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Needing to remove a very large bush from the back corner of our property, I brought in the small backhoe. My wife was snapping progress pictures all day however she failed to snap a picture of the bush before I started digging. In the background of the first picture, you can see the size of the bush that needed removed.

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After pruning all of the limbs down to the base of the trunk, I started digging.

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Finally After 4-1/2 hours of digging roughly two feet deep all the way around the base, the roots finally broke loose. Almost felt like I was digging out for a swimming pool.

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And then the back filling and raking.

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Started working at 6:30 am and finished at 7:30 pm. Long day, but at least it's gone and we won't have the dirt anymore. Now onto the next project. 😒
 

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I got excited figuring you had some rare RF backhoe!:ROFLMAO:

It’s crazy the grip that roots get. Reminds me of a small maple tree that started growing along the edge of my strawberry bed in my garden. I let it go for about a year and a half with the initial intention of transplanting it. After deciding to just rip it out, I wrapped a chain around it and hooked it to the 112 to no avail. No worries, hooked the chain to my 2500HD... well that just left 4 small holes. So out came the shovel. That thing had roots that spanned over a 12’ radius!
 

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The base root on this bush was at least 3-1/2" in diameter. Gave the little hoe a workout but I eventually prevailed.
 

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Needing to remove a very large bush from the back corner of our property, I brought in the small backhoe. My wife was snapping progress pictures all day however she failed to snap a picture of the bush before I started digging. In the background of the first picture, you can see the size of the bush that needed removed.

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After pruning all of the limbs down to the base of the trunk, I started digging.

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Finally After 4-1/2 hours of digging roughly two feet deep all the way around the base, the roots finally broke loose. Almost felt like I was digging out for a swimming pool.

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And then the back filling and raking.

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Started working at 6:30 am and finished at 7:30 pm. Long day, but at least it's gone and we won't have the dirt anymore. Now onto the next project. 😒
Sure great to have the right equipment when you need it, saved a lot of back breaking work no doubt and getting the seat time was I'm sure way more fun. :)
 
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