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What size excavator for digging pools??

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by mrusk, Sep 24, 2006.

  1. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,260

    If you were going to be digging alot of pools, both fiberglass and gunite, what size excavator would you buy?

    Just curious.

    Matt
     
  2. 2004F550

    2004F550 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 270

    id say a 12 ton would be plenty for pools, maybe even something with zero tail swing for tight areas
     
  3. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,799

    Cat 5090. Why take more than one scoop?
     
  4. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    You could get away with a 5 ton machine if you're not doing deep pools, but a 7 ton would be nice and a 12 ton would be ideal.
     
  5. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,260

    Mostly i will only be digging fiberglass pools and most are only 6 ft deep.

    Matt
     
  6. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,068

    You could do it with a 5 ton pretty easy.
     
  7. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,260

    I guess a CAT 304 or 305 should work good.


    Matt
     
  8. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    One thing to consider probably most pools will be in peoples back yard you might want to stick with a 161 Kubota sized machine it weighs 11,000lbs.

    The only time I can see you running into problems with a smaller machine is if you run into large rocks. You might want to consider a machine with plumbing for a breaker and you may end up buying a small hoe pack.
     
  9. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
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    I would agree that you might want to stick with something in the 10-12 K range with zero tail if not zero swing as well. Tight areas would most likely be the norm. I would see no need to get anything larger. A 30X40X6 is only 266 yards of material. That is an easy day for a machine of that size and you can still move it around with a 3/4 to 1 ton pickup. I would also recommend that the machine be plumbed for aux. hyd. in case you needed a breaker or hoe pac or thumb.
     
  10. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,260

    AHH my cat dealer has a mint 2005 305cr with 224hrs with full cab, and aux hy for 45k.... That seems like a smoking deal..
    Unless someone made a typo on the website!!
    Don't know if i want another payment going into winter though!!!

    Matt
     

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