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Insane Grading!!

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by paponte, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,366

    Well it's official, we have beat our previous grading record for one day. Two machines (CAT 262 & T250 Bobcat) we moved and spread 600yds of fill in one day. Though it's not something I would like to make a habit of, we were put in a position and we unfortunately had to deliver. Needless to say this will be a VERY hefty bill for our client.

    My guys always said I was CrAzY, whats the max you guys have ever done? :weightlifter:
  2. troblandscape

    troblandscape Guest
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    Wow you used skid steers to move that much, an articulated wheel loader and 1 skid steer would have banged that out fast. Thats more than Ive ever done though, the most I did was 400 cubic yards, One guy in the loader, one guy on the skid steer and four guys with grading rakes.
  3. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,742

    If those buckets were a yard a piece (I'm guessing smaller), that is a bucket picked up, moved and spread on an average of one every 2 minutes all day for 10 hours. It does sound incredible.
  4. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,366

    I do agree a loader would be the way to go. Unfortunately I couldn't get one on such short notice, and was put into a position I really didn't care to be in. We did this job for a large contractor that we do alot of work for. He was able to get the fill ahead of time, and I got the call the afternoon before. Not too much room to make other arrangements.

    AGLA, yes we have 1yd buckets on the machines and like stated I definitely would not like to make a habit of this. It turned out to be an all day affair, and boy am I feeling it this morning!! We figured it out to be an average of about 28 trips per machine per hour. :cry:

    Here's an earlier picture of the job, pretty much at the 1/2 way mark. Notice the pink marking tape. The property is now at that level.

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  5. Greenguy1

    Greenguy1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 103

    Why wouldn't you use a dozer for that kind of work ? a D-4 will push that much in a day alone.
  6. troblandscape

    troblandscape Guest
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    He got the job with not much notice, he had to work with what he had. Sometimes rentals need 3 days notice. After a day like that I would be trying to sleep and feeling like Im still moving around in the skid steer. Looks Good.
  7. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,366

    I really couldn't push from the street up a hill into the backyard. Thr material had to be moved from teh front of the house into the back then spread and graded.

    Like troblandscape said, a loader would have been the way to go, but I just couldn't find one for the following morning.
  8. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,260

    Looks good. I would of called my cat salesman and he would of got me a loader even if he had to road it to my job site himself!

    I assume you charged this guy more then your normal rate.
  9. godzilla

    godzilla LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 401

    One of my friends has a PC400 and a D8... thousands of yards per day when the trucks are able to keep up.
  10. muddstopper

    muddstopper LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,342

    A good operator on a pc400 can load a truck a minute so thats about 600yards an hour. Of course going from job to job takes a couple of days of dismanteling and assembling. :laugh:

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