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Following my dream(s)

Discussion in 'General Industry Questions' started by PNW1020D, Aug 20, 2019.

  1. CM1995

    CM1995 Super Moderator

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    I am a fan of Trail King but that one is over priced IMHO. The Eager Beaver looks to be a better deal, of course you need to look at them in person.

    A 763 Bobcat is a good machine, almost as hard to kill as a 743. Personally a 10K lb skid/CTL is the sweet spot of machines - big enough to handle a range of jobs and not to big to still pull with a 3/4 ton pickup.

    X2 on the rental aspect Dave said. Rental is a great tool to have in your arsenal.
     
  2. AzIron

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    That trailing is about 2500 to high maybe even 3 grand that eagar beaver looks decent price is not bad

    I think trail king makes solid trailers no matter the style but eager beaver made there names in tag trailers and they hold up well
     
  3. td25c

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    Thank you PNW1020D for posting this .

    Was starting to think I was the only contractor on this forum that incorporates a farm tractor along with the " yellow Iron equipment " on job sites . LOL ! :D
     
  4. PNW1020D

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    Thanks for all the replies everyone. Good community here, damn.

    Welder Dave: that is what I was thinking in my head as well. But you are totally correct in terms of where are you going to be working. What is your mainstay type of work. So for me, I dont need right now, a 10k skid steer to go out and help clear lots. I am thinking more now 7k-10k. That is why I really like that JD CT315, but that is a lot of money for me. Also, there is a local JD dealer that would def. be a good resource. These are the types of things I think about all the time. "What is my perfect equation, combination". What should I own, vs. what do I rent, etc. These must be calculated moves to truly make these type of investments pay off. Which you all know, but it just isn't as easy as one would think. It a complicated game.

    Thank you AZ and CM. These are the types of things that I really appreciate hearing. Real life based opinions. I think the trailer is over priced. If I had cash, I wonder if they would take less, etc. That's if it checks out and all. I am sure you all know how Craigslist can go. Lord, some people have no morals or ethics. I have had some horrible past experiences.

    How do you normally go about putting on new decking? Like what is the standard for attachment hardware and wood planking? 1/2" diameter bolts every 24" O.C.? Yea know what I mean.

    I 100% agree regarding the weight/size of a skid, and I am really glad I just asked for you all to think aloud. If you are going to buy, it should be versatile. I am thinking somewhere between 8-10k weight range the more and more I think about it. As you said, it works for my PJ 14k trailer, and the old stinky 7.3 dually to move it.

    Hell yea td25c. The old JD 1020d is much appreciated. Especially around our 6 acres. I am still making it better. I just did a ported hydraulic filter return for my FEL as an upgrade. The way the FEL was previously plumbed was not optimal. Routing the FEL control valve return oil to a ported filter cover puts return oil back into the hydraulic oil charge circuit much quicker than any other method of returning oil. This will give the fastest FEL reaction time (so says the TractorbyNet gurus). I also plan to add a hydraulic 3pt top link to run off of my rear aux. ports, and would like to add a third function for a grapple. The tractor is capable for many tasks still. From brush hogging, to fine grading.

    Before and after photos of the new FEL plumbing. I just brush hogged the pasture, so the old girl is dirty dirty.

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    As for my Kobelco mini, IDK if that is considered "yellow" iron? I thought that was only Chinese iron? But it sure seems to be well built, just leaky...:mad::(
     
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    I love it , nice work on the hydro modifications on the JD 1020 D !

    That tractor was built for the " long haul " :cool:

    No trouble codes flashing on that rig . If it quits it's more than likely out of fuel . LOL !:D

    This is the " chain gang " staging " for a lake job .

    Minneapolis - Moline G-1000 breaks ground first with the disc tearing up the top soil .

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    I can't believe people pay us to do this ? Had so much fun we should be paying them . LMAO! :D
     
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  6. colson04

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    Ain't that the truth. My grandpa had a fleet of 4020's when I was growing up. If they didn't start it was because someone ran them empty, or it was too cold to be working. Great machines and solid. Just not big enough though for today's market.
     
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    Well said colson04 !
     
  8. PNW1020D

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    Hey all!!!

    Man I had a busy busy weekend. I took on a side project that is large for me, and of course the Kobelco decided to **** out the lower oil cooler hose. It started as a drip, and quickly turned into a stream. I was able to get the demo/dirt work done, and brought the machine back to the barn to tear into it. It is currently torn down, and ready for the new parts.

    Here are some before and after photos of the project. It will be a new reinforced driveway, with walkways/flatwork, and a patio out back. I plan to pour on the 20th.

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  9. CM1995

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    I like the TEKs self drilling screws for the wood decking. You'll need to pre-drill the lumber as it speeds up the process and the self tapping screw will go right through the cross members. I've done many trailer re-decks this way.

    2 screws per board per cross member. Depending on the size of your cross members I like to use a 3/16" x 4" wide piece of mild steel where the boards butt together at a cross member. Drill through the metal strap, deck board and into the crossmember - it helps to keep the butt ends of the board from coming loose from the cross member.
     
  10. PNW1020D

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    Idk why I can't edit my previous post?...

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    While I was tearing into the machine, I wanted to get back on the topic of my slew motor, and the need to change the gear oil? I cracked this top Allen plug, and what looked to be hydraulic fluid came seeping out? I looked to my manuals, and there is no mention of a drain/fill plug or port? What do you all think? Didn't crack the bottom one open?

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    Man!!! That is so cool td25c. I really like that photo. And yes sir haha, definitely no CEL lights on this tractor.