I purchased my 1025r last week and finally got a break from the rain to get started on my many projects. 1st on my list is to clean up an area where I hired a company to shred a grove of trees on a corner of my 4 acres last week. Itís an area about 100í x 200í that is covered with shredded wood. Itís a large amount of wood from chips to pretty large chunks mixed in with all the brush & honeysuckle that was growing there. I got on the clean up Tuesday and just using the bucket loaded my 6 x 10 dump trailer and hauled that load to the dump. Now my plan was to haul several loads to the dump or any other place I could find to take it and try to burn the rest or maybe work it into the soil. Itís still pretty wet and the one load I hauled off was just over 4000 lbs (thatís my max payload on this dump trailer). I was able to minimize any dirt loaded in the trailer but I feel it can be done better (I loaded more dirt than I wanted to.) With that being my 1st time to work this machine as expected I need some practice but Iíve worked buckets on loaders in the past and as with all of us Iíll only get better with seat time. Iíve decided a debris fork may help some with this application but Iím positive it will be useful for many other projects & chores so I ordered one from Titan along with forks & their new draw bar with rack for suitcase weights.
I guess my question to you more seasoned operators. Am I moving down the right path here? Iím trying to minimize dirt loaded and Iím finding some wet material in general due to the recent rains - itís $35/ton to dump at the land fill and that 1st load was $79. My estimate is i need to haul about 6 to 8 (?) more loads to get this area cleared enough to manage it without haul-off.
Any ideas are much appreciated.