- Mar 5, 2004
I am digging footer for a house foundation repair and headroom is very limited. Currently we are excavating the footer trenches by hand, but progress is slow and we still have to haul in gravel for drainage beneath the footers. The trenches are 5' wide and about 12" to 18" deep by 42' long; and there are four of them. The bottom of the trench is 3.5' (42") beneath the beams, but this depth can be increased to 4.5', especially if we can get a machine in there. I believe the MT52 is 44" tall and the MT50 may be a couple of inches shorter.________________________The dealer has his MT50 out on rent until Wednesday. I plan on going in to see if I can operate it underneath the house. My main concern is operator visability from the side because I won't be able to look over the top since headroom is limited. If I can operate the machine by looking to from the side, I should be able to drive in, fill the bucket, and back out. I should even be able to drive in with gravel backfill and dump the bucket as long as I dont lift above the bottom of the beams. Maybe I could fasten a limiting strap or chain to prevent accidently lifting too high underneath the house. If you have experience with the MT, please tell me if this may work._____________________________Option #2 is a conveyor system that the rental place has, but it is only 20' long.