As the days get shorter and the seasons cycle, opportunities for revenue change and offer new opportunities. There are numerous ways to keep your skid-steer running and profits coming in. We've put together a list of four revenue-generating ideas for the fall.
1. Maintaining Fence Lines
Overgrown fence lines look bad and can damage the fence itself, help spread invasive species, and decrease the effectiveness of electric fences.
- Increase the life of the fence by controlling trees early. Birds constantly land on fences and “plant” tree seeds, causing trees to grow up in the fence. These trees damage the fence over time and will grow around the wires if not controlled, making maintenance impossible.
- Increase the effectiveness of electric fences. Grass and trees that grow up and touch the wires cause the fence to ground out, reducing the power of the electric fence. Cutting this vegetation often will keep your stock where you want them.
Diamond offers several attachments to help get the job done. The Brush Cutter Pro, for instance, features a lower push bar that reaches under most existing fences for quick maintenance. At the same time, the Disc Mulcher Pro X offers the perfect blend of speed and productivity to clear large expanses of land that may need to be enclosed for fencing.
A drum mulcher may be the best option for jobs involving considerable mulch and brush management or heavy ground engagement. Diamond offers depth control and open drum mulching attachments that are great for agricultural applications and roadside maintenance. Their discharge geometry is specifically designed to send material down toward the ground, limiting the amount of thrown material and making them ideal for preparing fence lines along busy roads or near buildings.
2. Tree Removal
Fall is an excellent time for tree removal in areas where temperatures drop considerably. Frozen ground does not get torn up by equipment as quickly, and hardened sap in trees provides perfect conditions for cutting and mulching. Diamond’s Drum Mulcher DC Pro X turns trees into fine mulch for quick decomposition. At the same time, the Drum Mulcher OD Pro X has an optimized infeed system that produces a smaller end product than conventional open drum models and allows ground contact for maximum productivity. Both machines can clear trees up to 9” in diameter. To completely eliminate trees below ground level, use a stump grinder.
3. Cutting Shooting Lanes
Depending on the timing of hunting seasons in your area, hunters and landowners may be in the market for cutting new shooting lanes or maintaining existing ones. This is a great time to break out your arsenal of skid-steer attachments, from mowers to mulchers. A brush cutter can handle everything from clearing sightlines and shooting lanes to maintaining trails and removing overgrown vegetation. This attachment is also ideal for mowing long grass, knocking down and mulching small trees, plowing through dense brush, and cleaning up forest under or overgrowth that perennially propagates over the spring and summer months.
4. Pasture Maintenance
Post-harvest is a great time to cut down trees, brush surrounding agricultural fields, and prepare for the next growing season. Similarly, mowing pastures at regular intervals enhances forage quality, produces a uniform pasture, prevents weeds from sprouting, and reduces grazing patterns. Employing a brush cutter, disc, or drum mulcher for these tasks will allow you to prevent weeds and keep grass in a vegetative or growing state to increase its digestibility and palatability.