Moving large boulders.....

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by cmar2cmar, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. cmar2cmar

    cmar2cmar LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    What do you guys use to move large boulders....piece of equipment?

    I have a customer that wants some large boulders moved in his yard. I would guess the largest one is 5x3x3, maybe slightly larger.

    I know I could use an excavator with a thumb however I would basically be moving on a light to moderate slope.

    Wanted to throw this question out and get some feedback.

  2. Summit L & D

    Summit L & D LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 269

    I think you could probably roll that with a skid loader, not pick it up, but roll it. If you need to pick it up and move it, then I would recommend either larger front end loader or an excavator. Another option you might have would be to use a crane. A crane is the easiest way to set boulders - bar none!
  3. sven1277

    sven1277 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 670

    A skid with a 3200lb capacity may be able to lift it. Most skids or mini excavators over 7k should be able to roll those rocks. You may need a 16k ex to pick that rock up.
  4. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,567

    if it's alot, then maybe use a decent mid size excavator.

    If its not alot, then use a skid steer with forks.

    SOUTHERNGREENSCAPES LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 763

    either skidder with forks or if you don't want to scratch it, put it on a pallet them move it with forks. if you roll it, it will be scratched to heck most likely. most of the boulders i use have moss and such growing on them and i wouldn't want to disturb that.
  6. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    If my old field calc's are right that is about 2.5 tons and you would be wise to get a crane to move it. That's about all we ever used.
  7. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,173

    Don't screw around with a skid steer or a mini ex.* We always would use a Tele-handler for moving and setting very large boulders.* Great, great machines and often you can stay out of the grass depending on where the stone is in relation to the hard surface.

    SOUTHERNGREENSCAPES LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 763

    Here is my foreman with a 4,000+ boulder we installed on an earlier job.

    Vince Serock during (18).jpg
  9. ff1221

    ff1221 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 123

    What's a rock like that worth?

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