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Is this excavator toast??

Discussion in 'Excavators' started by Jimmy23, Feb 15, 2021.

  1. skyking1

    skyking1 Senior Member

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    that's a ~48000 pound machine, similar to a 320. When I think homeowner I tend to go no bigger in my mind than a 4~6 ton machine. Still plenty big to kill yourself or others if you don't know what you are doing.
     
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  2. Jimmy23

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    This guy is a "pro"....does demo work, but clearly got in over his head here.
     
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  3. skyking1

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    demo work is worlds away from where he got. Demo is almost always really hard ground.
     
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  4. Jimmy23

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    Yeah that makes sense. The setting is important when it comes to your capabilities.
     
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    The setting is the only thing that matters when it comes to capabilities

    As for that machine I see it for sale at a good discount some guy like me will probably buy it cause project machines are cheap to purchase
     
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    I see it as something a schmuck like me pays full Machinery Trader price for and THEN finds out the history!!!!
     
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    I've seen my share of stuck machines and it's done by some pretty good operators. It happens and there is little to nothing you can do. Most of that machine is sealed up. The engine and maybe the swing machinery dipsticks might leak a little water but the oil can be changed. Big thing is washing all the mud out of the radiators and making sure the air cleaner and intake piping didn't take on water. It's not like a fire where everything is destroyed. Computer and all the switches in the cab will likely need to be replaced. A $250,000 machine won't be totaled till the repair costs exceed $162,500. This won't come close to that.
     
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    Water getting into the intake then trying to start in may bring that repair big up.
     
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    Thanks for all the feedback and info everybody. Hopefully I'm around when they come to recover and I can get some pictures/video.
     
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    I too remain curious
     
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    Helluva crater to fix back up!!
     
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    Curious why the crane was in the middle of a field?
     
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    From the video- I'm assuming installing power line poles.

    I did like how they tried to shove out some stick to lighten the back end, but ended up giving up- and just pulling the counterweights off. That's just a bad situation, with a really expensive crane. You could see a little creek/ wet area just on the far side of the crane, opposite of where they were working with the excavators.
     
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  15. skyking1

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    They showed you at the very first scene there was a tower they were setting.
     
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    Makes you wonder if they ever got the pole put up? I didn't see anything wrong with that crane, they just went in cheap. Put the counterweights back on, use crane mats and finish the job.
    I have been in the unenviable position of one track in deep with a d9 high track with four barrel rippers. I got myself out but that track never got back up on top of grade I just blew out the side of the fill at the same tilt.
     
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    Utilities are bad on Cranes, I enjoyed the dubious honor to remove the mast off a Grove Truck crane for my employer as it laid on its side in a BAD Place.
     
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    Well before my time the company that I worked for tipped over a national boom truck, using it to pour columns with a bucket they were way overloaded. Knocked the two guys working the trimmy clear to the ground they ended up torching off the boom pulling it up right and driving it out of there.
     
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    Acid Sulphate in the mud or water is not good for electronics. It dissolves wiring and fittings very quickly. Don't ask how I know.
     
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    We can't rent a plate compactor at Cat, United or Sunbelt without either having our COI (ACCORD form) on file or we pay their house insurance rates which is much more expensive than our carrier's rental insurance.
     
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