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Cutting Down and Mulching Trees: Disc Mulcher vs. Drum Mulcher

A mulcher is an essential piece of equipment for land clearing, site preparation, disaster cleanup, forestry management, and any other job that involves clearing out trees and brush. Mulcher attachments allow you to cut down and shred trees simultaneously so you can get the job done quickly and efficiently.

If you're interested in a mulching attachment, you've probably run into two different types: disc mulchers vs. drum mulchers. There is plenty of overlap in what these mulching attachments can do, but they're not interchangeable. Each comes with its advantages and disadvantages. Let’s take a look at each of these attachments so you can choose the right one for your needs. Drum vs. Disc: The Basic Difference First, it’s important to clarify the basic difference between these two attachments. They're both intended to mulch brush and trees, but they accomplish this task in different ways. Each are valuable tools in land clearing applications. Here’s a breakdown of the differences:

  • Disc mulcher: As the name suggests, this attachment looks like a large disc. The disc is equipped with mulching teeth to cut and mulch trees. A unique aspect of disc mulchers is that they store energy and combine this stored energy with hydraulic power to work. You can cu