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TDsngumbo
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Skidsteer question - do they rent these to anyone?

I have some dirtwork that I need done to my yard and after three years of trying and trying... and trying some more to get someone to actually show up to do it for me, I've decided it's going to be easier to just do the shite myself. I've never driven a skidsteer/bobcat before in my life but it doesn't appear to be difficult from what I've seen in some quick research.

Do they rent these to anyone or do you have to have some sort of certification to be able to rent one? Thinking of having dirt delivered then renting one of those bad boys to do the work myself.


Warwick
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lots of places rent them. even home depot. if youve never operated one before, the rule is to rent for twice as long as you think you'll need it for.


Nawlens Gator
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Yes and they will deliver and pick up. I've rented them and they're simple to operate.



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Good, that's good to hear. Thanks guys!


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Next question -- I have some large lumps where a couple trees used to be about 15-20 years ago. I need to sort of scrape those off and level them out. Would a skidsteer be my best option there? I gotta imagine those stumps are pretty rotten and soft by this point and we're talking humps/hills of maybe 18" higher than the rest of the yard.


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Are the stumps still in the ground?

I just had 30 stumps ground (thanks IDA) and plan to level the mounds with my box blade at some point. I used Katy Tree service and they did a fine job. My neighbor has lined them up for their yard and they've done a few a few other neighbors nearby. Not many of the crew speak English.





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Yes. And they’re super fun!

Get one with tracks.


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TDsngumbo
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Are the stumps still in the ground?

I assume they are, I don't know for sure though. Google images shows trees there years and years ago but they were removed before moving in. I've never dug into the ground deep enough to see if the stumps are there or not.


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get rubber tracks, wait for dry weather if possible and do not “skid” in your yard even though the machine will do it, or you’ll tear up your yard good

if you can drive a zero turn mower you can operate a skid steer



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magicman534
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I rented one recently from Home Depot. Best money I ever spent. Moved 3yds of dirt in 1 hr after taking 1hr to figure out how to drive it bc the handles go back and forth in addition to turning in and out for the bucket functions lol. Beware, some skidsteers they would not rent to me bc I have a 1500 truck (gmc Sierra). Some they would only rent if you have a 2500. I will say, I rented the smallest one with tracks and it felt heavier than pulling my 23’ bay boat. I paid 423$ for the day. Would’ve been cheaper but I bought the insurance as I’d never driven one before.
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Warwick
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my guess is those roots and stumps are dry enough to break up. get the a loader with tracks, better traction and wont rut up your yard as bad. try to make wide turns, or do an "austin powers" maneuver when doing a 180 so as not to cut up the sod.


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Jack Daniel
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Driving a skid steer and working dirt is two different things.


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Moved 3yds of dirt in 1 hr

if all you need to do is move bulk materials a tractor with a loader is a much better option than a skid steer. Working the dirt on the ground takes a bit of skill and experience

I just moved and spread a 30 yard pile of bark with a tractor and a big bucket. Much more efficient


magicman534
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if all you need to do is move bulk materials a tractor with a loader is a much better option than a skid steer.


Agree. However, due to gate width and over head clearance of the boat cover I had to pass under to reach the backyard, this was a easier option


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baldona
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Driving a skid steer and working dirt is two different things.


This. My buddy owns a small landscape company and has a bobcat. I’ve borrowed it a couple times and played with it at his house or projects or whatever.

You can wreck the ground with a quickness and ‘leveling’ the ground take A LOT of experience to do well. It’s a fine tough and experience thing.



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Hiyoka
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Bump

*curious how the project worked out
This post was edited on 7/2 at 1:44 pm


Lutcher Lad
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Ascension Equipment in Gonzales will even give a veteran's discount. Rent on Friday evening for the best deal!


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TDsngumbo
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Haven’t done it yet but I’m trying to get to it this month.


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