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Spence    Posted 08-22-2003 at 14:40:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
My brush is tangled up in vines, some rope sized. I'm clearing up the brush now and we have a no burn county ordinance.

Suppose I rent a shredder, tie all the branches with the vine, fork to branch in train fashion, feed in the first branch, then the rest should get pulled in lickitty split, right!

One great big WUMP!, and no work.

Sounds OK, doesn't it

Mike D. try this-    Posted 08-23-2003 at 19:08:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've bushogged vines for years with good success.
Run the mower high in one direction, then run back over it lower from another direction. This has worked for us with honeysuckle, wild grape, poisen ivy, Virginia creeper, and the lot. In our part of the country the biggest problem is running into a groundhog hole and tipping the tractor, go slow, back up off of it when you start to bind up. I snatched up a 4 inch wild grape and ate it up with a 6' bushog on a 52 hp. tractor. As for trees, the Gum trees seem to work the mower the hardest, I mow them in 3 foot wide paths. In heavy cover thick with vines I do the same thing. You don't need to cut more than half the width of your mower in the thick stuff anyway.
Too hard on the equipment if you bite off more than you should be chewing... Good luck, be safe, go slow. Regards- Mike D.

Larry 8N75381    Posted 08-23-2003 at 16:42:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
You could wind up with the shreader up the tree! I say that because I was bush hogging with my Ford 3000 down by my creek. I snagged a wild grape vine with the front axle. Before I got stopped it had pulled the front of the tractor up off the ground!!! (A Ford 3000 weighs something over 3500 pounds!) Of course the vine was about two inches in diameter. But it held tight in the top of the tree and would not let go!

Ron,Ar    Posted 08-22-2003 at 21:44:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Around here we have crews of men (usually Mecican) that go everywhere in the woods they are allowed, pulling vines. They roll them all up, stack them in pickups and head south (Mexico I think).I have heard they make wreaths and stuff like that and re-sale them in the US. Maybe ya need to find some of these guys, they work like Turks and ain't afraid to tackle any vine, no matter how big or tangled with poison ivy. What you describe is trouble waiting to happen IMHO.

Les    Posted 08-22-2003 at 21:09:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
My tree crews hate vines more than anything. There is no chance that what you say will work. Vines are nasty things that take time, time and more time to get rid of. You'll soon find out.

Dale    Posted 08-22-2003 at 19:08:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Try looking around to see if you can rent one of the stump grinders they use for grinding up brush and tops to clean up after forestry operations, that should do the job.

Swamphandy    Posted 08-22-2003 at 18:26:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Check your ordinence for limitations on a "recreational fire". Our county requires a permit to burn, but anything considered recreational does not.

So basically, I pile up a 10' stack of brush, grab some marshmellows and a stick, and touch it off with a bit of boy scout water on a rainy day. If anyone questions my permit status, I offer them a marshmellow.



Bob/Ont    Posted 08-22-2003 at 15:58:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Take a chain saw to the vine spence. You need to see where it starts and work your way along. Hard work and hard on chainsaw teeth too. The only way you could do what you asy is if you put it through an old cutting box that had a feeder that you could stop or back up as needed.
Later Bob

Junior Samples    Posted 08-22-2003 at 15:52:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
One big wump, one plugged up shredder.

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