Estimate Help When Using Skidsteer

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Mark Stark, Apr 22, 2019.

  1. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    I really can’t see how big the job is

    If they want bare dirt
    String trimmers and brush hogs will not do that
     
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    Mark Stark

    Mark Stark LawnSite Senior Member
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    Right. If they want bare dirt for a clean slate, pretty much use a Skid then right?
     
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    Mark Stark

    Mark Stark LawnSite Senior Member
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    How long do you think it took you to knock that out?

    Should I be able to scrape the ground pretty clean without taking up 2" of soil? Should I expect to have to scrape up 1" of soil?
     
  4. Mowing monkey.

    Mowing monkey. LawnSite Senior Member
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    I worked all day on projects for the guy but what you see in the picture took about an hour maybe 1.5 hours but I had a 95 Kubota with tracks. If it’s just a thicket of brush you should be able to push it off with almost no dirt. This was a thicket of vines that pretty much had a blanket of roots on the ground that I had no choice to take some dirt with. Also rocks will make your work more difficult. Usually in my area the soil is half rock but on that job I had the luxury of not having any. Do you have somewhere at your house you can burn it and not pay dump fees?
     
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  5. Mowing monkey.

    Mowing monkey. LawnSite Senior Member
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    Here’s another job I did a few days ago. I was onsite about an hour but most of the time was the dirt work. I might have spent 20 minutes on the brush.

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  6. TPendagast

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    Yea
    With a tooth bucket
    You’ll get frustrated with only a smooth bucket
    But it will work if that’s all you have access to
     
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    Mark Stark

    Mark Stark LawnSite Senior Member
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    Really appreciate the info guys. Besides the sort of unknown cost of disposal, how do you feel about my pricing for the job?
     
  8. cotyledon

    cotyledon LawnSite Senior Member
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    Just my 2 cents, but maybe a mini excavator would be better easier to learn and operate.
     
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  9. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
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    4in1 bucket is King on jobs like this.
    If I were doing this I'd cut everything off at the ground and run through the whole thing with a stump grinder. Rake it out and seed.
     
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  10. Mowing monkey.

    Mowing monkey. LawnSite Senior Member
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    A skid steer is WAY better than the cut and grind approach. I’ve been called to clean up those hack jobs before and they’re never fit for a lawnmower. A tooth bucket and or grapple is a necessity. I like raking with a tooth bucket better but the grapple makes loading brush a lot better. The mini excavator and thumb approach works but you’re going to have more hand raking than the skid steer.
     

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