Weekend before this one was a beauty in NE Ohio and I wanted to work
out in the yard after a long winter.
So I ordered up 10 yards of soil and rented a walk-behind track loader
for the weekend. Liike this:
Toro makes one too:
By Sunday afternoon I had pulled out 6 overgrown shrubs, moved 4 large
boulders, made a new raised bed with 6 yards of the soil, and did some
grading and leveling with the rest of the soil. Had everthing cleaned
up and the loader back on the trailer to return in the morning.
No more shovel and wheelbarrow or tractor cart for me when there's
lots of soil or mulch or gravel or whatever to move. That loader
and it made the job downright fun!
I pulled the shrubs by wrapping a chain low around them and using the
loader to just yank them out by the roots. The boulders I moved with
forks on the loader, and the soil I moved with the bucket.
The thing is only 3 feet wide and it will turn in place, so it's very
easy to maneuver. Not as powerful or versatile as a regular track
loader or backhoe/loader, but easy for an amateur to handle. Ripped up
the lawn some where it was especially soggy, but not too bad. I
should have thrown down some scrap plywood in those spots.
Anyway, thought I'd mention it here for those that have big jobs in
the yard to do. You can also get an auger attachment; that's be great
for doing lots of post holes. Trencher too, I think.
I'm already planning to rent it again in a month or so when the rest
of my lot dries out enough.