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Teeth make all the difference

The teeth finally arrived for the bucket and of course I had to get them on and try out the CAT before sundown. Whoa! Teeth make all the difference. I mean, I knew it would but wow, sure is easy now.  I pulled this stump out of the ground in one back drag  and then with one pass forward I picked it up. Like a kid in the candy store, I had to get out and take pics. 🙂

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Bearcat Wood Chipper custom discharge chute

This video is about our BearCat homemade discharge chute.

Disclaimer: This is a prototype design we made only for temporary use. It is not an authorized piece of equipment by the manufacturer. If you decide to build one for yourself, you agree to do so at your own discretion, risk and liability.

I wanted a chute that would blow chips right into the quad’s dump cart. Its a little more than 1 cubic meter (yard) of material. We previously would fill the cart with the 3″ BearCat chipper but filling it just once and dumping would take a whole hour. When I recently purchased this 8″ wood chipper, the first objective was to fill the cart with a custom chute. It did so easily, 5 times an hour. Although, there is still some things to consider, like the huge amount of airflow from the chipping action causes blowback of chips. It makes a mess but that’s not a big concern for us.

Brush clearing after the July full moon

Brush cutting
July’s new moon stops regrowth?

I read somewhere that cutting brush within 3 weeks after the new moon in July will stop all future growth. So I did a test and cut about 800 feet of trail during that period this year. It will be interesting to see what happens. I call them weed trees, but its mostly poplar (or popple as some call it).

 

 

 

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Brush cutting in the heat of summer

Clearing saplings
Stihl brush cutting.

With even just a few acres of forested land, it can be a never ending  job to keep the property looking like its not overgrown. I’ve learned a long time ago to “cry once, pay once”. By that I mean not to go cheap on the tools I use for ongoing or heavy use. Basically you get what you pay for. I own several Stihl products and have never been disappointed with their performance.

 

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