Bush-hogging frequently asked questions (faq)
What is Bush-Hogging?
Bush-hogging, also referred to as rotary cutting, tractor mowing, or heavy duty mowing is useful when a property needs to be cleared of light brush up to 1” in diameter. Bush-hogging is the most basic form of land clearing. The most common setup is a tractor with about 50hp pulling a 6’ rotary cutter. Bush-hogging is most effective when the property is somewhat level, dry, & clear of debris. Bush-hogging is a good choice when there is ample access for a tractor to operate. Bush-hogging is dangerous & flying debris can sometimes cause property damage. Be sure to check that your operator is licensed & carries liability insurance. Permits are not required for bush-hogging of upland areas in the Tampa Bay area.
Should I rent a Bush-Hog?
Most rental companies have stopped renting out tractors with bushhogs due to the high injury rate associated with improper use. We do not recommend renting a bush-hog unless you have experience operating this type of machinery. In addition to possible injury and property damage, you are also responsible for any mechanical failure that occurs while renting. Tractors with bush-hogs frequently break down leading to large repair bills that you will be responsible for. You can usually hire a professional bush-hog operator for about the same cost as renting.
Bush Hogging Pricing
How much does it cost to bush hog a property? What are the rates & fees involved? Bush-hogging can be billed by the hour or with a flat rate that includes everything. Some operators charge travel time & fuel surcharges. Be careful when hiring someone by the hour because production will vary greatly based on the operators experience and tractor setup.
Is it cheaper to rent a bush-hog?
Usually no. If you are able to find a bush-hog rental, you will need a large truck to transport the tractor. You will have to transport it, unload it, run it, fuel it, transport it back and hope that is doesn't break. Tractor bush-hog rental machines are usually beat up old machines that are underpowered with dull blades. This often leads to overheating and cooling system repair bills. When you add up the total cost and time involved with renting a bush-hog, it's usually the same or less to hire a professional with a high horsepower machine. Your job will come out better and you will save the hassle and liability of renting a machine.
What about renting a walk-behind bush-hog?
Do you maintain properties after they are Bush-Hogged?
Yes. We can maintain your property after the initial bush-hogging is completed. Often the cost is much lower to have it periodically maintained.
What is Underbrushing?
Underbrushing is the process of removing the underbrush of a property, usually everything up to 3”-4” in diameter, while preserving the larger trees. Underbrushing is most commonly used to open up a densely wooded property to improve access, aesthetics, visibility, or to complete a survey. Underbrushing is a great way to improve the look of your property if you are planning on putting it on the market. An underbrushed property is less prone to fires.
Methods of underbrushing may involve hand clearing, bush-hogging, environmental mulching, or a combination of various methods. The scope of work on an underbrushing project can vary greatly from “rough clearing” to a “finished park-like appearance”. Be sure to get a detailed proposal in writing before selecting a company. Underbrushing usually does not require permits.
What is Heavy Duty Mowing?
Heavy duty mowing usually refers to the use of large diesel finish mowers which are able cut thick grasses and light vegetation that is too dense for regular mowers. Heavy duty mowing is also appropriate when you have a very large property or acreage that requires a finished look. This service is ideal when your property is moderately level and mostly free of woody material. Heavy duty mowing is commonly used for large lots, developed lots, subdivision lots, rough sites, and construction sites. We carry a full line of late model diesel heavy duty mowers and would be happy to take a look at your job.
What is Fence Line Clearing?
Clearing the vegetation from the fence to allow access and prevent damage. This work is usually performed by hand.
What is Brush Hogging?
The same thing as bush-hogging, just different terminology.
What is Survey Clearing?
Survey clearing involves cutting rough trails so surveyors can easily shoot waypoints.
Can I Bush Hog a Wetland, Conservation area, or a Conservation Buffer?
Absolutely not. In Pinellas, Manatee, Hillsborough and Bradenton special permits are needed from either the State, City, County or EPC to touch anything in a conservation area, buffer, or wetland. Most often use of all machinery is prohibited and the work must be performed by hand. If you need help with a conservation area or conservation buffer, visit www.WeClearLand.com/conservation.
What happens if I use a bush hog or conduct clearing in a Conservation Area, Buffer, or wetland?
Clearing of any kind in a conservation area without a permit is considered a serious offense. We have seen fines on large projects exceed $100,000 for clearing in an environmental area without a permit. Also be advised that most lakes, ponds, creeks, rivers, shorelines, ect. over 10 acres in size usually have an automatic 30' buffer from edge of seasonal high water. Special permission is needed to clear in those areas.
Do you use genuine Bush Hog rotary cutters?
Yes we do. Because they are awesome.
What type of tractors do you run?
Kubota, John Deere, & New Holland.
My property doesn't have a physical address.
That's okay. You can send us the folio number, parcel id, or the ownership name.
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