Originally Posted by bobcat_ron
Depending on how "silty" the silt is, it might be a nightmare to dig out. If it's dry enough to sit on with a hoe, then even with swamp pads it might work, but that's some serious casting, and a dozer will liquify the mud so fast that it would sink.
But if you are dead sure that there is a 100% solid bottom, you could do it Texas style and dig it out with a track loader.
Thanks for the response Ron. I am concerned about putting a dozer in there as well. I have mud mats for the mini, the same as Chris uses for his, so i feel comfortable putting the mini in there if the customer decides he just wants the edges done. I would have to dig several test holes to make sure the material is dry before I'd feel comfortable putting a dozer.
Question. how many cubic yards can a dozer like a D4 move in a day? I know it depends on how far it has to go but I don't really know how to guess how fast it could remove 3 feet of silt from an acre?