texashuntingforum.com logo
Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
Leehicky1478!, Paul white, Ndbowhunter, 22hipower, Verdale3110
67817 Registered Users
Top Posters(All Time)
dogcatcher 104,666
bill oxner 76,683
stxranchman 57,081
SnakeWrangler 54,868
RKHarm24 44,585
rifleman 44,461
Gravytrain 41,418
BMD 41,092
Forum Statistics
Forums45
Topics593,062
Posts11,157,052
Members82,817
Most Online19,184
Feb 5th, 2020
Print Thread
Forestry Mulching #7916234 07/28/20 06:22 PM
Joined: Nov 2017
Posts: 5,053
B
Biscuit Online Shocked OP
THF Trophy Hunter
OP Online Shocked
THF Trophy Hunter
B
Joined: Nov 2017
Posts: 5,053
Watching this stuff is addicting - these guys can turn a mess into a beautiful sight in no time

Re: Forestry Mulching [Re: Biscuit] #7916304 07/28/20 07:26 PM
Joined: Jul 2015
Posts: 2,523
A
Always ready 2 hunt Offline
Veteran Tracker
Offline
Veteran Tracker
A
Joined: Jul 2015
Posts: 2,523
or a beautiful property in to a clear cut clean mulched open acreage in not time too

Re: Forestry Mulching [Re: Biscuit] #7916305 07/28/20 07:26 PM
Joined: Jul 2008
Posts: 3,393
B
Big_Country01 Offline
Veteran Tracker
Offline
Veteran Tracker
B
Joined: Jul 2008
Posts: 3,393
The only problem is everyone and their brother owns a skid steer with a mulching head these days. Some of them are good, many are not and it is hard to know how good they are until after they are done!


Re: Forestry Mulching [Re: Big_Country01] #7916375 07/28/20 08:31 PM
Joined: Nov 2017
Posts: 5,053
B
Biscuit Online Shocked OP
THF Trophy Hunter
OP Online Shocked
THF Trophy Hunter
B
Joined: Nov 2017
Posts: 5,053
Originally Posted by Big_Country01
The only problem is everyone and their brother owns a skid steer with a mulching head these days. Some of them are good, many are not and it is hard to know how good they are until after they are done!


Great point

Re: Forestry Mulching [Re: Biscuit] #7916875 07/29/20 03:23 AM
Joined: Aug 2012
Posts: 1,905
nak Offline
Pro Tracker
Offline
Pro Tracker
Joined: Aug 2012
Posts: 1,905
So many questions on this topic.

I've been looking at this for almost a year, but yet to pull the trigger. I love the look from selective clearing, but I have also seen some bad jobs, where stumps and stubs were left sticking up and trunks left half shredded. I've tried to talk to two landowners that have had work I like done, but neither will return my calls. Who has had this done personally? Did you like the results? Who did you use? How was the work quoted? (Fixed fee, hourly, by the acre?) Can these things shred an old fence line if there is buried barbed wire,or does that need to be carefully removed?

Virgin East TX hardwoods bottom (near Palestine ), never grazed. I'm looking to get 1200' of county road frontage cleared back 60 -100 feet, leaving big trees, plus another 3500 feet of fence line cleared cleared for a new fence, plus about 5 acres cleared of underbrush, leaving the big trees. Lot of trees up to 8",maybe 10", need to come out . From what I read, the skid steer mulchers are under powered to do this efficiently.

Any advice or people I should be talking to?

Thanks

Last edited by nak; 07/29/20 03:59 AM.

NRA Lifer / Member TSRA
Re: Forestry Mulching [Re: nak] #7917175 07/29/20 02:38 PM
Joined: Jul 2008
Posts: 3,393
B
Big_Country01 Offline
Veteran Tracker
Offline
Veteran Tracker
B
Joined: Jul 2008
Posts: 3,393
Originally Posted by nak
So many questions on this topic.

I've been looking at this for almost a year, but yet to pull the trigger. I love the look from selective clearing, but I have also seen some bad jobs, where stumps and stubs were left sticking up and trunks left half shredded. I've tried to talk to two landowners that have had work I like done, but neither will return my calls. Who has had this done personally? Did you like the results? Who did you use? How was the work quoted? (Fixed fee, hourly, by the acre?) Can these things shred an old fence line if there is buried barbed wire,or does that need to be carefully removed?

Virgin East TX hardwoods bottom (near Palestine ), never grazed. I'm looking to get 1200' of county road frontage cleared back 60 -100 feet, leaving big trees, plus another 3500 feet of fence line cleared cleared for a new fence, plus about 5 acres cleared of underbrush, leaving the big trees. Lot of trees up to 8",maybe 10", need to come out . From what I read, the skid steer mulchers are under powered to do this efficiently.

