Some pictures and information on a large rock retaining wall and staircase that was built by me and my friends Murray, Kevin, and Darrell. Click images to view larger image. See part 2 here.
Pickup truck loaded with the rocks used for the wall. We used both a smaller skid steer and a Kubota B21 tractor to move the rocks. The tractor was better suited to the job..
We gathered rocks from a field near my house that was being used by a construction company to temporarily dump excavated material. This is the skid steer we used for the first weekend. $145/day, 1.5 day charge for Friday evening to Monday morning.
The next weekend I rented the larger Kubota B21 tractor for $195/day, 1.5 days for Friday evening to Sunday evening. Plus $40 delivery either way. Here it is excavating for the upper retaining wall.
3/4" clear crushed stone was placed in behind the lower rocks, then weeping tile was put down, covered in landscape fabric and back filled.
End of second weekend. Mostly done, still need to add bottom steps and clean up, plant something and reseed grass.
Before and after shot. part 2 here
...develop, race, win!