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I need to prepare land for a 12x8 shed. I would like to dig 3 ft extra on each side for enough clearance and a better look so I'd probably be looking to clear out 15x11. I would like to dig about 5" down all around to lay down crushed blue stone as opposed to concrete.
As opposed to digging by hand, is there a small machine I can use to dig up that land? I can't get large machinery in my backyard as there is not enough clearance but I heard someone once say they make machines that are about 3 ft in length that can do the job, just not sure what it may be called. Is it some kind of backhoe or bulldozer?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Are you sure you can operate one.?

5" inch down is like a half shovel full
15' x 11' = 165 square feet

4 of your buddies + you and that comes to......

about 33 - 40 shovels each.

1-2 Cases of Bud light.
Some home made sandwiches or BBQ.
And a couple games of horseshoes.
It all depends on where you live.

Here, in the Rocky Mountains, If you can get a shovel down even a 1/4 way, you are lucky.

I tried it by hand, after a half hour, I went down the street to my local rental store and rented one of the mini-excavators. Time well saved and money well spent.
 

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It all depends on where you live.

Here, in the Rocky Mountains, If you can get a shovel down even a 1/4 way, you are lucky.

I tried it by hand, after a half hour, I went down the street to my local rental store and rented one of the mini-excavators. Time well saved and money well spent.
Maybe a digging bar or pick would work. Just saying if you can't operate the machine get a little help from your friends.

 
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