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bobcat_ron
09-23-2008, 11:06 PM
Yes indeedy, it was between my Cat and a 245 Massey Ferguson tractor.

I backed into it's front counterweight saddle, full throttle, 7 mp/h, with the rear engine door, I hit that tractor so f@%^ing hard, I put 2 huge dents in my rear door, and the door squeals like a damn eagle when I check the oil every morning. I must have buggerd the hinges real bad.

Mother of God. That was the hardest impact I have ever had with any skid steer, and in reverse.
The farmer said I hit his tractor so hard, it rolled back a foot, this was with a loaded Loewen Welding feed mixer trailer, empty weight of these trailers is almost 6 tons.

The story of how it happens was:

I was scraping mud off the driveway, and to keep my neck from twisting and pulling a muscle, I used the rear view mirror. Bad idea.
I was backing up (balls out naturally) and I glanced down just for a second to keep my bearings straight, next thing I knew, the tractor came around the corner, and stopped, thinking I was going to stop, he waited for me. Another bad idea.

BOOM!

I yell out, "What the bloody f#%$ was that!?!" I turn my head around, and the farmer is smiling at me. Jack ass.

So we both apologize (I'm laughing inside though) and I put the plug back into my back up alarm and start using my head. Dumb ass. :laugh:

Junior M
09-23-2008, 11:08 PM
Oh, wow! that sucks!

How noticeable are the dents?

bobcat_ron
09-23-2008, 11:11 PM
Oh, wow! that sucks!

How noticeable are the dents?

REALLY noticeable.

I have tarnished my Kitty's image.

Junior M
09-23-2008, 11:14 PM
REALLY noticeable.

I have tarnished my Kitty's image.
I got to get one burn in tonight I havent had a good day....

You didnt tarnish it anymore than it already was! LOL sorry I just had to get one in one somebody, I was hoping ksss but he didnt give me much to work with..

Could we get some pics?

DougW
09-23-2008, 11:20 PM
I work on Bobcats for a living. Rarely do I see a machine with a straight rear door. It sounds like you take care of your machine though. Checking the oil every morning; I salute you for that. Keep it greased and wash under the cab regularly as well. I'm not familiar with the Cat demographic, but I have a hell of a time getting people to realise how important it is to take care of these compact loaders. I did a service call on a solid tire 300 today that looked like it hadn't been greased in 200 hours. The undercab area was compacted with wood mulch/dust. A fire waiting to happen...

bobcat_ron
09-24-2008, 10:03 AM
I work on Bobcats for a living. Rarely do I see a machine with a straight rear door. It sounds like you take care of your machine though. Checking the oil every morning; I salute you for that. Keep it greased and wash under the cab regularly as well. I'm not familiar with the Cat demographic, but I have a hell of a time getting people to realise how important it is to take care of these compact loaders. I did a service call on a solid tire 300 today that looked like it hadn't been greased in 200 hours. The undercab area was compacted with wood mulch/dust. A fire waiting to happen...

This Perkins engine has an odd oil dipstick, the oil should be checked when the engine is warm, the cold level is a 1/4" of an inch under the "low" oil mark, if I add oil, and it doesn't seem to come up, I even thought I had premature Perkins engine death syndrome, but the Finning Service manager said to check it when it is warm. Whatever.

There is a bright side to this now, it's much easier to keep the rear door open on a windy day now!

ccstrebe
09-24-2008, 10:20 AM
Are you going to replace the door? It would drive me nuts not to.

mrsops
09-24-2008, 05:30 PM
I work on Bobcats for a living. Rarely do I see a machine with a straight rear door. It sounds like you take care of your machine though. Checking the oil every morning; I salute you for that. Keep it greased and wash under the cab regularly as well. I'm not familiar with the Cat demographic, but I have a hell of a time getting people to realise how important it is to take care of these compact loaders. I did a service call on a solid tire 300 today that looked like it hadn't been greased in 200 hours. The undercab area was compacted with wood mulch/dust. A fire waiting to happen...

doug are you from the ny area?

Dirtman2007
09-24-2008, 06:16 PM
(balls out naturally) and I glanced down just for a second

See Ron If you had not been playing with yourself this would have never happened:laugh:

They fellow that used to run our skid steer backed into the 25 ton excavator oneday hauling ass in reverse after my boss tried to cut behind him real quick in the excavator. Hit so hard it moved the excavator an inch or two. But with takeuchi's being built like tanks it only put a small 6 long "x 1" wide dent in the rear of the door.


but to make you feel better I'll show you how I screwed up today... but we had the mini ex to yank it out.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-47.jpg


It was not my fault... the dirt should have not been that wet!

DougW
09-24-2008, 07:00 PM
doug are you from the ny area?

I work with Bobcat of the Wiregrass. Dothan, AL

DougW
09-24-2008, 07:05 PM
It was not my fault... the dirt should have not been that wet!

Heh, I centered a T190 trying to back uphill in a drain-off ditch. You only get the full effect of how heavy these machines are when you get them stuck.

Dirtman2007
09-24-2008, 07:20 PM
Heh, I centered a T190 trying to back uphill in a drain-off ditch. You only get the full effect of how heavy these machines are when you get them stuck.

Stuck huh,

this takie has caught hell over the two years, 1150 hours we've used it. stuck probably 50 times over that period, about a dozen + times by myself.
But I've always been able to get it out in about 5 minutes with another machine.

