1. Thank you for visiting HeavyEquipmentForums.com! Our objective is to provide industry professionals a place to gather to exchange questions, answers and ideas. We welcome you to register using the "Register" icon at the top of the page. We'd appreciate any help you can offer in spreading the word of our new site. The more members that join, the bigger resource for all to enjoy. Thank you!
  2. ALL NEW MEMBERS READ THIS FIRST!! Thank you for joining Heavy Equipment Forums! If you are new to forums we communicate with "Threads", please search our threads to see if your topic may have already been answered and if not then click "Post New Thread" in the appropriate forum. This will allow all of our members to see your question and give you the best chance to be answered. After you've made a number of posts you will graduate to Full Member status where you'll see a few more privileges. Following these guidelines will help make this the best resource for heavy equipment on the net. Thanks for joining us and I hope you enjoy your stay!!

Building a custom excavator

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

  1. John Shipp

    John Shipp Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2015
    Messages:
    512
    Occupation:
    forestry contracting
    Location:
    England
    I'm gonna wait until he's built and got too familiar with the 135 I see coming, then I'll bring out the English Beer offer.
     
  2. Coastal

    Coastal Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2006
    Messages:
    321
    Location:
    BC, Canada

    True story... Sure is nice to not have payments!
     
  3. Coastal

    Coastal Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2006
    Messages:
    321
    Location:
    BC, Canada
  4. hvy 1ton

    hvy 1ton Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2006
    Messages:
    1,745
    Location:
    Lawrence, KS
    Any reason you went with the Biojack over TMK? I like the looks of the moving blade over pulling the tree into a stationary blade with a TMK. Any idea what it's rated for in hardwood? TMK 300 is suppoused to do a 10" hardwood, but I imagine it will struggle with a 10" osage orange.
     
  5. Coastal

    Coastal Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2006
    Messages:
    321
    Location:
    BC, Canada
    Biojack in my opinion is a superior product, yes it costs more, but I can use it as a wood grapple which you can't do with a tmk. Cutting trees is great, but what do you do with them once they're on the ground? I hoe chuck as much if not more than cut with it.

    Second, it grapples before it cuts, making it a much safer shear especially if you're working around houses or power lines, most other shears cut as they are grappling.

    This 300 is rated for 300mm, I just cut a 330mm (13") pine a couple days ago. They rate for a 10" cut in hardwood, and I don't doubt it would do it with ease. For me, definitely worth the extra money!
     
    V8DRUID, hvy 1ton and Ronsii like this.
  6. John C.

    John C. Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2007
    Messages:
    9,262
    Occupation:
    Machinery & Equipment Appraiser
    Location:
    Northwest
    So the cutter uses a shear instead of a saw? Does that mean the wood is wasted or used for fire wood?
     
  7. Coastal

    Coastal Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2006
    Messages:
    321
    Location:
    BC, Canada
    Yes this one is a shear.

    This project is for a city, and most of the wood is small and useless.

    We are going to send some samples to a mill shortly to see how much fiber is pulled.
     
  8. Coastal

    Coastal Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2006
    Messages:
    321
    Location:
    BC, Canada
    I got some custom made tracks on today, since you can't buy single bara for mini excavators. In my quick test, these proved to be amazing for climbing hills. Very happy,!
     

    Attached Files:

    V8DRUID, pushbroom, hvy 1ton and 3 others like this.
  9. Coastal

    Coastal Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2006
    Messages:
    321
    Location:
    BC, Canada
    A couple more
     

    Attached Files:

    V8DRUID, Ronsii, Batkom and 1 other person like this.
  10. Batkom

    Batkom Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2017
    Messages:
    202
    Location:
    Idaho
    Those do look very effective!
    And the hill you’re on makes for a convincing argument!
    Where did you get those?
     
    pushbroom likes this.
  11. John C.

    John C. Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2007
    Messages:
    9,262
    Occupation:
    Machinery & Equipment Appraiser
    Location:
    Northwest
    That's quite a set of toe nails you have there. Do you have enough weight in the machine to make them bite. You have become quite the R&D engineer!
     
    Coastal and Tarhe Driver like this.
  12. Coastal

    Coastal Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2006
    Messages:
    321
    Location:
    BC, Canada
    Yes they seem to grab well, got them from www.interiorundercarriage.ca

    Oh ya it seems to be heavy enough, it was nice climbing a hill with no slipping. Makes for comfortable climbing with no puckering!
     
    JPSouth and pushbroom like this.
  13. Coastal

    Coastal Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2006
    Messages:
    321
    Location:
    BC, Canada
    Next project.....

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
    alco, Batkom, hvy 1ton and 2 others like this.
  14. John C.

    John C. Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2007
    Messages:
    9,262
    Occupation:
    Machinery & Equipment Appraiser
    Location:
    Northwest
    That's kind of fancy for the woods. Is that an extension stick?
     
  15. Labparamour

    Labparamour Senior Member

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2013
    Messages:
    535
    Location:
    Washington
    Loved the last build. Gonna enjoy watching this one!
     
    Coastal likes this.
  16. Labparamour

    Labparamour Senior Member

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2013
    Messages:
    535
    Location:
    Washington
    Keep the pics comin’
     
    Coastal likes this.
  17. Coastal

    Coastal Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2006
    Messages:
    321
    Location:
    BC, Canada
    It is an extension stick, I just removed it however and made it a really long fixed excavator stick.
     
    Ronsii likes this.
  18. Mark13

    Mark13 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2013
    Messages:
    251
    Location:
    IL
    2 questions for you.

    1. What is the next project? Looks like an oversize Kubota with a cab from an old crane, and a self leveling undercarriage.

    2. On your smaller machine, what size plate packer do you use for fence posts? I'm looking to get a 60 class machine and am curious if it's big enough to run a plate packer for the occasional fence post project.
     
  19. hvy 1ton

    hvy 1ton Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2006
    Messages:
    1,745
    Location:
    Lawrence, KS
    Looks like somebody had a wheeled harvester parts machine sitting around and put the cab, possibly the leveling system, and stick from the harvester on an 080.
     
  20. Coastal

    Coastal Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2006
    Messages:
    321
    Location:
    BC, Canada
    It's a Neuson Harvester, roughly a 12 ton machine.

    As for packer, I run a Stanley HS6000, its a bit heavy for the machine, but it packs a punch! My machine is based on a 50 so you'd have no problem with a 60.

    Nope, just some crazy Austrians!

    neuson.png
     
    John Shipp likes this.