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#1 Ryan313 OFFLINE  

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Posted August 22, 2012 - 08:05 PM

I was thinking, and it was so weird, the smoke alarms started going off! Well anyway, has anybody ever used a plow or tiller to loosen up dirt so it could be dug up easier? I thought that you could loosen it up this way, then come through with a fel and scoop it right up!

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Posted August 22, 2012 - 08:16 PM

I've done that a few times.One other thing was to use a cultivator you can really use anything to help break it up to make it easier to dig with the loader.

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Posted August 22, 2012 - 08:18 PM

I was thinking, and it was so weird, the smoke alarms started going off! Well anyway, has anybody ever used a plow or tiller to loosen up dirt so it could be dug up easier? I thought that you could loosen it up this way, then come through with a fel and scoop it right up!


Does anyone else hear it?

A young gent, desperate for seat time & reasons why he SHOULD buy that FEL.

J/K Ryan, it's a good idea and we did that when we were doing the watershed around Mom & Dad's house. We didn't use a FEL, but we did use the plow shallow a couple of swipes to break it up some for easier digging.

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Posted August 22, 2012 - 08:23 PM

Should help make the FEL work easier and also contribute to more seat time :)

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Posted August 22, 2012 - 08:58 PM

tilled several times for new flower beds for the wife.
saves a lot of time and the dirt removes faster.

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Posted August 22, 2012 - 09:19 PM

Good luck with that! Normally I would say it's a good idea. But if it is as dry out there as it is here, it's going to tough sledding any way you go.
Been diggin in post to set the shed on and it's bone dry 3 ft down.

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Posted August 22, 2012 - 09:38 PM

Yep, I've done it but the FEL I used had a long handle and fit both hands.

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Posted August 22, 2012 - 09:39 PM

Yeah, if it's as dry as around here, you should likely build a water wagon first. It works though...break it up and scoop it up.

I know a landscaper who gets topsoil that way, actually. He waits until there's some work on a fence line, rips it up with an old 9 foot cultivator, then loads it in trucks and takes it away.

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Posted August 22, 2012 - 10:41 PM

Number of years ago the apartment community where I worked wanted to put in a sidewalk where residents were already cutting across the grass. I talked to the contractor and asked if we could get a price break if the dirt was already dug out. He said "yes", so I took my Gravely with rotary plow, plowed the course where the sidewalk was going and then went back and used the "Snow/Dirt blade" on the Gravely to finish pushing the dirt out of the way.
When we were overseas, Dad ended up building some roads into remote areas by using the tractor to plow the course of the road, discing to break up grass clumps, manual removal of tree stumps, then would go back and use the back blade to finish it off. Note, the plowing was purposely done to mound dirt toward the middle and leave ditches on the side.

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Posted August 23, 2012 - 04:58 AM

Ryan, a tooth bar for the FEL will help to break through hard ground as well. As mentioned any sort of gouging implement can be used, middle buster, box blade scarifiers etc. If you have a lot of rocks then it's a different story. A back hoe or a 5ft. pry bar and a strong back are what we use around here!

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Posted August 23, 2012 - 05:09 AM

Ryan,yes I do that quite often.There is a hill on my property that I want to "notch" the back side out to make a yard . I am in no real hurry to get it done,and this way,whenever I need so dirt to put somewhere ,I just go till up and grab some. This method works great.

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Posted August 23, 2012 - 08:22 AM

I used the moldboard plow on my Suburban to loosen up the ground and break the smaller tree roots when I was doing trail maintenance out in back of my house. Before that, the mid-mount blade was having a hard time digging down through the packed top layer. The moldboard also helped to roll the dirt down off the top of the berm into the gully at the bottom.
When up, it also helped to provide more traction. Win-win!

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Posted August 23, 2012 - 08:24 AM

It sounds like it is a tried and true method! I may use it in the future, seems like it works pretty good!

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Posted August 23, 2012 - 08:25 AM

ryan i do that all the time doing patio ,sidewalk installs the case rototiller is awsome for this i haul of it home and run it threw my shreder mix it with my compost and re sell it jim

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Posted August 23, 2012 - 09:09 AM

Ryan, keep us posted on your project and take lots of pictures.




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