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finneventer
Apr. 1, 2009, 06:15 PM
I have a large outdoor sand arena. Recently rocks, most fairly small (1-2 inches), have been working their way to the riding surface from the base. I have been picking them out by hand, but I feel like I'm losing the battle (plus it's a pain). I'm having more sand added soon, but I wanted to remove the gravel pieces first if possible. I was hoping to find some sort of manual tool since I don't own a tractor. Would a nut picker work?

Guin
Apr. 1, 2009, 07:14 PM
A bunch of kids with buckets. Pay them five cents per rock.

BeaSting
Apr. 1, 2009, 07:20 PM
A wire mesh screen in a frame (seive) and the above mentioned kids with buckets or shovels to run the sand through the screen.

finneventer
Apr. 1, 2009, 08:52 PM
Does anyone know if a mesh screen/seive type shovel exists? Or maybe a pitch fork with the times really close together? No kiddies I know of around here!

Alagirl
Apr. 1, 2009, 09:02 PM
I have a large outdoor sand arena. Recently rocks, most fairly small (1-2 inches), have been working their way to the riding surface from the base. I have been picking them out by hand, but I feel like I'm losing the battle (plus it's a pain). I'm having more sand added soon, but I wanted to remove the gravel pieces first if possible. I was hoping to find some sort of manual tool since I don't own a tractor. Would a nut picker work?


Best tool is a bunch of kids with buckets...


OH dangit

that would have worked 30 years ago..... :lol::lol::lol:

(and I say it was covered already...)


Try a scout troop, and sponsor them for some event!

ESG
Apr. 1, 2009, 09:12 PM
A bunch of kids with buckets. Pay them five cents per rock.

Yup. :yes:

Adults are even cheaper - a keg of beer, a barbecue full of burgers and 'dogs, and you got it! :lol:

Alagirl
Apr. 1, 2009, 09:14 PM
LOL, a keg of beer and BBQ, that is NOT cheap! :lol::lol::lol::lol:

ESG
Apr. 1, 2009, 09:15 PM
Cheaper and easier than using your own pretty paws to pull out the wee stones one by one! :lol:

Alagirl
Apr. 1, 2009, 09:20 PM
True enough....:lol:

Bluey
Apr. 1, 2009, 09:26 PM
They sell rock pickers, some you can drag behind the tractor/atv, some that fit on the bucket and some that attach where the bucket goes:

http://www.ritewaymfg.com/product_rockpickers.htm

http://www.fastline.com/v100/listings.aspx?category=Rock%20Picker

Tom King
Apr. 1, 2009, 09:52 PM
The one thing I don't have yet.

http://www.rocklandmfg.com/dealerdenpassprotect.html

But on a more realistic budget a Harley Rake does a pretty good job of windrowing the rocks in the top 2 or 3 inches.

showponies
Apr. 1, 2009, 10:46 PM
My rock picker is 13 years old and a wheelbarrow.....The kid squeeks a little , but gets it done:)

Mozart
Apr. 2, 2009, 12:11 AM
If a manual tool is what you are after this is the only one I can think of
http://www.leevalley.com/garden/page.aspx?c=1&p=10526&cat=2,44821&ap=1

I have one and it gets quite a bit of use. It is very sturdy and you can sift the rocks out of the sand.

finneventer
Apr. 2, 2009, 09:48 AM
Mozart- The Rock Rake may be just the thing I'm looking for. Thanks!

kookicat
Apr. 2, 2009, 05:03 PM
If a manual tool is what you are after this is the only one I can think of
http://www.leevalley.com/garden/page.aspx?c=1&p=10526&cat=2,44821&ap=1

I have one and it gets quite a bit of use. It is very sturdy and you can sift the rocks out of the sand.

Ooh, that's clever! I want one.

JSwan
Apr. 2, 2009, 06:46 PM
We used a rock picker when we built our arena. Nothing beats it.

2ndyrgal
Apr. 2, 2009, 08:50 PM
I use small children with buckets.

Alagirl
Apr. 2, 2009, 08:52 PM
Give ESG's idea another look, make it an event like the good people stomping divits back into the turf at a polo game! :lol:

JSwan
Apr. 4, 2009, 09:12 AM
I'm curious -

Where do you people find all these small children? :lol: I love the notion of child labor. Where do you go to find bored kids that need a job? :winkgrin:

Bluey
Apr. 4, 2009, 02:33 PM
I'm curious -

Where do you people find all these small children? :lol: I love the notion of child labor. Where do you go to find bored kids that need a job? :winkgrin:

Hey, it is Easter. How about painting the rocks and telling little kids they are easter eggs?
They will be so happy to pick up all the rocks for you.:D

Puddin Pie
Apr. 4, 2009, 03:17 PM
But you would have to go out, find the rocks and then paint them. Defeats the purpose. I can occassionally get my now 6 year old to do the bucket and rock thing-she gets bored after a bit. I did get her to rake the long side a few weeks ago, to pull in the edges. She got about half the long side done. When she was smaller, I would pay her a quarter for a bucket of acorns picked up-and that is a LOT of acorns in our yard.

ADM7040
Apr. 4, 2009, 09:58 PM
I use a Fine Tines brand manure fork. Costs about $30 from Tractor Supply Company or anywhere else that sells pelleted horse bedding. The tines are much closer together than a regular manure fork. I used them to remove the rocks left in my 100' x 200' arena after the local landscaper had used his Rock Hound to remove the larger rocks. I think the Rock Hound removes rocks 2" in diameter or larger, the Fine Tines fork will remove rocks down to about 1/2" in diameter. It is labor intensive to remove the rocks with a fork, but we could not find any other way to do it. The rakes are durable, I purchased 4 thinking that we would break a few while working, but all 4 still have all of their tines.

Goo luck!!

Bluey
Apr. 4, 2009, 10:39 PM
If you have a tractor with a bucket and many little and bigger rocks to pick up, you could get one of these, that are used for riding arenas and landscaping business:

http://www.equipmentland.com/products/mds/rockbuckets/rock_sifter.shtml