I would be afraid of pulling the tractor in half.We've been getting rain like crazy. I've pulled bushes and small trees up by the roots with a harbor freight winch on tractor.
I wind cable around about six times, then a 6"x6" post chocked the wheels. If there's a big tree behind tractor I'll strap back of tractor to it.
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Boy that Shibaura/Ford is in nice conditionI wouldn't usually have encountered this thread (my garden tractor is a diesel-powered Ford GT-75), but it showed up in today's "trending posts" e-mail.
I just happened to be using my GT for pulling some shrubs yesterday and thought I'd add my experiences here. First, I see that Pullerbear was mentioned earlier in this thread. My experience with this class of tools (I've got two sizes of Weed Wrenches) is that they are very effective. I have used my Weed Wrenches over the years to pull many, many shrubs and saplings. They're my "go to" tools for pulling the common stuff around the yard (usually, weeds and saplings that I've let go too long ).
However, when faced with clearing a very large area of shrubs and saplings over our septic leach field (it was already getting bad when we moved into this house and only got worse, of course), I decided I wanted to explore other options, as I'm not sure my body could take pulling so much stuff by hand. Probably 100+ things to pull. So, just yesterday, I decided to give a Brush Grubber BG-01 a try. It worked rather well.
I suspect the reasons it was worked well (but doesn't always based on the reviews I've read, for various reasons) are:
Based on my experience, the BG-01 — along with some grade 70 5/16 in. chain and appropriate slip hooks — is right-sized for a garden tractor. I would not expect a garden tractor to be able to pull out anything much larger than what I've been dealing with unless additional digging/cutting is done first.
- the deep lug tires on this GT (they're Firestone Flotation tires) really bite;
- the diesel engine is torquey as heck and pulls like a freight train, despite only being 16 hp. (even spins the above-mentioned tires);
- the soil was nice and moist (I picked a great time to do this; weather is perfect and soil isn't all hard and dry like it would be in summer);
- the shrubs (most seem to be the same, but I have no idea what they are) have shallow roots, but fairly spread out and bend enough so I can pull them sideways (usually!) without breaking them off.