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The 'Buried My Equipment' Thread
« on: May 14, 2021, 09:36:06 AM »
lets see em.  I know a guy doing a lot of digging and cussing today.  Figure he could use some moral support.  ;)
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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2021, 10:33:45 AM »
This starts off like the time 30 + years ago that I buried my truck up to 1/4 of the doors. Three trucks involved, 1 broken winch (burned up electric motor) & 2 broken 3/8 chain. Not a moment that I want to see again! 🤬 Not to mention that our hunting group was about 10 miles from asphalt & 1 mile from gravel. A time that I will NEVER forget. Man, thats the worst that any of our group had EVER seen anyone stuck in a pickup.

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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2021, 11:28:18 AM »
I know NOTHING! ;D
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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2021, 12:09:52 PM »
I think most of us have been their and we would like to forget. My dad's quote, " If you haven't done anything stupid, you have never done any thing in your life, just don't make it a habit ". LOL

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« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2021, 01:04:52 PM »
My brother and I while doing the annual spring rite of fence mending around a plowed field got dad's MF150 mired to the point you had to step down to get your feet on the running boards.  Dad was not happy.
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« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2021, 01:21:04 PM »
I didnt take any for the last bad one but this is about a year ago. Those days suck. 


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« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2021, 02:42:04 PM »
These are old pictures. I won a seven year legal battle over this and got $114K and then had it all taken away by an insurance company and a dysfunctional appeals court system that ruled that since there were no damages at the time the landowner breached his duty to inform me I should not have been able to sue him. 

Would you drive across here when the temperatures had been down to 20 below zero?



 

Too bad if you said yes. It was nothing but a hole in the ground blasted with diesel fuel and ammonium nitrate some 20 years prior and called a "duck pond." It was barely wide enough for the harvester to fit in the width and it smelled like a sewer when I broke thru. A truly bad day and I dumped an additional $40K into legal fees plus stiffed a lawyer for another $35K.




 



 
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« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2021, 02:50:41 PM »
Gary, hopefully the smell came out!
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« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2021, 03:26:16 PM »
holy mackerel.  youre in the lead gary.  
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« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2021, 04:48:37 PM »
 

 

450c jack on 30.5/32. Zero warning, no rutting up until this happened.. 

Took a 648H and a cat d4h tsk to free it. 

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« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2021, 04:52:44 PM »
 

 


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« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2021, 05:15:53 PM »
Im going to go ahead and plead the fifth on this one. 
But Im along for the ride. 
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« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2021, 06:36:35 PM »

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450c jack on 30.5/32. Zero warning, no rutting up until this happened..

Took a 648H and a cat d4h tsk to free it.
Ive had the same experience in a 648. But it was spring thaw. Drug hundreds of cords across that trail then down she went. Im guessing the frost just went. Kinda a weird felling when your on what you thought solid ground. 

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« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2021, 06:46:40 PM »
   Reminds me of the old saying "The biggest advantage of 4WD is it allows you to get stuck in more inaccessible places."

    I think of pickups and such but seeing the pictures here of dozers and skidders and such put them to shame. You could never even get a truck close enough to get in the muck those guys get stuck in.
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« Reply #14 on: May 14, 2021, 08:49:48 PM »
The last big job i took that i didnt want to do as a favor for a mill that i had worked for 10 yrs 260 acre lot 1.4mil mbf 4000 cord pulp and softwood 10 miles from home froze 2.5 miles of truck trail and built a 3/4 mile winter spur road all froze in here before thanksgiving early for ny. Loggin away all happy till the 70 degree day in early febuary drove in to do service on machines drug the service truck out all 3 and a 1/4 miles had to forward 20 load of wood all that length the town got my bond and i did a weeks dozin on my dime convinced me to do somethin else we didnt work for 2 months after long wet spring 
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« Reply #15 on: May 14, 2021, 09:05:25 PM »
 8-9yrs ago I decided I wasn't waiting on a dozer, walking along a kind of steep gravel knob along the creek, got to far over and when I slid I went the wrong way for the leveler to matter. By the time I got to the bottom I needed underwear, had to leave the timbco for 4 months until I could build a road to it to get it out. 

