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Dirtman2007
11-16-2008, 07:38 PM
Today I took a little ride out to the big sewer line project to check on the progress. The big main 30" sewer line is going pretty slow. They've it a lot of rock and water while digging for the line. Over course they are having a water problem, their digging 12' deeper that the lake beside it!

Starting off we have a komatsu PC228 with a tilt bucket

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A new cat 950 wheel loader with forks

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The big ol' cat 375 beside that.

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Here's the big bucket for the 375 with the compaction wheels on the back

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Your's truely ...

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then the Komatsu PC1250 with the stone shooter attached to the rear.

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Cat 350

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Line of track trucks

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Down the road to the smaller 12" line

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PC 400
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/Random%20Construction/024-4.jpg

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cat 953

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hitachi 330
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Cat 320 CL with hammer and a linkbelt 330
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New Moxy Dump truck

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Junior M
11-16-2008, 07:50 PM
Can I get some details on that stone slinger thingy-mabob, never heard of one before..

stuvecorp
11-16-2008, 08:02 PM
Can I get some details on that stone slinger thingy-mabob, never heard of one before..

Someone send Junior a Rock n Dirt or Machinery Trader that he can read during school.:)

Dirt Digger2
11-16-2008, 08:08 PM
the hoe digs the trench and a loader can load the stone into the hopper...then the stone is routed on a conveyor under the hoe and shot into the trench

a pretty cool idea

Junior M
11-16-2008, 08:15 PM
Someone send Junior a Rock n Dirt or Machinery Trader that he can read during school.:)
Please? This place gets pretty boring during the day, I am stuck in school on my laptop trying to look occupied while looking at HEF and here, by 2nd block I have read everything..

Thanks Dirt...

J. Peterson Grading
11-16-2008, 08:35 PM
Its actually used for filling the hoe bucket. Instead of using a rock box (Where the operator would have to swing around and dip or move the box) he just hangs the bucket low and fills it. Then reaches into the trench to spread it.
J.

RockSet N' Grade
11-16-2008, 08:42 PM
Junior.....they are not telling the truth about the rock bucket......it is used like a shot gun when they see unwanted people coming on to the job.......a few splats from that shooter discourages lookie-loo's........ :)

Junior M
11-16-2008, 08:48 PM
Junior.....they are not telling the truth about the rock bucket......it is used like a shot gun when they see unwanted people coming on to the job.......a few splats from that shooter discourages lookie-loo's........ :)
or those pesky homeowners http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Battle/battle-6.gif

stuvecorp
11-16-2008, 09:32 PM
Junior.....they are not telling the truth about the rock bucket......it is used like a shot gun when they see unwanted people coming on to the job.......a few splats from that shooter discourages lookie-loo's........ :)

Okay you win points for using 'lookie-loo's'. I had to laugh at that.

bobcat_ron
11-16-2008, 10:04 PM
That PC400 has a custom long stick, that ain't factory!
NorthWest has a slinger conveyor under one of their EX450's that was used in Crackcouver, very, very neat to watch in action.

Dirtman2007
11-16-2008, 10:08 PM
That PC400 has a custom long stick, that ain't factory!
NorthWest has a slinger conveyor under one of their EX450's that was used in Crackcouver, very, very neat to watch in action.

I thought they had the 14' stick as an option?

bobcat_ron
11-16-2008, 10:19 PM
They now have a 15'9" arm option. YIKES!!!

Dirtman2007
11-16-2008, 10:30 PM
They now have a 15'9" arm option. YIKES!!!

That makes you want to go set some 20,000lbs concrete pipe with it! The operator might saying whooooooooooooo:laugh:

ksss
11-17-2008, 12:42 AM
Man that is a lot of iron on one job.

Gravel Rat
11-17-2008, 02:25 AM
There is lots of mud too :laugh:

It seems like you add a little water and you get lots of muck in that area of the country.

ianh
11-17-2008, 03:32 AM
Ya got me Dirtman... what's with the hyd ram and link chain sticking out of the engine bay of that 375? I've done a lotta pipes over the years, but that's a new one... on me anyway :confused:

GradeMan
11-17-2008, 05:53 AM
Love that pc 400

Dirtman2007
11-17-2008, 09:13 AM
Ya got me Dirtman... what's with the hyd ram and link chain sticking out of the engine bay of that 375? I've done a lotta pipes over the years, but that's a new one... on me anyway :confused:

that's the way they raise/ lower the counterweight for transporting the machine.

ianh
11-17-2008, 01:05 PM
Tks Dirtman... so do they drop the weight on another trailer to reduce the weight for transport, or is it just to take the load off the slewing ring when shifting the machine?

It's just that we shift our 450's all over the place, longest shift 3500 km for delivery but often 450 km to a regular job, and never take the counterweight off. We have to remove the bucket, but only to reduce the all up weight to 50 tonne, else we have to use a larger/more expensive float.

Dirt Digger2
11-17-2008, 04:41 PM
Tks Dirtman... so do they drop the weight on another trailer to reduce the weight for transport, or is it just to take the load off the slewing ring when shifting the machine?

It's just that we shift our 450's all over the place, longest shift 3500 km for delivery but often 450 km to a regular job, and never take the counterweight off. We have to remove the bucket, but only to reduce the all up weight to 50 tonne, else we have to use a larger/more expensive float.

most times they drop it off and put it on another truck...short hauls you can "get away with it....sometimes"

here in the states our trucks are held to 80,000lbs in most states, so contractors do what they can to try and avoid having to buy an overweight permit from the government

BrandonV
11-17-2008, 05:56 PM
we're blessed around here, especially this time of year if the soil gets wet now it won't dry out for a couple of weeks

Gravel Rat
11-17-2008, 06:26 PM
Contractors here haul 400-450 size machines as is because there is no scales so grossing over the 140,000lb limit isn't uncommon. None of the contractors have had to strip the counterweight off.

Even the logging contractors rarely use 40-45 ton hoes anymore its all 30-35 ton class machines because they cost more to move.

GradeMan
11-17-2008, 06:31 PM
They just need enough work to justify the move, < more than 3weeks work>

Gravel Rat
11-17-2008, 06:41 PM
A average hauling cost to move a 400 size machine around is 500 dollars for a 1 hour travel time then goes up from there. The lowbed guys are hungry for work so they will haul a machine for a decent rate. Really thou what are you going to use a Zaxis 450 on its a little overkill for residential and on commercial jobs 200 size machines are used. Any heavy lifting a crane is used like setting tanks etc.

Scag48
11-18-2008, 12:03 AM
I doubt cost of hauling is the reason contractors don't use 400-450 size machines. You need a lowboy for a 300 as well, don't see the difference in price between the two. Even if there was a $200-300 price difference between a 30 ton and 45 ton hoe for hauling, the 45 ton machine could easily make up the cost difference for hauling in about half a day via greater productivity.

45 ton hoes are hauled complete out here. I remember the day well when the 345DL we demo'd for a couple weeks showed up. Our 8's are moved complete as well, none of that breakdown BS.

BTW, that 400 with the super long stick is awesome. Never seen one that long out here, we aren't blessed with soft material.