Leveling out a yard

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by lccmo, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. lccmo

    lccmo LawnSite Member
    from mo
    Posts: 12

    What is the best method of leveling out a yard with either a skid steer or a tracktor?
     
  2. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
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    An existing yard or new construction (soil only) ??
     
  3. Hunter73

    Hunter73 LawnSite Member
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    I think the skidsteer would be the best choice for me.
     
  4. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,396

    tractor...the longer your wheel base the better you grading job will turn out
     
  5. allinearth

    allinearth LawnSite Senior Member
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    If you have to make cuts and move soil a skid steer is better to me. If all you are doing is leveling loose soil then tractor. We use skid steers and a power rake. Power rake is the way to go for finish grade.
     
  6. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Posts: 4,276

    The Tractor is easier to get Yards level with unless you have a large Skid or a CTL.

    I have a heavy Gill Box Blade with teeth that roll up and down.It holds like a yard of dirt.
    Works great for finesse grading.
    My CTL is much faster but either will work fine.

    Then finish the job off with a power rake of sorts and your done.
     
  7. lccmo

    lccmo LawnSite Member
    from mo
    Posts: 12

    its new construction but the "yard" that needs to be leveled it an old field - has many high and low spots in it. Is there an attachment that will help with this? I have heard from some that it should be plowed the bladed, but not sure it this is right.
     
  8. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,396

    your better off renting a small dozer then...skids and tractors don't like breaking up sod and they will both have a rough time digging in and pushing dirt to fill the low spots
     
  9. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,089

    Rip it all up with a skid steer and a scarifier attachment, smooth it out and hit it with a Harley rake.
     
  10. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Posts: 4,276

    It would depend on what equipment you already have.

    The dozer would be great and the fastest.
     

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