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Old 06-28-2012, 07:48 PM   #1
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Power tools for brush removal?

Been shopping for property with forestland.

When I do get it, I am probably going to have to do some brush removal - not the big trees, but the underbrush we have a lot of in the PNW.

Besides renting some kind of brushmower, I will probably also need something besides a chain saw to remove brush with in areas where I don't want to go through with a mower, and a chainsaw is too much for the small saplings and thick brush. A mower also won't get into some of the areas I want to get into, and I will also want to do some overhead pruning of limbs and such.

I was looking at the Stihl Kombi system - one powerhead with multiple tools, especially the brush cutting blade for saplings and the pruner for pruning.

Anybody have any experience with this system?

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Old 06-28-2012, 11:49 PM   #2
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Actually wanting to try the Stihl system myself as i have a few acres to take care of. I have a shindaiwa T27X, which has a "multi position" carb so you can wave it around with a 3-pointed blade on it, it goes though saplings no problem and I think there's a bigger T34 available. Stihl is nice weedwacker too..
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Old 06-29-2012, 02:14 AM   #3
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I have a Craftsman trimmer with replaceable heads. It's 190cc, I think, and generally does well with stuff. Right now, I have 2 heads, one is a string trimmer head that uses a very thick cord, this is great for any thick weeds and bushes. However, the thick cord does not do well with just grass, as the grass just tends to flatten, and not cut.

I also have the small chainsaw attachment with a 6" or so chain. This is really useful. Anything above 1", it goes through like butter. I recently used it to take down some large bushes/saplings in the yard as well as trim tree branches above my head and it worked well for both.

Of course, the Craftsman is cheaper than the Stihl, but it depends how much heavy duty work you really need it to do.
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Old 06-29-2012, 05:21 AM   #4
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Didn't you used to be able to get some kinda spinning blade of death for string trimmers?
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Old 06-29-2012, 05:49 AM   #5
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A carbide table saw blade on weed wacker works the best for me. The old Homelite weed wacker came with one of those triangle blades which worked OK but struggled on the big sagebrush. The carbide tipped table saw blade cuts through them with ease.
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I've been pretty impressed with straight shafted echo equipment over the years. nice and durable, takes down stuff like cattails and saplings with little issue, good longevity and easy starting. However, I've got no exposure to other brands so there could be better options out there; I do know what I'll throw my personal money at though.
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Old 06-29-2012, 06:12 AM   #7
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Ditch blade. Doesn't look like much, but you'd be amazed at the crap it'll slice though. No gas, strings, exhuast or maintenance schedule. Keep a file in your pocket to touch up gouges. 2 inch sapling are a swipe away from felling.

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Old 06-29-2012, 06:34 AM   #8
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I have a straight shaft Stihl trimmer with a string head and a "glinger" saw blade. It takes a while but I've gotten rid of all the saplings/brush/grass at the edges of the clearing for my house in areas you'd never access with anything a consumer can afford.
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Ditch blade. Doesn't look like much, but you'd be amazed at the crap it'll slice though. No gas, strings, exhuast or maintenance schedule. Keep a file in your pocket to touch up gouges. 2 inch sapling are a swipe away from felling.

I already have this:



Wouldn't want to use it to clear 5 acres of brush.
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Old 06-29-2012, 07:26 AM   #10
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To be clear, I am talking acres, not a little brush at the edge of a suburban home, but acres of dense underbrush along forestland.

The plot I just looked at was 20 acres of forest with maybe 5 acres of dense overgrown brush around the house. Clearing it by hand is not an option and even if I got 20 goats (which I don't have the time to deal with right now) it is going to need some power equipment to clean up the lot near the house.

Plus I want to clean up parts of the forest too - which isn't so bad (the trees have kept the underbrush down) but still needs work and you can't get a mower in there (too steep).
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Old 06-29-2012, 08:00 AM   #11
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Then you need yellow iron and implements/attachments.
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Old 06-29-2012, 08:00 AM   #12
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This might be overkill, but that is what we are about...


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Old 06-29-2012, 08:20 AM   #13
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Would you consider hiring a contractor with a excavator or skid-steer mounted flail mulcher??

They can go lots of places a regular mower can't and take down some good size trees depending on the machines size..




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Old 06-29-2012, 08:22 AM   #14
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D'oh... SkyeTrek beat me to it...
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:39 AM   #15
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RAW has some posts in a similar vain, although the thread has gone dormant.


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http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...&postcount=684
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