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CID skid steer brush cutter review

Discussion in 'Compact Equipment Attachments' started by Lindsey97, Aug 27, 2013.

  1. Lindsey97

    Lindsey97 Well-Known Member

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    after looking for over a year at many models and brands, i settled on a CID extreme 72" brush cutter. this is the model with the 100hp gearbox, and three blade carrier. i received it in about three days and the fun began. :D

    i promptly latched it on my trusty Case 70xt, and headed out to the woods. we mowed approx. 12-14 hours with it so far. my initial impression was that the brush cutter is very well made, and heavy built. it has a iron backing plate on the back instead of chains so you are well protected from objects flying back at you. the front push bar also offers some protection from flying debris. it is definitly a step above our rhino 172 tractor mower.

    i have cut osage orange, cedars, elms, and cottonwood. it will cut trees and brush at a very impressive rate. runs smooth and clean when cutting a tree. you can tilt the cutter and trim off a freshly cut tree stump flush with the ground. i do like how they designed the push bar and notched the deck for cutting trees.

    my Case 70xt is rated for 2000 lbs. operating capacity. the CID mower weighs 1526 lbs. and my Case handles the weight of the mower just fine. we have a small creek that runs through our hay meadow. i used the mower to cut trees of 2" to 10" on the creek bank and let them fall in the creek. you can angle/tilt the mower down a slope such as the creek bank and leave the skid setting up on the bank. works much better than a tractor/brushog combo. also fits under trees with low hanging limbs and fits down narrow atv trails.

    i installed my grouser tracks in anticipation of using the mower on the other side of our farm, which is quite sandy. havent made it over there yet, still finding cedars to take out.

    running the mower going foward and being able to raise the deck and mulch trees without tearing up a trailing wheel is very nice.
     
  2. Steve Frazier

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    Can you post a few pics of your cutter? I'd like too see it!!
     
  3. Lindsey97

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    CID has a great website. and letsdig18 on youtube has the same exact mower as mine, but he powers it with a takeuchi tl150. i watched several of his videos and before buying a mower.

    i would be glad to post some pics but havent figured out how to on this site. if you want pm your email and i will send you any pics you want. or i can shoot a video of it with my iphone for you.

    pretty impressive cutter to say the least.
     
  4. bill onthehill

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    Click on post reply.To post pics just click on go advanced and then click on the paper clip next to the smilie in the top row of icons. Then click browse and select your pics. When you are done selecting hit upload.:D
     
  5. Lindsey97

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    i attempted to post some photos but my pics were too large.
     
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    Just curious about how your mower is performing and holding up?
     
  8. kckc

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    Me also. I am looking at cutters but looking at direct drives instead of gear box. Skid pro and Blue Diamond have a lot of extras but NAI has a nice price on theirs
     
  9. Todd v.

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    I also have a CID extreme mower and am pretty happy with it. I have probably 50 hours or so of use on it and it's holding up well and no hickups to speak of. A couple things I would change about it: First the angle at the front lower edge is to steep and it tends to dig pretty well instead of skimming the ground, the other is that I think the hydraulic hoses are undersized a bit. My mower is the 60" low flow version and has 1/2" hoses, it's rated for 10-20 GPM but it seems like even after the mower is up to speed there is a decent amount of backpressure. After looking at some fluid speed charts it seems to back up my beliefs, should be 3/4". Not a huge deal but when working in the heat of summer we need every advantage we can get to keep our hydraulics cool. Other than that the mower is very well built and the blades really hold their edge pretty well, they are made from AR400 steel.

    One modification I just made was to help from getting vines wrapped around the spindle, the ring they put on the bottom of the mower deck and above the flywheel wasn't doing the trick and really just made it impossible to get the vines out once they were in there requiring me to have to remove the flywheel to clean it. I think the true purpose of the ring was to stop the flywheel was getting bounced up if the mower got dropped down to fast to prevent a bent gearbox shaft. After mowing in some heavy Kudzu for a couple hours I had to pack up the machine and come home. Anyhow I welded some angled teeth to the top side of the flywheel to prevent the vines from getting behind that ring and went back at it. Problem solved, I had zero vines in there after an 8 hour day.

