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Dirtman2007
12-20-2008, 07:24 PM
So your digging the fill out of one end, and hauling it to the other side, to make a parking lot, right? What is the parking lot for, I know parking cars but I mean, like what business, it looks like a residential community..

How's the dozer do on that steep slope, any slipping, or anything?

That's right. It's a dance studio and they only have 12 parking places. well sometimes they have 150 pleople there and parking was a problem so thats why were digging out a hole to park in.

Dozer does awsome, I was going sideways on a 2:1 slope with no sliding.

Junior M
12-20-2008, 07:25 PM
That's right. It's a dance studio and they only have 12 parking places. well sometimes they have 150 pleople there and parking was a problem so thats why were digging out a hole to park in.

Dozer does awsome, I was going sideways on a 2:1 slope with no sliding.
Holy crap, I bet you had the seat belt on!

Dirtman2007
12-20-2008, 07:36 PM
Holy crap, I bet you had the seat belt on!

Nope, I don't even know if the seat belt works, I've never pull it out to see. I'll have to try that on monday!

Dirtman2007
12-22-2008, 05:43 PM
well today we finished hauling the bulk of the dirt, I've moved roughly 3500 yards in just in under 3 full working days.
It was freaking cold today! 16 degrees this morning and never got above freezing all day


Making the last cut

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-65.jpg
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-60.jpg

I'm starting to get a hole!


http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/006-54.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/007-40.jpg

This was a 3PM. I'm not used to this crap!

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/008-34.jpg

That's alot of fill

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/009-31.jpg
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/010-29.jpg

Pulling dirt away from the silt fence


http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/012-17.jpg


Camera's just dont show how steep hills really are. I swear it's a 2:1 slope, you can bearly walk up it!

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/018-5.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/019-4.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/020-6.jpg

kreft
12-22-2008, 05:45 PM
Are you loading that dump over the cab?

kreft
12-22-2008, 05:47 PM
...... Your not use to what? Frozen dirt, or boots?

Dirtman2007
12-22-2008, 05:53 PM
...... Your not use to what? Frozen dirt, or boots?

BOTH! lol

Just mainly the Ice sickels comming up from the ground... I'm sure you northern folks don't pay any attention to them.


I was loading the truck from the rear

Gravel Rat
12-22-2008, 06:08 PM
Nice looking job :drinkup:

Sure nice working with dirt :laugh:

The picture of the dozer on the side hill looks safe enough its just tough on the lower back and the butt cheeks :dizzy:

So are they going to hydroseed the hill ?

kreft
12-22-2008, 06:16 PM
Or are you using curlex/ matting?

Dirtman2007
12-22-2008, 06:16 PM
Nice looking job :drinkup:

Sure nice working with dirt :laugh:

The picture of the dozer on the side hill looks safe enough its just tough on the lower back and the butt cheeks :dizzy:

So are they going to hydroseed the hill ?

I think were going to mulch part of the hill and seed/ straw the rest.

Junior M
12-22-2008, 06:23 PM
Nice, so hows the seat belt in the dozer! :laugh:

Gravel Rat
12-22-2008, 06:24 PM
With the rain we get here on the West Coast of B.C. we would have a tarp over the whole slope to keep the rain off till it got hydroseeded. One rainstorm and all the dirt would be over flowing the silt fence :laugh:

Dirtman2007
12-22-2008, 06:31 PM
Nice, so hows the seat belt in the dozer! :laugh:

I don't know I forgot to see if it works... I'll try tomorrow!

who Knows it might hold me in the seat while grading the slope better than putting my foot on the windsheild.:hammerhead:

Dirt Digger2
12-22-2008, 07:20 PM
the only time you need a seat belt is if you "forget" to hit the decel before you shift forward/reverse

i don't think i have ever used a seat belt on a machine...except for a 4700 John Deere utility tractor brush mowing hills...its a bad habit because i normally don't wear one driving big truck either, which translated into not wearing one in small trucks...

Dirtman2007
12-22-2008, 07:24 PM
the only time you need a seat belt is if you "forget" to hit the decel before you shift forward/reverse

yeah, go from 2300RPM from fowards to reverse in 2nd gear with no decel and you'll meet the windsheild up close and personal:laugh:

Dirtman2007
12-22-2008, 07:28 PM
the only time you need a seat belt is if you "forget" to hit the decel before you shift forward/reverse

i don't think i have ever used a seat belt on a machine...except for a 4700 John Deere utility tractor brush mowing hills...its a bad habit because i normally don't wear one driving big truck either, which translated into not wearing one in small trucks...

