I have been doing hardscapes for a couple years with the company i work for in MD, and lately I have been getting a few side jobs for sidewalks and patios. I own all of the equipment necessary to complete a hardscape job, but I don't own a bobcat to excavate. I think I came up with a pretty good solution to make the job much easier by using my Brown trenchmaster edger with a 7'' rotor on it to make slots in the ground, and then prying the dirt in between the slots out. It makes for a perfect looking excavation with no damage to the yard. Me and one helper did the work in the picture in one 8 hour day. The left of the sidewalk will be a raised plant bed by the way. Do you guys think this is a good idea for a small company who cant get their hands on a bobcat quite yet?