What makes work easy? Well, having the right tool for the job, but also the right operator that knows his stuff – makes all the difference.
We have available for hire (with or without operator) skid steer, trencher, mini excavator, dump trailer and more.
Rental rates are very affordable. No job is too big or too small. Click on each of the equipment below to get more information.
To talk with us directly or for phone estimates, please call James at 254-749-2990.
||Bobcat T250– This is a workhorse. Capable of lifting over 7000 lbs (rated for 50% = 3600 lbs) and a hydraulic system pushing over 20 gallons a minute.
- Bucket –
- Grapple –
- Forks –
- Tractor PTO –
||Mini Excavator – 38 hp mini-excavator with a 24″ bucket, will dig up old sewer lines, in a hurry!
||Riding Trencher – 38 hp Riding Trencher – Run water, sewer, french drain, etc. down to 4 feet deep! Digs great even through rocky soils.
||BigTex DU25-16 Dump Trailer– A dump trailer is essential for any dirt/gravel/hauling debris needs.
- 17 cu yard bed for hauling away trash/debris
- 26,000 lbs / 13 tons loading capacity
- 8 cu yards of dirt/gravel in
||275 Massey Ferguson Tractor– A must have for any farming needs. Great for running fence, plowing up fields, or planting a row of sapling trees.
- Post Hole Auger
- 2-Place Plow
- Box Blade
- Tree Planter
We went and saw some whales today. Check out these pictures. Sorry the quality is low, but I had to zoom way in to see this guy.
Then we saw some seals relaxing by a big red can.
Finally here is a Bald Eagle just sitting there doing his thing.
The best time to see the Lyrid meteor shower is very early on Monday morning after the moon has set, just before dawn. At its peak exepect 10-20 meteors per hour. They will originate in the sky near Vega in the constellation Lyra. The above picture shows the peak time around 3:30 AM monday April 21. Created with Stellarium
My fellow sky viewers,
I am a night owl by nature, so I tend to be up in the late hours of the morning. Just seems natural to develop a tendancy to watch meteor showers.. The next one is tonight April 21, 2013. It is not one of the best (my personal favorite is Geminids in December) but the Lyrids Meteor Shower is one not to miss. While it might not be spectacular with only 10-20 per hour at its peak, but a chance to see meteors.. I just cant pass it up.
While you might see a few meteors in the early evening, say after 11 pm when Vega and the Lyrid radiant first come up in the easters sky, viewing will be difficult because the moons light will drown out most of them. The waxing gibbous moon will set in the early hours before dawn however, leaving a good 1-2 hour viewing window with dark skies.
The good news is that is the same time the Lyrid meteor radiant will be at the best viewing angle the point in the sky from which the shower members appear to radiate, is highest.
If you’re game for a look, head out Monday morning April 22 from about 3:30 to 5 a.m. toting a proper cup of tea or coffee. Make sure you’re bundled up for the weather and get cozy in a reclining lawn chair under a blanket or sleeping bag. Some meteor watchers prefer just watching spread-eagled on the ground. Face south or east and enjoy the grand vista of the summer stars and the fun surprise of an occasional meteor.
A bit of Comet Thatcher burning up in the atmosphere as a meteor shot from the window of the International Space Station over the Caribbean Sea April 21, 2012. Credit: NASA
While the late winter and spring constellations grace the evening sky, if you’re out before dawn, the Earth will have rotated those has-beens off to western horizonland. In the east and south, behold Scorpius, Sagittarius and the Summer Triangle.
Lyrids are the dusty, pebbly debris left behind by Comet Thatcher, discovered by American amateur astronomer A.E. Thatcher in 1861. Every spring for at least the past 2,700 years, Earth has passed through the trail, thrilling countless sky watchers with the sight of flaming dust and grit.
Heated by their passage near the sun, comets shed gas, ice, dust particles and rocks. If the comet’s orbit intersects Earth’s some of material strikes our atmosphere and we see a meteor. Credit: National Science Foundation
Lyrid meteors strike the upper atmosphere 60 miles overhead at better than 107,000 mph (173,000 km/sec) and burn up in eye-catching flashes. Typical meteoroids – the name given to meteors before they hit the atmosphere – range in size from grains of sand to walnuts. The bigger they are, the brighter.
