Pretty much this, I will take a weedburner to loosen up the frozen crap if needed. If you sit back far enough, you can safely thaw out door locks with a weedburner too.Find a hammer and knock the crap off the pads.
Pretty much this, I will take a weedburner to loosen up the frozen crap if needed. If you sit back far enough, you can safely thaw out door locks with a weedburner too.
Depending on location that might work, but here it's not possible in the winter. When it gets down to -30 or colder they are frozen so solid it would take hours upon hours to have any hope of getting the pads clean, and as soon as the machine spends 30 mins at the next job they will be just as full again.
I did one job on clay that it took us 3 hours to get most of it out. The job was a Cat dealer, the whole building was on grade beams because of that clay. I had to cover the "Deere" logo on the boom and counterweight to dig the job. They could have provided a Cat for me?It absolutely is possible. I've had to knock the pads off 4 times in one day before. It pretty much is the worst day of your life if you are alone, luckily I had Dad there that worked one side while I worked the other. 8 lb sledge knocks the pads clean. Yes, they are packed full again in 30 minutes, but if you've ever slid off a trailer and laid one over on the cab, you will make sure they are clean before crawling up the ramps ever again.