skid steer attachment for boulder work

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by westcoh, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. westcoh

    westcoh LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alberta
    Messages: 313

    Just wondering if anyone knows of a specific attachment that would work well for handling boulders? I have access to some large fields around here with a lot of boulders that are mine for the taking, all I need to do is dig them out. They range in size from a couple hundred pounds to a couple thousand pounds. I've dug a bunch out using a plain tooth bucket but it hardly seems like the most efficient way and can be hard on the machine if I'm not real careful.
  2. RockSet N' Grade

    RockSet N' Grade LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,454

    Surface boulders - a set of forks works just dandy. Buried boulders - some type of excavator to get them to the surface. Any other way (except explosives) is like a dog chasing its tail.
  3. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,137

    Yup, forks or a rake grapple, but the big rocks will need bigger toys. I know that dude with the Quick Spade gizmo will chime in on this one.
  4. RockSet N' Grade

    RockSet N' Grade LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,454

    Quickest "quick spade" I know of when it comes to buried rock is a tracks-'cavator....
  5. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Messages: 3,792

    I use an industrial grapple, forks, and the blue diamond stump bucket to pry them up. Have also used a "dillo" that was reinforced with 1/4" plate to make it strong enough for a big skid. Used a 12" WB bucket on it and if the boulder was less than 5' across, you could get good leverage. Made the Bobcat versatile and I could haul 3 of these attachments at a time.

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