Fecon products are used for clearing vegetation for utility Right-Of-Ways, roadside clearing, removal of invasive species, removal of wood fuels in the forest, and silviculture to maintain and improve forests.
Tracked and wheeled carriers are used with mulchers and deck mowers to handle vegetation including trees and brush for ROW maintenance and roadside clearing. UTVs can be equipped with spray equipment for chemically treating vegetation in the ROW. Tracked and wheeled carriers are used with mulchers, stump grinders, milling heads, tree shears, grapples, the Log Jaw, and chippers for clearing or widening ROWs. UTVs are used as support vehicles to carry fuel and service equipment.
Maintaining right-of-way for roads, highways, power lines, communication lines, and other utilities has its own share of challenges. The demands of the job, the difficulty of the terrain, finish, and maintenance requirements will determine the equipment selected for the job. In right-of-way work, maintaining safe traffic flow is a consideration not often found in other types of land clearing jobs.
For these reasons, machinery selection for right-of-way jobs can be varied. Compact tractors with mulching heads can do fence line work, detail work, and can handle even down to the heavier grasses found on right-of-way property. For thinning work, tree shear attachments may offer the best solution; or excavator mounted mulchers can do selective cutting between the keeper trees. For large-scale projects where volume of work is the key factor, the larger tracked mulching tractors will yield both a workable finish and the acres-per-day for maximum productivity.
Selecting the compact tractor or the large mulching tractor can be determined by first looking at the type of work to be done and the type of terrain most commonly found in the area you’re working. Proper selection of attachments and undercarriage options can prove to be very profitable decisions for any type of right-of-way clearing machines.
Maintaining right-of-way for roads, highways, power lines, communication lines, and other utilities has its share of challenges. The demands of the job the difficulty of the terrain, finish, and maintenance requirements, will determine the equipment selected for the job. In right-of-way work, maintaining safe traffic flow is a consideration not often found in other types of land clearing jobs.
For these reasons, machinery selection for right-of-way jobs can be varied. Compact tractors with mulching heads can do fence line work or work in confined spaces, and can handle even for the heavier grasses to standing trees found on the R.O.W.. For thinning work, tree shear attachments may offer the best solution, or excavator-mounted mulchers can do selective cutting between the desired trees. For large-scale projects, where volume of work is the key factor, the larger tracked mulching tractors will yield both a workable finish and the acres-per-day for maximum productivity.
You’ll be able to select the compact tractor or the large mulching tractor you need by first looking at the type of work to be done and the type of terrain most commonly found in the area you are working in. Proper selection of attachments and undercarriage options can prove to be very profitable decisions for any type of right-of-way clearing machines.
Fecon forestry equipment can be highly effective when used to remove invasive species. Plant diseases, Beetle-killed trees and invasive species of plants can all pose significant threats to native vegetation, water supplies, and wildlife habitats, and could lead to a potential wildfire.
Low ground pressure tractors with mulching attachments are often used for vegetation management in wetland areas to remove Arundo and other wetland invasive species. Salt Cedar, Russian Olive, Buckthorn, and Multi-floral Rose can invade a natural habitat or soak up a tremendous amount of ground water and need to be removed to reestablish the native habitat or to preserve the water table. Tree shears, mulching attachments including excavator mulching attachments are all effective tools for these applications.
Roadside vegetation management can become a priority where line of site is inhibited by vegetation or where dead vegetation or trees (often due to Beetle kill or disease) pose a risk to travelers. Excavator mulching attachments work well in roadside vegetation management and can be coupled to most excavators in the 7-40 metric ton range and, if equipped with rubber tracks, can easily travel over paved roads.
For many decades, the potential for catastrophic wildfires has been increasing globally year over year. In the U.S. the instance of wildfires is especially prevalent than in the western forests. Previous management practices, beetle infestation, and plant diseases have rendered much of the western forests tinder boxes just waiting for the right (or wrong) conditions to ignite and drive them. The danger to homes, lives, wildlife, ecosystems, and air quality is tremendous and real. Immediate action can be taken on three fronts:
1. Proactive Front
Remove the amassed ladder fuels (underbrush) in the forest. This underbrush allows for fires to elevate quickly to the tops of trees, which is where a fire can spread most quickly. There are many equipment options for ladder fuel and underbrush removal including tracked or wheeled forestry mulching machines, mulching attachments and tree shears. Proper clearances and firebreaks are created around homes that border the forests to create defensible space for the communities. Mulching can also be used to enhance the desired results of prescribed burns.
2. Reactive Front
This involves an active wildfire. Commonly, bulldozers plow fire lines on an active fire. Forestry mulchers are an additional tool to consider for mulching fire lines. By mulching material directly into the ground trees and mineral soils are not pushed outside of the line and can reduce post-fire costs to rehabilitate the area. Forestry mulchers cause minimal clean up requirements and can help reduce the overall costs of active fire mitigation. Choose tracked or wheeled mulching tractors including excavators based on terrain conditions, vegetation & tree species, environmental impact, and travel speed requirements.
3. Clean Up Stage
After the fire is out and clean up efforts are under way, it is important to ensure minimal water pollution and soil erosion. Forestry mulching machines, mulching attachments, and an excavator with a mulching attachment can provide a top layer of mulch to prevent soil erosion on slopes or by mulching material into the ground to minimize water pollution. Add a thumb to excavator mulchers to expand options on handling fallen material from the fire. Milling attachments can be used to reduce and blend slash into mineral soils to improve decomposition and provide an enhanced soil condition for establishing seedlings.
Silviculture is the process of maintaining and improving forests. Many operators wish to mulch logging slash or standing vegetation and trees to prepare land for reforestation. One can use milling attachments of varying widths and power classes to reduce and incorporate slash and mulched material into established planting berms, or for establishing ideal planting conditions in between thinned forest stands. The shredding action of carbide teeth in mulchers and milling attachments creates varied wood particle size with a shred texture that provides an ideal surface area to enhance decomposition and a soil structure that is beneficial to establishing the root system of new seedlings.