Is a Bobcat MT-52 sufficient for excavating?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by tamo, Feb 16, 2010.

  1. tamo

    tamo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    I've never used a MT-52 before, but I need to get through a gate and its all that will fit.

    Is this machine going to be able to excavate for a patio? The area is bare soil right now. I'll need to do down 6".

  2. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    it will definitly work! you should have no problem
  3. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 811

    I do stuff like that all the time with my boxer. The bobcat will be fine.
  4. ARGOS

    ARGOS LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,808

    It is amazing what the mini skids will do. Vermeer, toro, boxer, or bobcat (for that matter...should I say it? Kanga).

    6" will take a while with a mini compared to a rider.
  5. esnipe8

    esnipe8 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 264

    I have a 463 and a mt 52. Both are awesome. But if the ground is firm enough, no height restrictions, and you have 36" of gate clearance, use the wheeled 463. It is much easier to grade and the extra weight makes digging much easier.
  6. LandscapeSteve

    LandscapeSteve LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Anytime I have used a mini-skid to excavate a level area for a patio ro sidewalk, I use a rototiller attachment first to loosen the soil. You can control the depth of excavation with the tiller, because you are only tilling and loosening 2"-4" at one time. After the material is loose, scoop it up with the bucket. The visibility and depth-perception with the bucket edge on those models is tough to judge. It may not be right and seem like an extra step, but I have tested it against more experienced operators using just the bucket in a selected area, and have been faster. You can also fit more loose material into the bucket, maximizing your dump trip to the truck, if you're removing the material from the site. And you can start to bring in base material on your return trip and begin placing it sooner.
  7. Steiner

    Steiner LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 409

    We did a 500 sqft patio in no time with this SK 500. I like this much better than the toro.

  8. greatdanerunner

    greatdanerunner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    I have the sk350 with the 36' tooth bucket. For its size it is a monster easily digging through roots, rocks and miss marked underground utility's:confused:

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