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Old 10-17-2016, 04:44 PM   #1
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Small excavator for landscaping


Has anyone got experience using mini excavators in their backyard? I'm not a tradie and I'm a bit apprehensive if this work would be out of my league.
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Old 10-17-2016, 05:27 PM   #2
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Take a few hours and practice somewhere that you can tear up the ground without anyone caring, before doing any work in the yard.

These things will tear things up easily if you are a greenhorn.


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Old 10-17-2016, 06:11 PM   #3
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The controls are like a joystick so if you can use one you can do well enough for most things. My son came by to see it and I had to chase him away so I could play.

The next time I rented one I did not tell him until I was done.
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Ok so far we have 0 idea what you need it for.
Going to also need a dump truck to haul away whatever it is your going to dig up?
Willing to pay for a couple of hours learning how to use it?
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Old 10-17-2016, 10:12 PM   #5
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I love renting equipment. As long as you have a "safe'ish" area to somewhat master it.
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Even after you've gotten the hang of it, overhead wires? Buried utilities/septic lines, etc.
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Old 10-20-2016, 12:13 PM   #7
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As others asked, what exactly are you trying to do? I just watched my backyard be regraded (not a big regrading, just flattening things really), and I think I could've certainly done it myself. It was done with a small skid loader/bobcat. Would it take me longer than an experienced operator? Sure, but it's certainly not very difficult, depending on what you're trying to do.

I was lacking the time to tackle the project at this time so had to hire someone to do it, but I certainly wouldn't be intimidated next time around to DIY it if I had the time.

One thing to keep in mind with a skid loader is whether it has tracks or wheels. The one the contractor used has wheels and it did fine on the soil (we have a lot of clay). The soil isn't too dry or too wet (so no mud pits). If you're dealing w/ a mudpit you'll probably need tracks for traction.
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