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Old 05-03-2019, 10:41 AM   #1
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I feel like a kid the night before Christmas. Skidsteer with a shredder will be at the ranch tomorrow morning. Hoping the weather holds out, I've been looking forward to this for a while. Can't wait for the operator to get in there and clear out some shooting lanes are trails for me. Going to have him clear a big "road" so I can start getting in there with the tractor.

The land clearing by hand didn't last long
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Old 05-03-2019, 02:25 PM   #2
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Is he charging you by the hour? How big of tree can his machine take down? I have been thinking of getting some work done on our lease but i am a ways away from you.
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Old 05-03-2019, 03:04 PM   #3
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What size unit is he bringing? The newer skidsteers are really nice. Hope you get a lot done and the weather doesn't cost you wasted time.
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Old 05-03-2019, 03:07 PM   #4
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Sounds fun
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Old 05-03-2019, 03:17 PM   #5
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Hope it's not raining at your ranch like it is in Houston right now!!!!
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Old 05-03-2019, 06:50 PM   #6
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Watch out for the fawn crop.
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Old 05-04-2019, 07:36 AM   #7
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What a beautiful day, got an inch and a half of rain yesterday. The feller should be here around 10. Walking the area where he will be cutting looking for last minute sheds and fawns.
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Old 05-04-2019, 07:37 AM   #8
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Is he charging you by the hour? How big of tree can his machine take down? I have been thinking of getting some work done on our lease but i am a ways away from you.
Yup by the hour. I believe 4 is where his machine maxes out.
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Old 05-05-2019, 06:32 PM   #9
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How did it go?
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Old 05-05-2019, 06:36 PM   #10
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A guy on our lease has a side business running a bobcat with a mulcher on it. It is insane how fast it is able to clear stuff so thick you couldn’t walk through it!

What would take me a day with a chainsaw and machete he can do in 20 minutes! Not to mention the poison ivy would hospitilaize me.
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Old 05-05-2019, 07:25 PM   #11
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He did an incredible job, got a lot cleared. My father and grand father were so amazed they’re hiring him for a couple more days to clean up fence lines. I’m going to get him out for another day this summer. Absolutely incredible and well worth the hourly. What he can do in an hour would take me a week or more.
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Old 05-13-2019, 10:14 AM   #12
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was it a brush hog(shredder) or a forestry mulcher?
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Old 05-13-2019, 10:27 AM   #13
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Glad to hear it is all coming together!
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Old 05-13-2019, 12:20 PM   #14
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was it a brush hog(shredder) or a forestry mulcher?
It was a shredder, after watching him work I honestly do not need a mulcher for this property. His shredder was able to do everything I needed and more efficiently.

I learned 2 things:
1) The price of an operator that knows how to run the equipment is well worth the extra expense over the price of renting the machine and doing it myself.
2) The hourly price might seem steep but he can do more in a day than I can do in a year.
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Old 05-13-2019, 02:07 PM   #15
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I'm using skidsteer and brushhog on my place, 2-3" tree is about all I try to tackle.
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Old 05-13-2019, 02:09 PM   #16
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Have any pics or video of his work?
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Old 05-13-2019, 02:40 PM   #17
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Yeah, we need pics.
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Old 05-13-2019, 06:02 PM   #18
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I can take some pics of the results when I am out there in a few weeks. I have him coming out again on June 15th. I will take before and after pictures and video.
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Old 05-15-2019, 09:53 AM   #19
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Pics? On my "to do" list...
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