When you're clearing a plot to build or do landscaping, you may have to move large rocks. That can be challenging, but with the right strategies, you can easily move the rocks out of your way. Check out these tips.
Make a Strategy
Earthmoving equipment can help you move and smooth a large amount of dirt. However, not all of this equipment is designed to work with large boulders. To ensure that your project goes as smoothly as possible, you should look over the rocks on your plot and you should create a strategy for removing them. A bit of advance planning can help to ensure that you don't face unwanted delays during the process.
Try a Backhoe
A backhoe can be very helpful at removing large rocks. The teeth of the bucket can cut into the earth around the rock to free it, and then, you can easily move the rock into a trailer to haul it away.
Create a Rock Sled
If you have rocks that are too large for your backhoe, you may need to drag them out of the area. Even if you have chains, there's often no way to attach the chains to your rocks. To move large boulders, you may want to create a rock sled. You can build your own with a piece of sheet metal.
The metal needs to have a couple of holes or rings on one end so that you can attach chains. Then simply, place the metal in front of the boulder, and nudge the rock onto the metal. Then, attach the chains and drag the sled forward using your choice of earthmoving or towing equipment. Ideally, the sled should lift up slightly in the front so that it doesn't catch on the earth in front of the sled as you move it.
Consider a Concrete Breaker
Rather than moving large rocks, you may want to break them up, and a concrete breaker can help with that process. Essentially, a concrete breaker is like a jackhammer that gets attached to the front of a skid steer. Then, you simply use the power of your skid steer to hammer the attachment into the rock. That breaks up the rock so that you can easily move the pieces.
Hire a Hydraulic Tilt Trailer
Moving the rocks is just the beginning. You also need to get rid of them. Consider hiring a hydraulic tilt trailer. Then, you can fill up the trailer, haul the rocks to their new home, and easily dump them out.