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What is this thing?

Discussion in 'Excavators' started by Alaska Sunrise, Feb 7, 2010.

  1. Alaska Sunrise

    Alaska Sunrise Active Member

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    I snapped a photo of this excavator today. It has a combination of cable and hydraulics and looks like it has lots of reach. Who made this? IMGP1024.jpg
     
  2. alco

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    I think it's a Priestman, but I could be wrong.
     

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  3. expatracer

    expatracer Well-Known Member

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    that looks like the old cable hoe at the operators training school on 8 ave in aldergrove
     
  4. LDK

    LDK Well-Known Member

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    Counter weight

    The Priestman had a sliding counter weight, you can see it at the base of the boom and that is what the cables are for. I think that they were the, or one the first long reach hydraulic machines made, in the UK at least.
     
  5. bigkit

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    It is a Priestman. The two most common long reach types are the VC15 and the VC20, 15 and 20 metre reach. The VC stands for variable counterweight which was pushed back by a ram at the rear of the machine which inturn pulled a cable which pulled the stick out. A hydraulic motor on the underside of the boom pulled the stick in and the counterweight simultaneously came up the boom letting the stick fall.

    Any help.
     
  6. EGS

    EGS Senior Member

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    It is a Priestman.

    Roddyo has one, I think that his a VC20.

    They are kind of a combo between a long reach hoe and a drag line.