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Is a Bobcat MT-52 sufficient for excavating?


LawnSite Member
Portland, OR
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".



LawnSite Silver Member
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.


LawnSite Senior Member
Clovis, Ca
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.


LawnSite Member
Raleigh, NC
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.