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How do you guys excatvate for new walkways??

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by instyle, Mar 29, 2007.

  1. instyle

    instyle LawnSite Senior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 380

    If you were to install a 30" wide walkway, form the front side walk to the front door of a house. How would you excavate it?

    If you had to do down 8", that is alot of digging!!
  2. neversatisfiedj

    neversatisfiedj LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,028

    How long ? I would prob hand dig.
  3. Tim@AcesLCLS

    Tim@AcesLCLS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    Use a Bobcat man it will save you so much time as long as you are good with it. Digging takes forever and sucks. If you do not have a Bobcat work it into the price for the customer or even eat the difference it is that much more efficient I swear.
  4. instyle

    instyle LawnSite Senior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 380

    don't you find that a bobcat tears up the lawn too much?
  5. Tim@AcesLCLS

    Tim@AcesLCLS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    A. Not if you are really careful
    B. If it not avoidable a portion of the time saved can be spent reseeding.

    I honestly feel it is worth it to use the equipment whenever necessary I think that digging is an absolute last final no mas no mas answer, maybe it is because I live in a really rocky part of a pretty rocky state but I think that the efficiency is not there when it comes to digging
  6. GroundScapesIncorporated

    GroundScapesIncorporated LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 386

    For walkways 48" or larger we usually use a skid steer. If the walkway is 24" to 36" and isnt real long, I think that we are more profitable doing every thing by hand. We have small walkway coming up that is 24" by 22' and it will all be done by hand. Sometimes we may use the back hoe on our kubota for small walks as well. But 48" and over 20' there is usually equipment involved.
  7. packer101

    packer101 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    we either use our bobcat for large ones, or for small walk ways we use our dingo... it works well
  8. iowa

    iowa LawnSite Senior Member
    from NW IA
    Messages: 305

    x2 for the dingo.
  9. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Mini ex of course, is this a trick question.
  10. kootoomootoo

    kootoomootoo LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,369

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