Any advice or people I should be talking to?

Thanks


My first call would be to the Texas A&M Forest Service office there in Palestine. They may maintain a list of local reputable vendors that can help you out. I know we do at my office, but we dont cover that area. The new statewide vendor database is kind of a mess and hard to navigate. It shows the vendor contact info, but doesn' have a detailed list of the equipment they have so you just have to call and ask. It can be found here: https://texasforestinfo.tamu.edu/MyLandManagementConnector/FindSP

Look for a vendor that can provide references and can show you a portfolio of past work. Look for a website, google their name, check out their Facebook page. Skid steer mulchers are capable, but with that much work you may be better off in the long run looking for someone with a dedicated forestry mulcher.

Next, a reputable vendor should be willing to meet you at the property and look at the proposed project for free. You should not have to pay any sort of fee for a vendor to look at your job. EVERY aspect of the job needs to be looked at, and your expectations should be clear and up-front. I get so many calls from upset landowners that want us to do something about a job they are not satisfied with. These mostly end up being a case of the landowner telling the contractor to "Get after it" with no real guidance on expectation. What looks good to the operator may be different in your eyes, but they are not mind readers. You cant hire someone to come paint your house and tell them to "Get after it", then be upset when it isnt the right color! Eliminate the guess work.

The old barbed wire will have to be removed or marked. This will wreak havoc on a mulching head.

The pricing of the job will vary from vendor to vendor. Most will bid by the hour because it is so hard to tell what they may come across once they get off in the woods. Some vendors who know the capabilities of their machines MAY be able to bid by the acre, but that is another topic of discussion to be had in the beginning. Before any work starts, you need to have some sort of signed agreement.

It should also be noted that mulching is not a "One and done" treatment. You WILL have to keep it mowed or sprayed to keep the vegetation from taking over. Mulching is just a tool to give you access to the property and allow other, cheaper machinery in to work (Tractor, lawn mower, ect)


Re: Forestry Mulching [Re: nak] #7919554 07/31/20 05:14 PM
Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 8,938
K
KWood_TSU Offline
THF Trophy Hunter
Offline
THF Trophy Hunter
K
Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 8,938
Originally Posted by nak
So many questions on this topic.

I've been looking at this for almost a year, but yet to pull the trigger. I love the look from selective clearing, but I have also seen some bad jobs, where stumps and stubs were left sticking up and trunks left half shredded. I've tried to talk to two landowners that have had work I like done, but neither will return my calls. Who has had this done personally? Did you like the results? Who did you use? How was the work quoted? (Fixed fee, hourly, by the acre?) Can these things shred an old fence line if there is buried barbed wire,or does that need to be carefully removed?

Virgin East TX hardwoods bottom (near Palestine ), never grazed. I'm looking to get 1200' of county road frontage cleared back 60 -100 feet, leaving big trees, plus another 3500 feet of fence line cleared cleared for a new fence, plus about 5 acres cleared of underbrush, leaving the big trees. Lot of trees up to 8",maybe 10", need to come out . From what I read, the skid steer mulchers are under powered to do this efficiently.

Any advice or people I should be talking to?

Thanks


Call Lonestar land enhancement. It's who I worked for and they do a great job taking care of the customer.


Amat Victoria Curam - Victory Loves Preparation

Bison Coolers



Re: Forestry Mulching [Re: Big_Country01] #7919970 08/01/20 12:57 AM
Joined: Nov 2017
Posts: 5,053
B
Biscuit Online Shocked OP
THF Trophy Hunter
OP Online Shocked
THF Trophy Hunter
B
Joined: Nov 2017
Posts: 5,053
Originally Posted by Big_Country01
Originally Posted by nak
So many questions on this topic.

I've been looking at this for almost a year, but yet to pull the trigger. I love the look from selective clearing, but I have also seen some bad jobs, where stumps and stubs were left sticking up and trunks left half shredded. I've tried to talk to two landowners that have had work I like done, but neither will return my calls. Who has had this done personally? Did you like the results? Who did you use? How was the work quoted? (Fixed fee, hourly, by the acre?) Can these things shred an old fence line if there is buried barbed wire,or does that need to be carefully removed?

Virgin East TX hardwoods bottom (near Palestine ), never grazed. I'm looking to get 1200' of county road frontage cleared back 60 -100 feet, leaving big trees, plus another 3500 feet of fence line cleared cleared for a new fence, plus about 5 acres cleared of underbrush, leaving the big trees. Lot of trees up to 8",maybe 10", need to come out . From what I read, the skid steer mulchers are under powered to do this efficiently.

