I'm going to be renting a mini excavator to put in some small hugelkutures and other earthworks. Assuming a novice operator and OK soil, how many cubic feet can be moved an hour? Assuming an experienced operator? Any experiences with this or a similar machine would be welcome.
Depends on a number of factors - what you hit once the top soil is gone mainly. Its harder to operate than it looks. I reckon it takes about 20 hours to become somewhat "proficient", but it depends on the person. Its like a big xbox really.
My recommendation would be to pay for a machine and operator. Here that is A$100-130 /h. You can direct him and run around planting whilst he's going....depends how big your place is I guess
It took me 1 hour to learn the controls well enough to be fairly proficient at digging a full bucket and getting that dumped where I wanted it.
They work fine, the biggest issue is sizing the machine to the work to be done (in my case) then operating it well was the number two issue.
I did some planning ahead homework and downloaded the manual for the machine I rented (245.00 for a day).
After three hours of operating the mini trackhoe I finally got to where I could use the bucket to dig, dump and rake with it, using the blade was around another 20 minutes of learning curve.
All in all I think the day rent was worth it since I am sure I will need to rent this thing at least two more times and the cost is way lower than hiring one to do the work for me.
Besides the satisfaction I get from doing the work myself.
Our experience with the mini excavator we borrowed from the neighbor was that it was too small to do much work. So I would advise to avoid the most "mini" kind. This had a bucket only a foot wide, if I remember right. It couldn't do much in our heavy, rocky clay.
Tyler Ludens wrote:Our experience with the mini excavator we borrowed from the neighbor was that it was too small to do much work. So I would advise to avoid the most "mini" kind. This had a bucket only a foot wide, if I remember right. It couldn't do much in our heavy, rocky clay.
Depends how you define "mini" I guess. In Australia a "mini" machine its anything up to 8 tonne.