I'm different, I've never worn one in a peice of equipment. I mean I've never pull on one to see if it works or not. But with regular cars and truck I put it on every time. I guess I feel more safe in the machines as I'm in control of it. But on the road you have all the other crazy idiots that try to run into you:laugh:

Dirt Digger2
12-22-2008, 07:31 PM
true...plus if you don't put one on in a Ford the damn thing doesn't stop dinging

dozerman21
12-22-2008, 07:35 PM
I occasionally wear the seat belt when I'm on a slope like that, or if I have to backfill close to a wall. The seat belt does help keep you from sliding around when on a slope, but anytime you could possibly be thrown from the machine I would wear it. Considering what you happen when you actually need it, it's worth the time it takes to click it.

RedRebel
12-22-2008, 07:41 PM
Our 2001 ford f250 will stop dinging...all you have to do is push the seat belt release when it dings and it will not ding again!

bobcat_ron
12-22-2008, 07:42 PM
If that was here, we'd be sh*tting ourselves if we even felt a slight mist in the air, that would all wash away with rain.

Dirtman2007
12-22-2008, 07:43 PM
true...plus if you don't put one on in a Ford the damn thing doesn't stop dinging

ahh you know too:laugh:

there is a trick to stopping that, I was in the truck all day oneday going about 5 MPH while the guys were blowing straw off the trailer. No need for a seat belt and the damn thing kept dinging:dizzy:

If you buckle up for a minute and put it in drive, then you can take it off and not have the dinging sound.

Dirtman2007
12-22-2008, 07:46 PM
If that was here, we'd be sh*tting ourselves if we even felt a slight mist in the air, that would all wash away with rain.

It rained about a 1/2" on it the other night and really did not wash that bad. But I don't want to see a gully washer no time soon! Goodbye silt fence:laugh:

Dirt Digger2
12-22-2008, 08:06 PM
ahh you know too:laugh:

there is a trick to stopping that, I was in the truck all day oneday going about 5 MPH while the guys were blowing straw off the trailer. No need for a seat belt and the damn thing kept dinging:dizzy:

If you buckle up for a minute and put it in drive, then you can take it off and not have the dinging sound.

yea or turn the radio up really loud, or buckle the belt behind your back...

there is also a way in the owners manual to turn the feature off...i tried in the 550 but couldn't get it to work

NateV
12-22-2008, 08:56 PM
Yep its in the owners manual..thats the first thing i shut off on my truck when i got it..


Make sure all the doors are closed, trun key to on position and wait for seat belt light to go out. once it goes out buckle and unbuckle the belt 9 times ending with it unbuckled. then the light should come on for a few seconds. as soon as the light goes out buckle and unbuckle it one more time then the light should flash really fast which tells you its disabled. Its in the book i think its called Beltminder.

Junior M
12-22-2008, 09:17 PM
It rained about a 1/2" on it the other night and really did not wash that bad. But I don't want to see a gully washer no time soon! Goodbye silt fence:laugh:
That clay will be as hard as a rock once you track it in with the dozer, it settles out and then rains a lil bit.. Atleast thats the way it is down here, hard enough to bounce a shovel off of..

RedRebel
12-23-2008, 12:10 PM
I will just stick to reaching down after it dings the first time and pressing it?!

Dirtman2007
12-23-2008, 06:27 PM
Got all the dirt work done today. Time to take a couple days off for Christmas, then seed and straw the site on friday.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-67.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-71.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/006-55.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/007-41.jpg

Dirt Digger2
12-23-2008, 06:32 PM
looks good chris...i am suprised your township/county is letting you get away with slopes that steep though

Dirtman2007
12-23-2008, 06:35 PM
looks good chris...i am suprised your township/county is letting you get away with slopes that steep though

Thanks

I've never heard of any rules about how steep hills can be around here. The fill side is not a s steep as it was before. It was a 1:1 slope before, now it's a 2:1 to 3:1 slope.

jefftb
12-23-2008, 06:53 PM
Slopes are not overly steep unless you are worried about erosion control.

I'd think you'd need to go 2x-3x as heavy with the blown straw for those slopes.

The initial cost would be more but I would go with excelsior fabric and staples. It would reduce the potential for a go back-but that's just me.

I just looked at the pictures again, I would revise my excelsior fabric statement to just covering the farthest left section of the slope and the pretty steep sections in the back right below the access road.

