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Old 12-25-2019, 09:07 AM   #1
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Have a bunch of sweet gum saplings that got a little big to mow with shredder without leaving stobs that will play heck with tires

Northern Has a brush grubbed chain that they want about $60 for

Found this instead and it works pretty dang good

I did not come up with the idea but did make this one

1.25” inch heavy wall pipe about 6” long
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1/4” chain with hook on one end

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Run hookless end through pipe, around sapling and hook end to hook on pipe



Works great on things like locust growing in clumps too

Cost me less than $10


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Old 12-25-2019, 10:23 AM   #2
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Nice! What does the pipe do?
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Old 12-25-2019, 10:41 AM   #3
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Neat idea. What are you using to pull up the saplings?


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Old 12-25-2019, 11:03 AM   #4
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I don't get it. I need to see it in action for my little brain to grasp the idea.
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Old 12-25-2019, 11:31 AM   #5
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Looks like the chain going thru the pipe go to the tractor. When you pull it pinches the sapling with the chain to the pipe and rips it out?
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Old 12-25-2019, 12:22 PM   #6
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I gotta try this
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Old 12-25-2019, 12:34 PM   #7
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Looks like the chain going thru the pipe go to the tractor. When you pull it pinches the sapling with the chain to the pipe and rips it out?
Yep, looks like the pipe is just a way to make the chain slide tight. I’ll bet it works pretty well.
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Old 12-25-2019, 12:34 PM   #8
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I need something like this I think. Are you using the tractor to pull, 3 point to pull up or the front bucket. I have huisache that grows in rocky soil but I'll try anything. Good luck.
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Old 12-25-2019, 01:05 PM   #9
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Good idea. I purchased a pirana bar for the bucket with hope's of shoving some brush. Really improved the digging on the bucket vs a flat edge.
Not as cheap as $6. Lol.
https://www.bxpanded.com/piranha-toothbar
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Old 12-25-2019, 02:12 PM   #10
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Great post Bobby, what size tractor do you use, I have a 60 hp and will try this on yaupon.
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Old 12-25-2019, 07:13 PM   #11
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Looks like the chain going thru the pipe go to the tractor. When you pull it pinches the sapling with the chain to the pipe and rips it out?
BINGO

You can actually stay away from the stickers on the locust bushes and let it cinch up when you pull away

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I need something like this I think. Are you using the tractor to pull, 3 point to pull up or the front bucket. I have huisache that grows in rocky soil but I'll try anything. Good luck.
3pt but could use a truck too I guess

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Good idea. I purchased a pirana bar for the bucket with hope's of shoving some brush. Really improved the digging on the bucket vs a flat edge.
Not as cheap as $6. Lol.
https://www.bxpanded.com/piranha-toothbar
No bucket or I would try that
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Old 12-25-2019, 08:15 PM   #12
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Cool! Would it work on small mesquite? I've got some that are too big to shred. Or am I stuck with Remedy?

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Old 12-25-2019, 08:17 PM   #13
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That ought to work
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Old 12-26-2019, 05:15 AM   #14
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Good idea! I’ve been trying to justify buying one of those brush scrubbers, glad I never did.


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Old 12-26-2019, 06:40 AM   #15
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Cool! Would it work on small mesquite? I've got some that are too big to shred. Or am I stuck with Remedy?

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Never pulled any mesquite but if you can pull them up I don't see why it would not work
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Old 12-26-2019, 06:51 AM   #16
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If they’re too big to shred I think it’s unlikely you are going to get all the root system pulling them. But at least they’ll be small enough to shred when they come back.


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Old 05-02-2021, 05:01 PM   #17
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Bump to the top. Found this trick online and liked the idea. Short video.


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Old 05-02-2021, 05:49 PM   #18
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We wrap a chain around the small tree/bush we want to remove and pull it with a tractor and bucket (mainly because the bucket is what is attached most of the time anyway). If the trees/bushes are young and small, we'll often cinch up the chain with a pair of vice grips. This keeps the chain from sliding up the stalk (essentially doing nothing more than "stepping" it).

