I’m certain that the bible wasn’t referring to a mini digger when it states, ‘Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.’! (Isaiah 40:4) However, without diminishing the incomprehensible power of God to undertake these tasks, a mini digger can achieve similar results on a much smaller and practical level!
Cut, fill, and level with a mini digger.
In the case of a job I conducted on Wednesday in the hills, (pictured) a trampoline needed a level spot on a hillside block. The concept of ‘cut, fill and level’ is pretty straightforward process. No matter what the gradient of the slope is, you can basically pitch yourself to end up at the level of the middle section of the slope. For example, take a pad that needs to be prepared which is 4mX4m. From the topside (highest point of the pad) to the lowest point is a 400mm drop. You either need to find enough dirt from somewhere else to fill the lower side up 400m to the height at the top of the site. Or, you need to use the lowest part of the pad as the finishing level and ‘cut’ out the dirt on the side of the hill to bring the high side down. Now you have a heap of dirt to get rid of!
Rather than these two options, you can simply pitch yourself around 2metres down the slope from the highest point of the pad. Roughly make this your finishing level. You then simply ‘cut’ the earth from the high side of the pad, and ‘fill’ the low side with it. In very basic terms, it should work itself out to around level in the end. As with the cut and fill I completed yesterday, it is easy to finish off with our laser level as a quick way to ensure you have a good eye!
So, next time you want to make uneven ground level, try using a mini digger to cut, fill and level.