Dirtman2007
12-23-2008, 07:00 PM
Slopes are not overly steep unless you are worried about erosion control.

I'd think you'd need to go 2x-3x as heavy with the blown straw for those slopes.

The initial cost would be more but I would go with excelsior fabric and staples. It would reduce the potential for a go back-but that's just me.

I just looked at the pictures again, I would revise my excelsior fabric statement to just covering the farthest left section of the slope and the pretty steep sections in the back right below the access road.

Yeah I'm going heavy with the straw on the slopes. I'm lucky the homeowner at the end where the fill is will let me use his driveway to bring all my straw and blower down. He was so excited for us to bring all the dirt down his way. He now as a back yard instead of a cliff!

Junior M
12-23-2008, 07:10 PM
Wow, looks good chris, so in all how many yards did yall move?

Dirtman2007
12-23-2008, 08:06 PM
I think it was close to 4000 yards. not too bad for only 4 working days. Its graded and ready for seed/ straw.

bobcat_ron
12-23-2008, 08:20 PM
That's damn nice parking lot, is it getting gravel later too?

Dirtman2007
12-23-2008, 08:36 PM
That's damn nice parking lot, is it getting gravel later too?

Yeah, I'll probably do that on monday or tues.

Dirt Digger2
12-23-2008, 10:12 PM
up in these parts townships have codes that state any disturbed area can not have a finished slope of anything greater then 3:1 if it is to have grass planted and 2:1 if it is not having grass planted but rather shrubbery....anything steeper needs to either be terraced or go through months of approval...

i like the way you guys do it down there too....if we ran regular silt fence that close to a stream and not super silt fence the conservation district would be all over our ass

dozerman21
12-23-2008, 10:16 PM
Nice work! I wish we had dirt half that dry and easy to grade. Frozen all week, now mud after the rain.:rolleyes:

Dirtman2007
12-23-2008, 10:37 PM
up in these parts townships have codes that state any disturbed area can not have a finished slope of anything greater then 3:1 if it is to have grass planted and 2:1 if it is not having grass planted but rather shrubbery....anything steeper needs to either be terraced or go through months of approval...

i like the way you guys do it down there too....if we ran regular silt fence that close to a stream and not super silt fence the conservation district would be all over our ass

This is actually the first time I've put up silt fence with stell post and wire. I usually just buy the cheap crap from lowes with the wooden post already stapled on. It's just for looks anyway.LOL

City said stay 30' from the creek. Well I am in some places. Thats why we did this near the holidays, Get in, Get out, and get r done, all before they return to work.

Gravel Rat
12-23-2008, 10:47 PM
There has been a few jobs that I worked on where we needed a silt fence. The rules and regulations about working around a creek that fish use can be a little strict.

Around here you don't want the dept of fisheries guy mad at you. Anytime something has to be done around a creek its done in a dry season so there is no chance of run off into the creek from the rain. If it does start rainning them the work is put off till the rain stops.

There is times of the year when the fish are spawning you can't even work near the creeks.

Bleed Green
12-24-2008, 01:40 AM
so what exactly were u doing on this project?

Dirtman2007
12-26-2008, 05:33 PM
Blew 110 bails of straw today. This barn is slam full of straw from the ground to the top. Talk about a climb!


http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-68.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-66.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-61.jpg

J. Peterson Grading
12-26-2008, 07:12 PM
Are you going to crimp/tuck that straw? Seems everytime I don't crimp it, the wind comes up and blows it away...

J.

Gravel Rat
12-26-2008, 07:13 PM
Wow that comes out pretty clean. Never seen hay/straw blown and used for erosion control. I guess it is because hay is fairly expensive I forget how much it is per bail.

Dirtman2007
12-26-2008, 07:24 PM
Are you going to crimp/tuck that straw? Seems everytime I don't crimp it, the wind comes up and blows it away...

J.

I tell you I have a horse shoe up my rear for when I do straw, It always comes a nice drizzle and tacts everything down.

Today was perfect it came a very light shower and it held down perfect.



Gravel rat: What else you you use? my hay is only $3.00 a bail... what can you use that is cheaper than that. straw an acre for less than $300.

Gravel Rat
12-26-2008, 08:52 PM
Any slopes etc are usually hydroseeded right away or use tarps till the rain holds off then hydroseed. Even used car tires work to keep the rain from washing away the dirt.

