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How to Operate an Excavator

An excavator is a rental machine that helps with digging and refilling big holes. Host Paul Ryan shows how to use an excavator.

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Top 19 Heavy Machinery Projects

  1. 1. Handyman Tool Tip: The Dingo

    DIY Network host Paul Ryan shows how a dingo can be a handy tool when it comes to backyard projects.

  2. 2. Drill Brushes and Floor Sander: How to Refinish a Hardwood Floor

    Refinishing hardwood floors can be a tough yet rewarding task. Host David Thiel offers some tips on using a floor drum sander to get th...

    Time:
    Weekend
    Cost:
    $250 - $500
    Difficulty:
    Moderate to Hard
  3. 3. How to Use a Trencher

    When it comes to digging, a trencher can dig a trench that's 4" wide and up to 36" deep. Use these step-by-step instructions to easily ...

    Time:
    2 hours
    Cost:
    $100 - $250
    Difficulty:
    Moderate
  4. 4. Floor and Edge Sanders

    When sanding a floor, you need a floor sander, but if stairs are involved, you'll also need an edge sander. Both sanders are necessary ...

  5. 5. Tips on Operating a Bobcat

    Bobcats are handy for many jobs and fairly easy to use. DIY Network offers a few tips on how to operate a Bobcat.

  6. 6. How to Install a Yard Hydrant

    Ed Del Grande, from Ed the Plumber, demonstrates how to install a hydrant in a backyard.

    Time:
    Day
    Cost:
    $50 - $100
    Difficulty:
    Moderate
  7. 7. Stump Grinder

    A stump grinder is like a big chainsaw on wheels. DIY experts show how it grinds back and forth across a stump to remove the wood fiber...

  8. 8. How to Use a Mortiser

    These step-by-step instructions explain what a mortiser is and how to use one correctly.

    Time:
    --
    Cost:
    $250 - $500
    Difficulty:
    Moderate
  9. 9. How to Use a Yard Compactor

    A yard compactor packs down gravel and soil. It has a heavy steel plate on the bottom that causes the vibration that packs down the dir...

    Time:
    Under Half Day
    Cost:
    $100 - $250
    Difficulty:
    Easy
  10. 10. How To Bore Under Obstacles and Hand-Trench

    When a sidewalk or driveway lies in the direct path of the poly pipe, it will be necessary to bore under it. There may be times that ma...

    Time:
    Day
    Cost:
    $100 - $250
    Difficulty:
    Moderate
  11. 11. How to Operate a Skid Loader

    A skid loader is a great tool for large landscaping projects. Host Paul Ryan shows how to operate a skid loader.

    Time:
    Day
    Cost:
    $250 - $500
    Difficulty:
    Moderate to Hard
  12. 12. Tips on Renting Tools

    DIY Network experts offer advice that'll make renting tools an easy task.

  13. 13. Jackhammer Tips

    DIY Network experts spell out the safety issues to be aware of when operating a jackhammer.

  14. 14. How to Use a Yard Trencher

    A yard trencher can dig out a trench for conduit or water pipes in the yard. It makes a thin trench in the yard without disturbing the ...

    Time:
    2 hours
    Cost:
    $100 - $250
    Difficulty:
    Moderate
  15. 15. How to Trench and Install Pipe

    After measuring and planning for the irrigation system, learn how to dig trenches and install pipes.

    Time:
    Day
    Cost:
    $250 - $500
    Difficulty:
    Moderate
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