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MacDaddy
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 95 Western NY
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2004-12-15          102306


I have some soggy areas on my property that I would like to fix by installing some drainage as well as regrading. My ultimate goal is merely to have a stable grass surface to mow. The soil is mostly saturated clay which prevents surface runoff from infiltrating into the ground. I would like to regrade and install drainage swales, however I think Iíll be making a huge mess out of it as well as getting stuck. While I have had no problems driving over this area, when load/torque is applied, I suspect the ground is not going to hold up well. Any suggestions and/or tool recommendations? Thanks.

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Art White
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2004-12-15          102318


Look at the New Kubota L-series with the BH90 backhoe. It has the sub frame built into the tractor so there is nothing below the standard tractor chassis. This gives you a lot more ground clearance so not to get hung up and stuck. If you have clay do get ag tires or industrials with a set of double ring chains. ....

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grassgod
Join Date: Apr 2004
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2004-12-15          102323


there are lots of ways to fix the wet area's. In the past, to fix this same problem I dug up & removed all the dirt /clay & essentially ended up with a mini pond when I was done. Then I bought a 12" x 12" plastic catch basin & 80 feet of 4" pvc drainage pipe. I put 4" of 1" drainage stone (gravel) at the bottom of the pit I dug, then I filled in the rest with a good quality screen topsoil. Then I set my catch basin at the lowest piont of the area. the 4" pipe schedule 35 i believe connected from the catch basin to a street catch basin. I used an electric hand jackhammer to make a hole in the street catch basin. The ground is solid there now. ....

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hardwood
Join Date: Dec 2002
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2004-12-16          102331


McDaddy; Without knowing the size or terrain of your propery it's hard to recommend much, but if your acerage is big enough and has a creek somewhere in it for an outlet just use conventional farm field drainage tile. Most any Fleet Farm, TSC, etc. keeps the 250 ft. rolls and outlet tubes on hand. Check with your local county extension office, they'll have the specifics on the size needed the layout pattern, line spacing, etc.. properly installed and kept free of tree roots they basicly work forever. Best of luck. Frank. ....

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MacDaddy
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2004-12-16          102336


Thanks for your suggestions. Regarding Art's comment on the L-series, what is the difference b/w the L-series and the TLB series? I was on Kubota's website, and looked at these two models briefly. I have 22 acres, and would like to use it for trenching, driveway maintenance, landscaping, snow removal etc. I am interested in a FEL/BH combo but could not figure out which model targets my needs. Is the TLB series more of a commercial tractor? ....

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grassgod
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2004-12-16          102344


The TLB series is a commercial grade. I have an L series & use it commercially it it does the job very well & is much less expensive. Look at the L3130. ....

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