My little BackHoe can generally get down about 30" here then it bogs down on the Hardpan. I got up to the well head and spent quite a while on one nugget cemented in beside the casing - it's not real cement - just what slurry from the drilling turns into after 15 years.
Maybe B.P. should try this material next time.
I've been attempting to get as much ditching done as I can before the rain.
So about 16:30 it starts to rain and I dig up the water and power to the greenhouse at about that time. I had shut off the electrical power but the water quickly makes the ditch a dirty pool and when I ran down to shut it off the broken pipe slurps back sand and grit.
I wonder if I'm wasting my time on the small machine. Once the bigger BackHoe operator gets back from his road trip he'll make short work of the mess I have made but I'm learning: basically one has to aim for a point ahead where the hand motion to push, pull or yaw the control stick is second nature and the boom and digging bucket start to behave automatically.
Ultimately it might be just sitting in front of the computer with a playstation that actually accomplishes a task. In fact that technology is working now but I do not have the money and somebody will still need
"Boots on the ground" (or slightly underground in this case)