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« Reply #16 on: May 16, 2021, 03:46:36 AM »
I'm gonna use some of these pics to prove to my wife that I need a 2nd skidder.
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« Reply #17 on: May 16, 2021, 07:32:06 AM »
These are old pictures. I won a seven year legal battle over this and got $114K and then had it all taken away by an insurance company and a dysfunctional appeals court system that ruled that since there were no damages at the time the landowner breached his duty to inform me I should not have been able to sue him.

Would you drive across here when the temperatures had been down to 20 below zero?


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Too bad if you said yes. It was nothing but a hole in the ground blasted with diesel fuel and ammonium nitrate some 20 years prior and called a "duck pond." It was barely wide enough for the harvester to fit in the width and it smelled like a sewer when I broke thru. A truly bad day and I dumped an additional $40K into legal fees plus stiffed a lawyer for another $35K.



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Wow. I bet that still burns you up Gary!

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« Reply #18 on: May 16, 2021, 07:36:48 AM »

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450c jack on 30.5/32. Zero warning, no rutting up until this happened..

Took a 648H and a cat d4h tsk to free it.
You, Gary and firewoodjoe have some impressive photos 👍😂

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« Reply #19 on: May 16, 2021, 08:34:52 AM »
One time that comes to mind . We were doing a decent size clear cut in pretty flat ground . I was running the knuckleboom delimbing tree length pine going round and round watching a 411 hydroaxe shear trees from a distance. Pulled a tree through the delimber ,stacked it spun back around and watched the feller buncher flop over. At almost the same time the skidder man sunk the skidder in the mud. So we've got a turned over buncher and a stuck skidder . Then I saw the skidder man running toward the buncher with a fire extinguisher. The buncher was on fire. To rough to get the work truck there ,so I ran the almost 1/2 mile with a big extinguisher . Pretty interesting day :laugh:.

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« Reply #20 on: May 16, 2021, 11:29:26 AM »
Wow.. Were you able to save it?
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« Reply #21 on: May 16, 2021, 11:34:52 AM »
Back when I did tree planting it happened all to regular. I'm glad we didn't all have cameras on our phones back then.
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« Reply #22 on: May 16, 2021, 11:43:46 AM »
Mike, we were able to get the fire out with 3 fire extinguishers and a lot of dirt. Just had some wiring and battery  damage. Got the skidder unstuck ,used it to help upright the buncher.  we were running wood again in a couple hours. When the buncher flopped over a battery bracket failed and let the battery short out causing the fire. Big lesson from that day was always keep batteries secure in everything.

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« Reply #23 on: May 16, 2021, 11:50:49 AM »
Phew.  
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« Reply #24 on: May 16, 2021, 12:12:26 PM »
Saw a youtube video awhile back about a IH TD24 dozer that sank in a remote swamp in Minnesota in 1975. The thing sat SUBMERGED under feet of muck for 44 years, and with multiple winch trucks and an excavator they got it out. Amazingly within a year a gas and steam club had it running again. :o
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« Reply #25 on: May 16, 2021, 02:51:45 PM »
I wasn't on your site Gary, but on my jobsites I'm very leery of any patch of "ground" that is completely free of vegetation. I had a landowner pestering me to drive out on an area to freeze it down for access. This guy was the worst landowner I've ever worked for, he only wanted us to cross this area so we wouldn't need to cut an access strip. Well, it was a low spot with no vegetation, which means pure water. I tried to keep ignoring him, but I finally got sick of listening to him. I just eased my bunk end out on the ice, the tracks fell through. I called the harvester operator, he came over and I connected the chain I'd brought with and he popped me out. Well then I look up, and on top of the hill is my boss. I see him about once every 2-3 months but he had to show up for that. He says, "what in the world are you doing? You should know better than to go out there!" Which he was right, but he wasn't the one out there listening to this fool landowner every day either. Anyways, cattails are always bad, no vegetation is always worse😬
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« Reply #26 on: May 16, 2021, 05:06:36 PM »
These are old pictures. I won a seven year legal battle over this and got $114K and then had it all taken away by an insurance company and a dysfunctional appeals court system that ruled that since there were no damages at the time the landowner breached his duty to inform me I should not have been able to sue him.

