IRM provides hazardous fuels reduction through the use of a skid steer machine. With its low ground pressure and rubber tracks, it can work in the forest and other sensitive areas with minimal impact. Unlike other machines, it does not throw material when masticating brush, thereby making it safe to use around homes and people, and is ideally suited to working on all sorts of restoration forestry projects, as well as fuels reduction projects within the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI).
The benefits and facts about the use of skid steer machines include:
- Low ground pressure (<3lbs/in2) minimizes soil compaction site disturbance, or residual stand damage
- Rubber tracks help minimize soil displacement
- Low operating weight (11,000 lbs) allows for high mobility compared to larger machines
- Through the use of various implements many different types of vegetation, from small shrubs to large trees can be effectively treated
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