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Brush Mower on Excavator????

Discussion in 'Compact Equipment Attachments' started by farmboy555, Oct 4, 2018.

  1. farmboy555

    farmboy555 Well-Known Member

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    just wondering if anyone has one. If so what brand and how do you like it
     
  2. pondo

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    I Just did quick demo ( in dealers yard, no cutting) of 42" diamond mower (16 -21gpm) on Bobcat e45. I was surprised how heavy it felt and BC claims 20 gpm and it needed every ounce . Use an hydraulic to move machine and u could hear mower loose speed. Something did not add up :(
     
  3. OTG AuGres

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    I’ve got an Eterra flail mower that I purchased from Skid Steer Solutions on my Bobcat E42. It’s a nice piece of equipment and works quite well for grass, weeds, light brush, and even small trees. That being said, it’s not the fastest way to clear ground. It is however convenient, especially in those areas not easily reachable with a tractor/brush hog combo or equivalent. Works well for ditch banks, pond banks, etc.
     
  4. DoyleX

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    I have a diamond on a skid with the 20-25gpm setup. Works good, good waste reduction, built heavy duty, slow on anything over 3-4 inches. It will cut down a 6-10" but sounds like hell and takes a a few cuts. I have a older machine that is 18gpm and you feel the difference.
     
  5. OTG AuGres

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    I’ve got the Eterra Typhoon on my T595 HiFlo and it’s a beast. Much faster and more robust than the excavator unit. They both have their places...the OP was specifically asking about excavator mowers.
     
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    I have a Rock Hound Mower on a Taki TB153FR. It is a flail type. I like it. Works well, even in tough, thick material. You need to have the GPM and PSI for them to pay for themselves.
     
  7. Steve Frazier

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    I'm looking at purchasing a Cat 304e at work and getting a flail mower to do over guard rails and outfield fences plus keep the bordering woods under control in the parks I maintain. Going to be following this thread
     
  8. farmboy555

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    Thanks for the replies
     
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    Yes I know but the 2 are usually made about the same by the same manufactures for both applications.
     
  10. OTG AuGres

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    Yes, in my case they are both the same manufacturer (Eterra). However, the Typhoon for my CTL is a rotary cutter while the EX-30 for my mini is a flail mower. Different tools, different characteristics. In my opinion, and it’s only mine that a rotary style mower on an excavator, especially a mini is at least capable of imparting a lot more stress and wear and tear on your machine than a flail mower. The flail mower seems to impart minimal stress on the machine, even when cutting brush and smaller trees. The downside is that it is a slower solution than a rotary mower. I’m fortunate to have both and try to use the best tool for the job at hand.

    In both cases, a big thumbs up to both Eterra and Skid Steer Solutions. I’ve got lots of equipment and implements and the build quality of the Eterra stuff ranks up there as some of the best.
     
  11. Steve Frazier

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    I've been doing a little research since I posted here and have some questions. I mentioned I'm looking at a Cat 304e and in addition to excavating I'll be using it to reclaim overgrown areas of the parks I maintain. This would be the perimeters of the parks where they meet the woods and reaching over fences and guard rails to cut back overgrowth. Probably looking at material 6 inches and less in diameter for the most part. Once they are cleared they'll be maintained regularly.

    I'm leaning toward the drum type brush head vs. rotary based on videos I've watched and the comments here seem to point that way too. There are two types I've seen, a hammer knife and fixed bolt on carbide cutters similar to a stump grinder. The bolt on cutter type is very impressive in shredding trees and heavy brush but I'm wondering how well it would work on grass after the clearing is done? Would the hammer knife be a better choice for grass and weeds?
     
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    I mounted a Gyrotrak drum cutter on my 304C CR. It worked great except that it was too heavy for the excavator to extend out. Sold it to a buddy who installed it on a 308E2 CR and it worked much better BUT when you move the machine the head slows down.
     

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    The issue I have with the Cats is they only run a single pump. So any multifunctioning is going to kill production.
     
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    Which mini has multiple pumps ?
     
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    All that I am aware of except for CAT.
     
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    Yep all except cat pretty much...i have a 304 and a kx080..tried brush mower...hated it....fae head and fail are awesome though....all mowers are pretty much too heavy for 304...you gotta to be close and not over the tracks....lighter the better....skid mowers have to be tough cause they get rammed into everything....mower on hoe is more precise....also pay very close attention to hyd temp...