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Some of my jobs...

Discussion in 'Excavators' started by 245dlc, Nov 24, 2018.

  1. Tinkerer

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    I sometimes wondered also about that idiot and how he did on that project.
     
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    He did come back on briefly and it looked somewhat finished, but the regular members did not seem too eager to engage him in any more conversation for some reason.
     
  3. 245dlc

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    20181024_124901.jpg 20181024_124912.jpg 20181024_124930.jpg 20181024_124931.jpg On my way to work one morning I stopped at a nearby truck stop to get a few things for lunch and this guy was transporting this big front shovel bucket to an Oil Sands job in Alberta. So naturally I got a few pictures to share.
     
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    So one day after a short day at work I had the opportunity to meet a local legend and check out his fleet of mostly International equipment. Glen who is in his '70's spent many years building municipal roads, lagoons, and drainage projects with his fleet of 'Cat's and Scrapers' he told me one season he built 17 miles of grid roads. He tried his hand at using single engine scrapers but said it was a bit of a flop the soil conditions in these parts are just to challenging for wheeled machines. 20180822_160807.jpg 20180822_160826.jpg 20180822_160845.jpg 20180822_160848.jpg
     
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    There are still a few 'oldtimers' around here that prefer cables over hydraulic conversions on their scrapers and Glen is one of them many guys saying the hydraulics often heat up and slow down too much for them. 20180822_161236.jpg 20180822_161239.jpg 20180822_161253.jpg 20180822_161314.jpg
     
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    It's quite the collection he's got he said at one time he had 30 TD-20's! 20180822_161448.jpg 20180822_161502.jpg 20180822_161547.jpg 20180822_161611.jpg
     
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    I can post more of Glen's collection in the vintage section if anybody is interested I didn't want to get too off topic as I made a couple trips to his place to talk about possibly buying a 1 ton Ford dually with 4x4 and a 7.3L turbo'd engine.
    Well I went to the town of Steinbach, MB to start on this utility job and it was a bit of a $hit show from the start the developer who was also the builder was well in to building houses so we were always over and under the various trades and I had very limited room to pile up any mud or dirt. Every time I have to do a job in Steinbach it seems to get blundered up by the stupidity of that town. Another utility crew working in the area had told us when they came to put in the sewer and water all the houses had already been built and it was a struggle to get anything done. Some houses were pretty much done minus any landscaping or a driveway and the new owners were suppose to take possession while we were there. 20181030_083313.jpg 20181030_093000.jpg 20181030_104350.jpg 20181030_140328.jpg
     
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    While we were there a sewer and water crew was digging a shaft for a sewage lift station they were going down about 30 feet but had to put sand points in to keep the hole dewatered and of course their discharge hose crossed where we were trenching so a little tunnelling had to be done to get under it after putting a couple boards under the hose. They had a neat clamshell attachment on their excavator for digging down to grade. The lift station part that was going in the hole was made out of fiberglass like an underground gas station tank. 20181031_095503.jpg 20181031_095617.jpg 20181031_103236.jpg 20181031_103338.jpg
     
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    You can see in the bottom of the trench I dug in the photos black dirt well some how the developers in these parts get away with not stripping it at all a stark contrast to when I worked in Winnipeg and in Alberta where things like site development and proper soil compaction are taken very seriously. 20181031_103351.jpg 20181031_103358.jpg 20181031_103556.jpg 20181031_133713.jpg
     
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    Again more track shovelling with half rainy and half snowy weather, sure makes you appreciate when its a dry freeze up, also some pretty tight digging and a goofy way to pour a front step. 20181102_121021.jpg 20181106_120029.jpg 20181107_093216.jpg 20181109_084446.jpg
     
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    First time I ever saw a hay bale being used as a void form for a front step to a house. And an interesting home made pile driver for pounding in steel piles normally I see these guys use a hoe pac to vibrate steel pilings in but I guess they needed something better to pound the pilings in the rest of the way. 20181109_090604.jpg 20181112_110150.jpg 20181112_110152.jpg 20181112_110209.jpg
     
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    Well it didn't take long for things to freeze up we went from hovering around the freezing mark to -20C in no time so the boss bought a lightly used frost ripper for the old Hitachi however with the job we started near my place the frost had been packed in to a couple of gravel driveways taking me up to 2 hours to rip about 20 feet by almost 2 feet deep of frozen gravel. My thumb retainers couldn't take the heavy vibration and shock forces and fell a part sadly so now the thumb is clanging away. And I changed the teeth with whatever we had leftover from last winter but it didn't take long to wear them down in the gravel and hard pan. 20181114_140627_001.jpg 20181116_083141.jpg 20181116_083153.jpg 20181119_165141.jpg
     
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    Those sharp looking corner teeth work really well in straight frozen clay but anything else they wear out quite quickly, however we might be trying out a new to us brand in the next little while....provided there is still some work right after new years. 20181122_102327.jpg 20181206_092341.jpg 20181210_143222.jpg 20181210_143223.jpg
     
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    Looks like you are having fun. Haven't even had to scrape my truck windows yet this winter. If we ever had conditions like you have the whole of southern England would grind to a stop.
    Graham
     
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    Hi Graham, well the last month and a half I've been feeling a bit burnt out or run down my health hasn't been the greatest I just finished ten days of antibiotics to kill a sinus infection.....hoping that works too. I've had a multitude of issues with the old Hitachi one of them being fuel issues but I think we worked them out. And we had the main bucket pin replaced in the summer when a final drive seal failed by the dealer and a couple little things fixed. But during the one of the ditching jobs I was on before freeze up it spat out the two shims that they put in and was back to being quite sloppy. I had noticed that there were no o-rings or seals on either side of the pin and mentioned it to the boss but not much was said about it. I usually don't mind operating the old bugger but now I'm trenching through frost quite regularly and working with people in the hole it just gets to be too much to deal with. So now we finished our last trenching job for the year (I hope) the old Hitch is at Wajax (Hitachi dealer) and apparently needs all new pins and bushings and got a new radio and antennae. (Yay!). There might be a week or two of brush mulching or cutting, the biggest job being at a golf course that needs some drainage work done. We might have more utility work later in the winter but we usually don't get much warning about that so sounds like it will be quiet for a while.
     
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    Not sure but that doesn't look like it's one of the biggest buckets they have up there. Any idea what machine it's for?
     
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    I believe it was for a Hitachi EX3600 and not its not for the biggest machine. I've seen when those buckets come through often on the train and the two pieces are shipped separately.