Summer is just around the corner and there is no better way to spend the hot summer days than sitting by the pool. Over the years pools have become more affordable and are popping up in the backyards of more and more Aussies.

If you are thinking about taking the plunge (literally) you may be also wondering what equipment should be used to dig a hole big enough in your backyard to fit your new pool. Well there are several kinds of equipment on the market that are used for digging pool holes. The type and size of the machinery used will depend primarily on the access to your backyard and the type of soil you have. There are two types of machinery to choose from:


Bobcats are preferred by many because they are cheaper to use, can come with various attachments and are able to dispose of the soil quite easily.  The only problem with bobcats is that they need space to move and manoeuvre and generally cannot access areas less than 6 feet wide. A bobcat is a type of mini-dozer with a 6 foot wide toothed bucket, this makes them more suited to spacious sites that have wide access paths.

Mini Excavator

The long arm on mini excavators give them the advantage of being able to work in tighter spaces.  The reach of the arm enables a good operator to work above the excavation and throw the dirt away from the pool hole. The only downside with this is that you need to have access wide enough to be able to park a truck near the excavator, for all the soil dug will need to be loaded onto a dump truck for disposal. Moving large amounts of soil can be more time consuming when compared to the bobcat.

Overall, the mini excavators are deemed the best for digging pool holes in a backyard. While many home renovators dig the hole themselves as a do-it-yourself project, it is advisable to use the services of a professional excavator for two reasons; one, they are experts in that field and two, they will do a seamless job.  Hiring a professional to dig the hole will ensure that you make no costly mistakes for they have the experience and knowledge on exactly what type and size of excavation to use. Call us today we can arrange experienced labour with all our machinery hire.