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    A hotel that I do maintenance for ask me to give a estimate for a large brush clearing job. Its maybe 80'x25' filled with 10' bamboo, maples, prickers, you name it. The first thing I thought of was a blow torch. Well since thats not going to work. I need some kind of solution. A rough number I have in my head is 20 hours with 2 guys. Thats just a wild guess. The clean up could take 8 hours.

    Ill post pics later, it was to dark for my camera to work at the time I was approached.

    Would a bobcat walk behind brush cutter work on this?

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    A hotel that I do maintenance for ask me to give a estimate for a large brush clearing job. Its maybe 80'x25' filled with 10' bamboo, maples, prickers, you name it. The first thing I thought of was a blow torch. Well since thats not going to work. I need some kind of solution. A rough number I have in my head is 20 hours with 2 guys. Thats just a wild guess. The clean up could take 8 hours.

    Ill post pics later, it was to dark for my camera to work at the time I was approached.

    Would a bobcat walk behind brush cutter work on this?
    Yes, with the saw blade I have cut trees that were say 4" across. The only thing that can happen is the tree may come back on the blade and cause it to bind.
    Andy
    Halifax, Nova Scotia

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    • #4
      Would it be worthwhile first to take a pole saw to some of the higher trees to make it easier to cut with the brush cutter? You wouldn't want that falling on you and it would help in preventing it binding onto the blade of the brush cutter.
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      • #5
        I think Steve has a good point .
        I would take a chainsaw to the big stuff then a bush hog and then maybe a weed whacker with a blade on it for the tight stuff around the edges.
        I couldn't give you a price looking at the picture The hill looks a bit steep but it hard to tell for sure.
        Good luck on the bid, Hope you get the job.

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        • #6
          Well having seen pictures, it's hard to tell how much they want done, personally I would cut everything back from around the street lights, thin the bigger trees and cut the rest.

          Best equipment for this job is a chain saw, Brush cutter, Chipper and a trimmer with a vert heavy line, personally like Gator for this stuff.

          If I went in with the above equipment and one helper we would be done in 8 hours tops, $850.00 and leave the chips for the customer.
          Andy
          Halifax, Nova Scotia

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          • #7
            They want it cut back 20-30'. Pretty much obliterate it all besides the trees.

            There is a steep hill going across the whole thing. Which will make it a bit more difficult.

            The rental place said the brush cutter will cut up to 4" like picframer said. So that should cut the time down in half. I'm thinking 10 hours at $100 a hour and $200 for the brush cutter rental. Does that seem fair?

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            • #8
              Do you have to haul anything away? Personally if you do not have a chipper, rent one. You can simply feed the thing and walk away for the next arm full, get a power fed unit.
              Andy
              Halifax, Nova Scotia

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              • #9
                Do you have to haul anything away? Personally if you do not have a chipper, rent one. You can simply feed the thing and walk away for the next arm full, get a power fed unit.
                I could rent one or use my dump truck. You think the chipper will save more time?

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                • #10
                  I could rent one or use my dump truck. You think the chipper will save more time?
                  that would all depend on the size of the stuff. Smaller items do not chip well and would make you work harder. Clearing small tress though it would save you a lot of time.
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                  • #11
                    Get a mini and a chipper
                    60 inch eXmark Lazer Z
                    48 inch eXmark Metro
                    42 inch Husqvarna Tractor
                    Echo Trimmer
                    Echo Blower
                    Stihl 011 AVT Chainsaw
                    Husqvarna 435 chainsaw
                    5X8 Homemade trailer
                    1997 F350 Diesel

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                    • #12
                      I could rent one or use my dump truck. You think the chipper will save more time?
                      OMG you wont believe the time and cost it will save, very few trees in the pic we would limb, just start the trunk into the chipper and walk away.

                      If you are hauling that stuff, not sure what size truck or trailer you have but there is a lot of loads, probably cheaper to rent a rubbage container, 20 yard or so.
                      Andy
                      Halifax, Nova Scotia

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                      • #13
                        you wont believe the time and cost it will save, very few trees in the pic we would limb, just start the trunk into the chipper and walk away.
                        With such a job, what kind of time difference do you think he would save using a chipper? Also, does it come down to being cheaper to use a chipper versus having to rent a dumpster for all that?
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                        • #14
                          your jungle

                          I've recently finished 10 acres of the same stuff. My experience was to make every mistake first and then correct it. Learn from my errors.

                          To begin, start with the low/thin brush first. Use a DR Power Mower or one of those Snapper monster brush mowers. Use a flail mower if you can find one Sickle bars are great but you're left with whole strands of thorny cut brush to pick up and throw away. by using the mower you'll chop the brush into short pieces that can be blown into a pile or raked off the property. In CT you might find quite a few rocks sticking up. You're gonna hit 'em. Trust me on this, they're invisible as they blend into the brush. Set the mower up to as high as it will go. That way you'll miss most but not all rocks.

                          When you're done with the mower and all the brambles are cut down and chopped up move onto the small trees or saplings. Cut them with a brush cutter like one of the Stihl's. I bought the least expensive one that I could put a blade on. That means it took more time but I had more time than money to do this so that was okay. Buy the blades that you can sharpen and not the throw-aways. They're stronger and you'll need that strength for when you're running at top speed and hit a rock. Little aside here-buy the big harness it's about $150 or so. It gives more control and you don't take such a beating, with one you can move pretty quick and last all day. Also-buy one of the models that feature bicycle handlebars The strap that comes with the machine isn't meant for such serious duty.
                          OTOH, if you have a DR Power Brush trimmer you can substitute a blade with a chain saw chain on it. That looks like it'll take care of up to 4" saplings. After 4", you'll want to start using a full on chain saw. After that it's pretty straight forward lot clearing.
                          If you have to remove the brush cuttings use a trailer. Pile everything in it then, use a small chainsaw to cut it up INSIDE the trailer being careful to cut only the brush and not the trailer or you. Using this system you can really pack it full.
                          Keep reading - this is the really important part.
                          Buy And Wear All Available safety gear No joke. The brambles will slice you to ribbons. I suggest a welders jacket with collar, welding gloves a Stihl helmet with the ear defenders and (REALLY IMPORTANT) Screen Face Shield. jeans like the really thick Carrhart Jeans, I've also worn knee and shin guards like these-
                          http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...+Guard+12.aspx
                          and get a system like this
                          http://www.stihlusa.com/apparel/pro-...ry-helmet.html
                          Wear the sturdiest 9-10" boots you've got and make sure the shin guards meet the boot tops.
                          Do all of this and you'll still get your fair share of slices on you but I don't know of any other protective gear that'll keep you safer.

                          On the other hand, you could rent a Bobcat with a front mount flail mower and be done with brush by afternoon break. Wish I'd done that.
                          Oh and good luck-it's really satisfying work.

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                          • #15
                            I've recently finished 10 acres of the same stuff. My experience was to make every mistake first and then correct it. Learn from my errors.

                            Oh and good luck-it's really satisfying work.
                            Not even going to bid on this. Customer owes me $1500 and I'm not about to do anymore work that I'm not getting paid for. I was going to bid it at $1200, if they pay up ill bid on it in spring.

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