2021 - Volume #45, Issue #4, Page #27[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
“Hogs” Make Quick Work Of Trees, Stumps
What sets the Tree Hog apart from other machines is that you set it next to a tree or stump and the cutting wheel feeds hydraulically into the tree. “Other machines just have a wheel on back and you drive into the tree. The Tree Hog gives you a lot more control. You can manipulate the force applied as needed,” says Sikes.
The Houston, Texas-based company keeps the cost down by selling direct to customers. There are two 3-pt. mounted pto-driven Tree Hog cutters with hydraulically positioned 40 or 48-in. dia. cutting wheels made from 3/4-in. A-36 steel plates. Both models feature extra heavy-duty gearboxes, welded steel skirts to prevent flying debris, fully enclosed friction disk clutches, and a double-acting hydraulic cylinder on 7-ft. push bars to safely direct taller trees away from the operator and tractor.
The Model 40 has a 40-in. dia. cutting wheel extending 16-in. The Model 48 is equipped with a 48-in. dia. wheel reaching 20 in. from the rear of the machine. Sikes recommends a minimum of 40 hp. to operate the Model 40 and 85 hp. for the Model 48.
Cutting wheels consist of 10 carbide bits that Sikes says on average will cut approximately 200 10-in. trees or stumps before needing sharpening. Soil type is a large factor, but bits can be sharpened 2 to 4 times before needing replacement. Replacement costs are $15 each or $150 for all 10 bits.
“You can cut trees or stumps pretty much as big as you want with either machine,” says Sikes. “With the bigger trees, you just make multiple cuts from different sides at various levels. The blades cut flush with the ground.”
Most machines are purchased by farmers reclaiming land and pecan growers thinning tree crops in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas.
The Tree Hogs are built in Houston and shipped directly to customers ready to go.
The Model 40 sells for $7995 and the Model 48 is $9995.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dan Sikes, The Stumpster Co., 7200 Long Dr., Houston, Texas 77087. (ph 800 527- 2881; email@example.com; www.stumpster.com)
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