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Old 03-23-2014, 09:39 AM   #1
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i am considering regrading my side yard. 10'ish x 70'ish. and digging up a smallish asphalt driveway piece, 10'x10'ish (between sidewalk and street). there used to be a driveway here. the PO's removed the blacktop, but not the base. then sodded. i have got grass to grow here (PO's couldn't). but since i would like to regrade, i am thinking i could rent a bobcat to remove all this, and put some loads of soil down. a bobcat would make short, and fun, work of it.

for those in my area = about what should i look to pay to rent a bobcat for a day ?
how do i get it here ? my truck can not pull something that large.

also, while i am here. what should i look to pay for a load of soil ?
if i have the bobcat, they could dump at the curb. so i would not need a small truck to not harm my sidewalk and drive (my other thread).

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oh. is there a rentable alternative to a bobcat ?

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http://www.atlasbobcat.com/custompage.asp?pg=Rentals

Don't know about topsoil in that area but hear it's like gold these days.
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$175 is doable . depending on what it cost to get it here/back.
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There is probably some place closer to you.That is just one I knew about and googled it.Came up with a pretty good list.
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There is probably some place closer to you.That is just one I knew about and googled it.Came up with a pretty good list.
yeah, i know. but that does give me something to start with.
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i just found a place closer to me. price is about the same. and, i think i will need to rent a truck to pull the BC. but that is ok, i could use that truck, a dump, to go get dirt and gravel. this may work out to pay for itself.
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Just a suggestion, but you may want to contact a couple of local landscape comanies, to see what it would cost to dig and haul away the old and haul in the new. One trip to strip and haul away the old, and one more to deliver the new. With a 10' wide area, they should be able to tailgate the new stuff close enough that you wouldn't have a terrible task spreading it from there. If you have a place for it, they may even bring the new on the first trip. By the time you figure paying to rent a machine and have it and the material trucked, it might not be too bad of a deal. And a skid steer is a very useful tool, but it can take a while to learn to operate it efficiently.
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My local A to Z will deliver and pick up---also--if rented on Saturday, you get Sunday free (sort of)--the machine has a clock--you get 8 hours on the clock----

I like that arrangement--you will hurt like a son of a gun sitting in that thing 8 hours straight---better to split it up---

Price? Can't remember--it's been a while---
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Just a suggestion, but you may want to contact a couple of local landscape comanies, to see what it would cost to dig and haul away the old and haul in the new. One trip to strip and haul away the old, and one more to deliver the new. With a 10' wide area, they should be able to tailgate the new stuff close enough that you wouldn't have a terrible task spreading it from there. If you have a place for it, they may even bring the new on the first trip. By the time you figure paying to rent a machine and have it and the material trucked, it might not be too bad of a deal. And a skid steer is a very useful tool, but it can take a while to learn to operate it efficiently.
thanx, i will check into that. the area to be stripped, if it is what i believe it is, i have a use for it. i need to dig a hole in that area to verify what i saw in another area.

for someone that has a lot of practice on a SS, my project would be a piece of cake and not take long.

my wife is going to call the rental place and see what they have to say. i will have a few landscape outfits give me an estimate.
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Even though you are just regrading---call jullie--the utility locator---the service is free and might save you from slicing a T.V. cable or phone wire---
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Even though you are just regrading---call jullie--the utility locator---the service is free and might save you from slicing a T.V. cable or phone wire---
yes, i plan to. even thought my wires are hung out front. and the gas line is on the other side of the house.
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I ran into one last summer. A smaller lot in town, and the guy had a gnarly tree that he wanted to get remove, nothing attractive about it at all, and big roots popping up all over the yard, so he was going to cut it down, and wanted to know if I would dig the roots out and do some preliminary grading. We agreed on the particulars, and I called MISSDIG. Naturally, he wanted to start immediately, but I told him that I had to jiggle some things around, and would not do it anyway until everything was marked. "Please? I know where everything is." Nope, not until everything is marked. So they came out, marked everything that was buried, and I showed up the next morning, right behind the POCO. Yup, everything in the ground was marked, but apparently his aim was not good, because the tree went into the high lines. Ya can't assume some things!
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Many equipment rental shops will deliver to you, just ask (for a fee of course )

You may be able to get by with a Dingo.
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Many equipment rental shops will deliver to you, just ask (for a fee of course )

You may be able to get by with a Dingo.
they will, $80. a dingo, as you call it, cost just as much as a bobcat

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