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WHAT SIZE?!?!? Ex do I need in my life

Discussion in 'Excavators' started by firchk, May 26, 2022.

  1. firchk

    firchk Member

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    New to the forum (thanks to the folks that have helped me out so far) bought a machine based off some of the conversation (cat313gc)

    now shopping for another - we will be running a bulkhead unloading a hopper barge filled with swamp mud the reach needs to be approx 30~35 from center on mats to far corner of barge

    help me pic guys we are Cat fans
     
  2. Plebeian

    Plebeian Senior Member

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    Unloading barges from a dock is different to digging holes for a pipeline etc.
    Machines designed for portside etc use include
    Sennebogen-North America, North Carolina. https://sennebogen-na.com/ (For some machines - Cummins diesel or electric motor, 4 different rubber tire bases, 3 different track bases and a fixed base, 6 different boom /stick sets etc are offered)
    E-Crane International, Ohio.

    Excavator base conversion companies (adding high rise cabs, counterweights, custom booms/ sticks/ clamshells) - Pierce Pacific Manufacturing, Portland and Young Corporation, Seattle.
    Example of Pierce sales/ design/ build/ machine start up process.
    https://www.constructionequipmentgu...r-moves-product-from-mighty-mississippi/29073
     
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  3. firchk

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    Our barge bin is 80x15 it will be laid up long against the bulkhead and we have about a 6 ft gap (small walkway+outer edge of barge) if measured is approximately 30ft from inside bottom corner of barge to the center of the machine track

    I was looking for something that isn’t custom

    since we have had trouble with wheeled machines I’d rather not a wheeled but track

    also the extended boom kits limit how volume significantly in many cases (most applications are unloaded from the ends so a 60ft conversion is typical - prevents relocating the tug)

    in our case a big bucket on a 340ish sized machine is kinda what I was thinking as long as I can hit the 30days foot mark - this should net us more volume per bucket

    hopefully that makes sense
     
  4. firchk

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    Sorry for the grammar errors - quick reply from my phone….
     
  5. Vetech63

    Vetech63 Senior Member

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    I quit paying attention to her size when she became an ex.:D
     
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  6. skyking1

    skyking1 Senior Member

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    since you are on a bulkhead and earth, size is not a thing so go find a big rig like an old 450 with a 6' cleanup bucket and get with it. Sounds like you can't go wrong.
    I'd say any 450 that is priced right with a smooth bucket. A 345 cat is a good enough machine, might be a search to find the cleanup bucket.
     
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  7. John Shipp

    John Shipp Senior Member

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    These were being used for scooping out barges.
     
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