While Lyrid numbers are modest, the shower occasionally surprises as it did in 687 B.C. when the Chinese reported “stars fell like rain.” More recently in 1982, a brief burst of 90 meteors per hour was observed.
So you never know. The only way to find out what the Lyrids will be up to in 2013 is to be there.
How to view the Lyrid meteor shower:
Timing: The best time to view the Lyrids will be late tonight (Sunday) in the short time after the moon has set and before the sun rises. You can calculate local moonset here.
Location: Since the moon’s light will be especially strong this year, it is important to get away from city lights and find clear skies. Dark Sky Finder is a website that shows light pollution in and around North American cities. Clear Sky Chart is a 48-hour astronomer’s forecast that can predict whether the sky will be clear and dark at a certain place.
Where to look: NASA scientists suggest not looking directly at Lyra, but to lie comfortably back and gaze at all parts of the sky. Observers should watch for persistent strains, tails of ionized gas that will glow for a few seconds after about one in four Lyrid meteor has passed.
Patience: The Lyrid meteor shower is not considered a major shower, so observers should not get their hopes up too high. Ten to 20 meteors per hour can mean three to six minutes between meteors
Bobcat demolition is part of the business. From time to time we have been asked to tear down houses in and around the waco area in central texas. It only takes a couple of hours to bring down a house and push it into piles ready for disposal.
Here, you can see a 1100 sq foot house that we were contracted to tear down this past week.
Even though we are paid to do it, I must admit, demolition is FUN! My dad and I often have to flip a coin to see who is going to take the house down. We like to call it.. who is going to the the first “bite”.
When you look at the bobcat t250 with the construction grade grapple attached and the pincers wide open, it looks like a big maw ready to consume whatever gets in its way.
From here, its just a matter of time until the house is down. It goes down VERY QUICKLY. This house came down in about 2 hours. We had to be very careful here because the next door neighbors fence was only 6 feet away from the outer edge of the house, and we didn’t want to damage their new car sitting in their driveway.
The rest of the time was spent loading up the trailer to be hauled away to the dump.
We had estimated that this house would be around 35-40 tones. However with all of the concrete support beams underneath and concrete steps (as seen in picture above) it actually was 44 tones. Our local land fill only charges around 29$ a ton, so it is very affordable to have the rubble disposed of.
After everything is all said and done, the land is smoothed out, and most all of the larger pieces are picked up.
All things being equal, we charge around $500 to tear down a house here in waco, tx and push it into piles for disposal. From there we have several options available for disposal ranging from us hauling it off, to loading it into bins, etc. Give us a call if this is something we can help you with in the future!
PS, I am going to try and be better at uploading our random jobs that we are hired to do from time to time. I must really apologize for the lack of updates this last year.
Today we put in 400 of 800 feet of French drain. This was done to lower the water table in a vineyard field. The water was sitting anywhere from 1-3 feet down, and as you can see from the video it was running pretty good down just the trench as we were digging it. This helps the vines not have “wet feet” and helps the soil have good drainage.
To start, we dig the trench about 3 feet down. Then afterwards, we go back in and put pee gravel down along with a 4 inch drainage pipe. This is basically a plastic pipe with little slits all along the sides to let water in and flow down the hill. Finally we top it off with sand so it the water will filter through it as it goes down the drain.
Now, if you are doing this yourself, it is MUCH better to use rigid PVP with the holes in the bottom as it can be cleaned out, and it is easier to set on a slope than the corrugated flexible pipe that we are using. However, if it is never gonna be cleaned out, or you are trying to save some expense, the flexible pipe is quite a bit cheaper. The PVC is usually used in yards, etc, and the flexible pipe in farm fields like this one. It is also a good idea to add a fabric cloth to the outside of the drain pipe to help prolong its life. This just provides an extra barrier to prevent silt, sand, etc from clogging up the pipe.
Here is a image just showing what the finished drain will look like:
I will take more pictures as we finish other stages of the project, but here are some of the pictures of us digging the trench.
