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    Stuck in mud!

    Well, it finally happened today, without getting into the whole story of why it happened, I have sank my 955 in mud, right side track is level with the ground, left side is 3/4 sunk. I tried to dig it out with the bucket, but it is just moving mud. We cut down some trees and put them under the bucket to use it to raise the loader up and put some under the tracks, I might have moved about 2 inches! Does anybody have any suggestions? And if I need to get another piece of equipment to pull it out what size does anyone suggest? I have a friend with a 160 Deere excavator, could that dig it out and pull it out? Or do I need something bigger? A wrecker or crane is out of the question based on where the loader is located. Any and all suggestions are appreciated, even sarcastic comments, no one can be any harder on me than I already have been.

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    If you can get your tracks turning during the recovery, the recovery effort will be reduced. This will aid in breaking the "suction" of the mud against the belly. Just my $.02 worth
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    anything nearby to chain off of? you can hook a chain onto the track pads on the front of the machine and tie them off onto a tree or another machine. once the tracks on the loader turn and the chain gets pulled under the loader ,and if the hooks stay on the pads , it will pull itself out. hook the chain to the pads right in front of the idler.

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    Thanks guys, yes the tracks are turning, Brian that sounds like a neat trick to try, I will check in the morning, there is a tree nearby if I have enough chain to reach, but I will have to do it in reverse, I need to back out of the mud.

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    Red Bank, can't say nothing sarcastic here, being stuck in the mud is no fun. Surely some of the track folks here will help you get it out. Stuck in the mud and tree reminded me of something. I was in Williamson West Virginia. The coal company provided an operator and a Deere 450 with a winch to drag my drill rig up the side of a mountain. We got to the bench on a slag fill that I was going work on and the operator had to fill the french drain at the edge of the slag fill with dirt to make a bridge for me to access the bench. He'd push some dirt, back up, push some more...he uncovered a spring. The 450 was just like you, sunk to the top of the tracks! Hooked the winch to a close by tree, no good. He had a full drum of cable, I said "a winch has more pulling power when the drum is a smaller diameter". We reeled off cable to reach a BIG TREE behind us. He'd put it in reverse and winch, moved a couple of inches. Did it again, couple more inches. Did this several times, dozer was inching out. Then one time, the winch just spooled up cable, but the cable didn't break. Huh??? I turned to look...an the tree was falling, and it was a big tree. I went one way and the operator went the other way and, sure enough, it landed right square on top of the 450. Just drove it down in the mud a little further! I looked at the operator and said "I told you it would have more power." He had to get some of his other crew up there, cut the tree off of it, and dig it out. Felt sorry for him...they ragged that poor feller hard. I hope you get her out and don't have the problems we did.
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    atco that's nuts. i'm sure yer holding out on us with some interesting tales of your years of work. redbank putting the chains on the tracks should allow you to "winch" yourself out just don't pull over any trees like Atco you could try chaining logs or timber to the tracks to help pull it out you jusst have to be carefull and take them loose before they are dragged up into the loader arms or anything.
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    If you have a 10īlong x 8-10'' diameter log, beam or section of telephone pole and two 4-6īlong lengths of chain, you can probably get unstuck without the aid of another machine.

    Put the beam up against the both tracks as if you were going to drive over it. Chain the beam to both the right and left tracks. Drive over the beam and the machine is unstuck. If itīs a real bad mud hole, itīs helpful to lay out some mud mats or additional beams that you can drive the machine up onto in order to get back onto solid ground.

