I thought I'd top this thread off with an update & some photos of last falls dirty work.
I hired a guy that brought a Deere 605C.
I had a hard time finding someone at first & finally had this fella answer a craigslist add.
He scheduled about 2 weeks after our handshake & once he started he truly hauled a$$.
I kept coming up with "as long as you are here projects" that added about a day to the time charged.
I paid him $100/ hour in greenbacks.
He was pleased & so was I.
Shot from my Kitchen door looking up at barn site:
Another view looking in at site:
Top soil aside & making the cut.
The hill to carry down the dirt & stumps to come out.
Where the dirt is going below house:
hauling down the hill, lots of fast trips!
The new flat spot below my house about half done.
I'll be starting a new thread this spring as I hope to have a contractor hired soon.
I want to put up a pole building in a spot that needs to be graded.
Rather than just flatten it, I want to have the dirt scooped up & moved about 200 feet down a hill & placed below my house to increase the size of the terrace my house sits on.
While here I also need some tree stumps pushed over so I can drag them away.
I am assuming a large scoop tracked loader will have to make lots of trips up & down because of how steep the ground is where I want the dirt dumped.
How do I find the guy to do this job. (located in south central PA)
How much per hour on site does this cost?
I can pay cash if that gets me a better rate.