Hello everyone, looking for feedback on plan to build a slash wall with a skid steer and fork attachment.
The timber harvest is at a nature center, clearcutting a red pine plantation (1 ac) and aspen stand (1 ac) and group selection on a oak stand (30 ac.).
Harvesting in southern Michigan is all chainsaw, no pulp market. Typically red pine and aspen are tough to sell, but I found a (horse!) logger with niche buyers.
A logger in northern Michigan (big pulp market) built me a wonderful slash wall with a feller buncher, but no mechanized logger would come south.
So, I will hire my amazing contractor who clears autumn olive with a skid steer and mulching attachment. With a fork attachment we will experiment with building a slash wall. Top reach is around 8 feet.
Does anybody have experience with this? Since we can't go 10 feet high, should we build wider? Modify slash size? Different arrangement?
I could document this effort for the CU Extension knowledge base if that would be useful.
Thanks for sharing this update, James, on what should be a valuable slash wall building experience. To our knowledge, no one has intentionally tried to build a slash wall yet with a skid steer, though it's a common piece of equipment for moving and piling brush. Here are some thoughts that may help you:
Please keep us posted on your progress. If you share us some rough costs, "tips for next time" and a good picture afterwards, we would like to post to the www.slashwall.info site.
Thanks for the tips, Brett! My contractor does have a grapple rather than fork, so we should be good.