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    Taking care of ruts

    Wanted to know if anyone has used power equipment ot rake out ruts in trails. As a result of a recent race on our trails and an short storm that dumped several inches of rain we have several miles of trail that are now rutted up. We can always use manpower and rakes. However was thinking that someone has used a power rake or something similar and can share the experience. Thanks for the input!

    Bob W.

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    Try a mini skid steer with a six way blade. A Ditch Witch SK500 or 650, a Toro Dingo, or a Bobcat NT52.

    Ruts are usually indicative of a drainage problem. Fixes may include re-routing the trail, installing a knick, or even a rolling grade dip.

    Dewayne

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    Thought about that. The situation we have are older trails with a decent layer of organic matter on top that just moved around so to speak.

    Not sure that the mini skid steer with blade will work for this application. May be worth some thought.

    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob W
    Thought about that. The situation we have are older trails with a decent layer of organic matter on top that just moved around so to speak.

    Not sure that the mini skid steer with blade will work for this application. May be worth some thought.

    Bob
    Are the trails built on flat ground?

    If not, then there's some slope. If there's slope (and room to work within property boundaries), a reroute and proper bench cut along the side slope will remove all the organic and the tread surface will be on terra firma will proper out flow or sheeting action.

    I agree with dburatti, sounds like to much water flowing down the trail instead of across it...unless all racers churned up the trail while it was wet (making ruts in the mud), the cause of all the ruts probably has much more to do with erosion.

    If terminology like bench cut, 1/2 rule, grade reversal are a little vague or unfamiliar, just shout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fattirewilly
    ...unless all racers churned up the trail while it was wet (making ruts in the mud),
    Thisis exactly what we have had happen. The trails are gently slopping most have decent drainage. We had several inches of rain fall in a short amoutn of time which caused the problem.

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