by Ana Lopez
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You might wonder what tool is best for the job if you have to clear rough terrain with powerful skid steer attachments. A mulching head might be an excellent solution when clearing dense vegetation, especially if trees and bushes are involved. Mulchers transform trees and bushes into tiny fragments known as mulch.

Large excavators, dozers, small excavators, and farm tractors have mulchers. A mulcher can be mounted on a long boom arm that is distant from the chassis or near the operator, depending on the shape. 

How does a mulcher head work?

Mulchers are available with two different shaft types: horizontal and vertical.

Essentially, horizontal shaft mulchers are chipping drums fixed to a machine’s arms. The drum cuts through trees and vegetation at a rapid speed of rotation. These mulchers drive the falling bushes and trees away from the machinery using push bars and forward velocity. There aren’t many other factors triggering the fall of the trees except that.

Vertical shaft mulchers employ big, single chipping disks fixed to dozers, tractors, excavators, or skid steers, and they chop trees from the top down using a boom arm. Because they can mulch tall trees with a boom arm and change the direction of the tree’s fall, vertical mulchers provide greater control than horizontal drums.

How to Use a Mini Excavator Mulching Head

A pressure gauge is typically located on top of a Mulcher Head for Mini Excavator for convenient access. When the rotor reaches the maximum relief pressure, it will slow down or stall. The pressure rises as the load increases. This results in lower performance and heat generation, both of which have the potential to harm the hydraulic system. Operators can drive slower or engage the material more slowly to lessen the pressure.

There are different ways to use a mini excavator mulcher head:

Forward Mulching

When mulching, you can lower the cutter’s rear near the ground if more thorough processing is required. This way, the material can be trapped in the cutting chamber. Some mulching heads come equipped with movable skid soles for height control, which can be adjusted for mulching below grade.

Tilting the Mulcher Head Back

The ability to tilt the head back reveals the blades, which help work on standing trees. With the back of the machine lowered to make contact with the trunk, operators may then remove heavy debris from a downed tree without having to worry about logs shooting backward.

Reverse Mulching

Here, the track loader or skid steer backs up while the head is angled forward. This method works incredibly well for sizing material because it drags the material lowered against the chopping bar and into the chamber. Some Torrent Mulchers feature an adjustable cutter bar to help regulate particle size and output rate. Other models feature a second cutter bar located behind the front bumper to allow for more thorough processing. This feature enables the mulcher to cut the material twice. 

A key takeaway

When operating a mulcher for the first time, know the equipment’s power hydraulic capacity and work within those limits.

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