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12 Acre Pond Question

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by 1toomanyhobbies, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. 1toomanyhobbies

    1toomanyhobbies LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    I remember seeing a video of you using a siphon. Don't they cost like 900 to 1200 depending on the size?
  2. 1toomanyhobbies

    1toomanyhobbies LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    yeah, I think i have finally come to terms the mini and skidsteer aren't going to cut it. I had thought about digging a trench in the dam to let the water drain and keep it like that for several months to give the silt a chance to dry. You don't think that would work for creating an island? I ask because I don't think there is any way the customer has the amount of money for hauling the material out.
  3. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,523

    Won't the silt wash into a tributary creating another issue?
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  4. Impact-Vector

    Impact-Vector LawnSite Member
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  5. AEL

    AEL LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,724

    Chris- didn't even think of the siphon. Good call.
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    MOREDIRT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    this has to be a joke right? a mini and skid steer to dig out 6 acre or 12 acre pond? that would take about 20 days with 3 trucks and a 40 ton hoe busting ass and not traveling far to dump. it would cost about 70-80k and that is only removing 3 ft of material.
  7. bighornjd

    bighornjd LawnSite Member
    Messages: 215

    Seeing your in NC I would just give the guy Chris's number since all you have is a skid and mini. But like he already said, the guy will probably crap his pants at the price tag anyway. Just sayin...
  8. 1toomanyhobbies

    1toomanyhobbies LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    I told him about Chris the first time we spoke. He said he had just started thinking about this project and wanted someone to tell him his options. If he really is serious about doing the whole pond i would definitely call Chris because there isn't any way I could handle it. However right now it has been a great learning experience because I have never thought of a project on this scale. Even though i ask some really dumb questions sometimes, i am learning a lot. My guess is he will decide to just dig out 10 feet from the edge down maybe 3 to 5 feet. I do think i will be able to handle that with the mini because I do have mud mats.
  9. AEL

    AEL LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,724

    Not trying to discourage you but even digging ten feet out 3-5 feet down the whole way around is goin to take a long time with a mini.
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  10. mxridernorth

    mxridernorth LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 306

    As someone who owns a mini, I think I can say that unless you are planning on renting a larger machine, you should pass on this project. If you do this for an hourly fee, and the farmer somehow agrees to it, then you that's great for you but lousy for him. And if you somehow agree on a set fee comparative to what a larger machine would charge, then you will be working for pennies and it's lousy for you.

    This is a bulk excavation job and there's no way you can compete with a larger machine on a price/volume removal rate. It's just the way it is.

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