I've got a pond on my neighbors property that has been let go over the last 20 years. They pretty much let us do whatever we want out there, so I figure the least I could do is clean up some of the land & make it better. It is a spring fed pond and is about 80' from one side to the other, but only 5 feet deep starting 10' out from the dam. Since it's so shallow, it has had a tendency to dry up during the summer, but not enough that I could just take my loader out there w/o getting stuck. I figured I could dig a trench from where the spring enters the pond & where the overflow ditch is so that I can work on the rest of the pond w/o it all filling up again. Since there is still water in it, I was thinking about renting a hoe to dig it out with. Any idea how deep I should dig, and how long it will take? The dirt will be moved onto the other side of the dam. I can either pile it up & use my loader to move it, or just do a 180* & dump it right there when I'm on the dam. How much does a hoe go for these days? I can't say that I've ever rented one, just used them for other companies that I've worked for over the years. Luckily it's only 10 miles from the rental yard, so hopefully delivery won't be bad.