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Friend's Equipment Fleet

245dlc

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As I had promised in my thread 'some of my jobs' I wanted to show a friend's fleet of older iron. He's a bit of a legend in these parts as he's built many of the roads, lagoons, drainage ditches, and water retention structures. He is in his '70's and is still going but starting to slow down a bit.... He let me photograph his collection which is mostly International dozers unlike some of the other outfits in the area run by younger guys he runs older equipment paid for in cash and always turns a profit. Anyway before I go on a rant...20180822_160807.jpg 20180822_160826.jpg 20180822_160845.jpg 20180822_160848.jpg
 

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The traditional Cat and Scraper combination is one of the most effective in use here due to our wet and gummy soils he tried using a couple of Payscrapers a few years ago but didn't have much luck as they needed to be pushed through the cut and out of the borrow pit or excavation and often through the fill or dump and usually when building roads in these parts all the fill needed is dug by side borrow as the land is as close as you can get to being perfectly flat so no hills to cut through or very few of them, drainage and finding good clay is a bigger challenge.20180822_161034.jpg 20180822_161042.jpg 20180822_161236.jpg 20180822_161239.jpg
 

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Glen buys and sells machines fairly frequently and at one point had 30 IHC TD-20's in his fleet. He said this Komatsu dozer is the best for working in soft sloppy conditions due to its wide tracks and long undercarriage and often outperforms many same size Cat machines.20180822_161448.jpg 20180822_161502.jpg 20180822_161547.jpg 20180822_161559.jpg
 

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I spent many hours on a 68 just like that one when I was working with my dad. Ours had the NA220 Cummins. You could walk that dozer into stuff where you'd sink past your knees trying to walk, load the blade and push it out. They have 38" wide pads, when you're sitting on it, all you see is track. We used it mostly for wetland restorations, but it would push right next to our 7H on solid ground. Quite a few times I got into trouble in soft ground with the 7, and dad would get right in front and push me out. Only problem we got into was Komatsu is overly proud of parts, and take a looooong time to get. We went through several steering pumps to the tune of $2500 apiece, they were not available anywhere aftermarket. Transmission was tough as nails, had over 13,000 hours and shifted like a new one.
 

245dlc

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Yeah I was just talking to Glen and he said that thing is perfect in soft ground conditions he digs a lot of big land drains around here and said its perfect in the white mud or yellow silt loon sh!te around here and like you said a Cat machine can't hold a candle to it. When I use to work for Sureway Construction in Edmonton, Alberta I spent quite a bit of time running a Cat 245 trimming ponds and working in soft shitty places where buggies couldn't go and they would bring in similar Komatsu dozers like D85's with wide pads and at the time they didn't own a single Cat D6 or D7 wide pad they went right to a Komatsu to get the job done.20180822_161712.jpg 20180822_161715.jpg 20180822_161810.jpg 20180822_161827.jpg
 

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I'll take the old school versatile ;)

There's a local farm that runs 2 or 3 of them old versatile for all of their tillage.
 

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The 3984 was a machine he bought as he needed an excavator he got it for cheap he said because it had fallen through lake ice and he was going to fix it up and put it to work but then came across the Komatsu PC200 you see in earlier pictures that only needed an undercarriage and despite having around 10,000 hours is still going strong.20180822_163322.jpg 20180822_163429.jpg 20180822_163451.jpg 20180822_163510.jpg
 
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