Finally, here is a video showing just how much water was in the trench as we were trenching. That is ALOT of water. Its a good thing we are putting in this french drain!!!
This past Saturday, we tore down a 31’x20′ garage apartment. Demolished with the bobcat and grapple attachment, and then hauled away with the dump trailer. It took 3 loads totaling 8 tons of debris. The building was down in about 2 hours. (owner wanted to play with bobcat and take the first few bytes). But we got it down the rest of the way and hauled it off for hit. I wish I had of gotten more pics because the area we had to work with was very tight. There was a fence on one side and the main house on the other. Very tight and difficult to maneuver, but we got ‘er done!
Here is the owner having fun in the bobcat.. and below is the last of the dump loads, just showing off how the dump trailer works. In this video the dump trailer has 10,000 (5 tons) of wood/trash loaded and being dumped.
If you need to rent a dump trailer or have gravel brought in or around Waco, etc, please contact us.
Next week we are also breaking up and hauling off the slab. It is estimated to be around 13 tons. I’ll try to get better/more pics of us hauling it off.
Sometimes we get a job request like this one. We were asked to put up 200 feet of fence. They wanted it to be built tough, so we installed 2 3/8 inch drill stem as the fence posts, and then attached a normal 6 foot picket fence. We then covered the top with two 2×4 boards with a 2×8 board on top. At the bottom we ran another 1×6 spacer to raise the fence up another half foot.
For the poles, we ran them using our tractor and post auger. Each pipe was installed around 3 feet deep with one bag of concrete in each hole. These things are not going anywhere.
To finish up we screwed in every board (instead of nails that come out over time).
All in all, it looks pretty nice. Not too bad for our first fence job!
I took some pictures, tell me what you think?
We were contracted to help clear out over 2800 acres of Mesquite and Cedar in and around Fort Hood. This is a several month long endeavor utilizing everything that the Bobcat can muster. The contract involves bundling up the trees into piles 70 feet long, by 20 feet wide by 15 feet high. Currently we are averaging around 15 acres a day. The job will run through June, and possibly into July. Here are some pictures of the kinds of things that we are able to accomplish with the Bobcat.
Being able to load over 3 thousand lbs of brush in each scoop makes for quick work. Here you can see the big 84″ grapple performing admirably.
These piles will sit for a few months, and then they will be burned by the military on site.
What is somewhat interesting, is that we are finding all kinds of junk left overs from previous training exercises in the ground all over the place. These include explosive devices like training land mines, mortar rounds, and 50 cal ammunition. These are reported to inspectors who come in and depose of these properly.
If you would like for us to clear out brush in your area, please contact us for a estimate. We have very affordable rates from really small 1-2 hour jobs all the way up to jobs like this that spans several months.
Today we ran 100 feet of water pipe (pvc sch 40). The customer wanted to connect his barn to the water supply across the field. We ran the trench down 18 inches, and installed sch 40 pvc below ground, and sch 80 above ground.
Here are some of the pictures.
Do not forget to stay up late tonight and see the total lunar eclipse tonight starting at 12:32 AM CST.
A lunar eclipse is similar to a solar eclipse, except the other way around. It is when the moon passes through Earth’s shadow of the sun. This event only happens about 2-3 times a year.
The total lunar eclipse is scheduled to begin at 12:32 AM CST.
The full moon will look like it is getting a shave on one side a little at a time. As the eclipse continues, more and more of the full moon will darken until the entire moon is completely in the shadow.
At 1:41 AM CST, the moon will be completely within the shadow of the earth until around 2:52 AM CST. You will still be able to see the moon, even though it is shadowed by the earth because of the way the light bends while passing through our atmosphere. It will appear to look dark red or dark orange.
Then as the moon slowly passes beyond the earth’s shadow, it will start to brighten back to its full moon state by 4:01 AM CST, it will look like nothing happened. That will be the end of the eclipse.
Keep in mind that unlike as solar eclipse, you CAN look at a lunar eclipse with no fear of damaging your eyes.
I for one will be one of the millions staying up to watch it tonight. I hope you join me!
If you would like to see an animation of it, watch the video below: