A bigger bite
Botts Land Service
Since 1876
Working WITH the Earth
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One Vineyard coming up
This Machine has worked on over100 Vineyards.
Our company offers a wide variety of services. If the job calls for working
with soil, rock, sand, gravel, or vegetation, the chances are that we can do it,
and do it well.  Please review our list of services below and contact us with
any questions.
Soil Stabilization
Straw Blowing
Leveling
Land Clearing
Road Construction
Pads for Buildings
Ponds and Lakes
Excavating
Demolition
Wildlife Habitat
Dust Control
Erosion Control
Hydroseeding
Disking
Ripping
Terracing
Mowing
Chiseling
Cultivation
Vineyard Work
It not only serves as a watering place for the horses and wildlife, but adds to the beauty
of the ranch as well as increasing it's value by far more than the cost of construction.
We also do disking and cultivation for weed control, or to prepare ground for
planting.  If you have a smaller parcel, we can use smaller tractors and
tractor-mounted implements.
When comparing hourly rates, make sure that you are comparing comparable
equipment.  We have D8 Cats that weigh from 52,000 to 96,000 lbs.  Here are
two Cat D4s that illustrate the vast difference in tractor weight and horsepower.
D4D and Disk
The one on the left weighs 11,000 lbs.- The other one 20,000+ lbs.
We have specialized equipment for handling specific needs.  The sheepsfoot compactor
shown below, is working on a keyway that had to be dug and filled at a 95% compaction
rate to stabilize a hillside.  By using this type of compactor, we were able to mix the native
soil and compact it.  This saved our customer over $10,000.00 in material costs.
Here, John Plaskett (Jeff's brother) is opening up
a building site for Pat Mandrille near Templeton.
Keying in the bottom of a fill
This is an excavator with a "thumb" attachment for moving rocks, poles, or
whatever needs moving or placing. We also have six  frontloaders of various
sizes and capacities for moving or loading rock, sand, or gravel.
This is a 6000 lb. John Deere 250 skidsteer loader.  We have a number of
attachments, including a forklift, which makes it a very versatile machine that can
work in close quarters.
Handling Poles
We have our own trucks, so with the exception of our largest equipment, we can do
our own hauling and transport which results in considerable savings to our customers.
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We have lifted small tractors with the boom when necessary.
JD110 Skip and Drag With 4 in 1 Bucket
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We have large, medium,, and small backhoes to fit the job.
Loading a Cat D6C on a lowbed trailer
Excavation for building
We have our own shop where we do maintenance and repairs as well as
fabrication of special equipment.  This helps to keep our costs down and
results in savings to us, as well as to our customers.
Dual Purpose 2000 Gallon Water Tanker Conversion
At work
The Machines are a TD7 and a D31
JB and John Plaskett doing a little "yard work".
Digging a channel for a creek
Our spread of equipment is designed to be as versatile as possible,  so we can handle
many different types of jobs.
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This is a Caterpillar D4 that was bought new by the Botts Family in 1947.
I grew up driving this Cat, so it is a keepsake now and sits at the
entrance to our equipment yard..
It is still in running condition, and I start it up occasionally.
"Cat D8" for Heavy Work.
This is a picture of a pond we made for a horse ranch on Almond Drive.
That's Jeff Plaskett on the dozer.
Boom-truck Unloading a Large Water Tank
Smaller dozer for terracing and ripping to 36"
We have a five foot root-rake grapple that goes on
this machine for handling brush, trees, and rubble.
Pamela Falls
The Result of the above "Yard Work"
Steve Botts spreading fill
Comparison - Two Caterpillar D4s
A "Roll-Back" Transport at work.
4430 Rancho Rd., Templeton, CA 93465
CA Class A Gen. Eng. Lic. 922946
Phone 805 238-6524
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Welcome to our site.
While you are here, you may want to check out
some of the books I wrote.  JB
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We also have a  JD332 High Track for bigger and heavier work.