I have a JD855 with the belly mower and loader, it's one of the best things I own, but it's not a piece of construction equipment. You would be further ahead hiring an excavating contractor, they may have access to cheap stone fill or grindings.
I'm looking at 800 ft of driveway and was just quoted $20k for it start to finish but my brother in law knows the guy so not sure how good a price difference I'm getting.Not sure it will even happen this year but we have been talking about getting a tractor for the many projects on the farm. It would have to be 4x4, have at least a bucket and eventually a brush hog. Something just about the size of Jesse's Kubota is what I have been envisioning but I am not sure it would do some of the jobs I can see needing done. I'm hoping guys with knowledge of actual dirt moving/excavating could chime in. @giles and others??
A couple years ago we got a verbal estimate from an excavator for a driveway, adding a culvert and flattening for a home site of over $20K, more likely $25K the way he was talking. Probably be more now the way things are. For someone that doesn't know anything about dirt moving it just doesn't seem hard to cut a driveway, drop stone and make a driveway work by just using a tractor. Am I off base here??
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My questions to you guys are:
- Creating a driveway and fixing trails through creek crossings and hillsides what would be your recommendations on equipment for getting it all done? (aside from or including a tractor like this?)
- With a tractor the size of Jesse's, how well does the bucket do at moving dirt, to possibly create the driveway and remove topsoil?
- For clearing a driveway/trail repair would a back-hoe attachment be worth it if the tractor came with it?
- Am I biting off more than I can chew with wanting to put a driveway using a smaller tractor?
- Should something like this be left to a professional?
Dan is who we had out to just give the general idea. Once we realized it was going to cost a lot more than we thought we told him to hold off on an actual quote and unfortunately felt like we wasted his time. He was very straight forward and honest with us, so if we were willing to spend the money he would be the first one we would callMy wife’s uncle also has an excavation company, not sure on availability but if you decide to go that route I would definitely give Dan Sickles inc. a call. They do nice work.
I forget how long we paced it off at. The general price he was giving was just verbal and as he was calculating in his head the cost of gravel was being included in it. As we talked we realized it was going to be more than we were financially ready to tackle at the time.How many total linear feet of driveway are you looking to have installed, Chuck? Did that price quote include the stone?
You'll have plenty of time for that. Heck, you could start that excavating company by then and then hire and train me!!My plate is full right now, but let me know when you get closer.