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Old 03-12-2010, 08:24 PM
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digging a pond

I was thinking of digging a pond like 50x75.And, like 5 feet on one end 15 on the other. With 10k to spend, what would be the best choice for equipment?A bulldozer?Mini ex? backhoe? Or something else? I may buy it dig the pond and resell. Or may keep it for expansion of my lawn care company. What would you buy and why ? And what would be the most efficient for this type of job?
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Old 03-12-2010, 08:26 PM
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i forgot to mention my only other equipment is a small compact tractor
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Old 03-12-2010, 08:29 PM
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might be best to sub it out. where in md are you?
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Old 03-12-2010, 08:32 PM
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50x75 feet? I always dug pond with a dozer or track loader... Assuming it was big enough to put the machine in the hole. If I couldn't do that,I'd bring in a hoe.

My favorite would be a track loader. What size tow vehical do you have? A pete 335 (Ford 750) seems to be the best to move a 939. You could mve it with a 550 but you'd be about 2k overwienght or not overwieht at all depending on the the specs of the machine and truck. For a 943 or bigger you definately want a lowboy but you could move a 43 or 53 with a big tag and a triaxle dump.

I like a track loader with 4n1 because you can bulk dirt AND load it out. With a backhoe you can do drainiage but it push or bulk dirt as fast.
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Old 03-12-2010, 08:40 PM
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I'd go with 160-200 excavator personally.

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Old 03-12-2010, 08:46 PM
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I guess the questin would be where is the soil you remove going and hows it getting there? Do you need a smooth bottom?
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Old 03-12-2010, 08:52 PM
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either way you look at it you have about 1400 yards of dirt to put somewhere.
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Old 03-12-2010, 09:03 PM
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i don't have anything big as far as a tow vehicle goes, just a 0ne ton.the bottom of the pond doesn't have to be smooth.most of the dirt is going around it the rest is to built up a lane about 10 inchs deep 400 feet long.i was really leaning toward a mini ex or smaller bulldozer because i could use it on other jobs with my current tow vehicle.Or maybe a old backhoe. i don't know if they are over weigh or not but a few guys around here haul smaller dozers and backhoes with one ton and tri axle deck overs.i haven't used ether but i thought it would be good to expand my business into pond and smaller excavation as i have been asked a few times and getting tried of the landscaping. i just don't know how versatile each piece of equipment is. as far as subing it out would would something like this job run?
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Old 03-12-2010, 09:30 PM
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Big tractor and 2 pans. Dig and haul it away at the same time. Our local deere dealer rents a 9520 and 2 pans for about 6k a week.
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Old 03-12-2010, 09:40 PM
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What is the soil, sand, clay....hard or soft.....rocky?
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36" Scag Hydro w/Velky
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2x Stihl BR600 blower
40" Echo Hedge Trimmer
75" Echo Hedge Trimmer *CUSTOM*
Stihl MS 880,440,200T,019T saws
Stihl HT 75 pole prunner
New Holland LX865 skid steer+attachments
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