Would you drive across here when the temperatures had been down to 20 below zero?


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Too bad if you said yes. It was nothing but a hole in the ground blasted with diesel fuel and ammonium nitrate some 20 years prior and called a "duck pond." It was barely wide enough for the harvester to fit in the width and it smelled like a sewer when I broke thru. A truly bad day and I dumped an additional $40K into legal fees plus stiffed a lawyer for another $35K.



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You would be hard pressed to stiff a lawyer nowadays as they want big money down before you go to court and most are setup where you pay 💰 every month and if you dont they wont proceed 

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« Reply #27 on: May 17, 2021, 12:08:42 PM »
This one had been posted a few times before here..........Compliments of one of those hurricanes....They were trying to get to the buncher.



 
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« Reply #28 on: May 17, 2021, 12:22:05 PM »
This one had been posted a few times before here..........Compliments of one of those hurricanes....They were trying to get to the buncher.


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I get nervous when tracked equipment is stuck. That can get bad quick. 

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« Reply #29 on: May 17, 2021, 12:31:09 PM »
@Firewoodjoe it can and usually is.
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« Reply #30 on: May 17, 2021, 01:34:47 PM »
get nervous when tracked equipment is stuck. That can get bad quick


And that little boy is on 30" pads.

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« Reply #31 on: May 17, 2021, 04:03:52 PM »
no photo = no evidence
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« Reply #32 on: May 17, 2021, 04:09:56 PM »
no photo = no evidence
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« Reply #33 on: May 17, 2021, 09:18:24 PM »
I had an old Jeep CJ that had been converted into a swamp buggy. I put some worn-out 44's on it which made it look cool but it was jacked up so high the steering was really wonky from those 44s jerking the front end around. My buddy and I went down to the woods one day and got the buggy from where I kept it hidden in a big patch of palmettos. We crossed over the property line to run south on the fine new marl grade the county had put in to service a 3-mile line of water wells they were putting in. Each pad had 2 - 24" wells on it, a shallow well, about 500' deep, and a deep well about 1200-1500' deep.  We drove down about a mile south where we could cross back over to our side through a big swale. When we got there was a new pad with 2 wells and the swale was full of bright white sand. I headed across the "sand" and got about halfway before we sank like a boat anchor. It turned out the "sand" was drilling mud and was deep enough that those 44's were completely under except the top 3 or 4 inches of my left front tire. Those old slick 44's spun like a rat in a wheel and we didn't move any direction except down. The Jeep jack was pointless and the winch was as old and worn out as everything else on that buggy.

We hiked back to the truck covered with nasty drilling mud and went home. The next day we went back with sheets of plywood, hand-cranked winches, electric winches, chains, shovels, and anything else we thought might help. We cut down some dead pines and threw logs in front of the front tires and then put plywood on top. We got the Jeep jack on the plywood and by good luck didn't kill ourselves getting that left front tire up enough to slide some plywood under the front of it. We winched and jacked and dug until by evening we had it up on dry ground again. A couple of weeks later I loaded it up and took it home as it was so covered with drilling mud nobody would ride in it. It took me days to get most of the mud off and in the meantime, I had spent $100 cash for a set of 4 old military jeep tires with great tread but cracks in the sidewalls big enough to stick a nickel in!  The buggy looked stupid jacked way up with those poker chip tires but I never got stuck again.

