Paving isn’t normally associated with ‘light work’ but a mini digger can change that. To be sure, it can’t change the whole process being difficult and make the most difficult part really easy. In my experience, doing the prep for paving will cause you to sweat if it is a small area, and near cark it on a big area!
Paving prep with a mini digger
Apart from defining your paving area, one of your first steps is the dig out which is where the mini digger comes in. Depending on the purpose for your paving, (driveway, footpath, pergola) the dig out prep depth first needs to be decided on. It varies from between 80mm through to 120mm and the soil type can have a bearing on getting this dig out to the correct depth. The depth creates provision for your compacted rubble base, paving sand, and paver. A general paving job would include the following,
- 40mm compacted rubble/road base
- 20mm paving sand
- 40mm paver
What all this means of course is that you not only need to dig the soil out, but also move it somewhere. I was on a job yesterday in which I dug out some pretty tight soil in an area of approximately 25m2 to a depth of 80mm.(see photographs) This equates to 2m3 or 3 tonnes of soil. I couldn’t guess how long it would take to complete this stage by hand but with our Kanga mini digger it was less than two hours…without sweat!
Have a go at tackling your next paving job to save some money and gain the satisfaction of doing it yourself. Get off on the right foot by using a mini digger for your dig out.