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 03-19-2007, 21:49 Post: 140552
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Can I dig with the hoe in the winter time?






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 03-19-2007, 22:14 Post: 140553
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When the ground is frozen it's hardest just to get started! After you make a hole for the bucket to go in then it's easy to pull up after digging under the next bucket full.






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 03-20-2007, 21:42 Post: 140573
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Ontario I'm across the river from you. I was asked to dig with my medium sized backhoe and will never do it again. I ened up ripping out the entire bottom end of the dipper stick pivot mount trying to help a neighbor ($400 fix and made $200 whoppeee!). It's more than just making a starting hole. Every bit of work goes into breaking apart the frost--which is like trying to break concrete--in fact concrete is easier; at least the concrete slab will eventually end. Frost is everywhere. If you MUST dig, get a frost tooth (a single blade or tooth that replaces the bucket. Use that to rip the frost. But again it will be like concrete. A big backhoe may not have any problems, but if the relief valve comes on while digging--- give it up. It will be warm in a few (weeks? months? Smile)

What are doing that you need to dig now?






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 03-21-2007, 07:31 Post: 140583
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ONTARIO; I've used a frost hook like EW spoke of in emergency plugged up sewer situations in the winter. A frost hook will jerk a hoe around worse than most anything else you can do with it. If you can get by till thaw or use what they call a grave warmer like they use at the cemetary during the winter to thaw the ground your hoe will last years longer. Best of luck. Frank.






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 03-21-2007, 08:35 Post: 140584
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Well if you must dig a hole, what we do on jobs where we caqn/t get a big hoe in is build a tent out of plastic sheeting over the area you want to dig and rent or buy a salamander and blow air into the tent, leave a vent hole and you would be surprised how quickly it it soften up. The frost will just suck up going for the heat.






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here in central NY depending on if it had been cleared after the cold set in we have very little frost in the ground. If it is under a foot and you can get a good starting point I'd go do it depending on the Kubota you have. That doesn't mean a BX can do it.






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 03-21-2007, 09:11 Post: 140588
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We have about 18" to 2 feet of frost here south of Detroit. A frost tooth is good for scratching through the frost to make a starting hole and then to leverage it up in chunks. The biggest thing is starting a hole.






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Here in mid-Michigan, the frost never got beyond about 3-4 inches thick. I think that is the first time ever. We had warm temperatures, then had snow cover before the cold temps came in. The snow insulated the ground.

I always counted on a good deep frost which causes the soil to heave and loosen the ground, softening it for ease of root growth in my garden and farm plots.






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No digs about geography here, but ONTARIO (the member) is about 500 miles north east of Detroit.

He is approx. 175 miles due east as the crow flies from Sault Sainte Marie for better reference.

His big problem will not be frost, although at this time of year it IS a serious issue, the problem will be something called the Cambrian Shield, which is part of the exposed crust of the earth.

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Point well taken. I assumed he was just across the border or part way between here and Toronto.






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