Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 24
  1. #1
    Gold Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Posts
    424
    Location
    Bucks County, PA
    Tractor
    Kubota B2400

    Default FEL as Concrete Caddy?

    I'm about to pour a small (9x12) concrete slab. I'm debating whether to
    have it delivered and use my FEL to shuttle the concrete from the truck to the pad's location (about 75'), or rent a mixer in addition to a friend's mixer. I only need about one and a third yards, so I figure it would take about 12-15 trips @ 3 cu. ft/ load to haul everything.
    Versus mixing 50+ 80# bags in the machines.

    Writing this has pretty much answered my question, except for my concern about concrete residue. My plan is to have the pressure washer standing by and doing a good cleaning immediately after the transfer is completed.

    Any comments would be appreciated.

  2. #2
    Veteran Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Posts
    1,055
    Location
    WVa
    Tractor
    Kubota L3710, Ford 5600, Case MB4/94, Kubota B6200

    Default Re: FEL as Concrete Caddy?

    The only potential problem is aggregate segregation. In other words traveling with the concrete unmixes the aggreagate as the heavier aggreagate settles. You don't have a long transport distance and the slab isn't a sructural component so any segregation of the aggregate shouldn't weaken the concrete too much.

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Posts
    198
    Location
    Northern Sacramento Valley, Calif.
    Tractor
    JD 300B, JD 4310

    Default Re: FEL as Concrete Caddy?

    That's a pretty small load for a ready mix truck. Another option is a rentable tow-behind-your pickup/SUV mixer. Another option, if you will be pouring more in the future, is a 3 point pto driven mixer.

  4. #4
    Gold Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Posts
    424
    Location
    Bucks County, PA
    Tractor
    Kubota B2400

    Default Re: FEL as Concrete Caddy?

    The guy I'll probably be using has a metered truck (I'm not sure what
    the official name is). The mixing occurs as the materials leave the truck.
    If I recall, I think he will deliver as small as a yard.

    Hmmm...one of those obvious things I need to check. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]

  5. #5
    Gold Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Posts
    268
    Location
    Eastern Ontario
    Tractor
    JD 855, 322, AMT626 plus whatever my son dragged home this month

    Default Re: FEL as Concrete Caddy?

    Remember, - concrete is "liquid" You won't be able to put as much in your bucket as you could dirt. And you will slosh as you bounce. Probably get twice as much in a wheel barrow as in your loader bucket and 75' isn't that far. I would just use the wheelbarrow myself unless it's all up-hill, or if you don't want to do that, I would rent a small concrete buggy for the job. They have a nice dumping bucket on the front, and will handle the load in 1 or 2 trips. 2 teenagers with wheelbarrows would be cheaper though.

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Posts
    180
    Location
    Southern Michigan
    Tractor
    NH TC18 Hydro

    Default Re: FEL as Concrete Caddy?

    I would think the concrete would set to quickly for you to get all there with the FEL. you would definitely need a handful of people to help level out the concrete while you were hauling. U-haul ready-mix is a good option if the concrete plant is close and you can dump it directly to the forms. I've mixed 80lb bags in my FEL, it sloshes & makes a mess all over. I think either way you'll probably want 3 or 4 people there too help.

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Aug 2000
    Posts
    311
    Location
    central maryland
    Tractor
    kubota/b2910

    Default Re: FEL as Concrete Caddy?

    if we are talking about 75' why not just back that truck right up to where you are pouring? it do much damage if there is nothing underground.

  8. #8

    Join Date
    May 2002
    Posts
    302
    Location
    Houston, Texas
    Tractor
    TC33D / 7308 ldr 60" HD bucket

    Default Re: FEL as Concrete Caddy?

    Gomez,

    Should not be a problem. Did the same thing when I poured my back patio. 16X 14. Just keep a hose handy and spray down the bucket before each load and you should not have any resedue. You shouldn't have very much problem with sloshing if the concrete is mixed to the right consistancy. If it sloshes too much it probably has too much water in the mix and will be weakened.

    Good luck and have fun. Make sure to take pics and let us see your project. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

  9. #9

    Default Re: FEL as Concrete Caddy?

    I wouldn't think twice about doing it, we've done it quite a number of times with our loader tractors over the years. Never have difficulties with material separating out, never any difficulties with cleaning up the residue afterwards (no need for a pressure washer, a hose will do just fine), or setting up too early.

    Use that bucket, you bought it to work for you, and this is a good application for it.

  10. #10
    Super Member
    Rest in Peace
    frank_f15's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2001
    Posts
    6,033
    Location
    BUFFALO ,NEW YORK AREA
    Tractor
    kubota b2400- R4 tires

    Default Re: FEL as Concrete Caddy?

    i wonder tho if the driver is going to be willing to wait around while u make 12 or 15 trips? plus u will need some extra hands to level and float it. any reason why he can't get close enough to use the shute?

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
© 2014 TractorByNet.com. TractorByNet is a registered trademark of IMC Digital Universe, Inc. Other trademarks on this page are the property of their respective owners.