What Are the Different Methods of Land Clearing?

11 December 2017

The fondly quoted ‘No Job Too Small’ axiom takes on new meaning when a mini digger rumbles into action on a claustrophobic landscaping project. Land clearing in particular becomes a smooth progression of tasks checked off with authority and precision thanks to the versatility of the smaller frames of these low-profile diggers. Outfitted with a flexibility of operation that’s created by the introduction of innovative accessories, compact diggers can quickly clear the detritus from a civil or domestic project. Attach a 4-in-1 bucket, for instance, and a light engineering job or a medium-sized industrial site will be efficiently cleared ready for the arrival of a construction crew.

Clearing land is a little like erasing the contents of a piece of paper, returning it back to its original blank surface. Instead of inky scribbles and a two-dimensional mess, land features are a combination of the clutter left by man, the growth of greenery seeded by nature, and the layers of soil shaped by geological activity. The clearing process divides the scene into a logistical puzzle, using project parameters to define how much or how little of the area is cleared. It can be as basic an operation as mechanically sweeping away an accumulation of rubbish or as in-depth as removing layers of topsoil to expose pipes and cables running along a nature strip. The dug out from the job is placed in a reserved area, kept in the work cycle until its needed to fill in the hole of a recently removed tree stump or return the soil back on top of the recently vacated nature strip, filling in the void where new pipes have been placed in readiness for an as yet unfinished extension to a home.

The compact digger has some limitations, but these are more than offset by the mobility and maneuvering advantages of the machines when placed in confined operational workspaces. A mini digger clears rubbish on a scale almost as large in capacity as its larger cousins, but does so while tumbling across small gardens and walled-in commercial facilities, turning to unload the waste matter on a waiting tipper truck or a skip bin. Again, logistics is part of the working thought process in this method, the provision of ramps and adequately sized rubbish bins scaled for mini digging buckets in order to keep the flow of rubbish moving off the site without issue.

Earth moving also works deeper down, clearing precisely sized holes and grading land to prepare acreage for the foundations of a building or the initial layer of a landscaped garden. Land clearing mini diggers provide ripper attachments to work on hard or soft ground, penetrating rocky surfaces to place conduits for water irrigation systems or a channel connecting a primary structure to a garage or an extension. Thanks to the power and adaptable philosophy supporting a truly scalable land clearing operation, that excavation bucket can soon be replaced by a soil spreader, switching digging for the spreading of soil and gravel.