Do you find that the pipe/hook/chain contraption has better integrity?
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Old 05-02-2021, 07:16 PM   #19
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Check this out!

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Old 05-02-2021, 09:20 PM   #20
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Good idea. Think I will try this on my gum and yaupon.
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Old 05-03-2021, 06:34 AM   #21
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We wrap a chain around the small tree/bush we want to remove and pull it with a tractor and bucket (mainly because the bucket is what is attached most of the time anyway). If the trees/bushes are young and small, we'll often cinch up the chain with a pair of vice grips. This keeps the chain from sliding up the stalk (essentially doing nothing more than "stepping" it).

Do you find that the pipe/hook/chain contraption has better integrity?
The way this is made it cinches down on whatever you are pulling on

I do get the occasional difficult one that just wants to strip all the bark off but I can usually get it on the second attempt.

The big thing is it is easier to attach than having to wrap a chain several times.
Matter of fact I can just sling the chain around a wad of briars and sapling, hoke the chain in the loop and slowly pull the slack out and never have to fight the briars
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Old 05-03-2021, 07:08 AM   #22
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Had luck with this ...pulls posts too
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Old 05-03-2021, 08:45 AM   #23
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I like that idea because it can be a pain to wrap it multiple times around a tree, especially if there is a lot of greenbrier.
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Old 05-03-2021, 10:38 AM   #24
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I just cleared about an acre with this exact setup, I have a few more to pull and want to try the wheel trick on them.
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Old 05-03-2021, 03:52 PM   #25
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Well I made that thing with a hook on it and it worked ok until this happened.
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Old 05-03-2021, 04:22 PM   #26
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Well I made that thing with a hook on it and it worked ok until this happened.


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Old 05-03-2021, 08:40 PM   #27
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I built one years ago too. What I really need is someone to hook it up everytime. An hour of wrapping it around, getting on the tractor, pull, get off, unhook and repeat many times gets old. A D6 is only 800.00 a day. He can do a lot more than me in an hour.

I do keep one on the Gator made out of a 1" deep 2 3/8" piece of pipe to just hook on to big limbs when I see one and pull it away instead of going to get the tractor.
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Old 05-04-2021, 08:27 AM   #28
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Well I made that thing with a hook on it and it worked ok until this happened.
You may have got that hook to hot with all that welding.
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Old 05-04-2021, 08:44 AM   #29
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Could you get a bigger pipe and instead of welding it to the pipe simply leave the hook on the chain and hook it into the end of the pipe closest to the tractor? If the pipe is wide enough the chain won't push it out when you tighten it. I may try that with some thick drill stem pipe and report back.

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Old 05-04-2021, 12:20 PM   #30
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Could you get a bigger pipe and instead of welding it to the pipe simply leave the hook on the chain and hook it into the end of the pipe closest to the tractor? If the pipe is wide enough the chain won't push it out when you tighten it. I may try that with some thick drill stem pipe and report back.
I was thinking the same thing! Except the chain with a hook on it won't fit through the pipe.
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There will always be a weak link, either the hook yields or the chain breaks.
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Old 05-04-2021, 01:54 PM   #32
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I was thinking the same thing! Except the chain with a hook on it won't fit through the pipe.
you simply need a chain with a hook on one end. I have two hooks on my tractor bucket or you can get a hitch hook to tie the chain end to. OR you get a pipe big enough to put the hook thru! OR you get a shackle this is small enough to go thru the pipe.... here is a pic if you want to avoid welding but are handy with an agle grinder!
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Old 05-04-2021, 02:02 PM   #33
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not sure, but the Mesquite i tried to pull up had a straight root that was well a foot long, seemed like it would come all the way out
my Tio, said that is why they do good in the dry climate, the root grows down and gets more moisture
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