Machines

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by ponddude, Mar 11, 2010.

  1. ponddude

    ponddude LawnSite Member
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    Curious what everyone is using to move and set big boulders?

    I have seen the Toro dingo and it looks like a good little machine for the cost and if the job has limited acces.

    Also, what is the proper way to strap a boulder?
     
  2. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
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    A Backhoe with the outriggers extended. Strapping depends on the boulder's size and shape. Metal jaws are an option on skid steers but their use in placement is limited.
     
  3. wurkn with amish

    wurkn with amish LawnSite Senior Member
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    couple ways Dick and Stella Herman 013.jpg

    Leon and Holly Miller 016.jpg

    Tom and Terrie Shelton 034.jpg

    vaughn & inga troyer06 001.jpg

    Raymond Beck 007.jpg

    Dick and Stella Herman 013.jpg

    Leon and Holly Miller 016.jpg

    Tom and Terrie Shelton 034.jpg

    vaughn & inga troyer06 001.jpg

    Raymond Beck 007.jpg
     
  4. wurkn with amish

    wurkn with amish LawnSite Senior Member
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    sorry one more! Tom Wise 020.jpg we use this method alot

    Tom Wise 020.jpg
     
  5. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
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    A mini x with a thumb just like above. You can set boulders and dig in a moments notice.

    They all have thier pros and cons, but use what's good for the job.
     
  6. SuperiorService.110mb.com

    SuperiorService.110mb.com LawnSite Member
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    Looks like this post is covered well. Different jobs-Different Tools
     
  7. ponddude

    ponddude LawnSite Member
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    thanks for the replies! What would you guys suggest someone start off with?

    Dingo or Mini ex?

    Looking for kinda a all around machine for average sized jobs.. I know the bigger ones will require bigger machines, but those I could rent.

    I like the fact that the ex is prob better at digging and can haul a bigger load.. but if the site has a fence the dingo is the way to go.. hmm
     
  8. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Start off with what you can afford and will be most versatile for your company. I use a MT55 A lot since I can move stuff quick in small spots and when I need a mini x I sub that out to a friend who has a mini and 2 skiddys.
     
  9. ponddude

    ponddude LawnSite Member
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    yeah I was thinking the same thing.

    What made you choose the bobcat over the dingo?

    Also how big of boulder have you been able to move with it?
     
  10. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,177

    I've never used a Dingo, so I can't say on that one. We've moved 200-300# boulders with it and an occasional 400-500 pounders while 2 guy's were playing cowboy:) When you get to that point your better off with a bigger skiddy if the area will allow it.
     

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