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Old 11-28-2008, 08:01 PM   #1
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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.

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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 it....save 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.

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Old 11-28-2008, 10:15 PM   #3
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$150 eh?

You gonna be passing by Hawaii anytime soon?

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Not likely.....but I do plan on visiting someday!
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you can get someone to do it but wouldn't you like to at least like to learn how? consider it tuition moneywell spent.
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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.
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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!

You might even be able to find a close neighbor to split the cost with you for digging a garden spot, etc for him.
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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.
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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.
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Its 40x40 not a pick and shovel job (I tried ). Thanks for all your input. Now its time to git er done.
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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.
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.
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you fly me and my skid loader over there and your on!!

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