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Best tool for busting-up large rocks?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Squidink, Dec 11, 2007.

  1. Squidink

    Squidink LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    When dealing with a lawn full of large (2' diameter, maybe 4-6" deep) rocks buried a few inches under the topsoil, what's the best tool to use to break-up the rocks for removal, assuming it's too difficult to get underneath?

    Around the home, near the foundation, I'm also finding large chunks of concrete that are quite difficult to get under for removal. Same tool would help, I suppose.
  2. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,889

    a rotary hammer
  3. Pflat1

    Pflat1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    Air chisel
  4. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,889

    this is what will do it

  5. mark_the_psycho

    mark_the_psycho LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

  6. mark_the_psycho

    mark_the_psycho LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    Seriously, I just use a roto-tiller for rocks, it spits them onto the surface, while my minions follow me around collecting them. As for the concrete, you need an air chisel.
  7. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,083

    The best tool I have by far is a power box rake.
    My compact utility tractor powers this rake via the p.t.o. and I have pulled rocks the size of large car tires out of the soil.
    My unit is a T-5, I have over 800 hours on it through the most horrid conditions possible and have lost only one, yes one, tine.
    The tractors' loader will only pick up 800 pounds and I have removed rocks larger than this with the power box rake.
    Made by Glen-Mac, a great implement but starting to get pricey.
    What I paid under $6K for delivered is well over $8K now + delivery charges.

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