Wheel Barrow or Walk behind Dingo?

Kleen Kutz

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Ama,La
Fellas, I have a customer that needs about 9 yards of dirt in his backyard. It'll be dumped in the front yard. And the gate is about 4 1/2 foot wide. I'm debating on whether or not to use a walk behind Dingo or just wheel barrow it. The distance is about 50-60 yards round trip.

The advantage of a Dingo is that I can spread it as well and less work overall. But spreading by hand will be less work.

The disadvantage of using a wheel barrow is more work plus it's equivalent to about 50 trips depending on how it's loaded. Plus it'll take longer, and I'll have to spread it by hand.

So, my question to you guys what do you think is best to use? Also, how long you think it'll take with the walk behind compared to the wheel barrow?

(My take is use the Dingo and times wise it'll take about 5-6 hours)
 

AnythingCanHappe

LawnSite Member
Location
Michigan
I say both.
Use the Dingo to load the dirt in the wheel barrow
Using the Dingo to spread dirt doesnt work to well and you will be able to fit more dirt in a wheel barrow and walk back and forth faster anyways
What will be even better is if you have a tow behind trailer for a lawn mower
 

ilike2mow

LawnSite Bronze Member
I say both.
Use the Dingo to load the dirt in the wheel barrow
Using the Dingo to spread dirt doesnt work to well and you will be able to fit more dirt in a wheel barrow and walk back and forth faster anyways
What will be even better is if you have a tow behind trailer for a lawn mower

That's another option. But the trailer behind a lawn mower would only be an option if he has access to a lawn tractor.
 

twomancrew

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
East, IA
I ruined a little tilt pull behind trailer this way back in my beginnings but it was way worth it. We hauled gravel for a job in one. Shoveled by hand and pulled with a mower into back yard. Same situation. The tongue bent at the end and we could only do half loads. It was well worth it. Sold the remains on CL. I would do it this way again if I had the job to do again. Dump and drive away, back up to totally empty the trailer, rinse, repeat.
 

chefcam864

LawnSite Member
Location
Spartanburg, SC
In my area I can rent a Dingo for about $160/day. I'd pay $160 to not have to wheelbarrow/shovel that stuff. Even if you can't fit much dirt in the bucket it will still probably be faster. It never gets tired, and can ferry dirt back and forth all day at a constant speed. Not to mention the time you'll save shoveling dirt into a wheelbarrow. I believe there is also a boxscraper available for the Dingo. If you're leveling, a boxscraper is awful handy. Get the Dingo!
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twomancrew

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
East, IA
In my area I can rent a Dingo for about $160/day. I'd pay $160 to not have to wheelbarrow/shovel that stuff. Even if you can't fit much dirt in the bucket it will still probably be faster. It never gets tired, and can ferry dirt back and forth all day at a constant speed. Not to mention the time you'll save shoveling dirt into a wheelbarrow. I believe there is also a boxscraper available for the Dingo. If you're leveling, a boxscraper is awful handy. Get the Dingo!
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The OP is talking about 50X 50yds round trip. That's about a mile and a half. The dingo goes 4.5 MPH. Speed isn't a factor in this decision. Get the dingo and make life easy. You sold me.:clapping:
 

alldayrj

LawnSite Gold Member
Location
Long island, NY
One guy could do that before lunch, costs less than a dingo. Plus you still have to pay someone to pick it up, operate it, and return it. Plus if you keep it in the truck you can chute it right into the wheelbarrow and run circles around the dingo. Those things are awkward
 

sehitchman

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
West, GA
I have a ride on dingo, and unless it is uphill on the loaded haul, I'd use the wheel barrow. Plus, that many trips with a Dingo, will leave turf & rut damage that will need repaired. I also have the tilt yard trailer, and that would be my choice if the garden tractor was an option. I could walk with the wheel barrow much faster than using the dingo.
 

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