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1976 drott 40 byr wheeled excavator

Discussion in 'Old Iron!' started by maddog, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. maddog

    maddog Senior Member

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    How deep could these dig? Are they a decent machine?
     
  2. Willis Bushogin

    Willis Bushogin Senior Member

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    I have never owned a wheeled Drott, but I have owned 4 track Drott excavators. They were kinda alright machines, but there was always something wrong, but its a old school seup, so most of them were easy. There are still parts available, but hard to find
     
  3. bandit1970

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    I recently purchased a Drott yumbo excavator model # 30-yc ( serial # 429-D ) any information on this excavator
     
  4. Cletus

    Cletus Well-Known Member

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    Drott Fans Unite!

    I have not run the Cruzair Drotts on rubber but I have two friends that had them.
    They came from the state and bourogh road maintence.
    They don't dig very deep because they are a ditching machine mostly.
    One fella tried to make a log loader out of his but it did'nt have enough ass for it.
    I broke in on a Drott 40 (1976) model in 1978.
    They were the cats meow then!
    I've had a 1972 Drott 40 since 1983 and use it every summer.
    Another hobby machine.:D
     

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  5. maddog

    maddog Senior Member

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    thanks for the pictures.

    I passed on the drott just figured it wasn't what I needed
     
  6. spitzair

    spitzair Senior Member

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    That's a nice looking 40 there Cletus! Thanks for sharing!
     
  7. Taylortractornu

    Taylortractornu Charter Member

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    I had a friend that had 2 of the 40 wheeled rigs. He had one jump out of gear rolling down a hill. I think the switch that the runs the 2 speed or transfer case got bumped. He left a purdy scratch in the blacktop. His grandad had a gravel pit and we loaded gravel for the county. He had an 80 that and it was a big machine with a mosre modern looking boom. It had a deep reach The 40s had a square and round boom mixed and didnt reach but about 8 feet below grade. The one I ran had foot and hand levers and the other one was a crude wobble stick. I was so hungry for excavator experience I loved running them. They both had a neat throttle set up. A foot accelerator for driving it down the road. When you dug you mashed the throttle where you wanted your rpm and then pushed a toggle. It had a solenoid that locked the throttle in.


    You could load some gravel with that wide smooth bucket when we had a D6 pushing it to us.