View Full Version : Ramrod Break-downs

06-12-2001, 01:10 AM
Seems as though our Ramrod spends as many days in our shop for repair as it does out on the job sites. Today it is back in the shop for the worst break yet----the axle broke in two! It will take several days and several hundred dollars to get it back together again. Usually it is blown hydrolic lines that stop it. Is anyone else having problems of this magnitude with their Ramrod?

06-12-2001, 01:39 AM
Front axle or back?

06-12-2001, 10:31 PM
The front axle with the gear/chain sprockets. Seems that those are a problem too.

06-12-2001, 10:50 PM
Can you say over worked! Problems such as this are common with smaller equipment, all the stress placed on the axle with an auger or making turns with the bucket scraping. Seems like you need a real machine:)

06-12-2001, 10:57 PM
I'm still wondering about the operators though. Seems that the next day one of the guys was moving the new LS180 across the yard and a wheel fell off---seems that all the studs sheared off. So the bosses are shaking their heads and I ask them who checked the lug nuts last? Duh!

06-13-2001, 10:52 AM

You really need to keep an eye on things with the smaller mini's. The front axle on my dingo is always loosening up and needs to be tightened daily (the axle uses two bolts to 'push' it forward and keep tension on the chain)

As for other problems, none so far, but only am around 100 hrs on the machine so far.

After hearing rumors about ramrod's (even from people who sell them) I'm not surprised to hear about some of your problems. They had zero dealer support here, and when asked if they even stocked parts, they said no.

In general, I will say that mini's take a heavy pounding. They are not machines that can be 'finessed' as well as a skidsteer.


06-18-2001, 05:08 AM
Every Ramrod I sold had axle problems (lots of maintenance) except the 904's which have the true 4 wheel hydros.

There are some 904's with over 1000 hrs. with no drive problems.

The hydraulic lines from the factory are cheap, and the factory does not have good quality control over their employees with their units.

I saw alot of them which the hoses wasn't tightened or were carelessly routed, this caused them to chaff or brake the nipples off.

Good luck!!

06-20-2001, 07:14 AM
Thanks guys. Just wanted you to know that I moved away from this problem -- I changed jobs! Now I work for a company that owns real equipment. :) I did forward this info to my old boss.

06-20-2001, 09:51 PM
Hey Steveair!Talk to your Dingo dealer and tell him you want an axle retainer kit.My buddy got one on his and it stopped that problem.

06-25-2001, 01:06 PM
thanks for the tip louis.

I asked service once about the problem and they told me I was not tightening the bolts enough. Now I know better.