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How To Clean Up After Brush Hogging

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Brush hogging is a method of removing bushes from the soil without the use of bulldozers or even uprooting the grasses and bushes. It is a faster way of clearing the land. But you need to find a way to clean up the brush hogging. After taking the time to research from different sources, we discovered the best way to clean up after brush hogging. 

After brush hogging, shredded remains will be scattered around, and you need to clear them off. Normally, these shredded grasses would decimate over time. But to clear them up faster, use a rake to gather them. You can also cut them further so they serve as mulch for the soil. 

That might be a bit difficult or maybe involve a lot of patience, but they are easy ways to get it done. Whether you are new to brush hogging or not, keep reading to learn relevant tips that can help you. 

Farmer cutting grass in the field using bush hog, How To Clean Up After Brush Hogging

What is Brush Hogging?

Brush hogging, also known as brush hogging, is the clearing of lands containing small plants and trees. It involves trimming the soil, mostly for the purpose of gardening, cultivating, and construction. 

During brush hogging, you will attach a brush hog to a tractor. Just like how you drive and use a tractor to clean the land and trim grasses. 

Unlike normal land clearing, brush hogging does not involve removing the whole root of the crops. If you still want to have the tips of trees or grasses on your land, you can just brush hog instead of using other cleaning methods such as bulldozing. 

Meanwhile, the main tool used for this method of land clearing is a brush hog. It is also referred to as a topper or slasher. It has blades that are built on hinges. Most people think they are similar to a lawn mower, but they are a bit different because a lawn mower has its blades rigidly attached to the drive. 

Small farm tractor bush hogging on a grass field

How to Clean Up After Brush Hogging 

You might be thinking about how this really works. It is very easy and simple. As explained earlier, you don't need to physically do much when it comes to brush hogging. However, you need to be very patient during the process.

You can rake them together and then shred them again to serve as mulch for the soil. If you don't know how to brush hog before, here are things you should quickly learn about brush hogging:

A rake in the garden

Get your brush hog ready. At least select a brush hog that would be most efficient for this purpose so that you can complete your work faster. Then, connect the brush hog to a tractor or any motor that can drive the brush hog around.

Also, the tractor hydraulic press or PTO pressure will control how the brush hog works. Start driving your tractor with the PTO system at work too. Also, make sure the brush hog is at the right point of cutting.   

Tips For Easier Brush Hogging

Brush hogging is an intelligent method of clearing the land. However, without noting some points, you might be unable to get the best result from this method. Below are simple tips you should always follow during brush hogging:

  1. In bushes, there are usually cans and debris that can resist your work's smooth running. Make sure you take all of this off before starting. 
  2. You can start by simply mowing and driving slowly, especially from the area with lower grass. 
  3. Don't start with the PTO (power take-ff) in the beginning too. 
  4. Use a canopy for sun protection during brush hogging. 
  5. Periodically, turn your eyes toward the temperature gauge to monitor how hot the engine is so that you can stop your activity for a while and troubleshoot if necessary. 
  6. During brush hogging, there is a tendency that the engine fan and hogging blade would attract a lot of grass or cuttings. Check out for this too once in a while. 
  7. You should keep kids and pets away whenever you plan to brush hog. This is because they might be injured if they come near. 
  8. Avoid falling into pits and dips on the land you are clearing. The topography of your land should either be smooth or steep slope. Falling into pits or dips can result in very costly damage. 

In all you do whenever you are clearing brush, do not forget to follow the tips above especially being careful with your tractor and the brush hog. Most importantly, getting people and pets out to avoid accidents. 

What RPM Should You Run a Brush Hog at?

Four wheel drive tractor with brush cutter

The PTO is used to increase or decrease the rate of brush hog movement. The higher the RPM, the faster it tends to cut down the surrounding bushes. If the RPM is low, too, you tend to experience issues with a slower cutting. 

Meanwhile, for you to get the optimum results without putting your brush hog at risk, then you need to know the best RPM for a moving hog. RPM is simply the rate per minute of a moving target. 

In this case, the RPM of the brush hog is determined by the PTO. The range is between 1200 and 1600 RPM for productive mowing. 

How Many RPMs is 540 PTO?

If the PTO should continue to work at 540 units, with all things equal, you should expect the RPM to be about 9 RPM at least. The PTO shaft at 540 units will provide nine revolutions per second for the brush hog.  It is fast enough though even though there is higher RPM.   

How Thick Can a Brush Hog Cut?

Tractor bush hogging on a grass field

 If the brush hog blade is still good enough, it can take down hardwoods of 3.81 centimeters almost immediately, while softwoods of  7.62 centimeters are the highest thickness it can take down almost immediately.

Do You Need to Sharpen Brush Hog Blades? 

Just like other types of blades, you should expect the efficiency of your brush hog blades to reduce over time. It would get blunt due to hitting hard surfaces, and the friction would take part in the wearing of the sharpened surface. Hence it would help if you sharpened your brush hog blade more often. 

Meanwhile, after sharpening the blade, whether you are going to unscrew the whole blade or not, you should ensure it is very tight. This would ensure that it does not get loose during the subsequent usage or even cause an accident. 

Before your blade gets dull, you need to attend to it. It is better if you remove the blade for technicians to sharpen once in a while. You can also use a grinding stone or bench grinder to smoother the edge of the blade back. 

What Is The Difference Between a Bush Hog and a Brush Hog?

A brush hog and a bush hog are the same set of tools attached to the end of a tractor to mow or slatch the weeds. They are an advanced form of mowers that can cover a more significant piece of land within a limited time. If you have a hayfield that has become very mature, you can also make use of bush hogs to cut them down.

The terms brush hogs and bush hogs are the same and are used interchangeably. They are not different tools. If you are familiar with the primary hardware industry, you might likely refer to the tool as a brush hog. But bush hog is the more common layman's term.

Can You Brush Hog With a Riding Mower?

Golf course maintenance worker

If you think you need an actual tractor before trying brush hogging, then you're wrong. You can also brush hog using a riding mower or an AVT. 

However, you can only use it efficiently in a more miniature garden unless you can go through the stress of going through the same field repeatedly. If you would be working on a larger size of land, you should make use of a tractor instead.   

In Summary

A tractor can help with a lot of tasks, including brush hogging as long as you attach a properly sized brush hog to it. One of its few advantages is to help improve the efficiency behind brush hogging. After this, it creates a mess that you would want to clean. The best way to clear an area after brush hogging has been explained above. 

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