Every winter the snow brings lots of trees down in the trail and every spring we have to get out the chain saw and start clearing the way so we can make it down our trail. Here is a picture from thanksgiving to show that the mess has already begun. You would think that we would get at least one spring that would be free of fallen trees on the trail, but that is so not the case. Mother Nature loves to keep us busy.
This is how we started out. The first picture was our first piece of home built equipment for the mine. It worked well, my wife and mother-in-law are working the equipment in that picture. This little unit is how we found the first little glory hole that inspired us to upgrade to a larger KEENE HI-Banker(Second Picture), which worked out very well, we went from shovels full to 5 gallon buckets full. Then to Kubota buckets, and hopefully next year we will be loading dirt with the 480D Backhoe.