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Dozer site prep.

Discussion in 'Forestry Operations' started by James K, Jun 7, 2018.

  1. James K

    James K New Member

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    BDFBF157-3E7E-4A1F-B180-424664D676F2.jpeg 41DC1EAA-A646-4544-883B-E368D3950B33.jpeg I’m new to this forum (first post), just interested to see how many other people out there do what we do and if they do it any different.
    We do tracts that are anywhere from about 40 acres being the smallest all the way up to 1500+ (we’re moving to a 1500 acre cut in 2 weeks). Right now I’m cutting about a 120 acre clear cut that’s part of a 550 tract of cut pine/hardwood.
    We go through and shear all the stumps off flush with ground level and row the trash then come back with a bedding plow and plow the land to be replanted. Currently we’re running a 3 man crew of 3 Cat D6T LGP dozers (we had a D7 but it wasn’t an LGP and it just wouldn’t stand up in the mud), all are running v-shear blades and we bed with a Savannah bedding plow. I cut on average about 1 acre/hr-1.5/hr depending on the ground and time it’s been cut. Bedding goes a lot faster at about 3.5-4 acres/hr.
     

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  2. James K

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    Birken Vogt Charter Member

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    Around here they want equipment on soil at a bare minimum. Trees get planted among the stumps and brush and 30-50 years later at harvest it has all rotted away.

    Just curious why this is all necessary in your part of the country.
     
  4. James K

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    Sometimes around here if you get a good flat piece of land that’s not real trashy at all they’ll just come along and just stick the saplings in the ground or “flat plant” them but around here ground like that is hard to come by. Most of the land we work is full of water, covered in trash and brush from the loggers with blown down trees and top piles everywhere. The shearing is really just to get the ground smooth so we can run the bedding plow through and also to get all the hardwood stumps that are starting to regrow out of there. The bedding is important because when we bed we skim the ground to row the trash to the sides and then what is left is a nice raised bed of just dirt, if we don’t do this they’ll just plant the trees wherever (standing water, right next to a log or pile of trash) and a lot of the saplings will be lost. I’m from South Carolina by the way.
     
  5. td25c

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    That's a pretty cool operation James !

    Take a wild guess what my favorite clearing tool is ? :)

    Those blades would be the perfect tool for timbered ground .

    Tree tops everywhere & stumps under them .

    I love it ! Hack & stack all the way with it .

    Sometimes I get to feeling bad about charging customers for a carnival ride through the trees .... We had so much fun I should be paying them . LOL !:D 100_3667[1].JPG
     
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    Hi James. You are a fellow South Carolinian.

    There was a guy by Summerville that used to run 8s. I don’t know if he is in business anymore or not. He bought a d5n that we had to plant with.
     
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    I wish they would clean it all up. We’d love the work!
     
  9. Plebeian

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    Does the disc set leave a row of dirt like this?
     
  10. Georgia Iron

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    Thats a really mean looking v blade. What happens when you get into larger tress stumps 24" or more +? Do you skim over them or how does that work?