Test Drive Equipment in Adult-Sized Sandbox

Updated Sep 6, 2013
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Everyone thought sandboxes were for children, right?

One company in Minnesota has flipped that idea on its head and has created a sandbox specifically designed for adults.

Instead of toy buckets, shovels and mini bulldozers, Extreme Sandbox features pieces of heavy equipment ranging from skid steers to excavators.

Randy Stenger in Hastings, Minnesota started the business after driving by a construction site with his three boys.

One of his sons said, “Dad, wouldn’t it be fun to go play on those trucks?”

It was a couple of years later that Stenger and his brother, Don, started Extreme Sandbox, a business designed to allow people to recreationally use heavy equipment.

The company currently has five pieces of Caterpillar equipment after it reached out to a local Cat dealer, Ziegler Cat.

The 10-acre sandbox features a Cat 312 and 315D Excavator, D4K Track-Type Tractor, 247C Skid-Steer Loader and a 1992 Pierce Lance Customer Pumper Fire Truck.

The sandbox provides an opportunity for landscapers to try out pieces of equipment and have employees learn controls before working on a jobsite.


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