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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. 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.

  2. 2. 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.

  3. 3. Jackhammer Tips

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

  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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 ...

  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. 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
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. Tips on Renting Tools

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

  10. 10. 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...

  11. 11. How to Operate a Power Tamper

    Host Paul Ryan shows how to use a power tamper to tamp dirt into place.

    Time:
    Day
    Cost:
    $50 - $100
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. How to Operate a Dig-R-Mobile

    A Dig-R-Mobile is a powerful tool that digs holes. Host Paul Ryan shows how to use one.

    Time:
    Day
    Cost:
    $50 - $100
    Difficulty:
    Moderate to Hard
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