If you want to haul dirt (specifically, light, fluffy soil), and NOT lift it, dig in it, load it, or go across slopes with a loaded bucket, the 863 will handle it. However, if the dirt you are referring to is clay, or is denser dirt (mud), the 863 will likely become unstable. Remember, the only machines now to use a 1 cubic yard bucket are the Gehl 7810 and Mustang 2199... which have capacities of 3,600 lbs ROC. The cutting down idea may be possible... not sure. If I am picturing the bucket correcting, the base of the bucket isn't too long, so in theory, that might work out. Any other thoughts, other people?