I almost kicked myself in the a$$ again this weekend. I did a small sod job a few weeks ago, and hand loaded old sod (removed with sod cutter) by hand. I figured < 1000 sf, no big deal. Didn't feel like picking up skid at another job and bringing it in for such a small area. Moron. You own the machine, use the dang thing and save your back (which is very bad anyhow). I felt that for a day or two afterwards. So, I have ten 7' fraser firs to install this weekend. I know the guy, so I agree sight unseen to do the work at a specified price (yeah, I know, also dumb). Says it's really open, easy to get to, can drive right up the the area -- which was all true. Well, two of us to do the work, do I really need the mini-ex? The two of us can hit each hole with the spades and knock em out quick, right? Wrong! Can you say ledge? No way it would've been done without a machine. Thank God I learned my lesson on the sod and not this one.