A Few More!
It does not pay to get an early start on winter work!!!
A Few More!
yup, thats got to bite . I feel bad for the owner of that rig.
When they are that stuck, they make good bridges, that's how it's done here, if it's buried any higher than the seat, throw some logs over it and buy another one.
It's the truth, upper management comes out, brings a calculator, and if it will take 3 bigger machines and added manpower and low beds and winch trucks to get the piece of equipment out, it's not worth the replacement value of the machine, especially if it takes a week to arrange everything and another week to move everything to the site and a full week of scratching their arse's after all attempts failed, it's still much faster and cheaper to get a new (or slightly used) machine to replace it and let someone else deal with it, meantime, it's used as either a buoy or a bridge.
Does anybody know the story behind this. Its obviously bad ground but has it gone threw ice? or is the area known for bogs? just I've never experienced ground that bad.
Last edited by AtlasRob; 03-27-2008 at 10:17 AM. Reason: sp
It still happens here, not as much though, but up in the Labrador oil fields, it's still common, I personally have sunk a Kobelco 150 up to the cab floor in Peat Bog soil, when I put the bucket down to paddle my way through, there was no bottom, even after the stick bottomed out up to the boom, the only thing that keeps you floating is the 3 feet of sod, break through it and you're S-C-R-E-W-E-D.
get the pressure washer out!
I have heard of the DEP or EPA coming in and telling guys not to touch stuck machines like this because the enviromental damage is to great and the fines for causing such damage could be more than the machine is worth.
Breaking through the crust I suppose is your worst nightmare. Similar I suppose to being on ice on a pond, even on foot, all's ok until it aint If your first across an area it must be like being in a mine field, Ok not quite that bad but you get the jist lol
Several old timers I have work with have told me stories of just burying stuck machines and a few have found ones that where. I guy was telling me about a 57 and a DD9 they covered up build a dam.