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hi my name is Ed i've been in the heavy equip./truck field too long [over 30 yrs.] and still love it!!! not much i havn't run or fixed , best mach.i liked Northwest 180D in cable shovel form, i didn't like D-8 doser on rock [in quarry use] Rite now i have my own repair shop and mobile repair been doing this about 20 yrs. did some sandblasting in between [ very dirty work]but i still like repairs . when i'm not repairing i have many diverse hobbys [ not NASCAR]Remember dirt is for racing, Asphalt is for getting to the track!!!!
I'm afraid I don't actually work in this field. I am a Mold Maker/CNC Machinist. I just traded for an old Hough loader and need to find a good source for information. No better place than people who have actually used them. I live in Mid-Missouri and like to machine, and mess with equipment among other things.
Well before anyone asks, yes I was "Joe Dirt" before the movie (32 years).
I have been around equipment all of my life and love every minute of it. I thought for a while I was going to have to check myself into "tractors anonymous" until I found this site.
The old man sold Komatsu and Deere for many years and for the other "many years" ran equipment rental yards. Truth be know, I lived over the shop all through my highschool years (tough picking up girls). That being said, I was exposed to all types of equipment , backhoes, loaders, light plants,welders and yes sewer snakes too (yum).
Bought my first backhoe at the age of 19 (510B John Deere) and the business has expanded ever since. We now have expanded to 30+ employees and have 10 or 15 tractors.
My hobbies would be summed up by my work. Love diggin dirt, hate the freekin collections. My other latest hobbie would be viewing the forum. There is a wealth of knowledge on here and it is enjoyable to read. Thanks for the site.... Joe Dirt: usa
Drove plant mainly diggers here in the uk for 20 years including-Hitachi 130-
JCB 3cx-Komatsu 210- short time on Cat D6H etc then unfortunatly got
Type 1 diabetes so thay took my licences off me but i'm still intrested in
Greetings from sunny southern california.
I am a 22 year old excavator operator. Ive got about 4 1/2 years under my belt working on various pieces of equipment. I started out picking paper in a landfill in Arkansas(go hogs) work my way through the ranks and here i am.
I work for a medium sized non-union outfit running a 375 with an oddly picked 8.5cy bucket. I do mostly production, while i have done some other jobs that involved finishing but not many. I've operated anything from a 235 to a 5130(although only about 30 hr), D4 to D10N, and up to a 988 loader. So my experince is varried,but have spent most of my time between 375's and a leaky ex1100. I am very thankful for the chances i've had as i have come to realize that im way ahead of the game for my age. thank you all in advance for the advice and help i hope to gain here, and hopefully i may have some advice for others - Matt
Bigger toys, Bigger sand box
I'm 30 years old and live and work in Northeastern Pennsylvania, in the hard coal strippings. I've been doing this full time for five years and worked construction for five years before that. I started in the mines driving trucks, moved on to run dozers, loaders and excavators, and sometime later this month, will be taking on our Cat 5130 as its full time operator. Overall, pretty good job with good benefits, etc. I am going back to college in the Fall of 2008, also. So its gonna be a busy year, all in all.
As far as hobbies, I like to hunt small game, mostly rabbits with dogs, fish alot, and when the money allows, I have a pretty good collection of die-cast equipment started. Also like to do alot around the house and yard.
That's about it. Take care.
Hello........this is my first forum that I have ever belonged to, I have checked out this site before, but never registered , until I figured I had a few answers to some of the questions and I identified with some of the other operators, that I better get on here.
I have a 07 JD 310SG bachoe with ride control, power shift, pilots, air cond. and accu swing. This is my third JD and every machine has been very good to me. I had a lot of Case backhoes when I first started out but as of 1994 I went with JD only because the salesman at that time forced the machine kind of on me and that machine was the best I ever had.
I contract to the natural gas company up here in BC Canada and have done that since 1979......it is very lucartive and if I quit I wouldnt get back on as a dependant like I am now.
Hi Guy's and Gal's
I don't remember exactly how I came across this site but , I like what I see. I am a equipment mechanic by trade . I also collect , restore and operate older/antique construction equipment . I have several cranes , loaders , graders , dozers ,backhoes and one roller in my collection. Do we have any other collectors here ???? If so , I would like to here from you . Do any of you live in Virginia ??
Welcome to the forum Buddy..............
Thank you for offering these forums. I have been involved with the construction industry for 40 years, and am getting excellent information from all.
My name is Tyler and I've been an operator for little over a year now. Just ggot put on a real machine last week. Running a 327g now, figurd I'd come here for some advice! Always want to learn more
my name is Brett and I have been operating all types of iron ever since I was able to reach the pedals, dozers, loaders, positracks, diggers, rollers, adt dumpers, mega mulchers, all manner of farm machinery, plus grain, cotton, cane harvesters.
u can never learn enough
Name is Rob, bet none of you would have got that too many years in the seat and still learning. Must try and get a proper job before I retire. Have run most things, shovels, blades, lowloader to 80t etc but really settled as a 360 op, set up on my own in 2001 as a rubber duck ( wheeled exc ) owner op. Haven't got into contracting though that seems to be where the money is! Only one machine, I'm an operator dont want to be a plant manager looking after 6 or more.
Have done motorway muckshifting and reconstruction, ditched 48" gas pipe in Algeria, and most things in between. Never been in a mine, but have done tunnel construction.
Any spare Sundays are spent on a canal project operating thier 4t Hanix 360
A busmans holiday but incredible what these volunteers have achieved with nothing. Visit www.weyandarun.co.uk if you need to refresh your faith in the human race.
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my name is Stefan and I will be turning 18 next month and I am looking for a start in heavy equipment operating. I have worked on a farm since I was 14 and I have run tractors, crawler loader, backhoes, mini Ex, skid steers, combines, 1 ton dump trucks, if anyone knows or is looking for eager reliable help I am in the job market, I just need a chance I won't let anyone down. I have some expirience but need to learn much, I have a list of references and thats about it. I live outside of Millville which is +/-20mi south of williamsport eastern/central PA. Thanks,