Off Grid Home Build (#4): Pulling Stumps and Rough Grading

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After 2 months of clearing our home site with just a chainsaw and a 4-wheeler, it’s finally time to call in Lonnie the Dirt Ninja! Lonnie brings an 18-ton Caterpillar 953 track loader to pull stumps and do a rough grade of the hilltop.

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Fort Mill, SC 29715-1171

20 thoughts on “Off Grid Home Build (#4): Pulling Stumps and Rough Grading

  1. Looks really good. I think having the heavy equipment comes in to do the hard work and saves years on your life. Hubby and I had a company come in and clear all the underbrush, dead trees, and unwanted trees along both sides of the driveway, approximately 5 acres. Doing this ourselves would have taken us probably a year or longer. Thank goodness for heavy equipment!

  2. Ya gotta love watching machines do their job.
    (The operators helped, of course. ~wink~)
    And . . . congratulations on the 100,000 award.
    Already 25% past that now. 🙂

  3. Now that was a great video what Lonny didn’t tell you he was having a blast I used to operate a track loader and it was awesome! You become part of the machine

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