I have recently purchased an older farm tractor, 42 hp, live pto. I decided not to get a front-end loader, because of the added price. We have several areas, though, where a loader would be useful. I'm wondering if a dirt scoop could be useful in these applications: We generate plenty of used bedding from our barn, and are creating multiple largish compost piles, that need turning every week or so. Can I use the scoop, or will it be as useful to use a box blade to flatten the pile, and then back up with the same blade to re-assemble the pile? Also, several of the stalls have 18"+ of packed down bedding, mostly consists of wasted hay and droppings. If you dig it out manually, it almost comes out in layers because of the hay. Will the scoop effectively do the digging through this hardpacked material? The stuff will then be moved out manually. As always, many thanks.