Feller Bunchers for Cutting, Lifting and Piling Trees
With a sharp shear at the end of a long boom, feller bunchers can either cut straight through trees or push them over in a controlled fashion. The feller buncher then grabs the tree at one end and neatly piles it with other trees into a "bunch". Feller bunches are essential for grouping trees by species, quality and other defining characteristics so that they can be processed into logs, woodchips, or mulch later on.
As a leading lister of forestry equipment, My Little Salesman can connect you with a variety of different feller bunchers for sale. Drive to tree and swing boom feller bunchers are available, including feller bunchers with bunching heads, processing heads, and felling heads for single or multiple stems – new and used.
Picking the Right Feller Buncher for Sale
First you have to decide what type of feller buncher is appropriate . . .
- Drive to Tree Feller Bunchers – These feller bunchers have no boom arm, driving up and grabbing the tree instead. They are also called “tree cutters”.
- These feller bunchers always have wheels, making them faster than tracked feller bunchers.
- However, they cannot handle wet or loose soil, or slopes above 25%.
- They cause more damage to forest floors than tracked feller bunchers due to a higher ground pressure and having to drive from tree to tree.
- Tracked Feller Bunchers – These feller bunchers have the traditional boom arm, giving them a reach advantage over wheeled feller bunchers.
- Tracked feller bunchers excel on loose and wet soils and can handle slopes up to 40%.
- They cause less rutting and soil compaction than wheeled feller bunchers.
. . . based on these operating conditions:
- Slope – Every feller buncher has a limit on the slope before they tip over. Working with larger trees will reduce the slope further. Some feller bunchers have self-leveling cabs that will let you operate on steeper slopes than normal.
- Soil – Wet or loose soil conditions may not be suitable for wheeled feller bunchers.
- Size of Tree – This will determine the weight limit of the feller buncher as well as the maximum cutting head capacity.
Should You Buy a Used Feller Buncher?
A used feller buncher can be just as effective as a new one under the right circumstances. In fact, a well-kept used feller buncher can last up to 25,000 hours on average. Be sure to check the maintenance records and hours logged, and check the body for cracks, dents or welds that could indicate the feller buncher was overused. Any leaks in the hydraulics system or engine, and any loose connections in the boom or shear head must be fixed before use.
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