TPendagast

LawnSite Fanatic
Do you think using a Skid is over kill on a project this size? One of the big benefits was getting some more experience with that sort of equipment.

In reality, a brush hog (previously suggested) or even string strimmers, hedge trimmers, and chain saw for the small "trees" (or loppers I suppose) would probably be fine.
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 Fanatic
Location
Rochester, NY
You need a dump truck. You also need a toothed bucket. Here’s a job I did today cleaning up a hack job done by tree guys. It was littered with 1-3” stumps cut at ground level. I also got a load stuck in my truck. I didn’t bill what the trucking was worth 1 because a way under estimated the volume second because in a year or so it’ll be good topsoil that I desperately need.

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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?
 

Mowing monkey.

LawnSite Bronze Member
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?
 

Mowing monkey.

LawnSite Bronze Member
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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knox gsl

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
knoxville, tn
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.
 

Mowing monkey.

LawnSite Bronze Member
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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