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    Super Member Gary Fowler's Avatar
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    Default Re: How's Everyone Doing

    I dont think a 10# hammer would damage these rocks. A 4000# tractor with a backhoe takes a bit of digging around to move some of them. You know you have a big one when the teeth of the backhoe just scrape across the top without any movement of the rock and the tractor is lifted off the ground. Sometimes if you arent fast on the controls, that will give a pretty good back bone jar when it slides off the rock.
    I have dug out a few with pick and prybar, used the FEL on the LS to get some of the larger ones, but the back hoe is the greatest tool ever invented for a tractor. Big rock but only a small hole whereas with the FEL, it looks like you are prepping to bury a horse to get out a 2 foot diameter rock. My bucket on the FEL is over 6 feet wide so that is the minimum width hole when digging out a rock with it. Yesterday when digging out the cluster of rocks, the hole was about 2 feet wide x 3 feet deep and 6 feet long. Still plenty of rocks left when I stopped. It will take years for the ones down 3 feet to pop up. Here the rocks seem to be bunched together. This vein continued past where I stopped but was only a couple feet wide. To each side was just dirt, but I dont know how deep the vein goes. The two that I have dug out to date, just kept going down, but we always stopped about waist deep. The deeper you go the harder and more compact the rocks are, near the surface they are laid in like stacked bricks(large stacked bricks) but can be broken up and removed with the hoe. As you go deeper, they dont have the cracks separating them into smaller pieces. Up on the hills we have these rock veins, while in the low lands about 4 feet deep, we have solid soft shale rock. I dont know how thick that layer is either but some of the shale pits here go down 30 or more feet. There is one shale pit where the shale is exposed on top of a ridge and the guy there dynamites it to loosen it up. Shale deterioates when exposed to sunlight so it is a cheap, temporary road base but if used as a base and covered with other material, it works well. I have dug up a bunch and used it for placing in a creek to make a low water crossing and dam. It holds pretty good for that.
    2010 LS P-7010C 20F/20R gear tractor & FEL, 2009 Kubota B 26 TLB, RTV 900 Kubota,17 foot Lund boat with 70HP motor, 2012-20 ft 12k GVW trailer, 2011- 52" Craftsman ZTR mower, 2013 Ferris Zero Turn, 3 weed whackers, pressure washer, leaf blowers, 7 foot bush hog, 8 foot landscape rake , 8 foot 3 PH disc, 2 row cultivator, 350 amp Miller AC/DC welding machine and all the tools needed to keep them all repaired and running.

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    Elite Member Bob77064's Avatar
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    Default Re: How's Everyone Doing

    You are right sir, the 10lb bounces off the big rocks. But on some I can chip a little bit off, enough to mow over them.

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    Super Member Gary Fowler's Avatar
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    Default Re: How's Everyone Doing

    Getting them down low enough to mow over safely is all that counts I suppose. They just keep rising up every winter a little at a time till before you know it, BANG the mower hits.
    I thought I would use my landscape rake to windrow up my rocks in the pasture. Well it windrowed up some of the rocks but dug up a bunch more, but mostly it just gathered up a bunch of grass. I guess I will just pick up the larger ones that might be hit with a mower and let the rest just settle back into the dirt.
    2010 LS P-7010C 20F/20R gear tractor & FEL, 2009 Kubota B 26 TLB, RTV 900 Kubota,17 foot Lund boat with 70HP motor, 2012-20 ft 12k GVW trailer, 2011- 52" Craftsman ZTR mower, 2013 Ferris Zero Turn, 3 weed whackers, pressure washer, leaf blowers, 7 foot bush hog, 8 foot landscape rake , 8 foot 3 PH disc, 2 row cultivator, 350 amp Miller AC/DC welding machine and all the tools needed to keep them all repaired and running.

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