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Precision Manufacturing first produced the HyReach Clipper in 1992. Its patented features make it unique to the tree shear industry. Our tree cutters and attachments are used for commercial tree cutting as well as by landowners to clean fence rows, pastures, timber and etc. The tree shear cuts all types of trees – DEAD or ALIVE! The maximum cut is between 9″ and 12″.
Precision Manufacturing’s Add-A-Grapple and Grapple Rake make easy work of handling brush and debris. Our skid steer attachments and tractor attachments have been especially useful with storm clean-up equipment used for removal of damages caused by ice storms, tornados, hurricanes and etc. The grapples and grapple forks are also useful for picking up hard to handle material.
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This really is a personal preference but we will point out advantages and disadvantages of each.
Shearing has traditionally been the most popular way of cutting trees. The more versatile shears will not only cut at ground level but can power rotate the head and trim limbs. Shears are available to cut up to 16” trees. The larger shears do not have the rotate feature to side trim fields so are not as versatile as the shears that rotate. Shearing leaves a smooth cut and can cut at ground level so you can drive and mow over the stump. After shearing, the stump will need to be treated to avoid future growth (cedars do not require spraying). Tordon is a popular stump and brush herbicide that is available in ready to use containers. It runs from $25 to $50 per quart. Some shears have a spraying feature but there is a lot of waste of chemicals (expensive and not environmentally friendly). The chemicals are corrosive to the sprayer/tank and the nozzle can be clogged and/or broken in a brushy environment. Shearing is a quiet, safe method of cutting trees with very little debris other than the cut limb or tree.
Saws are quick and can cut larger trees. Saws usually require larger machinery with either hi flow or larger hydraulic pumps to operate properly. Your equipment must run at high RPMs on most models which may cause overheating of your hydraulic oil. Maintenance is higher on saws because the replaceable teeth will wear or break in rocks or fence posts. With speeds of up to 2,000 RPM a tremendous amount of dust can be created which is absorbed by you and your equipment. The higher RPMs can also throw debris. Like tree shears, sprayer attachments are available but have the same shortcomings. Some models can rotate for cutting limbs but beware the weight and high RPMs up over your head.
Tree Pullers are becoming more popular. It is a good way to clear a pasture or field because you do not leave a stump. Some think a large hole is left after a tree is pulled. This is not true as most of the dirt falls off the roots and into the hole. The roots can also be dragged over the area to smooth it out. You can expect to pull 4” to 6” trees if your equipment is around 80 hp or more. However, remember there are several variables when it comes to pulling – size of equipment, soil conditions and species of trees. Some models will allow you to dig/cut roots which will increase the size of trees that can be pulled. Pulling is a safe way to remove trees.
If you have a problem with trees and brush you likely will need to find equipment that best fits your needs – You can CUT IT or PULL IT and then STACK IT or HAUL IT.
The HyReach Tree Shear allows you to cut at ground level or power rotate the head to trim limbs.
The Tree Pullers allow you to pull the entire tree out of the ground – roots and all. No stump to interfere.
The Pallet Forks allow you to stack material such as hay bales and pallets. Add a grapple to your pallet forks to keep the brush on the forks.
You can move the brush to a pile or simply haul it out of your way. There are many grapples to choose from so there is likely one that will fit your needs whether your equipment is large or small. You can even remove rocks with the rock bucket. Add a grapple to the rock bucket to make it even more versatile.
Farm Shows are starting to wind down after the completion of the National Farm and Machinery Show. What a show! Attendance seemed to be normal and the interest in our products seemed better than ever.
If there was ever an attachment that was going to be put to the test, it would be the tree puller. That was always in the back of our minds when we designed the model 525000 Tree Puller.
We knew it would be used on large equipment with over 100 hp. There would be pulling, pushing, jerking, lifting, tilting and every other movement possible. Oh, we also knew customers would be digging with their tree pullers.
We designed our EXTREME tree puller with a double row of teeth for a better grip on the tree. The last thing you want to do when trying to pull a tree is to shread or shear the tree. Our teeth are also syncronized to prevent shearing and also allows you to apply a stronger grip. We use a powerful 3″ cylinder to close the blades tight. The cylinder is completely enclosed with a telescoping cylinder guard made of 1/4″ plate steel. The cylinder hoses and fittings are completely protected in both the extended and retracted positions.
If you ever try to pull a tree and it won’t pull, we have a solution. When the blades are in the closed position, they form a spade point. You can actually dig the roots that are preventing you from pulling the tree. There is also a root ripper that will cut the roots as you dig. The root ripper is located on top of the blades.
Add all of this up and you have the best tree puller on the market!
There is one thing you will discover about the Grapple Rakes from Precision Manufacturing. They all have a very large opening which obviously means you can hold more material. Even the grapple rake for the utility and compact tractor has a 50″ opening. The larger grapples have up to a 73″ opening. Large enough to grab a large round hay bale.
Other features include concealed cylinders on larger models. This reduces the chances of getting your hoses and fittings tangled in the brush. We also include subsoil points on the 433 and 444 series for extended wear.
The tines are placed 6″ apart. We have found this is ideal. It’s wide enough to sift the dirt yet tight enough to allow you to pick up small material such as rocks and small limbs.
The XD Series of Tree Shear is the best selling tree shear by far.