View Full Version : Moving large boulders.....

09-01-2009, 09:45 AM
What do you guys use to move large boulders....piece of equipment?

I have a customer that wants some large boulders moved in his yard. I would guess the largest one is 5x3x3, maybe slightly larger.

I know I could use an excavator with a thumb however I would basically be moving on a light to moderate slope.

Wanted to throw this question out and get some feedback.


Summit L & D
09-01-2009, 10:40 AM
I think you could probably roll that with a skid loader, not pick it up, but roll it. If you need to pick it up and move it, then I would recommend either larger front end loader or an excavator. Another option you might have would be to use a crane. A crane is the easiest way to set boulders - bar none!

09-02-2009, 09:56 PM
A skid with a 3200lb capacity may be able to lift it. Most skids or mini excavators over 7k should be able to roll those rocks. You may need a 16k ex to pick that rock up.

DVS Hardscaper
09-02-2009, 10:08 PM
if it's alot, then maybe use a decent mid size excavator.

If its not alot, then use a skid steer with forks.

09-03-2009, 01:00 AM
either skidder with forks or if you don't want to scratch it, put it on a pallet them move it with forks. if you roll it, it will be scratched to heck most likely. most of the boulders i use have moss and such growing on them and i wouldn't want to disturb that.

Az Gardener
09-03-2009, 01:20 AM
If my old field calc's are right that is about 2.5 tons and you would be wise to get a crane to move it. That's about all we ever used.

09-03-2009, 11:54 PM
Don't screw around with a skid steer or a mini ex.* We always would use a Tele-handler for moving and setting very large boulders.* Great, great machines and often you can stay out of the grass depending on where the stone is in relation to the hard surface.

09-04-2009, 12:39 AM
Here is my foreman with a 4,000+ boulder we installed on an earlier job.

09-05-2009, 09:00 AM
Here is my foreman with a 4,000+ boulder we installed on an earlier job.

What's a rock like that worth?