View Full Version : CAT in real life

09-27-2008, 09:10 AM
What is the most hours one of you guys Has put on a CAT Skid ?? Without major probs ??


09-27-2008, 09:11 AM
I wonder if that hour meter is correct I had to put my glasses on & look 2 times:cool2:

09-27-2008, 09:26 AM
that machine had to be working 7 days a week since new

09-27-2008, 12:26 PM
Or it just spent a lot of time idling.......baaaaa-zing!!!!!!!

But seriously, one of the local recycling depots here has an original 246 with over 13,000 hours, just some minor cylinders and bushing repairs, and it still runs like new.

09-27-2008, 01:27 PM
I'm thinking it's a typo. More like 1010.4 hours instead.

But If I'm wrong I give the operator credit for keep thing machine looking good!

09-27-2008, 01:35 PM
If you look at the Hour meter in one of the pictures it actually shows that amount of hours

09-27-2008, 02:03 PM
The hour meter doesn't lie, unless it has something very wrong with the LCD crystals.

09-27-2008, 02:09 PM

2109 Stang
09-27-2008, 02:25 PM
Hi guys ,long time no post here ,but I do check every day,I'm not going to say it's no possible but that machine would have to be working 10 to 13 hrs a day 5 to 6 day every week for three years and if it did I'm sure that it would look a lot more beat up than shown on those pictures ,my guess is the digital hour meter was logging a lot shorter hours than 60 minutes .

09-27-2008, 02:29 PM
If the machine was used in a warehouse type of work and not dirt work then the good condition of the machine is fully believable. Also When a machine is used in clean conditions and not much abrasive material is exposed to the machine then I would think it could go twice those hours with almost no breakdowns at all.

Gravel Rat
09-27-2008, 03:51 PM
It looks like its only been digging sand Sillica ?

To get that many hours the machine must have been working two shifts like a morning and afternoon shift. If its idling hours then run like h*ll because its got a engine that will need a rebuild. Fuel washing would have worn the rings and cylinders out.

I don't think the wheels are orginal on the machine they have been changed if they were you would see wear marks on them.

09-27-2008, 09:37 PM
I remember reading a Cat publication a few years back. There was an article that featured a 246, the original A series 246, with I want to say over 20,000 hours on it with no major repairs, just routine maintenance. It worked at a recycling plant double shifts. They showed a picture of it, looked like absolute hell, paint all scratched up and the like, but it said no major issues or repairs.

09-27-2008, 09:38 PM
It looks like its only been digging sand Sillica ?

I was thinking about that all friggin' day, loading a conveyor or hopper everyday.

Gravel Rat
09-27-2008, 09:48 PM
The reason why I though silica sand was the fact in one of the pictures of inside the machine it looks like really white sand. Also you look at the pictures of the bucket its not worn like rocks or coarse pit run would wear a bucket. Then you look at the loader arms the paint is worn off in two odd spots its like they buried the bucket into the pile all the time.

09-27-2008, 09:56 PM
Looks like it hit an overhead beam all the time, I have that same kind of rust going on there on my loader too, and I've rubbed a few headers.

09-27-2008, 11:35 PM
wow!!...Thats workint it everyday for 9.3Hrs Straight!!!

09-30-2008, 08:51 AM
Grease up the cats ass & it might do another 10000 hrs.