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Komatsu d41-s3 and stump pulling

Discussion in 'Track Loaders (NOT CTL)' started by Voodooburner, Aug 25, 2022.

  1. Voodooburner

    Voodooburner Active Member

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    Machine weighs 28,000lbs, if I put a root rake in place of the bucket (or if there is an attachment to go on the bucket) how well will this machine do pulling pine stumps? First machine ever, no idea what I am doing other than having fun
     
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    How big are the pine stumps, how many pine stumps, and what’s the ground like where you are located? Does the bucket have teeth on it? Could you do it, yes, will it be efficient, probably not, but that doesn’t really matter if all you have is time and this is a project you are going to nibble away at.
     
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    Most root rakes are made to deal with the roots that are leftover after pulling the stumps I believe.
     
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    that is what I was afraid of. A lot of youngish pines in GA red clay. I need to clear some fields
     
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    Wet clay is real slippery on the surface. What you want is moist soil down deep with the roots, with a dry surface for traction. The more sticking out of the ground the easier it is. Keep the whole tree and cut the stump off latter. For short ones push em maybe bounce off em a couple times to loosen them. Hook the teeth of the bucket on them, lifting may work but curling maybe better. Try and cut up the roots close to you before trying the curling maybe. Messing with dead trees is dangerous work, actually anything over head is dangerous.
     
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    Currently the trees are alive. I can have them cut and get some cash. The stumping is $$$$$$. Hate to just push the trees over and burn them
     
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    does it have a winch? if so, you can fab up a rear stump splitter and use the winch to work it. split stumps are cake to take out, compared to whole ones.
    stump-splitter.jpeg
     
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    I am confused at how that stump splitter works
     
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    What dia. are the big ones? What dia. are most of them? How many acres?
     
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    Skyking's stump splitter goes on the back of the machine making it easy to see what you're doing. In front you can't see over the hood. The winch maybe for picking it up to put it on. If you have a way of putting it on. I like the idea!
     
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    I think you mount it on the back of the machine, hook the winch cable to the log and drag it into the splitter to split the log or stump?
     
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    24” in diameter is probably the largest there are a lot of much smaller 6-8” almost all pines. Area is pretty thick with them though
     
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    The splitter hinges at the bottom and then you hook the winch cable to it so you can pick it up out of your way when you're not using it it just picks up against the back of the machine.
    It works best when you have a winch with a fair lead so it's up higher.
    Because it's adjustable you can split stumps above you a little bit or below you a little bit.
     
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    The little loader should handle 6-8" SYP stumps in GA clay with a little effort. 24" is going to take you a while, might want to pack a lunch.:D

    Just a suggestion - can you cut all the timber, collect the money, clear the small stumps and leave the larger ones? Let the large ones set a couple of years and clear them later? 2' on the stump is worth a dollar or two.
     
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    That's a good idea. Around here at least pines lose their structural integrity a lot quicker than fir and hemlock stumps. They all lose their integrity a lot faster than cedars lol.
     
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    That isn’t the worst idea I have heard. Time to talk to the forester
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