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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Has anyone used a subsoiler to tear up an old asphalt driveway?

    2 Summers ago I took out my FNL's whole asphalt driveway over 300' long and 4" thick in places with nothing but my 5400 and the bucket. Took about 6hrs and no damage to tractor or bucket was done. He called me in after he tried to start the project with a Cub Cadet CUT the he promptly tore the rear end up on. If I had to do it again I would have used the forks in stead of the bucket though.
    I would saw 2 lines where you need to remove the drive and pry it out by hand.

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    Default Re: Has anyone used a subsoiler to tear up an old asphalt driveway?

    Quote Originally Posted by jjmarotz View Post
    Here's how I tore out some asphalt last yr. Lift a chunk up then whack it with sledge hammer to more managable size, not the funnest or easiest but did work.
    Looking at that photo - it seems like you could shove a big chunk under the raised part. Then back on to the raised part to break it up, or to maintain some tension on it while you break it with the sledge.

    I did something similar, put wedges under a concrete sidewalk I was breaking up with an electric jackhammer, and I think that helped.

  3. #23
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    Default Re: Has anyone used a subsoiler to tear up an old asphalt driveway?

    Every piece of equipment has a limit it can handle, and lord knows I have pushed a lot way past in my time. I really believe you stand a good chance of tearing up your tractor. Rent you a larger tractor with 4x4 and loader for a day and dont tear yours up... It will most likely be cheaper in the long run.... Your tractor is not made for this kind of abuse. You need atleast a 40 horse tractor. Can it be done with yours maybe, but why take that chance...

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    Default Re: Has anyone used a subsoiler to tear up an old asphalt driveway?

    Quote Originally Posted by huskerfarmer View Post
    I seen a Roadboss grader unit in action
    I have a 7' Road Boss grader. This is not the right tool for the job.

    • While it is built very stout (1100 lbs), I can't imagine it standing up to ripping asphalt
    • It only cuts 3/4" below the skids
    • It would be impossible to get it started cutting asphalt
    • It would take a crazy large tractor to rip a 7' slab of asphalt


    Having said that, it sure puts the hurt on washboard bumps on a gravel road....
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    Default Re: Has anyone used a subsoiler to tear up an old asphalt driveway?

    Based on the size tractor you have and knowing mine that is about the same size, i would not try it except maybe with the backhoe on my machine. the problem is not going to be ripping it. It is going to be the sudden jerks and jars you will get. A machine will take anything you throw at it until you start giving it sudden jolts. That is what will tear a rear end, gears and other items in a hurry. Sometimes in as little as one time. I would rent me something like a bigger tractor like the other guys said. Or better yet, around here i can rent a tracked skid steer for about 350 a day delivered. I promise you you will most likely destroy more than that in dolor amounts on your tractor. Plus if it breaks and its not due to abuse it is on them. Just my opinion.

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    Default Re: Has anyone used a subsoiler to tear up an old asphalt driveway?

    If you had somethng like this, you could slide it up under the asphault and raise it up maybe in large chunks, and carry it away. Or use a set of forks to do the same thing.
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    Default Re: Has anyone used a subsoiler to tear up an old asphalt driveway?

    How'd you make out yeagisyeag?

    I guess I missed this thread back in March.

    I used my subsoiler to rip up my asphalt drive some time back. I waited till the afternoon on a hot 96ï½° summer day after the asphalt got nice and soft an had at it. It went through really smoothly although this asphalt was in pretty rough shape to start and probably wasn't much more than 2" thick in most places. It was actually pretty fun watching it peal up. Anyway, it really couldn't have gone better, no noticeable wear on my subsoiler, way less abusive on my loader.
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