Natural disasters can leave a trail of destruction and debris in their wake that litters the landscape and creates significant issues for landowners. When clearing vegetation and trees left behind by storms, floods, and forest fires, the right equipment is essential for helping return land to its natural state.
If you’re in the disaster recovery business or handle storm and fire cleanup, you need equipment that can cut, shred, mulch, and process downed trees, broken branches, and burnt brush. Below are some must-have tools for landowners, farmers, ranchers, and contractors tackling disaster and fire prevention and recovery.
After severe weather or fire, the land can be layered with hazardous trees and brush. Removing these hazards calls for a disc or drum mulcher's powerful processing and rotation speed - ideal for large mulch and brush management applications.
Engineered to act like a flywheel, the distinctive disc mulcher design combines stored energy with hydraulic power to enable operators to cut and mulch trees and brush in their path effectively and efficiently.
Drum mulchers get their name from the cylindrical, drum-like shape. These heavy-duty land clearing mulchers shred small trees and brush with a forward spinning motion — a quality that makes them great options for quick brush and undergrowth removal.
By mulching the vegetation, you can return the materials and nutrients to the ground, preparing the land for replanting and new growth.
Types of Mulchers and Compatibility
Diamond offers disc mulchers compatible with standard- and high-flow hydraulic skid-steers or compact track loaders. Available in 48" and 60" cutting widths, these mulchers can slice through trees and brush up to 14" in diameter and shred material up to 6" in diameter. For heavy-duty forestry management and land reclamation, the Excavator Forestry Disc Mulcher is available in 36" or 48" cutting widths and can process material up to 12" in diameter.
Diamond offers drum mulchers compatible with standard- and high-flow skid-steers and excavators. Available in Open and Depth Control styles, these attachments have continuous mulch on up to 9" material in diameter. For skid-steers, both the Open and Depth Control are available in 60" and 72" sizes. For excavators, Diamond offers a 30" and 50" Depth Control options.
Unlike other land-clearing techniques, mulching typically doesn't cause disturbance to the soil, which is vital for reducing erosion and aiding in water conservation by preventing moisture loss. Employing a disc or drum mulcher can improve soil fertility and deliver essential nutrients that will serve future vegetation.
Another must-have piece of equipment for anyone involved in disaster cleanup and prevention is a stump grinder. Essential for removing stumps after trees have been broken, burnt, or carried away by strong winds, fire, or flooding, this tool uses a rotating cutting disc that mulches the stump into small pieces.
Types of Stump Grinders and Their Benefits
- SK Reflex Stump Grinder: An excellent choice for rural grinding applications, tree farms, and land clearing operations, the Reflex Stump Grinder uses the skid-steer’s lift arm to position its heavy-duty wheel in the stump before driving it through the wood with the machine’s wheels or tracks. This easy-to-operate grinder is equipped with a patented cushioning device that protects the wheel from too much pressure, alleviating overload by flexing and keeping the wheel out of harm’s way. Grinding wheels are available in 24” or 26” cutting widths and are paired with an appropriately sized motor to match the machine's hydraulic flow.
- Miller Stump Grinder: this stump grinder allows the operator to cut stumps up to 36” in diameter without ever moving the carrier. The 26”, 6-way grinding wheel features swing, lift, and telescoping functions that allow operators to process a stump while the loader is parked in one position, reducing the risk of soil or turf damage, and making it an ideal solution for arborists or where aesthetics are a significant consideration. This option also features a chain guard that helps protect the grinder and operator from flying debris, along with a convenient push blade that effortlessly fills in holes created while clearing stumps below ground level.
Removing stumps after storm or fire damage is essential for aesthetics, safety, and sustainability. Stump removal minimizes maintenance obstacles and prevents insects or wild animals from settling in and causing further damage.
Supplemental Equipment Options
In addition to the previously mentioned tools, most reclamation jobs will also require one more of the following depending on the nature, size, and scope of the disaster event:
- Backhoe: good for light-duty shoveling and material handling in storm-damaged areas cluttered with debris.
- Brush Cutter: tackles land and vegetation management challenges from cutting through tall, thick grass to clearing large-scale brush and small trees.
- Bulldozer: can push large quantities of scattered debris into piles for disposal. Plus, its tracks provide enhanced stability and traction on treacherous terrain.
- Front Loader/Wheel Loader: acts like a mobile shovel that can lift, transport, and load debris onto vehicles for removal.
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Whether you’re cleaning up after a hurricane, flood, or fire, it’s crucial to have the correct tools at your disposal. Clearing the land of harmful debris quickly and efficiently reduces hazard potential, gets the landowner back to work, and keeps the area looking beautiful. Be prepared for when disaster strikes.