what to use

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by wmtom, Apr 7, 2006.

  1. wmtom

    wmtom LawnSite Member
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    I have a job coming up on the beach. I will be moving sand around at a house. I plan on using my bucket but was thinking about tring a 6 way dozer blade I have never used one. I run a John Deere CT322. Any advice on which to use would be great.

    Mike Thomas
     
  2. gammon landscaping

    gammon landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    i tried one once and couldn't do any good with it but i was using a tired machine. it was a rock parking lot. after about an hour it looked like a motercross track. i had to put the bucket back on and fix it
     
  3. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Unless you need the down pressure to really cut and push alot of material, buckets are best.
     
  4. janb

    janb LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have both but think I can move more dirt, faster with bucket.

    Depends on terrain, distance and material / condition (damp/dry)

    sand might get away from you with a blade, the skids are not as fast as a dozer for moving huge qty of material, and blades adjust (respond) pretty slow in respect to ground speed, and short length of skid (easy to make 'whoop-dee-doos') you almost have to set blade, then move machine (that is not too fast...) the 6 ways are good when you need to cut a valley, or are in a confined space and need to establish a side grade.

    for bulk material moving, the bucket might be best (pushing as if a 'box scraper'), if you have enough traction. (I don't get to do much 'sand')
     
  5. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    A mini excavator with a clean up bucket will move the material around by raking the material towards the machine. You can't push the sand or you will sink from the wheel spin and before you know it the machine will be bottomed out.
     
  6. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Machine he posted is a Deere CT332. Tracked machine should have no problems with the sand.
     
  7. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    You still don't want to push a tracked machine will sink just as fast. Better off scooping and traveling with the material. You probably want another machine on the site to pull the other machine out of the hole the tracks sunk into :laugh:
     
  8. wmtom

    wmtom LawnSite Member
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    I have worked on the beach a few times and have never came close to getting it stuck. I am in Pensacola, Fl. the beaches are white sand. The job I have coming up is pushing or moving sand closer to the house. The sand washed away during Hurricane Ivan and Dennis.

    Mike Thomas
     
  9. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    Maybe look into getting a 4 in 1 for your skid steer so you will be able to grade or scoop because you will want a bucket for back blading to level out the sand.

    A mini excavator would be handy to have because you can rake alot of material back with a clean up bucket.
     
  10. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    I disagree, a track loader will still be faster. The cleanup buckets on minis are so small and are only good for grading. Plus, it's sand, so it's incredibly heavy, so you wouldn't be able to fill the bucket all the way. Add that to the fact that you have a tiny bucket and you'd just be wasting your time.
     

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