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Tree Mulcher Maintenance and Annual Care

When it comes to your job site, thick brush, dense trees, tree stumps, and other types of debris are no match for a tree mulcher. Tree mulchers are designed for job sites that have thick vegetation, such as untruly growth and dense debris, so you can clear out these areas with ease. However, to guarantee optimal performance on the job, your tree mulcher must be maintained regularly so you don’t encounter any hazards or setbacks.

If your tree mulcher has been acting irregularly or it’s been a while since you last inspected your equipment, it might be time to check out your tree mulcher and see if your mulching attachment is ready to get to work.

Regular Tree Mulcher Cleaning and Care

Before you start inspecting your tree mulcher, take a moment to review your excavator or skid steer manual. Often times, there are specific procedures and maintenance requirements that your equipment brand recommends performing. Not all manufacturers have the same safety and maintenance procedures, so before you start servicing your device, take a moment to review any important information in your manual.

The easiest way to care for your tree mulcher is by cleaning the attachment before and after use. This step is pretty universal for most skid steer attachments and excavator attachments, however, tree mulchers require additional cleaning compared to most attachments. Tree mulchers have fairly dense mulching teeth that debris can get trapped in between, which can slow down your tree mulcher’s performance.

Take your time cleaning out the mulching teeth, and see how well your machine operates after a difficult job. Sometimes, debris can get caught in the hydraulics of your mulching attachment, which can create operational problems. Your machine might overwork itself trying to process vegetation, which can cause your tree mulcher to slow down in the middle of a job.

Also, trapped brush and heavier debris can occasionally dislodge the internal hardware of your machine, which means you’ll face additional setbacks when operating your tree mulcher.

Instead of experiencing unnecessary job delays, a simple sweep of your machine can save you time, money, and keep you safe. Your tree mulcher is already willing to go the distance – all it needs is a little annual TLC. For more information on tree mulching attachments, review our resource, What are the Best Skid Steer Forestry Mulcher Attachments?


Inspect the Tree Mulcher’s Teeth

Part of the reason tree mulchers and forestry mulchers are so effective is because of their mulching teeth. The mulching teeth are typically made from carbide, which has an incredibly long lifespan and doesn’t need to be sharpened like stainless steel teeth usually do. However, after hours of repeated use, it’s important to replace your mulching teeth so they don’t become blunt, and unable to perform essential tasks. If your tree mulcher has stainless steel teeth, you’ll be able to sharpen the teeth in between uses, and before replacement. To ensure durability and longevity, replace your mulching teeth in pairs, so your tree mulcher doesn’t become unbalanced between uses.


How long do Forestry Mulching Teeth Last?

To extend the lifespan of your tree mulcher, it’s important to replace the mulching teeth annually. However, unless your mulching teeth become incredibly dull, it might be difficult to know when it’s time to replace them.

Typically, it’s best to replace them after reaching or exceeding 500 hours of use. At this point, your teeth will probably show signs of wear and will require replacement. Depending on what type of job sites you work, there are many different types of mulching teeth on the market that are compatible with tree mulchers. If you work on flat terrain, uneven terrain, or work on multiple types of job sites, it’s important to see what kind of mulching teeth are best for your type of work and terrain.

Once you replace your mulching teeth, you’ll be good to start working again!


Store Your Tree Mulcher

Storing your tree mulcher attachment is incredibly important, especially if you’re not going to use your tree mulcher in the foreseeable future. For instance, if your profession has seasonal peaks, when you’re not using your equipment it’s essential to store it in a ventilated space that can preserve its condition. When tree mulchers, or any type of attachment, are left outside for too long they could potentially rust, weather, or experience unforeseeable damage. Rather than risk the condition of your tree mulcher, it’s much safer to place your skid steer in storage during the slower business months.

Before placing your tree mulcher in storage, grease, and inspect the bolts, gears, teeth, and other fundamental parts of the attachment. It’s going to protect your attachment during the hotter or colder months of the year, so your tree shear won’t be affected by the changes in weather.


Low Maintenance Tree Mulcher Attachments

When it comes to tree mulchers, there are a few types of tree mulchers that are designed to optimize workloads and don’t have excessive maintenance. At Rut Manufacturing, we’ve designed two tree mulching attachments that are incredibly durable, efficient, and easy to maintain.


The Annihilator Skid Steer Forestry Disc Mulcher

When it comes to skid steer tree mulchers, nothing is quite as productive as the Annihilator. The Annihilator is a forestry disc mulcher designed to take on the harshest environments, and turbulent terrain. With a direct drive unit powered by a Bent Axis Piston motor, this machine very efficient and is easy to maintain.

This tree mulcher is perfect for handling dense farm pastures, commercial or residential land clearing, and is suitable for vegetation control and forest fire-prevention. Because of its incredibly resilient mulching teeth and design, your workload is going to be easier to manage, and you won’t spend additional hours dealing with unnecessary maintenance.

What makes the Annihilator so unique is that we custom build each Annihilator specifically for the machine that it will be going on. By customizing your tree mulching attachment, we can guarantee a perfect fit, and it simplifies the long-term use and maintenance of your attachment.

Between the weight of the Annihilator, and the power and torque of the Bent Axis Piston, this tree shear is capable of cutting trees up to a 14-inch diameter. Not only are you creating a more efficient work schedule, but you’ll also be clearing larger obstacles.


The Tree Slayer Excavator Cutter

In terms of tree mulching attachments, nothing is as powerful, yet simple, as the tree slayer. This attachment is built to withstand the most intense types of terrain while removing dense tree clearing with ease.

The reason the tree slayer is so powerful and ideal for so many job sites is in two parts: it’s mulching teeth and the selector valve. If desired, you can add carbide tip grinding teeth to the bottom of the tree slayer’s blade holder to enjoy even more power and efficiency out of the cutter. As stated previously, carbide teeth are durable, low maintenance, and provide a better cut than a standard wood chipper or electric mulcher.

In addition to it’s mulching teeth, user’s can also add a selector valve to the tree slayer, for additional mobility and functionality. By adding a selector valve to your cutter, your attachment will transition effortlessly switch between cutter mode and thumb mode, optimizing your job capabilities.

Selector valves allow individuals to get more out of your cutter, even if your excavator or skid steer isn’t equipped with dual auxiliary hydraulics. With an attachment this diverse, there’s no telling what could happen. For all the stats on this amazing product, check out our product spotlight on the tree slayer

With either our tree slayer or annihilator by your side, your approach to everyday work will change. These devices are designed to reach areas that tractors and other pieces of equipment can’t, all while running like a commercial-grade unit. These low maintenance, highly functional attachments are exactly what you need to get the job done.

Want to learn more about routine equipment maintenance? Review our guides: Understanding Skid Steer Brush Cutters and Everything about Excavator Attachments, to see how you can service your devices.

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