Ditching/tree sheering cost per m

ajd132

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Arable Farmer
Location
Suffolk
Any thoughts on the cost of normal ditching and ditching + tree shearing per m? What you would expect to pay a contractor to come in and do it?
 

teslacoils

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Location
Lincolnshire
Tbh I'd want paying by the hour for both really. The speed of tree shearing is highly variable.

No idea on rates. It's a man on the back, a little 7.5t digger, three grand of shear, fuel, plus getting it there and back. I'd get maybe 250m done in an 8hr day with a break for lunch. But that was a serious hedge.
 

mo!

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Mixed Farmer
Location
York
I think we paid £65 an hour for a 6 tonne machine. That was 2 passes as the hedge was about 4m wide, 2 short days work, 400m.
 

ajd132

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Arable Farmer
Location
Suffolk
Best pay the guy by the hour/day rather than have him rushing along surely. It's the sort of job you want done nicely so you don't have to touch it for several years.
We are going to do it ourselves. I just need a reference in order to work out which way to do it I.e buy/hire and a whole load more associated things which come into the picture.
 

Flatlander

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Arable Farmer
Location
Lorette Manitoba
We are going to do it ourselves. I just need a reference in order to work out which way to do it I.e buy/hire and a whole load more associated things which come into the picture.
Usually by the time you’ve hired the tools and paid insurance transport fuel and taken longer that a owner operator it’s cheaper to pay first as last. That way when you burst a hose or feck something up it’s not your problem
 

ajd132

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Arable Farmer
Location
Suffolk
Usually by the time you’ve hired the tools and paid insurance transport fuel and taken longer that a owner operator it’s cheaper to pay first as last. That way when you burst a hose or feck something up it’s not your problem
We have quite a serious amount to do, if it was only around a couple hundred acres worth then that’s what I would do. We have recently taken on a guy who has spend many years doing this kind of digger work also.
 

Flatlander

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Arable Farmer
Location
Lorette Manitoba
We have quite a serious amount to do, if it was only around a couple hundred acres worth then that’s what I would do. We have recently taken on a guy who has spend many years doing this kind of digger work also.
It’s good to have a guy that’s handy with digger work,ive had a tracked digger fir the past 30 years. On a second unit now. It’s older but well looked after. It’s surprising what jobs you’ll find to do with one. I use it to break the bead on tough tires some days. Have made an extension and operator cage for ours some trimming trees would be easy. If you’ve enough work fir one buy one they are life long friends around the farm.
 

lloyd

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Location
Herefordshire
Haven’t got that far yet with the idea!
If you've got big stuff circular blade on a 360.
The speed is incredible but not for the faint hearted,
the machine needs to be properly guarded.
A telehandler with big grab has a job keeping up with
the output from a skilled operator .
Normal charge around £50 hr .
 
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mo!

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
York
If you've got big stuff circular blade on a 360.
The speed is incredible but not for the faint hearted,
the machine needs to be properly guarded.
A telehandler with big grab has a job keeping up with
the output from a skilled operator .
Normal charge around £50 hr .
Having had both a shear and a saw blade working on the farm I would use a blade for reshaping and a shear for coppicing. Blades can't deal with big overgrown bramble infested hedges like a shear can. Plus the digger can drop the shear off and clean up after itself. Ideally with a land rake and thumb.
 

stroller

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Somerset UK
Going to make it into Biochar
@ajd132 I made some this summer with the thin stuff from hedge laying, just left in a heap to dry, then got a grab full and lit a fire on the top, once it was going well I just kept putting on another grab full at a time. It smokes a bit at first, but once the heat gets to it, the gasses burn off and you'll get huge flames shooting up, just keep heaping it up until you run out of wood, you then need a lot of water to put it out.
180m of hedge laying gave 2 heaped telehandler buckets.
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