A mini ex costs 200 dollars to rent for one day, a 10 min drive to pick up, and a few bucks in diesel. Why would I touch a shovel?Yeah...get a shovel...that's nothing to hand dig...a mini ex? seriously? 4'x4'x36"? I suppose if you could, but a half a day with a shovel will get that thing dug, and to top it off the yard isn't torn up at all.