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At Schott Services, we take on a variety of landscaping jobs, including brush clearing. Our project today involves clearing sokme brush from an empty lot for a customer who needed it surveyed. The customer wants to sell the lots in parcels, but the undergrowth and honeysuckle needs to be cleared to survey the land. It’s going to be a challenging job, but we’re up for the task.

On day 1, we arrive on site with our brush cutter and get to work. The lot is approximately 250 by 307 feet, and it is quite thick with honeysuckle. The first part of the video shows the progress we make on day 1. We’re able to clear an area of approximately 160 feet, but while we cut the brush, we encounter a lot of trash and debris on the lot, including dead trees, falling trees, and concrete blocks. The cottonwood seeds also keep clogging up the radiator and causing overheating, so we have to use the blower to clear the radiator every 20 minutes. Despite these challenges, we keep pushing forward. The customer only wants the lot knocked down, not cleaned up, so we focus on knocking down as much brush as possible.

On day 2, we return to the lot and continue our work. More dead trees, wires, and tires on the lot get in our way, and the brush cutter has to cut wire out of the debris several times. Despite these challenges, we’re making progress. Over time, we get through all the brush.

Eventually we finish clearing all the brush. As you can see in the video, the end result doesn’t look good because we don’t clean up, but the customer only wanted us to clear the land for surveying, so it’s okay. If you need some overgrown brush to be gotten under control, get in touch with us at 317-784-8760 or and don’t worry, we’ll definitely clean up once we’re done!

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We’re doing a demolition project today, and we’re taking down a small wooden barn. We’ve got our mini skid steer and root grapple ready to go, and we’re starting by taking off the roof. With the root grapple, we carefully remove the shingles and diagonal rafters, and then deposit them into the truck bed for hauling.

Next, we detach the sides of the barn using the root grapple, and deposit those into the truck bed for hauling as well. Then, we move onto the fallen wooden planks, picking them up by hand and depositing them into the truck bed.

Once we’ve cleared out the wooden parts of the barn, we use the root grapple to pick up the floor and place it in the truck bed as well. With all the wooden pieces disassembled and ready to go, we secure them to the truck bed with ratchet straps to ensure that they won’t slide off during transport.

Now it’s time to tackle the concrete tiles that served as the barn’s foundation. Using the root grapple, we wedge the grapple underneath a tile, lift it up, and then deposit it for hauling. We repeat this process until all the concrete tiles have been removed. Some of the tiles crack and crumble during this process, but we’ll pick up the pieces later.

After removing all the tiles, we scoop up the pieces of cracked concrete using the root grapple. In the process, we also spot a stray wood plank that was missed earlier, so we deposit it onto the truck bed along with the concrete pieces. To get the pieces of cracked concrete that are in the dirt, we sift through them with the root grapple.

Finally, we pick up the last few small chunks of concrete by hand. With all the debris cleared away, we use the leveler attachment to smooth out the dirt and make sure the area is left in good condition.

There you have it - a successful demolition project! With the right tools and techniques, we were able to efficiently take down the barn and clear away all the debris. If you need an old barn or other installation removed, don’t hesitate to contact us at 317-784-8760 or

We’re taking out a small barn playhouse today. It was built by a customer for his kids many years ago, but it’s pretty worn out now. It’s probably just a home for raccoons now anyway, so the customer decided that it’s a good time to remove it, which is where we come in. We remove all kinds of junk at Schott Services and this barn is no exception! If you need junk removed, call or text the number at 317-784-8760 or email for a quick, free estimate on price.

It’s lucky that we’re demolishing this barn in the summer, when it’s easy to drive our truck into backyards. We get lots of calls for barn removals earlier in the year, but it’s hard to do them at that time because of how soft the ground is in the spring. It’s soft enough that our truck digs into the dirt as it rolls into the backyard, and so we have to be a lot more careful. We wouldn’t want to make tracks in your yard with our truck, after all!

But since it’s summer time, we’ve got our truck backed into the yard and ready for hauling no problemo! We’re hoping that we'll be able to fit the entire barn onto the truck bed. It's always satisfying to complete a job in one go. However, if we can't fit everything, we’ve got our trailer ready to move the rest of the barn.

As we work, we’re making sure to stay safe and follow all the necessary precautions. Wood falling on you is no fun! With our mini skid steer and grapple attachment, we safely demolish the whole structure and begin to load the pieces onto our truck.

We pile the planks and beams of the barn onto our truck, building a tower on the truck bed ever higher like Jenga. Eventually it gets so high that building the tower any higher would be unsafe, so we bring out the trailer. One more Jenga tower built on the trailer later, and the barn is all ready to haul away! It’s always a good feeling to see a job through to completion, and this one was no exception. We’re proud of the work we do at Schott Services. If you want an old barn or another old structure removed, 317-784-8760 or for a free estimate.

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