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minimax
09-18-2008, 11:48 PM
Here are some pics of that slope I said I would get some pic of when I mowed it again.Here are the pics of my Deere CT322 with the US mower on it "walking" a 40 degree slope.This thing sticks like glue on a slope.
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Junior M
09-18-2008, 11:51 PM
The area's you mow do you get complaints of your skid tearing up the ground from turning? or do you have a system worked out that will keep you from tearing alot up?


btw nice pics...

minimax
09-19-2008, 12:06 AM
No I have not had any complaints about tearing up the ground that pieces of sod got tore up by the roller pushing a rock and not going over it.The weight of the mower lets the machine turn without tearing up the ground.

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Dirtman2007
09-19-2008, 12:13 AM
Our takeuchi Tl150 would probably flip over on that angle. I've only had one time where i really thought it was going to go over but managed to pull it out.
Does your tracks pop and make funny noises when on that steep of a slope?



Nice work.

minimax
09-19-2008, 12:20 AM
No the tracks don't pop or make any other noise at that angle.
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coopers
09-19-2008, 12:22 AM
Minimax that is awesome! Looks like you're using that guy more than your mini. Do you use the CTL for other jobs too or you using that strictly for mowing?

minimax
09-19-2008, 12:38 AM
No I use my mini more that the ctl,I put 1100 hrs on my mini last year and I will put about 450-500 hrs on the ctl this year I think, along with 400 hrs a year on my cab tractor.And I use the ctl for other jobs than mowing.

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Gravel Rat
09-19-2008, 12:49 AM
That has to be hard on the back working on a side slope like that and giving you a chapped --- :laugh:

Kepple Services
09-19-2008, 03:53 PM
I was mowing a retention pond for awhile with my T300 and I told them I was going to have to double the price to keep on doing it. Between the fuel increase(like everyone else) the wear on the U/C was incredible. I have to replace the left side rear idler now because its completely trashed due to the side loading from the ponds. I went around the ponds in one direction, and it shows badly. I just couldnt keep beating up the machine for what I was charging them to do it.

jmf
09-19-2008, 04:09 PM
Looks like you got a low center of gravity. My ASV is a little higher but the 20" tracks provide good slope stability. What kind of teeth are on your US mower brush cutter? Do you need to replace or sharpen them often?

jmf

bobcat_ron
09-19-2008, 09:42 PM
You're nuts!!!

That's got to be bad for the engine oil sump pick-up.

minimax
09-19-2008, 11:54 PM
jmf,The "teeth" are knifes not teeth and they last about 150-200 hrs per side and they cost about $9 dollars each.bobcat_ron,I'm not nut I'm running a real machine a DEERE not a CAT like you:laugh::laugh:Lets see you run your cat on a slope like that and not throw a track or burn up your motor.My deere dealer said that the engine in my deere has no problem picking up oil up to 50 degrees.

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RockSet N' Grade
09-20-2008, 12:00 AM
MiniMax......you run straight oil in your rigs or do you ever put in additives like Lucas? I have been adding the Lucas oil additive for the last year or so in my ex, skid, tractor and trucks........don't know of any difference either way, but it has made me feel better about side sloping or steep inclines with my equipment.

minimax
09-20-2008, 12:12 AM
I have been running Lucas in every thing for the last 5 years

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coopers
09-20-2008, 03:56 AM
What's this Lucas additive stuff?

jmf
09-20-2008, 10:28 AM
I see your flail is capable of handling 6" material, have you mowed down any standing timber? What kind of chips does it produce?

jmf

Digdeep
09-20-2008, 11:29 AM
jmf,The "teeth" are knifes not teeth and they last about 150-200 hrs per side and they cost about $9 dollars each.bobcat_ron,I'm not nut I'm running a real machine a DEERE not a CAT like you:laugh::laugh:Lets see you run your cat on a slope like that and not throw a track or burn up your motor.My deere dealer said that the engine in my deere has no problem picking up oil up to 50 degrees.

minimax

I'm glad you can run on that slope but "my dealer said that..." won't mean much to Deere if a warranty claim gets filed for oil starvation. Most compact machine engines have slope limitations of 45 degrees up and down intermittantly, and around 25-30 degrees side to side unless they have specially modified sumps or two pick ups in the sump. I would get that 50 degree statement in writing or have them show you the engine specifications.

jmf
09-20-2008, 02:49 PM
I see that John Deere dozers have a maximum "slope operation" angle of 45 degrees in their brochures. It would be interested to get the "slope operation" angle for the CT322.

jmf

coopers
09-20-2008, 03:31 PM
Minimax,

How's business been on the islands? Do you have a fair amount of regular customers you can rely on?

minimax
09-21-2008, 01:07 AM
jmf,I have mowed down some 5" trees and it will do them but my mini-x is faster and easier than the ctl and mower, it leaves chips like a large wood chipper in trees and in brush they look like grass clippings.coopers,I have about 400 customer's and 200 of those are yearly mowing jobs( can be 4-5 times a summer)

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coopers
09-21-2008, 01:08 AM
Wow, that's a nice comfortable amount of customers. Good to hear since the market is a tad slow right now.