Any advice or people I should be talking to?

Thanks


My first call would be to the Texas A&M Forest Service office there in Palestine. They may maintain a list of local reputable vendors that can help you out. I know we do at my office, but we dont cover that area. The new statewide vendor database is kind of a mess and hard to navigate. It shows the vendor contact info, but doesn' have a detailed list of the equipment they have so you just have to call and ask. It can be found here: https://texasforestinfo.tamu.edu/MyLandManagementConnector/FindSP

Look for a vendor that can provide references and can show you a portfolio of past work. Look for a website, google their name, check out their Facebook page. Skid steer mulchers are capable, but with that much work you may be better off in the long run looking for someone with a dedicated forestry mulcher.

Next, a reputable vendor should be willing to meet you at the property and look at the proposed project for free. You should not have to pay any sort of fee for a vendor to look at your job. EVERY aspect of the job needs to be looked at, and your expectations should be clear and up-front. I get so many calls from upset landowners that want us to do something about a job they are not satisfied with. These mostly end up being a case of the landowner telling the contractor to "Get after it" with no real guidance on expectation. What looks good to the operator may be different in your eyes, but they are not mind readers. You cant hire someone to come paint your house and tell them to "Get after it", then be upset when it isnt the right color! Eliminate the guess work.

The old barbed wire will have to be removed or marked. This will wreak havoc on a mulching head.

The pricing of the job will vary from vendor to vendor. Most will bid by the hour because it is so hard to tell what they may come across once they get off in the woods. Some vendors who know the capabilities of their machines MAY be able to bid by the acre, but that is another topic of discussion to be had in the beginning. Before any work starts, you need to have some sort of signed agreement.

It should also be noted that mulching is not a "One and done" treatment. You WILL have to keep it mowed or sprayed to keep the vegetation from taking over. Mulching is just a tool to give you access to the property and allow other, cheaper machinery in to work (Tractor, lawn mower, ect)



Big country you always take the time for good explanations. You’re awesome

Re: Forestry Mulching [Re: Biscuit] #7953451 08/28/20 09:42 PM
Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 1,984
shooterwalter Offline
Pro Tracker
Offline
Pro Tracker
Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 1,984
My experience. I had seen videos of the mulcher with the round tiller looking attachment. They seem to be key words forest mulcher what I got was a forest brush cutter and mulcher and it was like a front mount brush hog with a round disk and big re-moveable teeth. It could take down a 10 inch Black Jack. I only had 7 to 8 acres of 25 year under growth under big Oak trees of brush, brambles, cedars, mesquites and blackjact/Locust.

I think I had the right machine and operator $1,000.00 for a day more or less, as he made lots more progress than the mulchers. Concern is the shattered pieces of Mesquites and locust with thorns all around. Next concern is super big chore to get control over grow backs on mesquites, junipers and locust.... NOTE it look damn nice. Deer hunterquit saying I ruined deer habitat.


www.poetryshootingclub.com

Gun Dog Training, Flighty Quail

Guided/Unguided Quail Hunting

Video Spotting Camera

Trap Clay Shooting

Group Events/Parties

700 Yard Range

Classes For All

CLOSE TO DALLAS

Take a youth shooting

214-728-2755



Re: Forestry Mulching [Re: Biscuit] #7953602 08/28/20 11:50 PM
Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,810
S
sparrish8 Offline
Pro Tracker
Offline
Pro Tracker
S
Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,810
The real forestry mulchers spins vertically not horizontally these are the good ones, I have a Bradco 72" it's a 30k attachment and is what you want doing your work with even that said 8" is the biggest it can do with a 95 hp skid steer, if the ground is clean with no rocks you cna really get the mulcher down low and clean it up good if you have rocks most guys arent gonna dig their teeth into the soil and tear up the teeth their $300 a peice if you break them. We normally charge between $1000-1500 an acre depending on size of job and how thick the brush is or difficulty.of the job.

Re: Forestry Mulching [Re: Biscuit] #7956149 08/31/20 12:54 PM
Joined: Nov 2014
Posts: 5,742
M
Mr. T. Offline
THF Trophy Hunter
Offline
THF Trophy Hunter
M
Joined: Nov 2014
Posts: 5,742
I used this guy and was very happy with the results. Cleared a shooting lane and a food plot and roads through the trees.
I would use again without any hesitation. Here is photo of shooting lane before and after. This was near Hughes Springs.
Joe at Adams Mulching Co. 903-733-7617
[Linked Image]
[Linked Image]


Cabin rental in Pagosa Springs, Co.
Sleeps 10, If interested please PM me.
Previous Thread
Index
Next Thread

© 2004-2019 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.3