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« Reply #34 on: May 18, 2021, 03:25:40 AM »
Fellow sank a Hitachi 200 hoe to within 2 feet of top of cab across the road from some property I own. Ground didn't look that bad then a section of it just liquified under him. Machine went down so fast he barely got out. Another fellow drowned a D8 walking into a remote mining site about 40 miles off the road. Tried to cross a river at night on an established ford got disoriented in the dark and drove off the ford. Machine was in the river for over a month before the owner could get 2 winch machines in to recover it.

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« Reply #35 on: May 18, 2021, 04:45:38 AM »
Nothing up to your level guys.

But i was really stuck in a mud bog. And we nicked a friend's snowcat to get me out. That's from 2005.

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« Reply #36 on: May 18, 2021, 05:48:36 AM »
From 20 years ago

I posted this well over a year ago, But I happened to think about it today, because its about the right time of year. So fer ya'// that aint seen it, here ya go and yer welcome to top it if you can.

I just want to say right off the bat, I WAS NOT DRIVING AND TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY! With that said, these pics are actually WORSE then they appear, the skidder operator (refered to here after as the late captain nemo) did not tell anyone he was "stuck" until late that night. This is the next day, night time temp? 20 below zero daytime temp? 10 One Big solid block of Timberjack and Beaver droppings.

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« Reply #37 on: May 18, 2021, 06:03:33 AM »
WOW!!

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« Reply #38 on: May 18, 2021, 10:43:04 AM »
Agree  ....Wow! I can see the getting stuck deal it happens.... The leaving it to freeze in ......Here's your sign......

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« Reply #39 on: May 18, 2021, 11:45:15 AM »
Does this count? Mowing with a 10' rotary mower til I found this spot
 

  
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Re: The 'Buried My Equipment' Thread
« Reply #40 on: May 18, 2021, 11:48:46 AM »
seed heads over the cab, yup.  it counts, youre in.   8)
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« Reply #41 on: May 19, 2021, 09:54:30 PM »
Got this from a friend this evening. New guy in the excavator had a rough morning.

 

No damage, buddy had him back up and going in a few minutes. 

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Re: The 'Buried My Equipment' Thread
« Reply #42 on: May 19, 2021, 10:02:44 PM »
Easier to plumb the machine for a wrist than to try and dig on that angle....
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« Reply #43 on: May 19, 2021, 10:21:31 PM »
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« Reply #44 on: May 20, 2021, 07:13:52 AM »
Got this from a friend this evening. New guy in the excavator had a rough morning.
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No damage, buddy had him back up and going in a few minutes.
This one makes me think....
I'm currently putting a road across one of my fields. There is no bottom either. Just as far down as I can dig in clay and soil, no rock of any kind.  I'm ditching as I go and piling the the ditching material on the road in front. Pack down, advance a few feet and repeat.  It was a bit jelly like at the bottom of the field but firming up as I go. Iv done this once already on another field and after the road dried out hardened, it was good year round.
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« Reply #45 on: May 20, 2021, 09:07:36 AM »
making mushy clay hard is a very slow case of drying it out and keeping it dry.  dig it up, pile and windrow in sun and wind, roll it around, get it to dry out more.  replace it in lifts with runoff pitch and then compact it with the tracks then let it get rained on and dried out before adding the next lift.  

truly dry clay is about as hard as the orange square flue pipe inside a chimney.  if you can keep the water rapidly shedding, its as close to a conrete road as any dirt will get.  with hydration its like butter.  removing hydration of something that gets rained on and doesnt really ever dry beyond about 6" of crust, is the challenge.  

