digging a pond

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

  1. cutbetterthanyou

    cutbetterthanyou LawnSite Bronze Member
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    clay no rocks
  2. jd270

    jd270 LawnSite Member
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    id go with a trackloader with a 4in 1 bucket
  3. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    A D8 with a couple days worth of time and fuel.
  4. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    some of you guys i swear....

    a tractor and 2 pans will be as long as the pond hes trying to dig. what a stupid idea. two swipes wide, i would guess its in a tight location because its such a small pond, and could be wet to. NEXT

    why are we suggesting a 4 in 1 bucket again?

    by the time your said and done i bet you will be very close to 2,000 yards. Thats not alot of dirt to move in all reality. Do you have a dump truck you can use along with a mini if you buy one?

    remember renting is making some one else rich. (unless you have a dealer like mine who gives machines away)
  5. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    coooooommmmeeeee onnnnnn
  6. swim

    swim LawnSite Senior Member
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    I just finished my first pond. I recently bought a used skid steer with a backhoe attachment. Spent about $9000. Used and older, but a starting point anyway.

    My soil is clay with small rocks.
    My pond is in the shape of a triangle, with the sides about 100ft each. actually the work area is allot bigger, but I hope it is that size when it gets full. We will see.
    I only went about 6 feet deep. I wanted to make it so animals could walk down the slope to drink and get back out.
    I spent about 30 hours total.
    If you have never used anything but a shovel, The amount of work you can do is incredible.
    I will try to take a few pics tomorrow.
    Its been raining for a couple days and the water is about two feet deep.
  7. cutbetterthanyou

    cutbetterthanyou LawnSite Bronze Member
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    is 2ooo yards pretical with something like a mini. i have a 86 chevy one ton dump.it don't hold alot of weigh but then again dot can't get me in a feild on my on proprety
  8. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    You're right, 2,000 yards isn't much but use some common sense. With one operator loading and driving the truck, you could probably only move about 500 yards per day with a 5 ton mini and a 10 yard dump truck. If you stuffed a tandem axle truck with 15 yards of material, get out of the mini, drive the truck a minimal distance to dump, then drive back you're probably looking at maybe 6 cycles per hour. In 1 hour you moved 60 yards? By the time you figure your rental for a week with the mini and whatever you gotta figure to get a truck for a week, you could rent a D8 for 2 days, probably cost you $1500 before fuel and you could be done with the damn thing. Can you do it with a mini? Definately. I guess it depends on what your time is worth.
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2010
  9. cutbetterthanyou

    cutbetterthanyou LawnSite Bronze Member
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    that is kind of what i am going for but i want deep on one end for fish.30 hours don;t seem bad for a project of that size. ive used a backhoe a little and my compact tractor alot so im not in the dark.pics would be cool.thanks
  10. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    number one its going to cost you more then 1500 just to rent it. then figure trucking will be at least another 800 if not more.

    and a d8 would have that done in no more then 5 hours anyways. dont you run big iron? you should know a machine like that is just sheer overkill. If you want to do it with a dozer a 450 deere or a d4 cat is plenty big and you can move it with your truck if you wana be a tad risky.

    Back to HIS original idea..... he wants to BUY a machine that he can dig the pond with and also use for his biz. A mini is more then practical to dig such a little pond. especially when he has a little dump truck to run with it.

    would i rent a mini to do it? NO would i buy a mini and do it? yes because i will keep using it for the biz.

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