Removing small dead trees - best way to pull

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SouthernSky

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2013 Kubota L3200DT
Due to the Louisiana drought this year (still happening), I’ve lost maybe 50 Leyland Cypress trees about 25 years old. I also lost a couple magnolias we planted at the same time which are clearly not coming back.

I’ve pulled the cypress before because after a year of being dead their roots are really weak so this will be my spring task.

The question is what gives me the most pulling power - is it best to pull backwards from the bucket end with a chain, or pull from the back end with a chain on the box blade?

With the box blade I can sometimes push on the tree to lean it one way, then use the chain to pull it out from the stump behind me.

Obviously I’d always like to push away so the tree doesn’t fall towards me but I believe I get more power with my L3200 by pulling but not sure if pulling from the back or front is best.
 
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Pulling from the drawbar will give the most pulling power and be the safest; however, it is possible to flip a tractor backwards and get killed if the roots are too strong. The flip could happen faster than a person can react.

Pulling from the bucket could tweak your loader arms. Pulling from a box blade can also tweak it, not to mention the center of gravity is higher than the drawbar.
 
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Always from the Drawbar (which is why it's there in the first place) and NEVER from the FEL as it's not designed for pulling, just lifting and pulling with the FEL, you stand a good chance of bending the arms or bending a cylinder. Pulled many a stump with my drawbar and I tend to cut them high enough to get good leverage, usually a couple feet off the ground.
 
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The reason I asked the question is a I see a lot small tractors with grab hooks on the FEL, either bolt-on or welded. Is it just good marketing spin from the seller or is it really a legit way of pulling? I know shoving into it isn't the way as I just popped the seals on my FEL boom cylinders from doing something stupid causing them both to leak.

The drawbar is probably the only way I haven't tried in 25 years. But it's probably because I use the box blade right away to push away whatever I yank out and that is in the way of the drawbar. I don't really want to leave stumps by just cutting the dead trees so yanking them is my best option. (I wish I had a backhoe but my L3200 is the most powerful tractor I have for this task).

As rigid as a box blade is I could probably weld a hook near the center between the middle tines. That would put me at drawbar height though the chain would go over the top of the blade to the rear for CG balance. I'm on level ground for this and will use a low-and-slow gear so I don't think I'll have to worry about tipping over.

Would I get the most leverage from lifting up and away? Or with my chain wrapped on the base close to the ground?
 
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Consider using a large diameter wheel rim when pulling small dead trees from the DRAWBAR.

Be cautions. Very low gear. Steady pull. Never jerk, though tempted.




 
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The reason I asked the question is a I see a lot small tractors with grab hooks on the FEL, either bolt-on or welded. Is it just good marketing spin from the seller or is it really a legit way of pulling?
For lifting, not pulling, (except for very light duty pulling).

Bruce
 
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Put your loader about 3 ft or so in air; climb into the bucket and wrap your chain/strap around as high in the tree as you can. Then, you can either pull with draw bar or box blade but that additional height makes a good lever to pull the tree down.
 
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Consider using a large diameter wheel rim when pulling small dead trees from the DRAWBAR.

Be cautions. Very low gear. Steady pull. Never jerk, though tempted.




Good post but whether using a chain or a cable and the drawbar, you ALWAYS drape a blanket or heavy tarp over the chain or cable between what you are pulling and the tractor so if the chain or cable breaks or comes loose, the blanket or tarp will 'subdue' the whipp9ng chain or cable and eliminate the 'whiplash' entirely. Modern tractors all have the drawbar located well below the center point of the rear axle so the chance of pulling the tractor over backwards is basically totally eliminated.

Way back in the day when I had my very first tractor, a Farmall A, it had no drawbar but had a forged steel loop to pull from and that loop was in line with the centerline of the rear axle and I could pretty easily loft the front end if using it to pull from. I could never loft the front end on my M's. Impossible to do. The drive wheels would break traction first.
 
 
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