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How much can a backhoe bucket lift.

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Venturewest, Jun 16, 2007.

  1. Venturewest

    Venturewest LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 513

    I know some of you commercial landscapers will know this. I am starting to sell some bigger water features that require placement of larger boulders. I would like to use up to 1500# rock on the liner.

    I have limited experience with backhoes. Is a typical backhoe capable of lifting 1000# or 1500# with the digging bucket, or am I going to have to rent a crane?
    Or do you have any other ideas?

    If you are really familiar with backhoes and know how much roughly differant models can lift, I would be very greatful.

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. copeblk

    copeblk LawnSite Member
    Posts: 85

    just get a 12-16000# excavator with thumb. will be a lot easier to use in setting boulders.
     
  3. Venturewest

    Venturewest LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 513

    So with a 12000 to 16000# excavator how heavy a boulder can I expect to lift?
    Also I have seen the thumbs and they seem pretty handy for smaller boulders or ones that scarring wont be an issue with. How large a diameter boulder can you grab with a thumb on a bucket that would fit the above mentioned excavators.
     
  4. copeblk

    copeblk LawnSite Member
    Posts: 85

    over the blade should have no problem with 1500 #. as far as how big depends on bucket and thumb but a good guess would be 24". how much experince do you have with an excavator??? if in doubt just get a bigger one. it will still be cheaper than a crane... and they can't dig. if your worried about scratching the rocks use a sling... in my opinion that takes to long. if your good you shouldn't(won't) scratch them. also chicks dig scars.
     
  5. copeblk

    copeblk LawnSite Member
    Posts: 85

  6. Venturewest

    Venturewest LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 513

    Thanks for the help. I checked out that thread. Looks like you do some serious work with that excavator. I have never even run one. I guess I will be getting some experience with one soon. It would be a good skill to have.
     

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