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Know the height of what you are hauling

Discussion in 'Equipment Moving Questions' started by Partsdude, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. Partsdude

    Partsdude Well-Known Member

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    This is a gooder.
     

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    Partsdude Well-Known Member

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    Partsdude Well-Known Member

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    thats been posted somewhere on here before i think...........
     
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    And this makes three times...........
     
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    it's still impressive every time i see it. The truck had enough momentum to break the gooseneck when the trailer stopped.
     
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    I feel bad for the driver...I saw a dump truck go under a bridge once with the body up, that wasn't pretty either.
     
  8. digger242j

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    Yeah, but I don't think the other times had as many close up shots of the machine itself. This is a good addition.
     
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    Yes, I've seen them before but not these close up shots. Great pictures and thanks for sharing.
     
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    I don't believe for a minute that was driver's error...It's a new concept being tried out for cutting bridges in half. Yeah, that's the ticket...:yup
     
  11. tonka

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    Yeah wasn't that last week on the X bronx?:rolleyes:
     
  12. LowBoy

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    Were you thinking...Is that who I think it is under there?:beatsme:D

    (Don't worry, I won't be offended.)
     
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    I did that about 12 years ago. It wasn't pretty. I thought something dropped out of the sky. Took me a few years to feel comfortable going under overpasses. Not one of my prouder moments.
     
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    Lol..No, I never even thought of you. Quilty complex???:p
     
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    I guess I'll admit it now, it's been long enough...

    When I was 16 about 100 years ago, I was driving a DM 600 Mack for this cheapskate that paid us 3 employees a whopping $4.00 an hour each for driving, and he wanted those 10 loads from the quarry to his plant every day.
    He was a little sawed off Italian fella that screamed, not spoke at you no matter what he was saying. A real meatball of a guy.
    The trucks were all junk, no brakes, and gigantic steel bodies that we'd load to the gunnels every load with shot rock from Tilcon in North Branford, Ct., and haul to his old dilapidated crusher in Hamden, about a 10 mile one way run. The levers for the PTO and the dump pump were between the seats, and they were really long so the PTO would jump in gear on you when you least expected it.
    I just got onto I-91 empty and was pouring the coals to that powerhouse of a 237, and slid her into the biggest cog it had in that quadbox, when another truck came flying up alongside me and was pointing, waving, going about nuts. I'm thinking, "what's wrong with this fool" to myself, when all of a sudden...KAAABAAANGGG!!!I look in the mirror and see pieces of the exit 7 sign streaming all over the highway, aluminum shrapnel everywhere, and my body's straight up in the air. I mowed the exit sign completely off it's perches with the cab protector. I jumped on the pump lever to let the body down, but it didn't come down because it had one of those old style cam-over hoist systems that if it went past the point of no return, you had to slam the brakes on to get it to spring forward past the cam. So here I am now, sweat beading off my forehead, slamming the brakes on repeatedly on the interstate of all places, and finally get the body down. Unfortunately though, the cab protector was bent up 90 degrees like a wind deflector, or "polish snowplow" as the old timers often referred to them as. The corner welds were torn, so I'm going down the road with this enormous steel billboard flopping in the breeze.
    I never heard a single word to this day about the damage to the sign on the highway, but boy did I hear from old Mr. Esposito about having to fix the cab guard. It cost him about an hour with his loader holding it down and about 6 welding rods that night, but he wasn't happy unless he was screaming at somebody for something.:drinkup

    Had that been a bridge instead of that highway sign, it wouldn't have been so pretty.

    About a month later, I had to wheel into a gas station to use the restroom in a bad way...I mean I went in there backwards.:eek: I parked the truck so all I did was dove out of the seat and into the mens room. There was no maxi brakes, just a trolley brake lever on the steering column. No wheel chocks either.

    I open the restroom door a few minutes later expecting to just leap back up into the saddle, but there's no truck. I look left, no truck. I look right and hoo boy...there it is. Parked half way on top of a Country Squire station wagon's hood. That was a tough one to explain. The trolley brakes specifically say right on the levers themselves "NOT FOR PARKING"...I rationalized my way out of it by saying I really wasn't PARKING per say... I was just at a temporary standstill. Kind of a Bill Clinton deal.

    I still didn't get fired though. Guess it's tough to find good 4 dollar an hour help, even back then, eh?;)
     
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    Wonder if the driver went after his paycheck ?
     
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    ISU... :lmao
     
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    What the meaning of is...is:

    You need an "IS in there, before the NOT in ''NOT FOR PARKING"...:lmao


    OCR
     
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    That was a great post Tom.I saw the aftermath of a similar incident with a B-81 coming back from New Haven Trap Rock in New Britain on I-84 going west right after the West st exit.
    The truck was loaded with aggregate which spilled on the highway but he caught it in time to avoid hitting the West st overpass.Needless to say the driver went home for the day,probably to refresh his uniform at the very least.
    I always made it a habit to test the PTO lever and if it didn't fight back when I moved it I knew something needed attention there right away.Ron G
     
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    That's right...:falldownlaugh