Basic Q is will a skid steer do this..... we have 11 ac property. I'm not sure what to buy, skidsteer, backhoe, or small dozer. first job is a driveway. about 150m (450ft) in total. fors 40m(120ft) will be across a 30-40% slope. hill is shale/rock. First quote says 12 days & Au$50,000 (USA$25K). 2nd quote due soon but estimated @ 4 days. ummmm....3rd guy coming out this w/e Based on first quote I'm thinking I should buy my own toy. Rough calc on a 5m(15ft) wide 10% slope driveway would mean moving around 10,000m3 @ 2.2m3/T = 4,500Tonne or 450 loads inthe farm truck! (I'm visualising a small mining camp to pop up somewhere ) Anyhow is this beyond what a skidsteer could do (however slowly). I'm thinking I might buy & sell it in 12 mths once the work is all done & irrigation & landscaping is in etc etc. or would this size job 'kill' a skidsteer?. Would a backhoe do better / worse? What about a dozer (thinking D4 size) or do I need a D9 & a 20T excavator? Many thx for any thoughts.