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California big dirt scraper operators

Discussion in 'Scrapers' started by Gavin84w, Jan 5, 2008.

  1. Ray Welsh

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    Maybe I'm too old already. Has anyone heard of "MK" (Morrison Knudsen) spelling?? They were large road builders in 1960 to 70s, and took on projects worldwide in difficult conditions. Another one I worked alongside in Bougainville was "Dillingham". Of course this was when D8H and D9G were the latest new toys and before excavators even existed. Self propelled scrapers were small and slow back then. Cat 619 and DW21 were the best of a bad lot.
    Times have surely changed with computers and satelites guiding engine power and dirt moving.......C ya........Ray
     
  2. 992G

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    "MK" was purchased by Washington Construction Group www.wgint.com in 1996. MK was in serious money trouble.
     
  3. 992G

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    Do you know how big of a Rental fleet does Peed Equipment Co. has?
     
  4. bjl14

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    KBR no longer is tied to any oil companies, they're a contractor much like fluor or bechtel. i can't believe the stuff that goes on in California, here in PA we're lucky to see a highway job with a 385 and a D8T doing the cut/fill, grading isn't even a vocab term used in construction here. everything just gets cut and filled and then on to the drainage crew. i have a friend who runs small projects for a regional heavy/highway contractor and they use scrapers on site development jobs but it's rare to see scrapers on a highway job. any of you guys heard of lane construction? they're big, but they don't venture out west, future employer, lets hope it goes well
     
  5. calhusker

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    Forgot Peed, they have a good amount of 657's and D10's
     
  6. PETE379

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    Calhusker, Why did cobra sell all their equipment?
     
  7. calhusker

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    CARB rules (California Air Resource Board), most of their equipment would need to be retrofitted. Also about a year ago most of the dirt work came to a halt with the housing crunch.
     
  8. Mass-X

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    bjl14: "KBR no longer is tied to any oil companies, they're a contractor much like fluor or bechtel"

    I should have been more clear in my post. My friend doesn't work for KBR, he works for a different company, but in the last year that he's been in the middle east he's been around KBR's jobs and employees quite a bit. That's where he's gotten the information about some of their projects that he's passed along to me.

    calhusker, do you know anything about a toll road in Southern California that's supposedly kicking around on Schwarzenegger's desk?

    I've heard rumor from a few different sources of a planned toll highway in SoCal that, if passed, would generate a tremendous amount of scraper work due to the topography in the area that it's planned. Curious if you know anything about it?
     
  9. Kenny R

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    MASS X- I'm guessing this is what your hearing about, there is a huge push going on right now for completion of the final 16 miles of the 241 toll road... Here's a link to their website http://www.relievetraffic.org
     
  10. Burnout

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    Hey... has there been a Ritchie Brothers auction in California lately? Or has some big land scraper company done some shuffling around of equipment?

    I was talking to one of our foremans for the dirt crew today, he and another guy just flew down to LA last week to start dismantling and loading 10 657G's that we just bought. I was told we weren't getting any more land scrapers this year, but thats 16 or so 657G's they have already bought since january.
     
  11. Ray Welsh

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    Ask your purchasing officer if he has heard about fuel costs rising? Maybe the seller sold out at the right time.
    What price is scrap steel in USA these days??..........C ya..........Ray
     
  12. Burnout

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    We buy directly from the refinery. We also won 2 big jobs that haven't been made public yet, 1 is for 400 million over the next 2 years, and the other is over 1 billion over the next 8 years. Purchasing officer? I don't know if we have one. The owner of the company is a iron man, he likes going to auctions to buy the biggest newest equipment he can find.

    As for fuel usin a lot of fuel..... bah they make new fuel everyday!
     
  13. alco

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    Atta boy Burnout...keep me workin!

    Brian
     
  14. fensoncont.

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    I wonder how much money each of those 657's were purchased for, appx?
     
  15. calhusker

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    It was pretty ugly, they were all freshly painted. Most of them had a set of newer tires on the front or back, and the brought around $35-30K on average.
     
  16. Renfroe Grading

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    Not for G's
     
  17. 637slayer

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    a 57g for 30 to 35,000, had to be a misprint.
     
  18. calhusker

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    No "G's" in the Auction. In fact never seen a "G" in an auction. Only a few companies have them out here. Still mostly "B & E's". If you are spending the money for a "G", you probably wouldn't send it to auction to sell it.
     
  19. 637slayer

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    b and e models that sounds better but still pretty cheap, so is there a 57 c or d? i always forget the order of the 57s, i know they skip letters sometimes.probably not too many gs in need of fresh paint yet either.
     
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  20. Burnout

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    They were G's, I saw them the other day sitting at our shop all stickered up now. I was told what they were bought for and it definately was a hair more than 35g's.