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The Marketing team at ABI goes onsite to capture the SR2 and Mini SR in action helping a property owner facing drainage and compaction issues around their pond. The SR2 and Mini SR make quick work of moving dirt, redirecting drainage, and preparing the dirt for seeding.
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MATT: Hi, everyone. Matt here with ABI Attachments. Welcome back to the “ABI Dirt.” We are out and about as you can see today. And joining me today on the “Dirt,” I have got Tim Ritter. Tim is our Director of Marketing here at ABI Attachments and we are out here on site with the entire marketing team.
MATT: And Tim, what’s going on? Why are we out here today?
TIM: So these are some of my favorite days at work. Every time our engineers come up with something new, invent something to help our customers get their work done, our team gets to come out and capture photos and videos of it and get to tell that story so that our customers can understand what we’ve created for them and can get their work done.
MATT: And what, you’ve got two tools on site, right? The one behind us, we’ve got another one off camera here. What two tools are we working with today?
TIM: Yeah, so today we’re working with the SR2, which we just recently released and then we’ve also got the Mini SR, which they’ve developed a new option for, which are the hydraulic scarifiers. That’s been a really popular feature on our SR3 line and we’ve now added that to our Mini SR.
Digging into Drainage Issues
MATT: So if we’ve got the SR2 and the Mini SR, must be working on some kind of ground prep, seed prep. And so talk us through the whole context.
TIM: Yeah, yeah.
MATT: What is, what’s going on in this property? What does the homeowner want and how did we get to this point?
TIM: Sure. Yeah, so the previous homeowner had actually brought in an excavator and cleared out this area to bring the waterway up closer to the house.
TIM: The problem is he took all that material and he piled it next to the waterway.
TIM: So the current homeowner wanted to reclaim this area as lawn, and so he had a lot of material removed, left some forest because that pile that the previous homeowner made actually caused a lot of drainage issues between the neighbor’s property and the current property.
Clearing Debris and Vegetation
MATT: So if the primary issue then is drainage, what’s the first step of the process we’re taking today?
TIM: Yeah, so we’re starting out clearing out debris and getting rid of some vegetation, getting in there with the scarifiers to rip up the the compaction that’s settled and get us some loose material that we can move to fill in those low spots.
MATT: When I heard the homeowner saying too that there’s actually some kind of soft spots along the bank that he’s not as worried about being heavily compacted, but then you also have some spots that do have that those scarifiers are gonna come in handy.
TIM: Yeah, so we’re working with a little bit of challenge here with the waterway and the bank, and we gotta be careful of that bank and pay attention to that. That’s where the finesse and control that the SR family line really gets us to be able to work around an obstacle like this and make sure that we protect that bank.
Contouring and Leveling the Land
MATT: All right, so Tim, keeping the drainage issue in mind, right? We’ve got our clearing started. We’ve pulled out a lot of debris, pulled some pretty good sized chunks of roots back out of our way as well have cleared up around the bank. Where are we going from here?
TIM: Yeah, so with the material loosened up, we can move the, use the finish rake to move a lot of material to pull that into the low spots, fix the drainage issues, get the grade fixed. So that’s what we’re working on next.
MATT: And keeping an eye on that contour of the ground, right?
TIM: Yep. So again, here in front of us, we’ve got, we still have a really beautiful lawn from the neighbor. We’re trying to keep in mind how that water is coming out of that property as it joins into this one so we can keep the contour, keeping the water moving the direction that we need it to.
MATT: That’s right. Always the issue, isn’t it?
MATT: Yep. All right, so Tim, it looks like the leveling has gone really well. We’ve got the contour picked out, so where are we at in the process?
Finishing the Dirt for a Seed Bed
TIM: Yep, so now that that’s taken care of, we’re preparing for seed bed, getting all of those clods broken up with that finishing rake and getting a nice smooth, buttery finish for the seed to settle into.
MATT: Well, it looks like we’ve got some decent soil here too. Yeah, so we’ve got some sandy loam soil here, so it looks like not a whole lot of clay clods that we have to work with, but still a couple of loamy clods here that that finish rake can help us break up and leave a nice finish.
TIM: Yep. Yeah, excited to come back in a couple weeks and see how it’s coming in.
Need a Skid Steer Attachment for Your Drainage Issues?
MATT: And we’ll see if the homeowner invites us back for a bonfire on the back forty here. So I’m gonna leave them to the work to finish things up around here. If you’ve got any projects on your list that involves this kind of dirt movement, adjusting kind of the level and the contour of the land a little bit to tackle some drainage issues like what this homeowner is working with, give our product specialists a call. That’s why we’re here to help you think through the project and to possibly match you up with an attachment that could help you in that project. But until next time, everyone, thanks for joining us on site today.