there. What works well on some jobs just plain sucks at other jobs. There is NO perfect machine that does it all.  Where only the chosen remain standing

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Re: Absolute Most Productive Mulching Machine
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2021, 03:45:28 PM »
What ever you do don't put your house up against a mulcher. However cat will put you in business with a 299 .

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