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Posted March 14, 2015 - 05:58 PM

Got the shrubs hauled to town to the county mulching operation, and tilled the row a couple times.

Last year I did a short row of hybrid willows. I tilled it, and dug it out. It really worked well, and the trees were planted Memorial Day weekend. They were 8" tall, and now they're 5'. But it was an awful lot of shoveling by hand. It was only 45' long, also. Where I'm putting the Canadian Hemlocks is 250' long. I'm going to look for a 3 point dirt scoop to help me out. Just missed out on a Frontier carryall and a King Kutter scoop this week, like new, for $200 for both. Oops.

The tilled line, the Bolens and Iseki tiller after a bath, and the hybrid willow line.

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Posted March 21, 2015 - 08:41 AM

No luck on finding a dirt scoop yet, my shovel has an almost smug look to it.......(it's taunting me)

 

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I should add, no luck finding a dirt scoop in my price range yet.



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Posted March 21, 2015 - 10:00 AM

What's the difference between a dirt scoop and a shovel?



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Posted March 21, 2015 - 11:30 AM

What's the difference between a dirt scoop and a shovel?

Well, the scoops I already put pics up of. Here's a shovel:

 

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So, the main difference is the scoop has engine noises (when in use) included, the shovel requires me to make fake engine sounds.


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Posted March 21, 2015 - 12:01 PM

Ah, the difference is in applying power.


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Posted March 21, 2015 - 12:11 PM

Ah, the difference is in applying power.

 

Yep, 1/4 horse vs. 15 hp. Diesel is $2.49 a gallon, Modelo is $11 a gallon. Won't take long to pay off that purchase!


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Posted March 21, 2015 - 12:22 PM

Yep, 1/4 horse vs. 15 hp. Diesel is $2.49 a gallon, Modelo is $11 a gallon. Won't take long to pay off that purchase!

You forgot to multiply by the 7 Saturdays it would take by shovel. :smilewink:


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Posted March 21, 2015 - 01:13 PM

I see.   I thought your second picture was what you called a shovel. (Dirt scoops are red. Shovels are yellow.) I won't even ask you about a box grader.



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Posted April 01, 2015 - 08:32 AM

Picked up a used scoop last night, King Kutter brand. Tried it out, I need to modify it. The Bolens won't lift it high enough to dump out. I can lower the pins on the scoop two inches, that should do the trick.

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Posted April 05, 2015 - 09:00 PM

It seems I hooked up the 3 point arms incorrectly, and once I moved the lift links to the correct position, I got the lift height necessary. Barely. I need to remove the tube hitch receiver that I have on there, so I can get the sway control links hooked up. But the scoop is working, and I got about 1/3 done with scooping out the shrub line dirt and moving it to an area that I am trying to level off.

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Posted April 17, 2015 - 07:10 PM

Ditch is ready:
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Hybrid willows woke up after 2" of rain Sunday night:

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Posted April 17, 2015 - 10:14 PM

Your not done yet?   :smilewink:

 

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Posted April 18, 2015 - 05:08 AM

He may get them in before they reach full height!



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Posted April 18, 2015 - 03:29 PM

Ordered the Canadian Hemlocks from the same place we got the willows from last year. They came the 2nd or 3rd week of May last year. They send them out based on your hardiness zone.



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Posted May 19, 2015 - 08:24 PM

The hemlocks arrived last Thursday. Got them planted that night. Raining pretty hard, so no watering necessary as I went. I have been hauling a box load of mulch home every night, about halfway now.

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