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Demolition, clearing and grading

Discussion in 'Showtime!' started by Landclearer, May 18, 2014.

  1. Landclearer

    Landclearer Senior Member

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    Been a while since i posted any pics. Its just been crazy busy. Here are some misc pics.

    A couple building pads we did this week.


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    Got the screen loaded and ready to head to the next one.
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    Here is 27 tons of export pine logs.
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    A 3 phase power line that was bored through a 30 inch pine stump. The line was de-energized before we started and the line was located.
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  2. Landclearer

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    Just a couple pics from Saturday afternoon. Went out to the pit to dig a little dirt and strip some topsoil. Very enjoyable running the 6, I couldn't hear a phone ring if I wanted to:p. d61.JPG d62.JPG d63.JPG
     

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  3. CM1995

    CM1995 Super Moderator

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    That's some fine topsoil LC, I bet once it's ran through the screener it fetches top dollar.

    The pine logs for export, where are they headed?
     
  4. Landclearer

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    Hey CM. Yes we do have good topsoil along the coast. Most of the area was tomato farms at one time or another. Farming is all but gone now, the only thing we grow around here now is apartment complexes and subdivisions.

    The export logs go to China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia depending on the exporter.
     
  5. CM1995

    CM1995 Super Moderator

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    Jealous of those digging conditions at the moment. The chert pit we are digging structural fill out of is very hard and abrasive. Put a new set of teeth on the hoe Wed. of last week, dug 10 hours Thursday, 4 hours Friday and 8 hours today - will need a new set tomorrow.:confused:

    We put a new set on the '53 before we mob'd to this job and it's in need of a new set as well. The loader has only been support for the hoe in the pit cleaning up the haul road and pushing down the slopes.

    Must be nice digging and grading that sand.:D

    Since you are close to the coast, how does the salt water/air affect the equipment?

    Never would've thought southern yellow pine would be an exportable commodity. You have any idea of what they are using it for? Gotta be expensive wood once it lands there.
     
  6. Landclearer

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    There are 2 good things about sand, easy digging and easy dewatering. Our 300 has over 2000 hours on the teeth and it has done some demo and worked in concrete.

    If you go about a mile inland the sand turns from white/gray beach sand to and orange course sand. The white stuff is not the best grading material but the inland sand grades great as well as compacts with minimal water. If you go about a mile inland the salt in the air is much less also. You get surface rust pretty quick if you are close to the beach but inland it is much better.

    As for the export logs, as far as I know they cut lumber out of them. There is nothing special about the logs other than they have to have a 10 inch tip and be pretty straight and not to many knots. Lumber must be real expensive over there because they pay us more than the local lumber mill plus they have to load the containers, ship them, unload them and do the milling.

    I added a few pics of the screening from early in the week then moved to a clearing job with the cutter. Moved the grinder in late Sat and will grind and stump this week. 1400.JPG 14002.JPG 14003.JPG 14004.JPG
     
  7. Landclearer

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    We had rain for the first three days this week so got started stumping on Thurs. Got a few pics from the skidder dragging whole trees to the grinder and a few more of the stumping. Apparently this is an area with bionic pines. The pic of the stump is only about a 15 inch tree on the butt:eek: pine.JPG pine2.JPG pine3.JPG pine4.JPG
     
  8. JNB

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    Cool pics as always LC. How many hours on the D6?
     
  9. Landclearer

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    Thanks JNB. Not sure on the real hours. The meter says 2963 but it has more than that. Still pushes like hell!
     
  10. CM1995

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    Glad to see ya'll are staying busy LC.

    That pine stump is wild but I guess it has to be that deep in order to stay upright in the sand, interesting how the species adapts to it's environment. A 15" pine down here would have a 2-4' root ball with a tap root that breaks off still in the ground.

    BTW I was up your way Tuesday. Went to Florence to pick up another trench roller I bought on IP for our new utility crew. I would've rang you up but I had to drop it off Wed. and put it to work.
     
  11. Landclearer

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    As long as our pines have plenty of water they will have ball stumps just like yours. It is neat how the same species of tree will grow completely in different conditions.

    I wish you had time to stop by. We could have gave you the $.10 grand tour.

    Are you adding another crew?
     
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    Yes I've added an underground crew. Had an opportunity come up with a large fire sprinkler company to sub their underground work - the loops and lead ins.

    BTW - It's a long damn way from Birmingham to Florence, SC.:D
     
  13. hvy 1ton

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    Landclearer did you get a service truck? If so, it's a good looking unit.
     
  14. mitch504

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    CM, I live about halfway between where he's at and Florence. If I'd have known you were there, I'd have come to Florence and bought you lunch.

    Oh, and I have driven to Birmingham, it's a very long way.
     
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    Mitch I would've taken you up on that.
     
  16. Landclearer

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    HVY the white Ram is My brothers new truck. H got rid of the F550 for the Ram. I am working on getting myself a new truck, the single cab pickup ain't cutting it anymore:(
     
  17. Landclearer

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    CM, that is great about the utility crew. Did you get a whole crew from somewhere or did you put one together. Seems like utility crews around here move in packs and like to stay together.

    It was a long drive but shipping would have killed you. if you do ever want to ship something let me know i have a guy that is Johnny on the spot and prices are great.
     
  18. Landclearer

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    A few pics of a demo we are doing. First thing is get the copper:)




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    Take note of the rebar and plastic. Not sure what to say about that!

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  19. CM1995

    CM1995 Super Moderator

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    LC I got a 3 man crew with a very knowledgable foreman I've known for over 10 years.

    Freight was ridiculous. I left AL at lunch and spent the night in Augusta, drove to Florence and back to Birmingham the next day. Not too bad.
     
  20. Landclearer

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    Working on clearing 3 county roads. Could not have been a worse time to clear these. We have been getting rain about every other day. The first one was not to bad. The second which is where the pics are from is real bad. Black muck and not much of a bottom in some areas. We had to corduroy one area to get the trash out. Hope to finish it to tomorrow. Going to go fishing for the logs we pounded into the mud bog.JPG bog2.JPG bog3.JPG (haha).
     
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