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Old 12-29-2009, 09:51 AM   #1
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I am looking for some practical feedback about how to use a bobcat to regrade my back yard.

Is this a simple dyi type project ?

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Old 12-29-2009, 10:59 AM   #2
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a bobcat is not an easy piece of equipment to run well. It's easy to run, just difficult to use it well without some experience on the machine.

You can have a blast learning though.

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What nap said, plus when learning, there's no need to be wide open on the throttle. The machine will move far faster than you intend it to. It may take a few hours to get used to it, but you should get a feel for it in that time.
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Yes it is a DIY job. If possible get a power rake attachment to do the grading. Otherwise it is a bit difficult to grade with just the bucket.
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I used a rental 'bob' for snow removal some years back...Fun Fun Fun...but as stated she can get away from you...Best to practice first to get a feel and be sure to get the right attachment for the job. You also want to practice attach switch so you don't spend too much time on that. Time is money and they are'nt cheap!! Have fun!! Be safe!!
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best advice I can give besides what has been offered is NO mater how much begging or how much is promised do NOT let your wife run it,dont ask how I know
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best advice I can give besides what has been offered is NO mater how much begging or how much is promised do NOT let your wife run it,dont ask how I know


Pics ?

I've run a lot of equipment over the years
One place I worked we had a 10 ton fork truck (big beast)
In most cases once you get used to it its easy enough to maneuver
The problem lies in getting the desired results landscaping using the machines

I used a terramite backhoe w/bucket on the front & found it quite a challenge to move the dirt around
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The smaller the machine, the touchier the controls are. You have to have a very gentle approach to any of these machines. Take things in small bites. The power rake is a good idea. Take your time and go at it easy. Don't try to go too fast, that's when bad things happen. If the machine starts bucking as you go, just let off the controls easy and stop and start over again. Once you start getting the bumps, it makes your hands move the control handles more than you want and quickly get worse. Stay away from any steep slopes if you have any. You don't want to end up on a utube video.
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Dave I would but the camera was in the room she put it through
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AHEM! I log way more hours in our yard tractor with front-end loader and back-hoe than my Dear Husband. He's the only one who's hit the garage.

My advice. BE VERY aware of maneuvers while backing up. Until you log a number of hours you have a poor idea of the 'footprint' of the bobcat. And, because they are fun, you can tend to 'have a little fun' when you think you're in the clear. DH had a very close call with his new car when he was tooling around.
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DYI, yes doable. But I have found having a professional do foundation escavation, grading, and such is preferable - they know how to slope, pack, spread materials, etc. with the least effort and best results.

Hiring a pro and his equipment is worth it, IMHO.
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AHEM! I log way more hours in our yard tractor with front-end loader and back-hoe than my Dear Husband
In 6 years my wife has yet to mow the lawn....self propelled model
I have put in too many gardens for a yard tractor
Plus most of our lawn is split up into different areas

I ended up having the terramite in wet weather, 3 day weekend - same cost as 1 day
Not fun driving that thing around with wet grass & dirt
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Great advice about taking it slow and taking small bites. If you can find somewhere one is being used, try to get time to just stand and watch. Or you might could get someone with experience to tutor you for an hour or so.

Bottom line, nothing will replace time in the seat.
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I do not mean to change the thread and I know you asked for practical advice in respects to Bobcats but if you are regrading.

I would really advise a skip loader.

In my opinion a lot easier to operate then a bobcat, at least quicker to learn.

The scraper in the back is meant for grading

Just a thought, what everyone else think.
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I had 3 trucks of topsoil dumbed in my back yard 6 yrs ago. My neighbor is in the construction business and has extension experience operating a bobcat. He would get one from his work and I agreed to pay him to re grade my backyard. When he finally got the bobcat over he aked if I wanted to learn how to drive it. I excitedly said sure and he gave me a 10 min lesson. After the lesson he had to do something in his house before starting. An hour later I went knocking on his door only to find him drunk. So I started on my own. Well he started a booze bing and I was on my own for the next 2 weeks. I spent countless hours after work on that machine. It was a lot of fun but a experience operator could of had it done in a day. My advice is first don't count on your drunk neighbor and second I would check around and see if there are any videos on how to grade because the machine is easy and fun to operate it's the skill of grading thats difficult. PS the neighbor tried to collect for his time.

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