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Alright big equipment guys need your input!

Discussion in 'Equipment Moving Questions' started by Craftybigdog, Mar 10, 2005.

  1. Cat420

    Cat420 Senior Member

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    The manual for our 420 doesn't limit mileage, but notes the you should stop every 25-30 minutes to let the tires cool down if they need it. Ours is good for about 25 on flat ground and handles very well, I would have no problem doing 30-35 if it had the gearing and ride control.
     
  2. Bob Horrell

    Bob Horrell Charter Member

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    If it is over a mile it is quicker for me to load it on the trailer. Besides I carry all my tools etc. on either the dump truck or the trailer. If I need my laser level, or a chain to pull something, etc. I am out of luck if I road it.
     
  3. Copenhagen

    Copenhagen Well-Known Member

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    I busted an axle on my trailer a few weeks ago and ended up roading my backhoe and skid steer all over town.

    Usually no more than 5 miles and I did the moves at night. In a town this small it wasnt a problem.

    The one cop on duty did stop me though to ask if he could work for me on his days off.

    It was 6 days before I got the axle fixed and now I am convinced that they should put a road gear in skid steers!!:drinkup
     
  4. DigDug

    DigDug Senior Member

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    We usually road our backhoe anything less than 20 miles. SOme people say its bad for it. In my opinion its not at all. I have moved our hoes this way for 15yrs. and havent seen a problem.
     
  5. CM1995

    CM1995 Administrator

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    My $.02 on the subject. I used to road our 420D quite a bit. Took a scheduled oil sample on the trans and it came back with high metal content and a note that said "Could be due to excessive roading".:beatsme

    The 420 doesn't pull hills to well in 4th or sometimes 3rd and I have gotten many "one-finger" solutes in heavy traffic.:p There is an old law in AL that allows farm tractors to travel any state or local road without special plates. All you need is a slow moving orange triangle and off you go. Backhoes are considered farm tractors.:D
     
  6. nedly05

    nedly05 Senior Member

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    I've roaded 25 miles, my biggest problem is that its boring. We have never had an issue with roading. Only time I've put a rubber tired machine on a trailer was when I all alone and needed to service it, so I had to move it to the shop with the trailer.
     
  7. Countryboy

    Countryboy Senior Member

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    Same here in Georgia with equipment. It even pertains to some vehicles. If the truck is older than 86 and is a 4x4 then it can be considered farm equipment and travel on any road without having to have a license plate. It does have to have the orange triangle though. My Chevy is an 85 and it doesn't even have to have seat belts even though if came from the factory with them.

    I keep an orange triangle behind the seat.......just incase. :D
     
  8. DaveVB

    DaveVB Active Member

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    I was looking for someone to say they pull behind Ram 3500's or 450 SD's as they do here in Mo. If it is a private contractor, as one I go to church with, they pull a 580 Super K extendahoe with a Ram 3500 Diesel. I understand different rules, different states.
     
  9. mflah87

    mflah87 Well-Known Member

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    Here in Mass you can't run a lowbed trailer over the road when there is snow packed on the road. I drove a loader from peabody to waltham ( a good 45 minute by car) because we had a snowstorm that surprised us. There is no way I would move a backhoe on a f450. You need a F650 or bigger to mov ethat with a minimum of a 9 ton tag trailer.
     
  10. PAYTON

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    130 miles in a 627 boy was that a borring assss ride
     
  11. richardcatdaddy

    richardcatdaddy Well-Known Member

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    subject

    We rarely road our backhoes anyplace.I normally trailer them to the jobs,much safer that way.:usa
     
  12. thejdman04

    thejdman04 Senior Member

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    A local contractor has a big tex 25gn trailer ford f35 dually w/dump body (read heavy truck ) on B plates (8000 lbs is all hes licensed for) and pullsa 580k case, not smart though. I know in IL to get away w/roading equipment must have triangle and travel under 25mph, actually knew somone who was ticketed for pulling wagons (empty) w/o license plates. He has his smv (slow moving vehicle triangle) but to use that "loophole" and be considered a implement of husbandry it has to be under 25mph. Cops in boone county dont have much to do. When they came out w/the new smv (switch from orange to the inside triangle to red on the inside triangle, I didnt ahve all the hay racks switched over. Well a g/d cop behind me had the nerve to pull in behind me and write me a ticket. Cars were passing me and the cop in no passing zones, not using turn indicators etc etc, but decided I needed the 75 dollar ticket and deserved it more then them. Granted I was in the wrong, but the smv I had on the wagon was very visable and in good shape, jsut the old configuration. Like I said if he was looking ot meet his quota there were plenty of cars passing in no passing zones no turn singles etc he culd have written.
     
  13. DirtySouthTruck

    DirtySouthTruck Active Member

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    I pull JD 410Es with a one ton truck legally...

    I pull JD 410Es with a one ton truck legally...

    My Chevy 3500 GVW 9900, weighs 7200.
    My trailer GVW 24000, weighs 7000.
    410E weighs 16-18000 depending on year on buckets sizes.

    9900+24000=33900
    33900-7200-7500=19200
    19200-18000=1100 safe margin of weight legally

    But we do not have many hills in FL.

    I have moved two of these machines so far, one from St. Aug. to Miami, other Orlando to Key Largo, no problems.

    Check out www.dirtysouthtrucking.com for pics of the moves.