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laaryb    Posted 04-01-2018 at 13:53:30 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Clearing old woods of brush
  • We are planning to clear and thin out about 12 acres of woods that has never been cleared out. Not sure how to figure out how to plan on the financial part would be or even what to expect. I know it would take a bulldozer and trackhoe to do the work. Is there a general way to figure out how to plan this. One guy wants by the hour and one said he would do it by the acre but cleaning ditches and cleaning the pond was extra. Has anyone done this lately? I have been doing it by hand so far. I got about half an acre done with chain saw and my tractor but it sure is wearing me out. Hopein who ever does it can do it quicker. Is there a way to figure coast on this so I do not get gouged. Thank you for any advise.

    K.LaRue-VA    Posted 04-09-2018 at 09:36:55 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • We have 12 acres in Central Virginia that was nearly impassable after a hurricane in 2004, and more bad weather in 2005 and 2006. We have some areas so full of downed pines, I had to cut tunnels thru them. All work was done with the 8N or 2N, and my chain saw. Some areas are far from "cleared" but most is now accessible, and starting to look better. Cut a trail, and the forest seems to thin out on either side of it without much more work.

    If I wanted it done fast, and was willing to pay the bill, one of those chippers on a skid-steer could have turned it all into mulch in a week or two. The guys I talked to back in 2005-2006 wanted $1000 a day, and couldn't tell me how many days they would be at it. They wanted me to pay for four days up front, and then by the day, until they were done, or I was broke.

    The pines were no loss to us. They are not worth the trouble to cut for firewood, and there was no way a logger could harvest them without losing all the poplar, walnut, maple, oak, chesnut, pecan, holly, cedar, blackberry, and raspberry that we wanted to keep. As the good trees got healthier, there has been less deadfall to deal with, and we are still getting more firewood than we can use.












    Kirk-NJ    Posted 04-03-2018 at 02:56:33 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • What kind of trees? got enough for a timber sale? Call a couple of loggers to give you a price. Why not make a few dollars while you clear you land. It's a lot easier clearing the small stuff once the big stuff goes to the mill.
    I've done some clear with a dozer blade on my 4000.

    Larryb    Posted 04-03-2018 at 19:17:17 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Thanks everyone gona meet the guy tomorrow who might be the one to clean out the woods. Hope to get done after the rainy cold weather is done. Right now a lot of water is laying around. We have had a lot of rain lately. My chickens are learning how to quack and tread water.

    Kirk-NJ    Posted 04-04-2018 at 07:27:17 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • If you have good saleable timber don't sell yourself short.

    SelectOSpeed    Posted 04-03-2018 at 19:00:52 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • And a 4040 Indy with power steering at that ! SoS.

    steveVa    Posted 04-01-2018 at 18:45:09 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Are there trees you can sell for timber??
    I bought a Kubota with a loader and a 4 way bucket. Pushed and pulled out the middle size stuff, cut a loop road and a few cross-overs, bush-hogged the little stuff, and sold the big stuff...

    Farmer Dan    Posted 04-01-2018 at 18:32:23 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I used 4' brush hog my 9N. Full throttle 1st gear. If that didn't work I would raise the brush hog and back into the brush. If brush was still to thick I would pay a guy to use a chain saw. Took two weeks but I cleared 10 acres. Then I had the joy of plowing and disking.

    larryb    Posted 04-01-2018 at 18:39:57 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • THANKS Farmer Dan, that is the way I have been going but several dead trees and large old stumps are too much for the bush hog. My son in law used my tractor and tried the same thing when he came over and broke several shear pins. So I guess it is time for the big stuff before I tear up something. Some of the trees are over 2-3 ft in diameter.

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