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Building a custom excavator

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

  1. Orest Anhel

    Orest Anhel Active Member

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    Same shear you were using on your smaller machine or did you upsize?
     
  2. Coastal

    Coastal Senior Member

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    It is the same shear, but I might upgrade to the 450 on this machine later on.
     
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  3. Coastal

    Coastal Senior Member

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    Had the Neuson out on its first job, and it performed quite well. Had a few small issues and minor leaks, but overall it's an amazing chassis for stability and comfort in the forest.

    With the reach I have, I can treat a 60' swath from one trail, and with it's very low ground pressure my trails are very easy to tidy up after.

    The next modification will be to make the boom lift higher so I can work in closer when I need to. There's a few Undercarriage issues like track tensioner springs are either worn out or broken, and I have a new set of custom ordered single bar track pads for it.

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  4. hvy 1ton

    hvy 1ton Senior Member

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    Great Pics @Coastal, but you forgot the video.

     
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  5. Coastal

    Coastal Senior Member

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    Thank you! Hahah not sure how I forgot that.
     
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  6. Coastal

    Coastal Senior Member

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    After the first job I realized the stick was a bit long for in close work and hoe chucking, so off it came again. I removed 20" from the stick and now it seems to be pretty close to ideal. Also it makes it fit better for transport as I can tuck it in with an attachment on.

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    Spent some of Sunday clearing and thinning some land at home for a future cattle area.

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  7. Ronsii

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    Very nice!!!!, looks like you're having way too much fun :)
     
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  8. Natman

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    I'm just starting to be able to walk my 1/4 mile+ of trail in my woods, as the snow keeps melting. I found that I was hoping to see a lot of dead fall etc., so I'd have a good excuse to get the U25 S and the tractor with it's chipper out! The chips go on the trail, so are put to good use, they make a perfect bike or walk surface.
     
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  9. Diggernh

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    Awesome project Coastal! I loved reading your build thread a few years ago on the F450 DT360 swap. Love to see the updates coming on this (and any other cool projects you have).
     
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  10. f311fr1

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    What breed of cows do you run? Might I suggest Scottish Highlanders.
     
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  11. Diggernh

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    Any updates on either of these two machines?
     
  12. Welder Dave

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    This is the sign of a true artist in fabrication and machine versatility. A manufacturer should be paying him royalties while they build these on a production line! Nothing beats experience on the job site.
     
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