Do It Yourself, DIY, is often a fun and rewarding process.
There’s usually money to be saved when your personal labor is plentiful. However, like trusting a surgeon to do brain surgery, you’re better off leaving mulching to an experienced land clearing contractor. Here’s why:
Mulching is a high energy process. When stuff breaks, it breaks fast and repairs are routinely in the several thousand dollar range. If you’re renting a machine, you’re paying for downtime.
The weekly rate for a mulching machine is only the start. Other items you can expect to pay for separately are transport, fuel, refueling equipment, grease, tax and, worst of all, insurance. Not to mention the liability for breaking the machine or personal property damage.
Apples and oranges. The rental machines live particularly hard lives and the Bobcat and Terex dealers know it. To combat operators with no mulching experience, they run carbide toothed heads and can derate the machine by dialing back hydraulic pressure and flow. Carbide teeth are dull from day 1 and only get worse with use. On the bright side, they aren’t able to be sharpened so the dealer doesn’t have to worry about the users skipping that part of the maintenance. So not only do the teeth cut less than half the speed of knives, the machines might not even be putting out full power.
Learn as you go. The learning curve for running a bobcat mulcher or any other brand, regardless of tooth technology, is pretty steep. It takes an easy 100 hours of operation to get efficient with a machine. In that time you learn how to minimize the trees that fall back onto you and how to break the weak parts of the track loader among other tricks.
Although it may seem cheaper at a glance, renting a machine vs hiring a professional brush clearing contractor is anything but a money saver. If you’re looking to grind up some stuff and have a good time, by all means, rent your heart out and take video. If the bottom line cost is important, do yourself a favor and get an estimate from your land clearing contractor and make an honest comparison.
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High efficiency knife style mulching head equipped Caterpillar. An acre clearcut in a day’s time including numerous large oaks.