Will a piggyback forklift leave bad ruts?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by General Landscaping, Apr 22, 2006.

  1. General Landscaping

    General Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    I have sod to go into a back yard... will the piggyback forklift leave bad ruts in a yard?
  2. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    Depends. The smaller ones no, the bigger ones sometimes. All really depends on how wet the ground is at the time.
  3. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,778

    These are the least damaging of anything that I have seen move a pallet of sod because of the wide turf tires and the way it turns.
  4. MorganParadise

    MorganParadise LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    If the ground is hard it wont be a big deal you can just rake over it. If the ground has soft spots in it the front tires are not a big deal its the two small back tires that will dig in. If its wet forget it the lifts dont pull worth a dang when its wet. I drive a piggyback everyday delivering sod.

  5. Idealtim

    Idealtim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 939

    There are some variables here...
    1 size of lift
    2 size of tires
    3 size of load
    4 hardness of ground.
    You figure it.
  6. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Messages: 4,281

    They will leave some depressions in sandy soil but if the operator does any kind of abrupt manuever it will damage the yard bad.
    I use my tractor whenever a lawn has to be crossed unless it has rained recently .Then we use the "Mexican Dumptruck".:)
  7. General Landscaping

    General Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    Maybe I wasn't clear on one thing... the front yard is well established, healthy St.Augustine; not bare dirt.
    Kinda tricky to rake out ruts with a stand of turf on it:)

    Here your variables...
    1 The size that hangs off a semi trailer and delivers sod.
    2 The ones that come on forklifts that hang off the back of semi trailers and deliver sod
    3 A full pallet of sod
    4 Sandy, with established St.Augustine,never aerated.

    What is your calculated deflection for two passes with the equipment mentioned above?
  8. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    Yup sure will!
  9. MorganParadise

    MorganParadise LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Yes it will damage the grass in some fashion. If marks are going to be a problem you will need to move it in with a wheel barrow

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