Here's what happens when you put and excavator operator( me) in the skid steer to go grade off a stump hole infested track of land.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/Picture675.jpg
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/Picture676.jpg
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/Picture678.jpg



I'm still in the lead for the deepest stuck for the tak. oneday I was pushing off a dump site and for some unexplain reason the truck drivers dumped about 5 loads of mud in the middle and then dumped about 40 loads of dry dirt around it. so you guessed it, pushing the pile off and whooooo buried it all the way up to the TL150 on the side/ even with the top of the hood in the back. Took a little while longer to get that one out!

DougW
09-24-2008, 07:27 PM
Brutal! I've seen machines driven into excavator holes, but not sinkholes. Who got the short straw there? Meaning who got to swim down to hook the chain to it.

mrsops
09-24-2008, 07:29 PM
Heh, I centered a T190 trying to back uphill in a drain-off ditch. You only get the full effect of how heavy these machines are when you get them stuck.

hey doug whats going with bobcat any new models coming out for the skid steers

Dirtman2007
09-24-2008, 07:44 PM
Brutal! I've seen machines driven into excavator holes, but not sinkholes. Who got the short straw there? Meaning who got to swim down to hook the chain to it.

I was the one man show that day, working alone that is. I never use chains to get it out. I just get on the excavator and take a couple scoops out from behind the skid steer and one on the side. Then I hop back in the tak, using the bucket to help, I back it righ out. Simple as that.

other times if someone is in the tak I'll just reach up and stick the excavator tooth behond the skid steer bucket a pull it right on out.

Nel-Martin
09-24-2008, 07:59 PM
i wanna see a pic of that kitty cat ron ..... with the dents ! :cool2:

Junior M
09-24-2008, 08:05 PM
i wanna see a pic of that kitty cat ron ..... with the dents ! :cool2:
I second that!

oakhillslandscaping
09-24-2008, 08:26 PM
dont worry ron happens to the best of us long days of tedious work stuff like that only takes the blink of and eye to happen

DougW
09-24-2008, 08:54 PM
hey doug whats going with bobcat any new models coming out for the skid steers

Skidsteers are getting a hydraulic pump revamp.

V417 VersaHandler

bobcatexc
09-24-2008, 09:32 PM
Dam, you video tape every other freakin thing and you didn't get this screw up on tape and now your little Cat logo's all screw up! :hammerhead:

bobcat_ron
09-24-2008, 09:36 PM
I got a 1 minute video including the awful noise it makes of the damage, but Im too tired to upload or do much of anything as of right now..............................stay tuned.

bobcat_ron
09-24-2008, 10:53 PM
Yup, watch this:

http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t178/rdj07/rdj-digi-vids/th_Pictures1154.jpg (http://s160.photobucket.com/albums/t178/rdj07/rdj-digi-vids/?action=view&current=Pictures1154.flv)

02DURAMAX
09-24-2008, 11:11 PM
Yup, watch this:

http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t178/rdj07/rdj-digi-vids/th_Pictures1154.jpg (http://s160.photobucket.com/albums/t178/rdj07/rdj-digi-vids/?action=view&current=Pictures1154.flv)
Man that sucks!!!

mrsops
09-24-2008, 11:22 PM
its not that bad ron. The opening the door sound def sucks thou. you gonna get that fixed or what

minimax
09-24-2008, 11:54 PM
Ron I bet you bent the hinge pins or bolts,I would look there first.

minimax

Ausman
09-24-2008, 11:58 PM
Ok no one else has said it thet so i will "That pussy has been pounded"

JDSKIDSTEER
09-25-2008, 03:52 AM
I work on Bobcats for a living. Rarely do I see a machine with a straight rear door. It sounds like you take care of your machine though. Checking the oil every morning; I salute you for that. Keep it greased and wash under the cab regularly as well. I'm not familiar with the Cat demographic, but I have a hell of a time getting people to realise how important it is to take care of these compact loaders. I did a service call on a solid tire 300 today that looked like it hadn't been greased in 200 hours. The undercab area was compacted with wood mulch/dust. A fire waiting to happen...I here you. I sell Deere and take in all brands on trade in. Few ever check their oil or grease their machine daily. Heck the money they could save if they would just grease the bucket end of the boom daily. No one running a Harley Rake on a cab unit ever take the cover off their A/C unit and clean out and wonder why they have A/C problems. Duh. And if they would pop the cab about once a month which is easy on a Deere and wash the dirt out of the belly from front to back would help save the hydraulic lines. Maintenance is the key.

bobcat_ron
09-25-2008, 09:49 AM
Ok no one else has said it thet so i will "That pussy has been pounded"

That's more like it!! http://deephousepage.com/smilies/focking.gif

It's hard to see it on video because of the curve in the door, but the dents are big, so big, the belt cover on the engine has a hole in it from the impact, it got pushed up against the pulley and the door sprang back, I guess Cat steel is tougher, proof that it actually bounced back.

bobcat_ron
09-25-2008, 09:50 AM
its not that bad ron. The opening the door sound def sucks thou. you gonna get that fixed or what



Naaaah, why bother, it's like having a really cool scar, it's makes for a great ice breaker and chicks dig battle wounds!

Junior M
09-25-2008, 01:56 PM
You should edit that video and put that chris cagle song "Chicks dig it" in... haha...


From far away you dont really notice it.. I bet it would be hard for someone that didnt know it was there to see it..That still sucks tho!