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Building a custom excavator

Discussion in 'Compact Excavators' started by Coastal, Sep 24, 2017.

  1. Coastal

    Coastal Well-Known Member

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    Got a good start on the cab guarding

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  2. Coastal

    Coastal Well-Known Member

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    And got the back doors all done

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    I wanted easy maintenance on this thing.... Nailed it!

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  3. hvy 1ton

    hvy 1ton Senior Member

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    That is some serious cab guarding.
     
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  4. John C.

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    I see someone actually understands line of sight for the cab guarding.

    Great Job!
     
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  5. Camshawn

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    Beautiful work
     
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  6. Coastal

    Coastal Well-Known Member

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    Played around with the lightbar brow this morning and I'm pretty happy with it now, so close to final paint job....!
     
  7. hvy 1ton

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    It took until right now to notice the roadbuilder style cab riser.
     
  8. Coastal

    Coastal Well-Known Member

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    Good eye!

    It puts me almost level with a dump truck so it's great for loading trucks.
     
  9. excavator

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    Very nice work! Is this machine going to be available for public viewing at some time? Surrey's just a hop skip and a jump across the ditch from me.
     
  10. Coastal

    Coastal Well-Known Member

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    I'm working on it all weekend haha
     
  11. Coastal

    Coastal Well-Known Member

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    And painted the rest of it....

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  12. Coastal

    Coastal Well-Known Member

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    Also cut out parts to make a 54" cleanout bucket, here's the ar400 cutting edge being made

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  13. JPV

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    Love the build, thanks for sharing. If you run it as well as you built it (which I suspect you can) hopefully you show some of the jobs you do with it!
     
  14. Tones

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    I really like the tip over cab,only an operator would think off that. Well done
     
  15. hvy 1ton

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    Most, if not all forestry machines with big cab risers flip down like that for transport. I wouldn't have considered doing it with a short cab riser, but i bet it will be handy getting at hoses/wiring.
     
  16. Coastal

    Coastal Well-Known Member

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    Got the thumb built today, going to get a cost of paint in it tonight, so close now!

    If you're noticing the extension on the cylinder top, that mount is designed to run the bucket cylinder on the inside with the quick change flipped backwards if I get more into forestry work and get a grapple with a saw going. Mike, the designer thought of everything.

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  17. Coastal

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    I will for sure, hope to have it working next week.... I'm out of money lol


    I can't take all the credit, John Deere thought of it first, and it was because the wizards at John Deere or Hitachi decided to put all the hydraulic valves under the cab... I opted to put the fuel tank there so hopefully I'll never have to tilt the cab , or at least not for a long time!
    Ya regardless what's under there its been handy while building to have that easy access.
     
  18. Coastal

    Coastal Well-Known Member

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    There was a dump truck in the yard today, these trucks have tall sides maybe 11' or so off the ground, but it loads it with ease. I added maybe 10 degrees to the John Deere quick change to get more curl in for loading trucks.

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  19. OTG AuGres

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    Simply amazing work. I may have missed it somewhere in the thread, but did you have an engineered plan/set of drawings to start with, or did you just have an idea and build and figure it out as you went along? Either way, impressive.
     
  20. Coastal

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    No engineer, just my friend the genius and I designing things as we went. I'm taking it home today finally. ;)