mechanically compacting it takes a sheeps foot or some sort of small point rammer.  a flat plate just wont work, itll make a thin skin over uncompacted dirt.  but rain will remove the voids on your lift.  its just a slow slow case of waiting on weather.  gosh i think im almost 3 years into it for making an acre of fill buildable. 
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« Reply #46 on: May 24, 2021, 06:41:48 AM »
making mushy clay hard is a very slow case of drying it out and keeping it dry.  dig it up, pile and windrow in sun and wind, roll it around, get it to dry out more.  replace it in lifts with runoff pitch and then compact it with the tracks then let it get rained on and dried out before adding the next lift.  

truly dry clay is about as hard as the orange square flue pipe inside a chimney.  if you can keep the water rapidly shedding, its as close to a conrete road as any dirt will get.  with hydration its like butter.  removing hydration of something that gets rained on and doesnt really ever dry beyond about 6" of crust, is the challenge.  

mechanically compacting it takes a sheeps foot or some sort of small point rammer.  a flat plate just wont work, itll make a thin skin over uncompacted dirt.  but rain will remove the voids on your lift.  its just a slow slow case of waiting on weather.  gosh i think im almost 3 years into it for making an acre of fill buildable.
I guess its not completely clay. Basically I scrape off the sod, pile it back behind my ditch. Then I dig up the ditch, place it in front of me and advance a few feet. I can drive on it immediately after making a few passes with the excavator. Last years road was hauling on the day I built it and continued thought the entire season in all messes of weather. Its kind of baffling actually. I live on the South Mountain of Nova Scotia. Its known to be particularly rocky and impossible to deal with. My property happens to be over a drumlin which sticks up about 30 meters higher above sea level than the surrounding land scape.  Anywhere on my land, I can dig a hole as deep as I like and never hit solid bedrock. Now I've only dug down about 25 - 30' anywhere, but in those test holes, I saw exactly the same thing I am seeing when putting my roads through. Its a fine red soil. Very little rock, you would swear its all been screened, with really no solid bottom. This continues well past the fields and through the forest. I can scrape off the surface rocks and stumps, then dig in to a material that packs very well with minimal amount of rock through it.  I'm just amazed at the geology. I can dig like this at my place, but at my fathers, literally a stones throw away, I cant get the bucket in the ground, its all solid rock and anybody wishing to build a foundation usually ends up building an entire yard up to cover up the basement walls. 
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« Reply #47 on: May 24, 2021, 07:45:18 AM »
From what little i have gathered about dirt... since clays, silts and sands will all slake and more or less liquify in the absence of binders like quartz and silica, they will flow with heavy runoff then settle out in any pool or eddy where the water velocity is too slow to keep them in suspension.  Rains wash them out of any disturbed dirt leaving behind rocky soils for ray to pave bogs.  

This mud flow is how tennessee has such even slabs of sandstone for example.. They were stages of liquid mud deposits rolling downhill with the rain and settling in pockets.  If the drying action was calm they can be slab smooth.  If it was windy theyll have ripple.  Different compositions make different colors.  But binder was present to make them into rock.  Im working on a garden accent wall right now and some of my pinker slabs can turn totally back into sand in your fingers for lack of binder. Some are quite hard.

A lot of times you see a smooth flat slab at a steep slope.   That was once horizontal like a big stone hockey rink, before it got pushed up.  Pretty amazing.



I had to look up drumlin.  It is possible that whenever the ice was retreating that something caused a pocket which collected the flowing clay and silt mud deposit that eventually left you with a sweet fill hill.  Maybe a pocket in the melting ice itself.  In time the dirt edges will round over like pits and hummocks in the woods.


I can hardly set a fence post or bury a dog without bedrock.  My burial plot is gonna need fill.  im thinking maybe just save the trouble and rototill my ashes into the garden.  
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« Reply #48 on: May 24, 2021, 08:42:33 AM »
From what little i have gathered about dirt... since clays, silts and sands will all slake and more or less liquify in the absence of binders like quartz and silica, they will flow with heavy runoff then settle out in any pool or eddy where the water velocity is too slow to keep them in suspension.  Rains wash them out of any disturbed dirt leaving behind rocky soils for ray to pave bogs.  

