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The "not so heavy equipment" photo thread

Discussion in 'Showtime!' started by JNB, Aug 9, 2015.

  1. Deere500a

    Deere500a Well-Known Member

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    Nice work you were doing, those are some nice pics. Wow that Case, are those LT tires on the front?
     
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    Thank you. Yep, those are LT's. At least he has a license plate!
     
  3. Landclearer

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    JNB, the driveway looks great. The backhoe/trailer deal did steel the show:OMG
     
  4. blowerman

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    Very impressed with the work pics. Agreed the loader/backhoe is comical.
     
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    That driveway looks really good!! Is that actually how that backhoe showed up? With the boom up and everything? :eek:
     
  6. JNB

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    Yep. Gotta keep the bucket up in the air so folks don't run into it. :rolleyes: The guy had the bucket curled around the front of the trailer and that's it for holding it on.
     
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    I'm still confused on the cattle guards but I am going to google to learn. I am only as smart as google. I am really speechless about the wild wild West backhoe transport.
     
  8. mowingman

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    Backhoe transport made simple: Only in Texas!

     
  9. JNB

    JNB Senior Member

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    Nice :thumbsup
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    Here's some pics from this week.
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    This driveway was pitched toward the garage a lot. I intended to regrade and expand the gravel further down the hill. I ordered a semi load of base and a load of rock topping. The outside edge was over 12" thick. I decided to strip it all and start over. There was plenty of base for regrading and the expansion.
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    Cut a swale to pickup runoff from the hill and got the base all straightened out.
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    106* and pretty dusty. Some days you're the bug.
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    You can see my topping stone on the street between the trees.
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    3/4" minus limestone topping from my spot in the shade. Not a very good pic, but at this point I was plenty tired of melting in my boots.
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    Today's job. The homeowner plans to have me spread topsoil in the future, but the builder's guy cut the drainage at the house 8" lower than the elevation at the bar-ditch at the street. I figured I'd straighten things out while I waited for trucks and save myself some grief if it rains.
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    Truck drivers... :rolleyes:
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  12. JNB

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    A few more.
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    I broke two steel lugs on the Case last Friday. New tracks and rear idlers should be here tomorrow.
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  13. mowingman

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    Are you using Frank Bartel Trucking as your hauler? Those look like Bartel trucks.
    Jeff
     
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    Yep, I use Bartel the most since they have a ton of trucks and they've always taken good care of me. I also have five other haulers I use depending on the job.
     
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    Those edges though!!! Beautiful work. Do the cattle guards fill up with water during rains?
     
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    Nedly - Thank you! Yes, if the cattle guard isn't setup with some type of drainage it will fill up with water. I offered to put in pipe for the one in the previous post, but the property owner planned on installing a sump pump.

    This is a more typical setup that has openings on both ends for drainage. I placed this cattle guard for a gas patch location running through private property.
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    Here's another cattle guard setup. I clean this one out for the landowner every couple of years. In the lower right hand corner you can just make out the drainage pipe.
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    I still cannot get over how perfect you keep your edges. Keep the pics coming.
     
  18. JNB

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    LC - It's the box blade that makes the nice edges possible. I grew up on skip loaders (landscape tractors) and never really got into the skid steer thing when it got popular. I can't pick things up with my feet and I don't walk on my hands, so I always thought the foot control deal was dumb.

    A lot of my work involves drainage problems and this one was no different. With no ditches on the road sides, the natural drainage runs just inside the properties and perfectly inline with a very shallow water main. I moved the drainage path and cut swales to redirect runoff to new culvert pipes under the built-up driveway.
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    For all the room out in the country, I've always thought it's pretty strange that due to narrow roads, deep ditches or trees there's often not enough room to get truck and pups or end / bottom dumps into a lot of the jobs.
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    Sixty nine tons of base and a semi load of limestone topping to finish it off.
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    Got a track and rear idler delivery in today. Fastdirt made the referral and Eric from Rubbertrax set me up with a great deal! :thumbsup
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    We're seeing more and more of these 2 acre homesites sprout as the farmers and ranchers die off. Most of the kids don't want to farm or ranch, so the acreage gets split up and sold. I had worked for the homeowner before, cutting a swale and spreading gravel for around his new shop. This trip the owner wanted to correct the drainage and keep the mesquite trees. The back area had a few drainage berms left over that steered runoff back towards the back of the home. As thick as the bermuda grass is it'll pop right back up with a little rain.
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