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Excavating / Grading Job

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by SiteSolutions, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. SiteSolutions

    SiteSolutions LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,114

    Got a lead for a job that is a little too big to do with compact equipment. Wondering if I am in the right ballpark. A guy has an area 450' x 90' which is maybe 4' high for the first 90', within a foot or so through most of it, and then 4 - 5' low on the last 100' or so. Basically, I need to cut out about 1200- 1500 cu yards on the high side and push it 300 feet, and then level it all up.

    I would like to cut it out with a 20 ton excavator and push and spread with a small dozer, but as I will be renting whatever I use, using two machines would run up my cost a bit. A co-worker suggested doing the cutting and pushing with a small dozer. Will a D3 or D4 make this cut efficiently or am I gonna spend 3 days dozer time trying to save one day of excavator time?

    What price range should I be expecting on a job this size? I don't want to rip the customer off and I sure don't want to work for free.
  2. Bleed Green

    Bleed Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,514

    Would using a track loader be an option?
  3. SiteSolutions

    SiteSolutions LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,114

    I would have to find one available for short term rent. Might be tricky.
  4. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Messages: 4,281

    Will it need too be compacted?
  5. Dually00-00

    Dually00-00 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 181

    Why not rent a 20 ton excavator with a blade ?
  6. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,151

    I would find a contractor with Quad Trac and a pan as long as you there is not a great deal of rock.
  7. ARP

    ARP LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,510

    Depending on how comfortable you are on a dozer, I would suggest that a D5-D6 size dozer would be able to bang that project out in a few days (add another day or two depending on if you have to compact the fill as you place it).
  8. AEL

    AEL LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,724

    Don't forget too that you probably should strip the topsoil first if you plan on getting proper compaction. And I would never suggest using a blade on an excavator, you could only push a very small amount and then it would be rolling over the blade or you would be pushing a small amount a long distance.
  9. Construct'O

    Construct'O LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Sw Iowa
    Messages: 1,387

    D6R dozer !!!!!!!!!
  10. Dirtman2007

    Dirtman2007 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,366

    I can move 2000k yards in a day with my 210 no problem, but when you start transferring dirt 300' its move like trying to move 6-8k yards because you have to move the same dirt multiple times.

    I think I could knock that out in a 2 days with a 20 ton hoe and a D5 dozer.

    the customer will just have to understand its a lot of work and wont be cheap.

    I think i'd be around or under 5k for this one as long as it does not have to be compacted. just a cut and fill

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