Mt52

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by jbailey52, Feb 11, 2007.

  1. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    is this machine capable of excavating a grass area for a 50' length 4' walkway? basically in an average sod lawn
     
  2. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
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    I would say yes, but depending on the type of grass ( and what will be going in place of the grass.) you may want to kill it first.
     
  3. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    well thinking of using it to excavate for walkways.. i just wasnt sure if it would be strong enought to push down and dig through the turf..
     
  4. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
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    It should be able to. Keep the arms down for the best push.

    No need to kill first if pouring concrete.
     
  5. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    thanks.. no no for paver walkways
     
  6. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
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    I think it will work depending on conditions. I don't do alot of hardscapes, but I have excavated 6-8" for a flagstone walkway w/ my tracked dingo. I might rent a bucket w/ teeth if you don't have one. They rent around here for like $15 a day... cheap insurance and possibly more efficient.
     
  7. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
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    absolutely...

    we use our tx425 dingo all the time for that same thing...

    heck, we even use it when redoing pool decks (2-3K sqft)...


    just finished a 150' X 4" walkway with it no issue whatsoever...

    what is really cool is that you can just drive down the excavated path with it... no need to dammage any other areas at all...
    you can also use it to apply the base... it will be much more efficent than a standard skid for a walk like this.
     
  8. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If I cant rent this exact unit.. would a similar dingo or what the rental places have work?
     
  9. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It'll do it. I don't know if Bobcat has a ripper attachment for the MT's, but if you can find one for either the MT or a Dingo/Ditch Witch, the ripper will help to loosen the turf and soil and make it much easier to excavate.
     
  10. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Can you elaborate? the ripper attachment?
     

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