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Old 04-25-2013, 10:09 AM
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best way to remove a rr tie wall

First off I'm not a hardscaper. I have a job to remove a rail road tie wall bring in dirt and soft scape. My question is what do u think works best a skid with forks or a mini with a thumb to remove two 3 ft walls 60 ft long
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:31 AM
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Mini with a thumb. You will not have to balance the ties on the forks like you would with a skid. Also it will make it easier to remove the ties that are blow grade
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:09 PM
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This isn't a one size fits all.

#1. RR tie walls usually have bees nests inside/behind them. So BEWARE.

#2. If the wood is rotten - you won't need an excavator. A skiidy bopper will work fine.

#3. If the wood isn't rotten then you probably should use an excavator.
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:39 PM
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thanks, the wood is for the most part in decent shape. I was thinking the mini with a thumb as well but needed some reassurance. Would hate to get about thirty min into it and be kicking my self.
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Old 04-26-2013, 03:13 PM
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Mini with a thumb is the only way imo.
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Old 04-27-2013, 09:26 PM
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Chain Saw and have extra chains start cutting it in 5ft chunks Then take mini w/thumb start pulling it apart

I did one few years a go Started out slow just with mini. With the chain saw it pick up the pace more
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Old 04-29-2013, 10:35 PM
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Last year I tore one down for a retaining wall, Pretty easy to do with a skid but hell to load for disposal. The wall wasnt rotted and had 1 below grade with about 10 4' deadmans. Really wasnt a problem but loading was a hassle. If I had to rent the equipment Id DEFINATELY rent the excavator. If I had the skid I may just use that. Excavator will definately be faster and easier though.
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:37 AM
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In most applications an ex will outperform and save time over the skid especially demoing
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a skid steer can load the old material on a truck or in a dumpster much faster than an ex.
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a skid steer can load the old material on a truck or in a dumpster much faster than an ex.
I'm up for that challenge!
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