I know you can dig with both machines but what is the best method that most people use? I know it depends on the type of soil, rocks, and moisture but for moving lots of dirt for lets say at least a couple feet deep is it best to rip the area and then go in and remove the dirt? Or do most of you just go in and dig it out with the tooth bucket? I used a 931C Cat a few years ago and I have heard of people digging basements with them. It did not seem to me like the best way to dig especially compared to a track hoe. I noticed the more I would dig with the machine especially in the same area the more the ground became compacted and harder to dig up. I know that when I get into the hard pan it will be harder. I'm use to tilling the dirt instead of digging. I'm trying to learn all I can.