How To Move a Boulder

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by velvetfoot, Jun 27, 2007.

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  1. velvetfoot

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    Or, maybe it's a big rock.
    Looking for suggestions, links, etc, to cheaply move a rock to the front of the driveway for decorative purposes.

    I've seen these:
    -build a tripod, hoist with block and tackle, place on steel rollers over wood board
    -tip over onto plywood, skid it out
    -tip over onto steel truck hood, skid it out
    -rent a machine
    -hire a guy

    Things I currently have are a mattock, prybar, hitch on back of a car,

    I've read rock is about 6000 lbs per m3-not sure what volume I'm looking at-maybe a total of 1 m3.


    Thanks.
     
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    Velvet...
    Speaking from experience...personally, I like the truck hood the best. Cut a couple holes in it, run a chain through, throw it on the trailer hitch...WHALALA!!!

    Not an everyday occurence...but one time I had to move a boulder for a friend, that the Bobcat just couldn't lift... No way was I giving up on it!!! He dragged out an old hood. The boulder was so heavy the bobcat dragged it 6-8 feet at a time and then stopped. "Took a few tugs" but we did it...although the 300' trip took it's toll on the hood...it "looked like a crumpled up dollar bill" after we got done with it! lol ;)
     
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    Err Ummm...After reading your post... (depending on size of boulder)Might want to think about renting a bobcat.

    Checklist: Fairly skilled operator (or rent the machine for the day or weekend and be "patient")bobcat rental(fairly new 753 or bigger...take the insurance option...lol), truck hood, logging chain, and asprin...lol
     
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    Velvet, do you have a picture of said boulder? How far do you have to move this thing? I personally would build a skid and move it around with a tractor, or truck with low gearing.

    -Kevin
     
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