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    what size digger

    we're cutting down a fair few largeish trees and need to get the roots out,need to dig down foundations for a large garage to 2.5m due to big oak trees and want to put a pond in about 10M X 6m X 1m deep.
    What size digger should i be looking at to do this work.Access is 4m wide
    thanks

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    One that is bigger than the tree ?

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    that access is jcb size.

    hire one with a driver and hire a dump truck,and book a few grab lorries,and you can have it dug and earth gone in a day
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    with 4M access width you can get a 360 degree machine in there and you may need it to be digging 8ft down. What size is the base for the garage, work out the cube on that, as, at 8ft deep, that's a pile of earth. The pond alone is 60 cu m of earth which wil fill at least 3 x 8 wheeler tippers, maybe more.

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    Its the driver not the digger you need.
    We hired a mini digger and driver and ordered a skip at the same time. A few hours and everything was sorted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Original LucasJackson View Post
    Its the driver not the digger you need.
    We hired a mini digger and driver and ordered a skip at the same time. A few hours and everything was sorted.
    Neil's job will be 3 weeks with a mini digger mate. 60 cubic metre for the pond alone is 10 skips.

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    I'd better tell my wife that we may have a hill at the back of the garden.
    I could encourage her to ski in winter

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    Quote Originally Posted by v8.jimmy View Post
    The pond alone is 60 cu m of earth which wil fill at least 3 x 8 wheeler tippers, maybe more.
    Probably double that going on earth weighing between 1400kg to 2000kg a meter depending on moisture content and type of earth, clay could be even more. I once tried to pick up 14 metres of earth in a RoRo container and it wouldn't move it off the ground.

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    8t minimum you will struggle with anything smaller.. and you can reach to load trucks with an 8t. 5t will do it but 8t much quicker safer and smoother to use

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    Quote Originally Posted by timbo56 View Post
    Probably double that going on earth weighing between 1400kg to 2000kg a meter depending on moisture content and type of earth, clay could be even more. I once tried to pick up 14 metres of earth in a RoRo container and it wouldn't move it off the ground.
    true Tim, all depends on the type of earth and how wet it is. I used to mix concrete and it was about 2.5 tonnes per cube on average. Our mixers were 6 cube back then on a 6 wheeler, now 8 cube on an 8 wheeler and recently I had a couple of cube delivered to make a ramp to my new 'shop and it was delivered by an 8 cube Volvo FM 8 wheeler, but not a normal 8 wheeler, single axle at front and a tri-dem bogie with rear steer.


    "I'd better tell my wife that we may have a hill at the back of the garden.
    I could encourage her to ski in winter "

    good one Neil, love it, would save a few bob for sure

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