How to move 80cy of top soil???

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by KAT_Ayanami, Aug 11, 2009.

  1. KAT_Ayanami

    KAT_Ayanami LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41


    I have a project where I need to fill up a new 2500SF community planter with top soil (About 1' high).

    I have calculated that I might need about 80cy of top soil to do this, the problem is that the way to the community planter is too long and narrow.

    There is no way to get neither a truck nor a bobcat/excavator back there, and the planter is more than 300' away from the delivery site (front curb).

    What could we do? Because the only choice I can think of is having all the tan house neighbors wheelbarrow the material :rolleyes:

  2. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
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    why cant you get a bobcat there? How is it set up?
  3. KAT_Ayanami

    KAT_Ayanami LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    It is an open area where the planter is going to be. But there is a big set of steps to get down to the area. And trees all around.

    Besides, If I were able to squeez a bobcat back there, I would have to make so many trips that I would totally kill all the landscape.
  4. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    how many steps? how wide are the steps? how steep are they? and what are they made out of?
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    I would first put down cheap plywood, or any other suitable material on the lawn before you do anything. Even a wheelbarrow will start a rut over time. Don't leave them down in the same spot for more than 3 days so you don't kill the grass.

    Rent a Dingo, or some other mini skid.

    At the steps, devise a chute of some sort, say maybe an old slide, corrugated fiberglass sheets, etc.. to lay over the steps. Dump your load from the dingo onto the chute.

    At the bottom of the chute either pile it up or chute it directly into a wheelbarrow and move it to where you need it.

    Be careful, charge accordingly, good luck, and may the force be with you.
  6. DiyDave

    DiyDave LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,695

    Sounds like a job for the ASV RC30, and a plankover job on the stairs, and plywood over the sidewalk. A tracked loader will do a lot less damage, if any.:waving:
  7. clcare2

    clcare2 LawnSite Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 224

    Can you get it blown in??
  8. KAT_Ayanami

    KAT_Ayanami LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    I do not think so. It is kind of far away to do that...

    For the rest. I am looking into all the small excavators you are suggesting (dingo, ASV RC30, etc)

    Since it is a really long stretch to get to the planter, would it be practical to use a small excavator to go back and forth? It would take it a couple of minutes per trip.
    Or should I use the excavator to fill the wheelbarrows on one shot and have them on their way? (It is downhill when full)

  9. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    In our experience 2 guys with wheelbarrows was way faster than a dingo. Use a dingo or tractor to load the wheelbarrows. Spend a few minutes building a good ramp on the stairs out of some 2x and ply and it will save you time. We moved 100 yards of mulch about 500 ft but no stairs with 4 guys and 3 wheelbarrows rotating out who used the dingo to load them.

    The chances of doing damage to the atiars with the repeated use of a track loader would probably outweigh the time savings if any to me. I garuntee I can walk faster with a wheelbarrow than a dingo could move it.

    Now if you had an insane hill or rugged terrain it would be a diff story.
  10. KAT_Ayanami

    KAT_Ayanami LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    Thanks everybody for the help.
    I also think this would be the best and safest approach.

    Lets see what happens :)

    Thank you!

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