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D9T muckrail on blade

Discussion in 'Dozers' started by nicky 68a, Apr 26, 2020.

  1. CM1995

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    One of my friends who passed several years ago worked on I-59 in north Alabama. That region is the end of the Appalachian Mountains so it's very difficult terrain. He would tell stories of driving 657's through the small towns from segment to segment where the scraper dirt was.
     
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  2. nicky 68a

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    I wonder how many tramped twin engined scrapers on the road with the back halfshafts removed?
     
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    Everyone as far as I'm aware. There were a lot of twin-engined scrapers around in those days.
     
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    I’ve worked with a fair few Cat twin engines scrapers that would get the back packs removed in a few hours to make them single engines units in the right conditions.
    Never saw that with Terex TS24’s though.
    Most 24’s on our shores were either Yanky B9’s with the big V12 up front and in-line 6 in the rear,or British B10 machines with twin V8’s.
    I doubt the V8 units would have had to power to run in single configuration?
     
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    Worked with an outfit that ran over the road all the time . Some times 2-3 day trips they would grab old tires with bowl to act as auxiliary breaks because maintenance wasn’t high on there list of things to do. This was through NJ and NY.
     
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    I don't have 657s or twin engines but we drive our 621s right down the road or through town. Squeeze a tire between the apron and pan for an extra brake and head out.
     
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    Had a contractor in Flint that used to road their scrapers.....right down the shoulder of I-75. Wtf you gonna do about it other than get the hell out of the way.

    Ed
     
  8. nicky 68a

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    That’s a great idea using an old tyre in the apron as a break
     
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    It works. Had to come up with something after a near collision with a FedEx truck. Looked like a milling machine came through for 60ft from the stinger ripping up asphalt. Besides that my best memory from scraper roading was when I felt a bump going up a big long pull on the hwy. My crazy brother's scraper would outrun mine and he was giving me a boost.
     
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    Company I worked at back in the '80s had 2 Trojan loaders, I don't remember the model, but a tractor-trailer couldn't carry 2 full buckets of coal. They had little to no brakes, of course. We had to take one back to the power plant from the shop, about 7 miles. We put an R-model with a beat up steel dump trailer in the front, my brother in the loader, then me in the service truck bringing up the rear. The plan was to put the bucket against the dump trailer, and use the truck's brakes.

    The route was flat except for a high 4-lane bridge. The plan was to put the bucket against the trailer at the top and let the truck keep it under control all the way down. As we got to the top, the driver looked in the mirror and saw that huge bucket, and panicked! He started stuffing gears coming down the bridge, and holding the air horn down! When we got to the bottom we were doing over 60 in a 35 mph zone, cars scattering!

    When we got stopped a couple miles later, the driver opened the truck door and started babbling apologies. My brother didn't say a word, he jerked him out by the hair and knocked him out with one punch half-way to the ground.
     
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    More from the vaults - Stokey Plant, the UK's premier rock ripping contractor back in the 1970's. Still going today. Back then their operators were the class of the field.
    Photos taken from Stokey's web site.
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    How many bedrooms is the cab? :D
     
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    Yes,Stokey men were top drawer as they did all their own servicing and cutting edge changes
     
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    I think Cat didn't offer a cab back then. Those were the 1st generatrion cab IIRC. Made out of fibreglass.........!!! ROPS didn't come until much later.
    They did indeed. Every one of them was a pretty competent fitter as well as being a top-notch operator. What I always remembered about Stokey was that all ripper tips and cutting edges used during a job were charged to the customer on top of the machine hire rate.
     
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    Those are Leverton cabs in the pictures. Made just up the road from where I went to school.

    Nicky, those TS24’s also came out with a V12 and rear V8. Coal board had a few that found their way into muck shift when the NCB had had the best out of them.
     
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