This mud flow is how tennessee has such even slabs of sandstone for example.. They were stages of liquid mud deposits rolling downhill with the rain and settling in pockets.  If the drying action was calm they can be slab smooth.  If it was windy theyll have ripple.  Different compositions make different colors.  But binder was present to make them into rock.  Im working on a garden accent wall right now and some of my pinker slabs can turn totally back into sand in your fingers for lack of binder. Some are quite hard.

A lot of times you see a smooth flat slab at a steep slope.   That was once horizontal like a big stone hockey rink, before it got pushed up.  Pretty amazing.



I had to look up drumlin.  It is possible that whenever the ice was retreating that something caused a pocket which collected the flowing clay and silt mud deposit that eventually left you with a sweet fill hill.  Maybe a pocket in the melting ice itself.  In time the dirt edges will round over like pits and hummocks in the woods.


I can hardly set a fence post or bury a dog without bedrock.  My burial plot is gonna need fill.  im thinking maybe just save the trouble and rototill my ashes into the garden.  
Come to think of it. The only cemetery around is just off to the next property. Its old... Really old. I'm guessing they picked this spot as it was the only dirt they could get a good depth on with hand shovels back in the day. 
I made a bigger cut across the field than I originally planned on. My dad thinks I'm building a highway. With the wide road and the ditches it looks like a lot of loss of good clear acreage but, the fields don't make me 5 Cents and I needed a better access to the land behind it, as well, just accessing the fields was a challenge as there was only a goat path to it. The road certainly isn't as pretty as the nice carpet of field grass that was there yesterday. I keep thinking that if the old guys that cleared this field could reach out and smack me now they probably would. I'm told that for the last couple hundred years they worked at maintaining these fields and grew massive crops to help feed the community. We inherited it (the property) and fixed it up as the house was literally at life's end without some repair and upkeep. We have lots of fields like this one for any real purpose that may present itself, but esthetically, I'm thinking Ill need some trees along the new road to make it look a bit better. I'm placing the sod back on the road banks to help with washout, it helps look a bit more natural but it certainly makes me think twice about if I should have did it or not. Too late now though. Iv only a couple hundred feet left till I'm connected with last years road I built. 
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« Reply #49 on: May 24, 2021, 08:47:43 AM »
a good road is worth what it costs ya, and no one knows what they cost until they build a bad road before they redo it a few times.   Wider just means more room for ditching and accents/asthetics. 


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« Reply #50 on: May 24, 2021, 12:34:43 PM »
I like a road wide enough to be able to half track it , that way I can keep the road more level rather than just 2 ruts/tracks.

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« Reply #51 on: May 24, 2021, 01:53:07 PM »
a good road is worth what it costs ya, and no one knows what they cost until they build a bad road before they redo it a few times.   Wider just means more room for ditching and accents/asthetics.  
So true, I picked up a lot last year and road building has been job #1. In line with the topic here is a photo from last fall. No match for some of the larger items more buried seen earlier in this thread, but it took me many hours of jacking and piling of wood beneath the wheels to get it out:



Now that the saturated ground of last fall has subsided I'm back to filling in all the low spots. The trail is an old skidder trail that I'm improving, farther into the lot the trail crosses a small ridge where there is an old cut just wide enough for a skidder to come out with a hitch:



In the above photo you can see a new culvert positioned where I would soon plant it in a low spot along the road. The birch tree that forks into two stems seen at left is where the cut is set to be widened.
This month I was able to get my skid steer in to this spot. As I dug into the side of the cut I used the dirt to build up the fill on top of where the new culvert was placed. The below photo is looking the other way though the cut. The birch tree has been cut (although a tree beyond gives the appearance that the stem on left is still there, it is not). I've cut away the ground on both sides of the stump and will see how much the rain and weather works away at it by the next time I return to this project. 



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