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Excavating / Grading
Excavating and Grading Overview

Deciding what to clear on a new job site...

Why bulldoze down everything in sight with large equipment?

Bobcat provides the machines and attachments allowing you to choose which trees and landscape features stay and which ones go — giving you the option of keeping mature landscape features and saving you money on new trees, fill and other materials.

Clearing Brush

Your 3 best options for selectively removing small trees and brush are the Bobcat Brushcat® rotary cutter, flail cutter and/or brush saw.

Bobcat Brushcat Attachment

Bobcat Brushcat® Attachment

Bobcat Flail Cutter Attachment

Bobcat Flail Cutter Attachment

The brushcat and flail cutter essentially perform the same function (thich brush mowing) just with different designs. The brushcat has horizontal cutting blades while the flail cutter has a drum with multiple cupped cutting teeth. Both will cut through the thickest grass and brush as well as mulch small branches and saplings up to 3 inches in diameter. Both work extremely well and coupled with your Bobcat skid steer loader, compact track loader or all wheel steer loader will allow you to clear property in tight areas like between mature trees.

The brush saw attachment is also used for brush clearing. It utilizes a single horizontal saw blade and can be used on small trees up to 15 feet tall.

Cleaning up loose brush

To gather up loose branches, rocks and other debris, consider utilizing an Industrial Grapple or Root Grapple attachment. They perform similar functions with different designs. The industrial grapple comes in 2 styles: Industrial Bucket Grapple and Industrial Fork Grapple while the Root Grapple has a curved skeletal tooth design permits material to be picked up without driving teeth into the ground (as the name implies, it was originally designed to pull up loose roots near the surface of the soil).

What's the easiest thing to do with loose brush?

Turn it into mulch - use the Bobcat Chipper attachment to grind branches reducing volume 10 to 1. Much like the stump grinder attachment the Bobcat Chipper attachment offer many advantages over a tow behinder chipper: easier to get into tight locations, easier to position, one less engine to maintain.

Cut higher trees and limbs from top to bottom!

Whether you’re clearing every tree in an area or selectively thinning strands, the Bobcat Forestry Cutter Attachment lets you remove the trees you want - turning them into a bed of mulch. Punch into large-diameter trees and bring the uppermost limbs quickly to the ground! Or simply lower the forestry cutter onto the tree and its fast-cutting teeth can rip it to shreds, or tear it to pieces by repeatedly hitting it from the side. If required, the forestry cutter has the ability to till the mulch right into the soil. The forestry applications kit is required to operate the forestry cutter. It provides protection for the operator and machine.

Clearing Stumps

There are several advantages to using a Bobcat stump grinder attachment mounted to your loader vs. a tow behind stump grinder.

Bobcat Stump Grinder Attachment

Bobcat Stump Grinder Attachment

  • It's easier to get the stump grinder into tight areas (back to our selective clearing concept)
  • It's easier to position over the stump (stump grinder is in right in front of you vs. backing it into position with your pickup)
  • It's easier to re-position - grind up to 45-in diameter stumps without repositioning.
  • Since the stump grinder operates off your loaders auxillary hydraulics, you eliminate a engine to maintain.

If you plan to do a lot of grinding, consider the model specifically designed to work with loaders with high flow hydraulics.