A mulcher is a powerful forestry attachment for a skid steer. It mulches trees up to 14” in diameter and also has the ability to grind down tree stumps, a job generally done by a stump grinder.
There are different types of mulchers. First of all, you can choose between a drum mulcher and a disc mulcher. If you are looking for speed, choose a disc mulcher. However, the teeth are not quite as sharp as on a drum mulcher and can wear away quickly. A drum mulcher is a powerful piece of equipment and is better than a disc mulcher when there is a lot of material to process.
The Diamond Mowers Skid Steer Forestry Drum Mulcher is one of the best on the market. It mulches trees up to 9” in diameter and can grind down tree stumps. It comes with a 2-speed variable displacement piston motor.
The FAE Group UML/SSL Forestry Mulcher is the best out of the budget brands. It is suitable for skid steers up to 120 horsepower which means that the mulcher can work at maximum power.
A drum mulcher can pulverize material better than a disc mulcher resulting in smaller mulch that can be used for compost. You can also choose between high flow or standard flow and quad teeth or carbide. However, skid steer mulchers have the following in common:
If you need to clear away trees and brush or grind down tree stumps, a mulcher attachment for your skid steer is a valuable addition. It is a difficult and tough job to cut down trees with hand tools such as a chainsaw. It is time-consuming and less efficient, and a mulcher will take away these problems. Mulchers work best with skid steers that have an engine of at least 60 horsepower, 70 is better. This enables the mulcher to work at its full potential.
Many companies produce skid steer mulchers so it can be difficult to decide which brand to choose. We have chosen a couple that we think are good mulchers.
The Diamond Mowers Skid Steer Forestry Drum Mulcher is one of the best on the market. It mulches trees up to 9” in diameter and can grind down tree stumps. It comes with a 2-speed variable displacement piston motor. Other significant features include:
The only disadvantage is that it is expensive but you get what you pay for.
The FAE Group UML/SSL Forestry Mulcher is the best out of the budget brands. It is suitable for skid steers up to 120 horsepower which means that the mulcher can work at maximum power. It has a variable manual displacement hydraulic piston motor which allows it to plow through thick forestry. Other features include:
To make this decision, you have to consider your requirements. The most important consideration is how often you are going to use the mulcher. They can be expensive so if you are going to use a mulcher for a one-time job, there isn’t any point in purchasing one. However, if you are a business that does a lot of forestry work, a mulcher could be a good investment.