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Our local trail group (Midsouthtrails) is renting the top of the line Toro Dingo (525 wide track) next weekend. We will have the large material bucket and the root grapple attachments.

The trail system that we will be working is called the Wolf River trails, managed by the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy. Permission has been granted to use this machine for trail work in an area that has had its share of controversy, (too complicated to explain in this post). The trail is built on the dredged fill from the riverbed done by the Corps of Engineers project of over 40 years ago. Sandy very loamy trail tread, almost all weather because it drains so well.

One problem with this soil is that it is a perfect growing environment for vegetation. Privet is thriving in this soil and it has become a pest. We intend to use the grapple to pull the privet out by the roots and hopefully stop future growth. We also intend to use the bucket to move material to fill some low spots.

I’ll post pictures later of our success (or failure).

So finally here’s a question: Has anyone used the Toro Dingo before and does anyone any advice?

Thanks; SteveK, aka “Memphisrider”
 

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Does anyone have any training on machines for trail building purposes? It's really easy to do a lot of damage in a short amount of time with a machine. Whoever runs the machine should also have basic trail building knowledge and experience.

A bucket is not the best attachment for mini skid steers. I highly recommend trying to find a utility/backfill blade. The make four-way and six-way blades. Regardless of the attachment (blade or bucket,) use the float feature as much as possible for the soft touch. If the Dingo has that feature, to engage it, just jam the blade control all the way forward. Tilt the blade or the bucket between 10 and 45 degrees back and run the machine in reverse.

If you do get a blade, you can tilt one corner down and forward (six-way blade) to pluck at roots and dig up stumps.

The Toro Dingo is easy to bog down b/c it's power-to-weight ration is poorer than other similar machines like the Ditch Witch SK650, which has a diesel engine and great power. So, make smaller passes moving less material.

Good luck!

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Adding to dburatti

Use the weight of the machine in your favor, work from the top of a hill to the bottom. If your operator can find some private property or a back yard to mess around in before going to the trail, that would be good.


Have a come-along or grip hoist handy incase you need to recover the machine. Fire extinguisher nearby or in a backpack of the operator is a good touch too. Ask for an owners manual that will have instructions on putting the track back on. Bring tools and anti-seize to the trail head in case you need to put the track on.
 
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