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Old 06-27-2010, 03:40 PM   #1
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Level off a 20' x 10' area next to my house


Hi, I am embarassed to say, but I really don't know what options there are for this project.

I want to level off a 20' x 10' area next to my house to put stone down for a driveway. The area is level next to the house and slowly grades upward to about 2' above level, 10' out from the house. It is mostly clay and small rocks, with some roots from old trees (1-3" diam) thrown in. Because there is a powerline running to my house (in an area that I don't have to level, and its 24" down) I cannot bring larger machines in. I was considering a small bobcat with a tooth bucket, but miss utility says they cannot drive over the line. (even though I am not digging there)

My last idea is to get a 7hp tiller and slowly till a few inches off the top and then shovel dirt out, and repete

ANY OTHER SUGGESTIONS? Or at lease can anyone tell me if this will work? Problems with the stones, roots, etc? How long do you all think this would take?

Thanks for ANY help,

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Old 06-28-2010, 05:18 AM   #2
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If you could find an old Troy built rear tine and baby it through it should work.

I'd water the area pretty good a couple/three days before you till it seeing how its clay.

I have a 1983 8hp troy built that has seen some work since the day I bought it new.

I have always gone easy ( slow,slow rpm,s) in the tough stuff and also set the

belt a tad loose so as not to tear up the drive train and I have hit plenty

of rocks over the years.

That belt has squawked a thousand times hitting big rocks and I'm still on the original .

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I tilled about 1/2 acre of very rocky soil with a 12 horse Troy rear tine tiller.

I was a lot younger then---lots of work but do able. I would not recommend a 'mid tine' tiller for this job.
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mongor,
Don't you think you should start your own thread?
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Because there is a powerline running to my house (in an area that I don't have to level, and its 24" down) I cannot bring larger machines in. I was considering a small bobcat with a tooth bucket, but miss utility says they cannot drive over the line. (even though I am not digging there)

Gary
Power lines are buried deep so you CAN drive over them
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