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digging a pond

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by cutbetterthanyou, Mar 12, 2010.

  1. cutbetterthanyou

    cutbetterthanyou LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,178

    I was thinking of digging a pond like 50x75.And, like 5 feet on one end 15 on the other. With 10k to spend, what would be the best choice for equipment?A bulldozer?Mini ex? backhoe? Or something else? I may buy it dig the pond and resell. Or may keep it for expansion of my lawn care company. What would you buy and why ? And what would be the most efficient for this type of job?
  2. cutbetterthanyou

    cutbetterthanyou LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,178

    i forgot to mention my only other equipment is a small compact tractor
  3. salopez

    salopez LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 271

    might be best to sub it out. where in md are you?
  4. Ozz

    Ozz LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 887

    50x75 feet? I always dug pond with a dozer or track loader... Assuming it was big enough to put the machine in the hole. If I couldn't do that,I'd bring in a hoe.

    My favorite would be a track loader. What size tow vehical do you have? A pete 335 (Ford 750) seems to be the best to move a 939. You could mve it with a 550 but you'd be about 2k overwienght or not overwieht at all depending on the the specs of the machine and truck. For a 943 or bigger you definately want a lowboy but you could move a 43 or 53 with a big tag and a triaxle dump.

    I like a track loader with 4n1 because you can bulk dirt AND load it out. With a backhoe you can do drainiage but it push or bulk dirt as fast.
  5. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,246

    I'd go with 160-200 excavator personally.

    In Ron's World I would say dig it with that Preistman long reach.:)
  6. SuperiorService.110mb.com

    SuperiorService.110mb.com LawnSite Member
    Messages: 85

    I guess the questin would be where is the soil you remove going and hows it getting there? Do you need a smooth bottom?
  7. Dirtman2007

    Dirtman2007 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,366

    either way you look at it you have about 1400 yards of dirt to put somewhere.
  8. cutbetterthanyou

    cutbetterthanyou LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,178

    i don't have anything big as far as a tow vehicle goes, just a 0ne ton.the bottom of the pond doesn't have to be smooth.most of the dirt is going around it the rest is to built up a lane about 10 inchs deep 400 feet long.i was really leaning toward a mini ex or smaller bulldozer because i could use it on other jobs with my current tow vehicle.Or maybe a old backhoe. i don't know if they are over weigh or not but a few guys around here haul smaller dozers and backhoes with one ton and tri axle deck overs.i haven't used ether but i thought it would be good to expand my business into pond and smaller excavation as i have been asked a few times and getting tried of the landscaping. i just don't know how versatile each piece of equipment is. as far as subing it out would would something like this job run?
  9. wanabe

    wanabe LawnSite Senior Member
    from So. IL
    Messages: 943

    Big tractor and 2 pans. Dig and haul it away at the same time. Our local deere dealer rents a 9520 and 2 pans for about 6k a week.
  10. SuperiorService.110mb.com

    SuperiorService.110mb.com LawnSite Member
    Messages: 85

    What is the soil, sand, clay....hard or soft.....rocky?

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