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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in earthworks.

In this video,  from time 2:21 to 5:21, an excavator is used multiple times to scoop up soil for the creation of a swale.
You will be learning how to use an excavator in this BB by scooping up soil three times with an excavator.



To get certified for this BB, post three pics.  

  - Your untouched soil and you in the excavator
  - Progress about half way through that shows you using the excavator to scoop soil
  - Three piles of soil and the hole in the earth that you have made with the excavator
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Can a skidsteer be subsituted?
 
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wayne fajkus wrote:Can a skidsteer be subsituted?



Not in PEP.  

Once we have PEP set up and running, I encourage you to set up PEJ or PEW complete with variations.

 
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For others playing along with the "PEP home game"... would a backhoe be an adequate substitute?

It is the same mechanism and technique for the digging, just differing in how it moves around.

For instance, someone might choose to rent a loader/backhoe for their project (or own or borrow one) and knock off the 15 mins. of loader BB and the 3 scoops excavator BB using one machine.
 
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Kenneth Elwell wrote:For others playing along with the "PEP home game"... would a backhoe be an adequate substitute?



Yes!
 
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paul wheaton wrote:

Kenneth Elwell wrote:For others playing along with the "PEP home game"... would a backhoe be an adequate substitute?



Yes!



That is great because I have a type of backhoe, but with it, I seldom need to rent or hire a backhoe. I think a lot of people are like that, so thank you for being flexible on this!


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A sheep barn freshly built but without a waterline!
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Starting the dig at the barn and working backwards towards the house
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Me actively digging
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Obvious proof that I have dug more than three bucketfuls
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I certify that this BB is complete!

 
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