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Steep hill diggin.

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by hoeman376, Sep 10, 2010.

  1. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    I'll take a mini way more places than a full size hoe, any day. The blade allows you to at least get yourself somewhat stabilized, although that can be a false sense of security. For their size, their center of gravity is much lower. The booms on minis aren't nearly as heavy relative to their lower structure as full size hoes.

    It's not steep enough until you have to climb facing downhill and pushing yourself uphill. I've gone up slopes steep enough to lift the uphill end of the undercarriage off the ground a little while facing uphill and keeping the boom relatively low. That's a little unnerving and I'm not a fan, all it takes is little slide backwards down the hill, hit a hole/stump/whatever, the hoe stops but gravity doesn't, hoe goes over backwards and there you are with a front row seat to carnage. I prefer to climb facing uphill but sometimes it doesn't make sense and it's best to spin around and push.

    Not sure where everyone get's this "city boys don't climb slopes attitude". Project I just came off of had 95 feet of 1.5:1, smack dab in the middle of an urban area. Dive down that in a 6R will put hair in places you didn't now you had.
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2010
  2. BIGBEN2004

    BIGBEN2004 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 823

    A local job site built about 15 years ago was all built on super steep hill sides. So much so that most houses in their are walkouts with 4 foot walls poured to hold the slab for the basement. I dug a addition on one about a year ago that had a 4 foot wall holding up the slab to the walk out basement. The addition was only 20 feet away from the house but by the time we dug the footers for it they had to be frost footers and 9 foot walls were poured and back filled for a slab to be poured to match the slab in the basement grade. I will try to find the pictures from that job. It was a challenege to keep the minis up on that hill. The one hammered the rock from the footers and the other dug the footers. Two in a very tight area.
  3. J. Peterson Grading

    J. Peterson Grading LawnSite Senior Member
    from IA
    Messages: 989

    I'd take a rubber track mini on that slope any day of the week.

  4. hoeman376

    hoeman376 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 328

    Umm yes I would take a mini up that. While drinking a beer and banging your mom doggystyle
  5. Boss Exc.

    Boss Exc. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 130

  6. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,319

    I would have to agree, I would take a mini into far worse country then a full size that's for sure. Rat, you ever think about putting a SEATBELT ON!!!! It does a great job of holding you in your seat!! Who woulda thought!!!
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  7. ioilyouin

    ioilyouin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 710

    The seatbelt wasn't enough for me while sidehilling, so I went to Wally-World and bought a rug backer to plant my arse in the seat. It works very well on those all weather seats, although I feel like an old man.
  8. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    That is a good idea Thumbs Up
  9. tbi

    tbi LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 491

    We did an electric line at a local college a few years ago with a 312. The hard part was we had to tie off the guys doing the hand raking, seeding and mulching.
  10. Ozz

    Ozz LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 887

    I always liked the jobs where you have a racing style seat with dtraps to hold yourself in the machine, weights on the undercarriage to keep your center of gravity low, single bar grousers with ice picks, and you have the machine tied off to a D8- In a 30 ton hoe- to hold to the slope.

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