    All said I think the CID cutter is one of the best values out there, the Blue Diamond may be a better mower but not by enough of a margin I don't think to justify the extra money unless it was something that's being used every day.
     
  10. Rustedcutlery

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    Out of curiosity, did you look at any other cutters before deciding on the cdi? I'm looking for a mower to put on my 259d, it's a 20gpm machine. Iv got a quote from a erskine dealer for a 72", not sure on flow requirements, and one from the cat house, bith in the same price range. If you don't mind me asking, what did you pay for the cdi?
     
  11. Todd v.

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    I just looked the other week at the CID website and it looks like they have changed the configurations of their mowers all around. Now their top mower is a direct drive unit with a piston motor. I paid just under 4k for mine from a seller on Ebay with shipping. Think it was Mark's Supply, the fellow I dealt with was Nick Miller and I was pretty happy with the service. Yes I did some shopping and felt that at that price point it was the best mower. It's overbuilt with a very sturdy deck and 100 hp gearbox, the blades hold a good edge as well. It should last a good while.
     
  12. antonio76

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    how many hours would you say you have on it? do you think it would do areas heavy with small saplings without being hard on it?I like the looks and specs of the mower. the price is good for what you seem to get.
     
  13. Todd v.

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    I have probably around 500 hours on it, about to order my second set of blades. The cutting edges wear really well, i replace them when the bolt holes start to elongate because the blades start to droop a little. I really don't think you'll hurt it, I cut a lot of stuff I probably shouldn't and it's given me zero problem other than a few cracked welds at the front corners but they are probably from me using the deck to sweep material away from the front of trees.
     
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    Thanks Todd!would you buy the same mower again?
     
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    Yup, but I'd probably go with the direct drive version with a piston pump they make now.
     
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    Just reading this old post and seen the comment that you wished it had 3/4 inch hoses. You can change to 3/4 inch hoses and even though you still may have a 1/2 inch restriction somewhere you will still get more flow than with the 1/2 inch ones. The short restriction will effect it a bit but the difference in flow will be noticeable.
     
  17. Rio_Grande

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    Todd how did you mod your mower to keep vines out of the spindle. Just had to disassemble my mower due to a unseen roll of wire in the woods! Lost a whole day mowing this week. Like to hear or see your idea.
     
  18. Todd v.

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    I took a few pics last friday when I was loading up. Basically I just welded a few tabs at an angle on the edges of the flywheel to push anything long and stringy up and over the flywheel instead of it wrapping up behind it. I did this after I lost half a day's work due to Kudzu getting wrapped up so bad behind there that it was slowi g the mower down pretty bad and the deck was getting hot and I was worried about starti g a fire. I have hit some barb wire and other stuff that was hidden in brush and it worked equally well to keep it from behind the flywheel. I may go back and weld another set for when I have the mower spinni g the other direction but fkr now I make sure itw spinning the right way when I get into vines. It does the trick.

    Also you can't see from the pictues but I welded a gusset behind the wedges to prevent them from bendi g and digging into the deck.

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  19. Rio_Grande

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    Thanks I lost almost a whole day due to a roll of wire last week. Had to go to the shop drop the flywheel and dig it out. Almost had to pull the box. I will do that exact mod. It basically catches the wire or vine before it gets into the shaft. Lot easier to clean up than taking the plate off. I am getting ready to replace my blades. They are rough.
     
  20. Todd v.

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    I had to drop the flywheel with the Kudzu, it looked like a huge birds nest and that stuff is like rope only harder. You could see it ripping up out of the ground out about 20' in front of the machine and wrapping up under there.

    Changing blades is fun, you have to cut the heads off the bolts. I had to use a 4 1/2" grinder and cutoff wheels last time because I ran out of Oxygen in the torch. I've been getting around 300 hours a set.