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06-05-2005, 09:03 PM
they also displayed a few other ideas. #1 a backhoe with tracks, not a bad idea but more maintenance cost....... #2 is a model and definately a concept they are remote controled excavator and a hual truck with tracks.....
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06-06-2005, 07:57 AM
Interesting concepts... where were the pics taken?
06-06-2005, 04:00 PM
If memory serves me- I thought a couple Mfgrs built backhoes for tracked loaders well back in the 50 and 60's - at least I had a Tonka model of one-
always seemed like a good idea to me, but since I've not seen a real one lately, guess they didn't sell well.
I'm not sure tracks on a "normal backhoe" is all that radical - looks like a logical extention of the put on-take off tracks for skid loaders. I've even seen track modifications for 4WD pickups, they've been out several years.
Interesting concepts, but I'll bet they won't sell well.
06-06-2005, 04:16 PM
these pics were taken at the 2005 Conexpo
06-06-2005, 04:25 PM
Sounds like you're talking about Mattracks (http://www.mattracks.com/). That was my first thought too, they look awful familiar!
06-06-2005, 05:01 PM
Got to thinking about it a bit more and got caught on the concept of a remotely controlled excavator -
Why would a guy would want to do that? Maybe for a hazardous environment, but I'm not sure where that would apply - it's not likely that you would use a machine, like this, in a underground mine. ( I know some mining machines are already remotely controlled )
Seems to me that an operator in the cab would make more sense than remote controls for side slopes, or crawling up and down hills - seems to me that a guy in the cab would be a bit more cautious - if it feels dangerous, than maybe he'll think twice, whereas if he's just watching through a camera, he might be a little too gutzy. Not sure I'd want to be downhill from it.
Now if it were an autonomous machine, where you program dig parameters, and just turn it loose, then we can all retire, and watch from the spectator seats - not sure that's good for job security.
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