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bumpque 11-28-2008 08:01 PM

Whats the best size Backhoe for a beginner
Need to clear an area about 40ft square for a garden. It has small trees (4 to 6 inches around) and brush. Digging about three inches down there is a layer of broken concreat slab and bricks. I plan to remove everything to 12 inches and replace with topsoil from another area on my property. So what do you suggest as a backhoe for a beginner.

joasis 11-28-2008 08:57 PM

Cut the trees down, and then hire a backhoe to stop by to or from another job site and do it for you...40 sq/ft would take an experienced guy much less time then you learning on money in the long run. Most backhoe services will tow their machine with a dump truck, so they can remove the debris and you are money ahead. I would charge $150 for a job like that, including the dumptruck load (2 cubic yards) or material removal.....price renting a machine and see how close you get.

Kap 11-28-2008 10:15 PM

$150 eh?

You gonna be passing by Hawaii anytime soon?

joasis 11-29-2008 06:51 AM

Not likely.....but I do plan on visiting someday!

chad4290 11-29-2008 07:13 AM

you can get someone to do it but wouldn't you like to at least like to learn how? consider it tuition moneywell spent.

bumpque 11-29-2008 09:17 AM

I apprieciate your suggestions. But Chad is right my aim was to learn on a somewhat simple project. Any and all comments are welcome and apprecieated.

downunder 11-29-2008 10:14 AM


But Chad is right my aim was to learn on a somewhat simple project.
Sounds like a perfect opportunity to learn a new skill, assuming that you have plenty of room around the site for safety. HD rents an adequately small tractor for about $150/day. Don't forget to "call before you dig."

I'm always in favor of anyone wanting to learn something new. Go for it!:thumbsup:

You might even be able to find a close neighbor to split the cost with you for digging a garden spot, etc for him.

Clutchcargo 11-29-2008 10:26 AM

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Is it 40^2 feet? 5'x8' or 40'x40'? If it's 5x8, I'd just break it up by hand.

Kap 11-29-2008 11:30 AM

40x40 I would definitely use equipment. 5x8, pick and shovel. And a high school kid wanting to make a few bucks on the weekend.

Our community college has an adult ed program, and for roughly 100-200 bucks or so I think it was, they had a skid steer class, with equipment and all. If you plan on doing a lot of this type stuff it might be worth it.

bumpque 11-29-2008 05:17 PM

Its 40x40 not a pick and shovel job (I tried :no:). Thanks for all your input. Now its time to git er done.

Marvin Gardens 12-06-2008 12:12 PM


Originally Posted by Clutchcargo (Post 191450)
Is it 40^2 feet? 5'x8' or 40'x40'? If it's 5x8, I'd just break it up by hand.

My thoughts exactly. Or even borrow a tiller.

I just dug 30 feet of trench to 3 feet by hand and I am...well lets just say I was born in the 40's.

4just1don 12-17-2008 01:01 AM

you fly me and my skid loader over there and your on!!

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