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cebe800
11-06-2006, 08:13 PM
What is the best way or ways you guys dig out for the retaining wall base?

DVS Hardscaper
11-06-2006, 08:51 PM
ummmmm.......I dunno - from the surface and work your way down?




What did I win, is this a trick question?

jazak
11-06-2006, 08:52 PM
With a excavator like a Cat 301.5 on up depending on how much you have to dig out. Also paired with a skid steer if possible. I dig from the side. Sometimes you have to use a shovel, pick and wheelbarrow since some areas are soo tight.

DVS Hardscaper
11-06-2006, 09:13 PM
With a excavator like a Cat 301.5 on up depending on how much you have to dig out. Also paired with a skid steer if possible.....


You mean like this???


http://www.outdoorfinishes.com/images/services/walls/Andrew's%20dream/boulder-wall-1-lg.jpg

cebe800
11-06-2006, 09:13 PM
Thanks for the reply I was comtemplating using a trencher on a mini skid but was open to any ideas. I don't mind the shovel and pick but looking for a little easier and faster way.

DVS Hardscaper
11-06-2006, 09:18 PM
We have dug footers as follows:

* By hand with shovels

* With full size back-hoes

* With mini-excavators

* With Mid-size, steel track excavators (as seen in the pic)

* With forks on skid steer

jazak
11-06-2006, 09:43 PM
You mean like this???


http://www.outdoorfinishes.com/images/services/walls/Andrew's%20dream/boulder-wall-1-lg.jpg

You got it!:weightlifter: I'll get some pics up soon; they just put up a massive wall at a new strip mall used a EC360 Volvo ex & like a 928G CAT loader. Going to do a job next spring will need to rent a 314 Cat

Mike33
11-06-2006, 10:57 PM
If we can get the bobcat with hoe attm. there we dont do the job. Im getting
to old and fat to do work hard.
Mike

cedarcroft
11-07-2006, 06:05 AM
I just dug one yesterday with a backhoe. total overkill, but I gave the customer a written one year guarantee on workmanship, so I don't want this thing to settle at all. we put about 8"-24" of compacted RCA throughout the entire trench. digging by hand sux and in the long run often costs you more in labor.

neversatisfiedj
11-08-2006, 08:02 PM
I dig almost all by hand. That's why I lift the world in the gym. :weightlifter:

If I do to much with machines I will surely surcome to old age.

Mike33
11-08-2006, 09:07 PM
guess old age will get me than.:clapping:
Mike