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The most entertaining "school me"thread... My 1st piece of H.E. Two 80ton Hoes

Discussion in 'Excavators' started by douglasco, Mar 31, 2010.

  1. Oxbow

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    Thanks for bumping this again Shimmy1, I had not seen it before.

    Common sense, or uncommon.

    Thought that comes to mind is that there is a reason that Swiss watch makers don't use a 5lb. hammer and cold chisel in their trade.

    More power to you Douglasco!
     
  2. Skoop

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    I would REALLY like to see the aftermath of this. My kinda guy. The main reason I built a 3800 sq ft home with my own two hands when I was 25 was because everyone told me I couldn't. That's what America needs more of............the "hold my beer and watch this!" kind of attitude! Hats off to you Douglasco! Git 'er dunn!!
     
  3. sawdustmaker

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    I guess you could use a Hytorq to loosen your lug nuts...



    I Laughed too much at this not to bump.

    Im a little jealous, i really couldnt use a hoe that size with the clay here unless it was super super dry. I mean my 25 ton hoe is already overkill. Its just be super sick to own a fuel sucking pig like those.

    I do have to disagree with some of the more experienced on one thing. While I do agree playing "golf" is really bad for machines, that is usually because you are putting the couterweight's inertia into stress on the boom and arm. But he has no counterweight besides the house mass of course. Hes not putting 1000s of hours on it either. let him work.
     
  4. mitch504

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    I wish I could like this post twice! I was in this when it was happening, this was a fantastic summary and prediction!
     
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    So nobody has found out the outcome yet?
     
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    Best thread on this forum by far.

    I thought I was crazy for buying a pair of mini's and a skid steer with no experience!
     
  7. Clawed Backster

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    I've got a 63,000 pound wheel dozer that I use around my place. Extreme overkill for anything I need to do, but I love it! No, it doesn't compare to his shovels, but similar concept.
    And yeah, I got it for cheap.
    Huge stuff is cool.
     
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    Post some pictures please.
     
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    I really wanted to figure out what became of the original guy in this thread. It did not seem like it would be too hard for someone on this forum to figure out where the property was and go over there and see what is going on.
     
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    Here are a couple poor pictures I had on my phone. It's an old Michigan 280. 8V71N for power. 20220311_142106.jpg 20190901_123807.jpg
     
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    Right now I am looking for a small cheap grader to keep my driveway in shape. Something like an old Deere 570 would be perfect. However, I certainly wouldn't refuse to consider a larger machine, if one became available at a good price. I wouldn't even turn down something absurdly large like a Cat 24. I would look at it as a challenge (grading a small 2,200' driveway with a huge machine), and sort of an adventure.
    Sometimes a good deal can be had on something like that, simply because most other people wouldn't even consider it, and if it is an older machine, most businesses aren't interested.
     
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    A local cat skinner said those old rubber tired dozers could bury a track dozer of similar size on stock pile work, mostly because of the faster reverse speed.
     
  14. Clawed Backster

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    And I can drive up and down my driveway without damaging it, unlike a tracked dozer.
    I can also head down the county road to the neighbors place if I want to.
    And yeah, it will go a lot faster than I am comfortable driving it. Lol
     
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    So, do trees just fall over from fear when you approach them with that dozer? If I had a dozer like that, I'd be out pushing trees over and flattening my hills.
     
  16. Clawed Backster

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    The blade will lift up pretty high. I'd say that the cutting edge will get about 4-4.5 feet up, so yeah, when pushing that high on a tree it's easy to push over some really big ones.
     
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    The little woman has given me an assignment to remove a Douglas fir stump, and a couple of maple trees, as well as moving probably 30 yards of hard packed dirt. I could do it with my backhoe, but it would be a tall order for the old well worn machine. It should be a quick and relatively easy task for the dozer. Maybe I will get my daughter to film the operation and put it on YouTube, as long as everyone agrees that no actual dozer operators will watch it.
     
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    I just tried to find douglasco, in Douglas, CO, as I figured it'd be pretty easy to find his place, especially with 2 giant machines on the property but I didn't have any luck. 'Tis a shame, I'd also like an update.

    I'm pretty sure @douglasco and @Spud_Monkey , working together, could reverse the rotation of the Earth.
     
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  19. Clawed Backster

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    Did you ask any of the locals?
    Of course if you were talking to city folks, you would probably have to refer to him as the guy with two big "bulldozers", or big "dirt digging thingys"
     
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    Haha! Oh, no! I forgot to mention I was just on Google Maps!
     
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