Giant Cutter Wheel Cleans Up Fence Lines, Trims Trees

Being able to cut weeds and brush on both sides of a fence line was one reason Mark Majerus built his skid loader-mounted brush cutter. 
"It will cut weeds under fence lines and shear off small tree branches overhanging the field," says Majerus. "A bumper guard made from round tubing lets me cut up close to fence posts without damaging the blades."
The hydraulic-powered cutter mounts on a big steel side arm made from a pair of 2 by 4-in. channel irons with 2-in. dia. pipe spacers welded on between them for strength. Mower sickle sections are bolted around the perimeter of a 36-in. dia. steel plate to clear a 42-in. wide path. The plate is shaft-driven by a hydraulic motor that's bolted onto a square steel plate, which is welded onto a metal frame that supports everything. A round metal guard is welded onto the frame just above the sickle sections. 
Majerus welded angle iron 'stiffeners' on top of the round plate to keep it from twisting or bending if it contacts a rock or other obstruction. The stiffeners also help keep weeds from wrapping around the motor's shaft.
"I use it on my Case 1835 B skid loader. The whirling action of the sickle sections sucks grass in similar to the rotating blades on a lawn mower," says Majerus. "It was kind of hard to get used to operating it, because the operator has to look out to the side to watch for posts and operate the controls at the same time. 
"I paid $50 for the hydraulic motor and about $15 apiece for the hydraulic hoses. I bought the motor from my friend Dick Johnson, who had torn down a Tennant floor sweeper." 
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mark Majerus, 1731 230th St. E., Farmington, Minn. 55024 (ph 651 463-7084;