Last season we rented a full size excavator . When they where finished using it I had the opportunity to have some play time with it and cleared a bigger compost area < a half acre . I'm quit comfortable using a backhoe/ small excavator and once I found the controls to switch it from excavator to back hoe I caught on very quickly . The power was awesome and couldn't believe how easy it was to dig up and move material . The grappling attachment came in very handy .