Mulcher Flails – Should I Use Hammers or Y Flails?
The hammer blades tend to give a flatter finish (like a mower). They do, require more horse power to run – as much as 30%, more depending on the application. The hammer flail has a chipping action. They’re often used as a multi purpose machine.
Typically they are well suited to the following applications:
- Vineyards – heavy prunings
- Orchards – heavy prunings
- Marginal areas that may contain woody vegetation such as suckers and vines
- Grassed areas where a flat finish is required
Y flails, set up on a mulcher, comprises of two blades back to back. Each blade has a straight shank with a 45 degree tip that has a beveled cutting edge.
The Y blades will shred rather than chip, producing a finer result than hammers. This is important where it’s critical the material is finely shredded and it breaks down quickly.
They are suited for the following applications:
- Vineyards – inter row grass management and light to medium prunings
- Orchards – inter row grass management and light to medium prunings
- Vegetable topping
- Crop residue such as pineapples
- Cotton plants after harvesting
The Y blades are double-sided so when you wear the leading edge out you can turn the blade around. Also the Y blades leave a slightly corrugated finish which allows the mulched matter to break down a lot faster, as there is more air flow under the mulched matter.
In pasture applications the finely shredded material falls to the ground leaving the pasture clean and in optimal condition for grazing. It also provides a mulch cover which prevents moisture loss and it’s a source of organic material which will benefit plant growth.
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