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In this video, builder John LaTorre Jr. of Toulumne, California, demonstrates how back-dragging, with the bucket straight down, evens and spreads a load of gravel much like a rake being used in a garden. Back-dragging again, with the bucket tipped at progressively lower angles, evens the load and produces a uniform depth of material.
For a complete primer on this versatile machine, read John's article, Using Skid-Steer Loaders.
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Grading a driveway? Leveling a yard? Digging a trench? For under $200, you can rent one of these machines, save a load of money and leave the blisters behindby John La Torre Jr.
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