Landscape & Irrigation

January/February 2016

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Anytime there is a need to reform land, recreate an outdoor environment, or build an elaborate hardscape, compact excavators with clamps provide the grasp. Landscape and Irrigation January/February 2016 19 3. Trail development — Constructing and maintaining the trail systems and golf cart paths that are popular with recreational enthusiasts is tough to do with most machines, but is easi- er with a compact excavator equipped with a trenching bucket and grading blade. Excavators are ideal for clearing and prepping paths mea- suring approximately 5 feet wide with minimal disruption. These machines increase their value exponentially by eliminating the alternative of hand labor and shovels. They also provide the precision to chisel and sculpt into sloped land. 4. Landscaping/hardscaping — Anytime there is a need to reform land, recreate an out- door environment, or build an elaborate hard- scape, compact excavators with clamps provide the grasp. The precision of a clamp allows opera- tors to load/unload and sort material, move vege- tation, and place landscape boulders and timbers. Tined grapples, paired with a clamp attachment, are perfect solutions for handling timbers and other dimensional lumber for a hardscape proj- ect such as construction of waterfalls and ponds. 5. Site prep/grading — Prepping a site for pav- ing or planting could be done with your excavator fitted with a ripper to penetrate and scarify frost and hard ground. An appropriate bucket will haul in aggregate base material. Some manufacturers of- fer a tilt swing accessory that mounts between the excavator's bucket and the arm to help create slopes, cut drainage ditches or contour soil. A grading blade can turn an excavator into a rough or finish grader, as well as a backfilling and leveling machine. 6. Compaction — An excavator can be fit- ted with a plate compactor that is designed to compress soil from the top down, while a packer wheel attachment can compact the fill from the bottom up. These two attachments can minimize hand-operated compaction or manage a walk- behind unit above ground to close up a trench. 7. Tree planting/installing fence posts — Fast and accurate digging with an auger provides op- erators a quick method for installing fence posts, piers and poles, or planting trees and other vegetation. 8. Reshaping earthen walls — With a growing emphasis on climate change and wet weather patterns, many urban and rural areas are seeing increased stress on dike and levee walls. With a grading bucket and an extendable-arm option, available on select compact excavators, walls can be reshaped by pulling fallen dirt up to a levee's top edge to reform the shelf. The soil can then be rolled downhill and sloped with a swing accessory for improved mowing and spraying. Allison McNeal is a technical writer with Two Rivers Marketing in Des Moines, Iowa. LANDSCAPE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION LI

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