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Vermeer Terrain levelers.

Discussion in 'Other Earthmoving Equipment' started by Slidey, Jul 8, 2012.

  1. Slidey

    Slidey Well-Known Member

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    Experienced Heavy Equipment Operators please help a new guy

    Can someone please help me?
    Using a backhoe I have to dig a 50ft trench 4ft deep but the top 3 ft of the trench needs to slope at 1.5 to 1 ratio I understand the ratio that the trench must go out 1 1/2 feet for every 1 foot it drops for the top 3 ft what I don't understand is how am I supose to do this with a backhoe ?
    if its not obvious Im new to being a heavy equipment operator I have dug many 4ft flat botton trenches but never with sloping sides.
    Do I dig the 4ft down flat bottom then come up a foot and dig a 1 1/2 ft shelf into the side of the trench and repeat this until Im at ground level then knock the edges off with the bucket to acheive a slope? does the pivot point of my backhoe stay in the center the entire time or do move it side to side? will I be able to make a 1.5 to 1 slope on a 4ft trench staying centered ? please if anyone can explain to me the procedure I need to use to dig this trench I would be forever grateful to them my very job depends on it. thank you
     
  3. robin yates uk

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    use your stabilisers, dig the trench to the required depth, then jack the machine over as far as it will go, very uncomfortable but effective. When you have the required slope jack the machine the other way, repeat the process.Then level the machine and remove the excess dirt.
     
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  5. Slidey

    Slidey Well-Known Member

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    It's used for surface mining here in Western Australia.

    Search for Vermeer surface mining on YouTube and you see a few vids of them working
     
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    thanks Slidey, operating one of these must be difficult to stay awake, incredibly boring but wow, certainly does the job, thanks for the link and info
     
  7. Slidey

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    This is the T1655 working. Havent seen any other clips for it on youtube.

    I must bring a better camera with me when I go up again and get a decent quality video of it working
     
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  9. rare ss

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    checkout the point loading of the T1655 on the back of the 11 line float, if your on facebook befriend "Drake Collectables" and post the pics up on there the guys at Drake will love it
     
  10. Slidey

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    Couldnt find that Drake Collectables.

    Threw them up on to the Drake trailers in Australia instead.
     
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