This is kind-of the opposite of this thread but I thought a lot of the same experience in building a pool would be involved in taking one out.
I've had this pool (came with the house) for 15 years now. It takes up the whole back yard and we don't use it much and the liner needs to be replaced so I've decided to remove it. I got a few quotes and they all came in around $6000-7000 to restore the yard back to dirt. I did some research and I figure I can do it for around half.
I've got a plan (already in progress) for removing the deck and hauling it off to a recycling center and I have some local construction near by with plenty of clean fill dirt to give. They even offered to deliver the few miles distance to my house for a small fee.
Where I'm stuck is the best way to clear out the steel walls from the side of the pool, turn over the semi-rigid bottom, and fill the hole back in.
My current favorite option is to rent an excavator to do the demo and rough level the yard a bit and then rent a bobcat (or similar) to finish the fill-in/grade. I don't have much experience operating heavy equipment. I did rent a backhoe a few years back to remove a bunch of large shrubs from around my house but that's it.
I can remove a couple sections of fence between the driveway and the shallow end of the pool and that would give me enough room for whatever.
Will a mini-excavator be able to do the job?
Would it be better to just get the bobcat and make it work?
My Tacoma is probably powerful enough to haul an excavator so whatever would work would have to be delivered.
I live in the Dallas, Texas area so I have some options including sub-contracting the excavation work.