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#1 JDBrian OFFLINE  

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Posted June 09, 2012 - 04:33 PM

I had a big rock next to my garage sticking out of the ground about a foot or so. I want to build a lean too on the side of the garage so I can store my firewood there. It's a better place to store it than the shed I am using now. I can then use the shed to store Gt's attachments and such! The rock ended up being bigger than I thought but I managed to pry the back end of it up out of the hole enough to get a sling on it and yanked it upright with the tractor. I repositioned the sling and pulled it out of the hole then got it part way onto a plywood skid but couldn't get it on there all the way. I just put a sling low on the rock and pulled using that. Pulled it up the driveway and pushed it into a depression with the loader bucket. It pulled hard. It was like the brakes were locked on. I had to use the dif lock at one point but did not need 4wd. Lots of weight on the back of the 2320 helped. I pulled from a hook built into the ballast box so I had about 900lbs on the back. I was surprised I could pull it at all. This tractor is stronger than I thought it was!
Heres some photos. You can see the trail the skid left in the driveway. It was 2 pieces of plywood screwed together. The last photo is the rock in it's new home.

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Posted June 09, 2012 - 04:55 PM

You grow some rather large ones up there, Brian! Don't think you need any Miracle Grow on that sucker! Glad you got it moved!
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Posted June 09, 2012 - 05:03 PM

Kenny, it was JD verses the rock. I wanted to move it but doubted I could without getting bigger equipment. I was prying and digging on that bugger for about a week in my spare time until I got it lifted up enough to pull it. Now I can move the firewood to this location which is always plowed. It's currently in a shed that's in the backyard and I have to lug it up a hill to the house through snow or else shovel or blow a path. An extra bonus is being able to reassign that space to GTs and such LOL!

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Posted June 09, 2012 - 05:17 PM

Glad you got it done, Brian. That will be a great place for the wood, And extra GT space is always welcome. Good luck filling it up!
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Posted June 09, 2012 - 05:50 PM

More room for GT's is always good!

Glad the JD was up to the task and you had some seat time doing it.
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Posted June 09, 2012 - 07:47 PM

Nice job Brian! That is a huge rock! Glad the JD was able to move it for you.

Sounds like a win win situation to me. Wood closer and more room for GT related items. :thumbs:
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Posted June 09, 2012 - 07:56 PM

Thanks Chris. It's about 3ft high. I figure it must be about 12-1500lbs. When you dig here this is what you run up against. Smaller versions if you're lucky but it's always a battle to dig a hole for a fence post or whatever. It sure is handy having that compact tractor at times like this.

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Posted June 09, 2012 - 08:01 PM

Thanks Chris. It's about 3ft high. I figure it must be about 12-1500lbs. When you dig here this is what you run up against. Smaller versions if you're lucky but it's always a battle to dig a hole for a fence post or whatever. It sure is handy having that compact tractor at times like this.

I know just what you are talking about. I have 11 acres that is nothing but this size and bigger. I can't even dig a small hole anywhere with out hitting a rock! I made a small garden here this year, and just a 3' x 15' section had 3 trailers full of rocks. I was wondering why the bottom plow wasn't working to well LOL.
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Posted June 09, 2012 - 08:05 PM

Glad you were able to get the job done! That is one heck of a rock!
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Posted June 09, 2012 - 08:11 PM

I know just what you are talking about. I have 11 acres that is nothing but this size and bigger. I can't even dig a small hole anywhere with out hitting a rock! I made a small garden here this year, and just a 3' x 15' section had 3 trailers full of rocks. I was wondering why the bottom plow wasn't working to well LOL.


Chris, I am only a few miles from the ocean and the whole coastline is rock. I'm not sure what it looks like in RI but it could be very similar.

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Posted June 09, 2012 - 08:14 PM

Some of RI has a lot of sand. other parts are great looking top soil, Then there is my section were it is all ledge and boulder.

And our beaches are the same so are all rock (great Striped Bass fishing) and others are all sand.

I'll take some pictures tomorrow if it doesn't rain.

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Posted June 09, 2012 - 10:33 PM

Glad to rock didn't beat you !! I don't think any of my Gts could have pulled that size rock ,Al
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Posted June 09, 2012 - 10:51 PM

That's a big rock, and would look good... in someone else's yard lol.
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Posted June 10, 2012 - 03:03 AM

Down here we use those big ones to tie ourselves to during tornado season.
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Posted June 10, 2012 - 10:52 AM

Down here we use those big ones to tie ourselves to during tornado season.


I'll send you down a couple if the freight isn't too high. LOL




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