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    This guy used the same principle without chaining the beam to his tracks. He uses a few 2x6īs instead of a single large beam

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Bank View Post
    Well, it finally happened today, without getting into the whole story of why it happened, I have sank my 955 in mud, right side track is level with the ground, left side is 3/4 sunk. I tried to dig it out with the bucket, but it is just moving mud. We cut down some trees and put them under the bucket to use it to raise the loader up and put some under the tracks, I might have moved about 2 inches! Does anybody have any suggestions? And if I need to get another piece of equipment to pull it out what size does anyone suggest? I have a friend with a 160 Deere excavator, could that dig it out and pull it out? Or do I need something bigger? A wrecker or crane is out of the question based on where the loader is located. Any and all suggestions are appreciated, even sarcastic comments, no one can be any harder on me than I already have been

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    Quote Originally Posted by bear View Post
    atco that's nuts. i'm sure yer holding out on us with some interesting tales of your years of work. redbank putting the chains on the tracks should allow you to "winch" yourself out just don't pull over any trees like Atco you could try chaining logs or timber to the tracks to help pull it out you jusst have to be carefull and take them loose before they are dragged up into the loader arms or anything.

    Yeah, when it all settled down, no one was hurt, and machine wasn't damaged, it was really kinda funny to see that Deere get squashed by that huge tree. Gave a whole new meaning to "fall over protection structure".

    Interesting tales? Yeah, probably just like everyone else here that's lived a life of dirty hands, busted knuckles, and a sore back.
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    Update-tried to winch with chains, tree at wrong angle. Cut up lots of trees to put under the bucket, lifted it up and put trees under tracks. Still no luck. Went and got a 35D mini excavator and dug out from behind the loader. Built kind of a ramp to back up on. Cleared off some more area to work and found a better stump to tie off to. Hooked up the chain to the track and manage to get the loader back about 25 feet. We broke about 6 or 7 chain links and hooks, probably should not be using 3/8 chain! Had to stop-out of hooks Will try to get 1/2 chains tomorrow, and have the 160 Deere on standby Thanks to all who responded, and I thought about pictures tonight, might try to get camera in the morning.

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    Well, we got it out of the mud this morning. We went and bought two new chains, Tractor Supply only had 3/8 chain, we bought the grade 70 transport chain. Hooked it to the track and it started coming out, had to rehook only once. While this was going on, heard my friend bringing the lowboy in with the 160. I drove up the hill and he saw me after he undid two binders to unload the 160 We had to get it out on our own, last night he came up and looked at the loader, turned around and told his son "Let this be a lesson on why homeowners should not have their own equipment" After he left my Dad told me it was his mission to get it out without the 160. Anyway it was quite a weekend, had a whole lot to do, did a whole lot of work, just not what was on my list to do. It was a great feeling to work two days on this and finally get it out I broke out the pressure washer and cleaned it up. I now have my inspiration to weld the grouser bars on By the way, I never did take any pictures, but to give you an example of what I was in, the loader had sank about 2 feet between last night and this morning.

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    It's good to here you got it out .I had the GMC wrecker on "standby" in case it got ugly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Bank View Post
    Well, we got it out of the mud this morning. We went and bought two new chains, Tractor Supply only had 3/8 chain, we bought the grade 70 transport chain. Hooked it to the track and it started coming out, had to rehook only once. While this was going on, heard my friend bringing the lowboy in with the 160. I drove up the hill and he saw me after he undid two binders to unload the 160 We had to get it out on our own, last night he came up and looked at the loader, turned around and told his son "Let this be a lesson on why homeowners should not have their own equipment" After he left my Dad told me it was his mission to get it out without the 160. Anyway it was quite a weekend, had a whole lot to do, did a whole lot of work, just not what was on my list to do. It was a great feeling to work two days on this and finally get it out I broke out the pressure washer and cleaned it up. I now have my inspiration to weld the grouser bars on By the way, I never did take any pictures, but to give you an example of what I was in, the loader had sank about 2 feet between last night and this morning.

    NO PICTURES!!! Man, we're going to get together and put a hex on you! At least you got it out...and didn't drop a tree on it like we did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ATCOEQUIP View Post
    NO PICTURES!!! Man, we're going to get together and put a hex on you! At least you got it out...and didn't drop a tree on it like we did.
    Actually I almost did, it seems the tree stump I had put my strap around had been through enough, after the last pull, it was starting to raise up out of the ground. And yes, please forgive me for the lack of pictures. And we had talked about a wrecker, but there was no way to get one down where we were at.

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