My JD x728 was integral to this entire project, so I present it here. I've lived at this house for over 30 years, and worked and walked in the woods that whole time. I made it a habit to toss brush into piles as I walked. In the past 10 years I've gotten more serious about my wood cutting for firewood, and much more serious about creating brush piles. I have more than 3 dozen piles scattered across a couple acres of woods. Recently my Daughter and her husband bought a nice property with a large Pine wood lot that hadn't been particularly maintained. Till my Son-in-law started gathering the ground brush and stacking it, he ended up with two very large brush piles. While I have plenty of room to just work around my brush piles, my Daughter (and hence her husband) wanted their piles gone. So, I decided to rent a nice Bandit 65xp chipper for the weekend and tackle some serious brush pile chipping, and as a side benefit, adding some chips to my cart paths.
The specs on the Bandit 65xp
list it at 3000 pounds - doesn't look like it could weigh that much, but based on my real-time MPG indicator in my Tacoma - it is a serious load back there. This was the first towing in the new truck. It was obviously raining Friday afternoon when I picked it up.
But Saturday morning broke as a beautiful Spring day. As none of the brush piles at my home are accessible with the Truck, I switched the chipper over to the x728 for moving around in the woods from pile to pile:
And an action shot by my Forum famous photographer:
Yes, the GoPro was in operation for the Chipping:
(Shortened by 10x speed up with some music background)
That's my son providing single handed help (after 3 or 4 broken bones in right wrist he has days-weeks of significant pain and swelling, he is wearing a soft cast now and suffering, but out with his Dad anyway).
(And a not so short real speed - ok, I'm not all that speedy any longer either way)
Put in a full day, and still didn't get half my piles reduced to chips. But, Scout approves of the improved cart path surface, and this evening it is again raining, so the footing will be better tomorrow too:
Interesting side note - the jack stand on the tongue of the chipper did not lower the tongue far enough to set on my tractor hitch. This may be the first time in history that a scissor jack from a 1971 Datsun 240z has been used on a Bandit 65xp:
After a day of work at home, it was time to prep for a second day at my Daughter's place. So, I loaded the x728 on my just barely big enough utility trailer (refitted for hauling tractor and mulch from it's usual Motorcycle kit) And, just a quick video of the dare devil loading:
After unloading, my Grandson wanted to lead me on a quick tour of their property on his Deere (which needed a bit of a push on the hill):
Back there this morning with the Chipper, and held a quick safety inspection with my team:
Again, the x728 was the mule for placing the chipper at the piles in this pine woodlot:
With all the equipment I hauled in two loads, and then had to return this evening - well, let's just say I hope that GoPro is water proof, because it is still hanging on a tree at my Daughter's. So, no video from today. I have plenty more from Saturday if anyone didn't get their fill, check my channel on YouTube