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Building a custom excavator

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

  1. Graham1

    Graham1 Senior Member

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    There is a Menzi track machine set up just the same in UK. Pick the logs up as you go rather than sending a forwarder for small loads. Luckily Menzi’s have auxiliary hydraulic circuit on the undercarriage as standard so didn’t even have to put extra plumbing in.
    Graham
     
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  2. Coastal

    Coastal Senior Member

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    Cleaning up the branches from logging...

     
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  3. Labparamour

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    Looks like you’re putting in some long hours.
    The rake works great!

    Darryl
     
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  4. Coastal

    Coastal Senior Member

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    My cutting head didn't work out...so we chopped it up and made a dangle grapple out of it...just added a bar saw to this.

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  5. Coastal

    Coastal Senior Member

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    Chainsaw bar installed!

     
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  6. Batkom

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    Thats neat, hope it works well for you!
     
  7. Coastal

    Coastal Senior Member

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    Still trucking along.... IMG_20180506_202053_040.jpg
     
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  8. Coastal

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    Just finished this thinning job... I had to rake up most of the logging debris and haul it out... Finished product turned out good though!! IMG_20180428_161816.jpg
     
  9. OTG AuGres

    OTG AuGres Well-Known Member

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  10. melli

    melli Senior Member

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    Have manufacturers been chatting with you about your build?
    Your machine outshines anything on market today. Easily see the above pic on a brochure.
     
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  11. Coastal

    Coastal Senior Member

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    Not yet! But thank you. ;)
     
  12. Coastal

    Coastal Senior Member

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    Built a forwarding trailer, mainly for fence posts. Picked up around 2000 acres to fence for bison.... Gonna be busy!

    Side note... I hate my tilt rotator.. Its way too heavy. Going to chop it up and just build a tilt adapter. And use the rotator for something else.

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  13. barnbuilder

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    what are you using for a post driver?
     
  14. Coastal

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    A hoe pack from a cat backhoe
     
  15. lumberjack

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    Looks awesome! Can you grab/set/hammer the posts from the cab or is it a two man operation? I figure judging plumb from the seat is tough.

    What’s going on with the wheel hub? Looks not there in the first picture.
     
  16. Coastal

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    Still a 2 man show, and the wheel is the wrong bolt pattern in the first pic... Just a mock up to hide the hideous wheels that were on it. Lol
     
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  17. gruntscoreboard

    gruntscoreboard Well-Known Member

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    Cool and great job! You have a good idea!
     
  18. barnbuilder

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    How long does it take to drive a post? Your soil fairly soft?
     
  19. Graham1

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    Vibrating posts in seems the way to go. Much less damage to top of post than using a post puncher.
    Shame about the tilt rotator, but that is joy of custom build, you can't try it before hand to see if it is right for you. My yard it littered with great ideas that didn't work out as I thought they would.
    Graham
     
  20. Graham1

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