and Decisions with a tractor
bucket or spiked.
Go with the smooth bucket unless you are doing some serious digging
Kind of work
you need done. Do you need something to just pull a drag or a
small trailer are do you want to dig, load, and till?
- For serious digging
and dirt moving, the bobcat or mustang is a good machine. But these
usually do not include a rear attachment. And these machines are a lot
heavier than a tractor with a bucket.
- For lighter amounts
of digging and moving, use a tractor with a smooth bucket and a rear
I've used and am satisfied with: United Rentals, A Tool Shed, NationsRent,
Hertz Equipment Rentals.
Tips & Hints
- Kubota or John
Deere type tractors can lift the bucket high enough to fill a truck
or dump stuff into a dumpster. My experience is that Bobcat or Mustang
type tractors can not lift as high.
- These tractors
might have pedals and levers that all have to be operated at once to
move, turn, and load, or dump. Older teens you run video games are good
at this. Otherwise, you need an experience drive.
- Bobcat and Mustangs
can turn on a dime. If you do this, though, be aware that you will churn
up the dirt or grass under you.
- Warning. These
are heavy pieces of equipment and must be operated safely. Personal
and property risk is high if you misuse these.
- Wear protective
hearing devices and gloves while using a tractor.
Mistakes to avoid
- Watch what you
drive over with the tractor. If you get a flat, that's the end of your
fun and you might be leaving your field in a real mess.
- Don't drive a Bobcat
on the infield unless it is very dry. It is a heavy machine and you'll
leave ruts if you do.
- When lifting the
bucket to dump, be sure you have room for this. A guy was trying to
dump old sod over a fence and instead hit the fence with the bucket
and mangled the chain link fence.
- Don't make sharp
turns on the grass. You'll tear it up.
- Don't tear up your
base pegs or home plate by tilling over them.
- Don't run the tractor
at full speed when tilling. It can burn out the PTO gear box. Then the
fun is really over.
to drag the field
attachment at work
size tractor and
bucket scraping the
of the tractor:
load, haul, till, and drag