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Your first piece of equipment owned or operated was?

Discussion in 'General Industry Questions' started by Speedpup, May 30, 2009.

  1. powerjoke

    powerjoke Senior Member

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    a ford CL-40 skid steer......man am I glad that things gone! lol.

    Pj
     
  2. Hokiesmokes

    Hokiesmokes Well-Known Member

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    First operated was a mid 50s farmall cub on the parents' property. First for money a yellow Ford tractor loader. The bucket was rusting through on the bottom and eventually the cutting edge ripped off with a good section of the rest of the bucket and the company scrapped it out. First serious machine, a JD 444 loader when I played operator for a while as an apprentice at the local.
     
  3. norite

    norite Senior Member

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    First operated was a 966 loader a contractor parked at the gas station I worked at part time in high school. Contractor said we could use it to clean up snow around station over the weekend if we wanted to. Sure did, also flattened two junk cars that were going for scrap, that was fun.

    First owned was a diesel IH farm tractor with a loader.

    First serious piece of equipment was a JD 310 backhoe.
     
  4. Curbster

    Curbster Well-Known Member

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    First piece of heavy equipment I ever operated for a long enough period to classify myself as an operator, was a KW Dart Sicard 65 Ton rock truck. I have a picture of one, and will post it as soon as possible.
     
  5. TD-20G

    TD-20G Member

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    It was in 1998, and the first machine was an International TD-20C. My dad was digging a house basement with an H1000C Insley, and I was pushing the dirt away on a pile with the 20C. I really liked the machine, but when they came out with the TD-20E, it was a whole new ballgame.
     
  6. DEERE310SG

    DEERE310SG Well-Known Member

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    First piece of heavy equipment I ever operated was a 2005 John Deere 310SG backhoe and that was at Atlantic Transport Training Academy for Heavy Equipment Operator Training in 2008.:)

    Here is a pic of me in it.:thumbsup
     

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  7. fyrwood guy

    fyrwood guy Well-Known Member

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    first piece operated DM600 mack around '73-'74ish. finished up driving F model 5x4 318 some time early 80's

    first piece bought (new) 1985 CASE 1845C & CORD KING firewood processor (new)

    first and only so far (used) 1989 C70 w/juice brakes

    and everthing still goin' strong.

    just started with the toy's:
     

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  8. rabbit

    rabbit Well-Known Member

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    First piece of equipment operated: RD 8 caterpiller w/ cable blade. Track tightener was frozen and it had loose tracks. Man every day that thing would walk out of the tracks. We had another D8 and he would come along side and push the track back into position. Took me a couple weeks to figure out how to keep those tracks on.

    First piece of equipment bought: Oliver OC3 loader. Reversing tracks. and a Bay City mobile crane. Took out a lot of houses with those around Oakland, CA and that was 42 years ago.
     
  9. Z'mnypit

    Z'mnypit Active Member

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    Mine was a 98 Bobcat 743..
     
  10. jimrr

    jimrr Well-Known Member

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    mine was a D47U, i still own it and another beat up excavator......... and a 20 ton tilt deck to move the cat.
    it's great till you have to work on it!
     
  11. SE-Ia Cowman

    SE-Ia Cowman Well-Known Member

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    D7 3t

    Highest Serial # USA
    66V 06309
    76V 01024
    77V 21649
    Total = 28,982

    The First piece I owned was a D7 3t I was 18 and it was about 45 it had the good old crank start pony motor and my right thumb still has not recoverd I had to learn the hard way to keep your thumb up. I also got good at putting tracks back on along with many other things. The good old dutchman who sold it to me wanted me to think some old lady only drove it to church on sundays and I was young enough and dumb enough to believe him. Well another class from the school of hard knocks. Maybe some day I can graduate from there.
     
  12. WabcoRob

    WabcoRob Member

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    Purchased in 1987 a Koehring 466D excavator and still have her. She just snapped the axle that runs the drive chains and I'm in need of one. Any help would be appreciated.
     
  13. BigIron25

    BigIron25 Well-Known Member

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    is this gunny mcgowan from 2ND CEB?
     
  14. Bubba

    Bubba Well-Known Member

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    Cat d4

    My Daddy worked for a Man in the Logging Business. They used D4's for pulling logs to the ramp from the swamps of South Georgia. They used Logging carts with airplane tires on the cart with a winch that threaded from the D4 thru the Cart with about 6-8 chockers. Man thangs has changed over the years. Thats was back in 60's and I don't know how anyone would live today doing that kind of work or if we could get anyone to do that type of work. Talk about Safety and OSHA Rules. They would porbably send the owner to prison for life. But the injury rate was nearly nothing. Probably cause people just didn't think about getting hurt and drawing a check. They just worked from week to week and kept food on the table.
     
  15. logger mike

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    The first two machines i ran were a d7 17a and an equally ancient 977 loader both direct drive of course at least the 7 had a hydraulic blade and a turbo hmm wonder why i cant hear anymore?
     
  16. rabbit

    rabbit Well-Known Member

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    Wanna hear some noise try the Euclid (terex) 8240TT. V8 detroit twin turbo. Now thats a lot of noise. Too light for the of power. :usa
     
  17. logger mike

    logger mike Member

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    At one time i had an 8230b definately ear plugs needed.
     
  18. oldironfred

    oldironfred New Member

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    The first machine I ever operated was an early 60's Case 450 shovel dozer w 4in1 . It was the summer of '74,I was 9 and sat on the right armrest and operated the levers for my father while he drove.

    The first machine I solo'd on was a '67 Terex 72-21 loader when I was 13. I loved the green color!
     
  19. rabbit

    rabbit Well-Known Member

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    Company I worked for bought a 450 loader with 4in1 bucket brand new. I was running it having a gay old time when the sales man came by and says thats not the way to run this machine. I was using the pedals to steer it. He showed me how to use the hi low levers for turning. Took a while to get the hang of making slow turns.
    ;) :usa
     
  20. ridgerunner

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    In 2003 I bought a 1989 CAT 426 4X4 with a broken hour meter that read 8500 hours and started digging and plowing snow. I fabbed up a snow plow and a fixed thumb for it and doubled it's productivity. I love my CAT and it has been a great machine to this day.