Excavator Clearance Requirements?

back_yard_lap_poolAugust 15, 2011

Hi All - Looking at my back-yard, the best access I have (short of making an alley-way through a neighbor's yard to the bayou) is between my house and garage. By tape-measure, the path at its narrowest is 7'4" (88") wide. A T-300 Bobcat (for example) measures 78" wide, leaving only 10" total clearance, 5" on each side of the machine. Is this too tight or is this acceptable tolerance for experienced excavators to drive through?

Also, should I pretty much assume that I will need to break-out and replace several sections of driveway from a 9,000 lb bobcat + 1,000 lbs of dirt driving up and down the driveway several hundred times, or can track loaders actually tread lightly over flatwork? (Excavation is approximately 500 cubic yards for the pool and paver deck area).

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View of access path from inside back yard...

    Bookmark   August 15, 2011 at 10:01PM
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If the loader is a track loader, you may be OK. The width is fine. The dependency is the driveway. What is it made of?


    Bookmark   August 16, 2011 at 5:22AM
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You should be fine. I had slightly narrower access than yours and it was the length of my house. Bobcat made probably a couple hundred trips through here. Only casualty was a few inches along the bottom front corner of the house which they of course fixed.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2011 at 11:06AM
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Depends on how much tequila that vato had the night before!

    Bookmark   August 16, 2011 at 7:00PM
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Scott - driveway is 3.5" thick 2500 PSI non-reinforced concrete (the building industry standard for this part of town) I'll probably figure in an extra $1000 for driveway repair in the project budget and be pleasantly surprised if no sections fracture.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 12:28AM
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Where are you located "backyardlappool"?

    Bookmark   August 28, 2011 at 9:51PM
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West Houston - Katy area.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2011 at 8:24PM
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