Straw/Hay is more than 3 dollars a bail I think its more than 10 dollars a bail. Hay isn't grown locally so to get it you have to have it trucked to you from farms 200 miles away and you have to buy it in the B train load which holds about 25 tons worth :laugh:

kreft
12-26-2008, 11:41 PM
I'm suprised you didn't have your #1 employee shake it by hand! lol


right juinor?

stuvecorp
12-27-2008, 12:01 AM
Looks good. Site work is awesome.

J. Peterson Grading
12-27-2008, 10:39 AM
You are one lucky SOB for getting light rain!!! Lol. I have always thought about putting some Hydro-seed Tackifier into a push spreader and spread over the top of the blown straw. Figure it would help keep it down. Especially on the smaller jobs where we can't crimp it.

What kind of Blower are you using. I have a WIC.. It works good, but I feel it cuts way to fine of material. Mine broke down and we used a friends Goosen. Man that thing could BLOW!! Cut about the same, but it had so mush more power. You would load it and stand back.

Same friend has a Vermeer pull type as well. Its brand new and does the big round bales. He did 4 bales over about an acre.5 and it took all of 10 minutes. it a bottom discharge model so it keeps the material down low so it coat nice and heavy, and is a dream to crimp behind.

J.

J. Peterson Grading
12-27-2008, 10:42 AM
Oh I see it. its a FINN.

Dirtman2007
12-27-2008, 11:17 AM
Oh I see it. its a FINN.

Yeah we rented a Finn B70. Its got a 3 or 4 cylinder diesel motor on it. It had no problem blowing the straw 50' with no wind. You only had to break a bail up into aout 3 pieces before chunking it in. I averaged about a bail a minute putting it put. only took about 15-20 seconds to blow a bail though!

J. Peterson Grading
12-27-2008, 11:30 AM
Mine you can drop a whole bale in. No breaking it into chunks. Just drop it in.

J.

Dirtman2007
12-27-2008, 11:34 AM
Mine you can drop a whole bale in. No breaking it into chunks. Just drop it in.

J.

can the strings go in too?

That just takes all the fun out of work:rolleyes:

J. Peterson Grading
12-27-2008, 12:08 PM
Yep. strings and all. Luckily we havn't gotten into any wire tied bales yet. we still have over 600 bales in the barn where we get them.

Price for me is something like $3.00 per bale, delivered. He brings something like 300 bales each time. Then we put them into our storage and use them as needed.

We also straw matte, and used to do a bit of hydro. but hydro is to ify and we can count on it to grow. We still have those customers that insist on it though, I always try to talk them out of it, and if I can't I will walk away from the job no matter what the size. The straw blown way is by far the best method for us.

J.

Dirtman2007
12-29-2008, 06:02 PM
Here's a little project I've been called apon to fix.

It's a old pond at a golf course. The drain pipe had rotted and it cause the last 20' of pipe to collapse and break off creating a huge hole in the backside of the dam. I opened the valve and drained the pond empty so I can install a new overflow. I will fill the old one with concrete and abandon it.

Look at all the week old dead fish floating in the hole. Smells like money!

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-69.jpg


There's yer problem!

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-72.jpg

Look at the thousands of golf balls!



I had to track all my stuff down about a 1/2 miles of golf cart path... oh joy.

I will be installing a flash board riser as the new overflow. this will allow them to adjust the water lever by adding or removing boards in the box. Just in case we have another drought and they need to let water into their irrigation pond

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-67.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-62.jpg

bobcat_ron
12-29-2008, 07:04 PM
You're gonna make a fortune off those golf balls!

Dirtman2007
12-29-2008, 07:23 PM
You're gonna make a fortune off those golf balls!

You would really be surprised, I've got 2,200 of them at the house in to big trash cans. I can't get rid of them and make anything. The best offer I've been given was 8 cents each. That's not even worth me going out there and picking them all up, cleaning, and trying to resale. I much rather sit on my ass and wiggle some levers:laugh:

My friends always rob my golf ball collection when they come over anyways.

Construct'O
12-29-2008, 08:08 PM
Cleaned a golf course pond once upon a time:)

Used an old Cat 225 excavator with a 72" ditch cleaning bucket.Never thought of finding the golf balls until a few scoops of mud and there they were all over.

We spent sometime picking them up ,but soon grow tired of that.Did get a bunch of them before quiting.The whole back of the pickup beds floor(just the floor) behind the fuel tank was covered with balls.

Gave most of them too friends that i knew played golf.:usflag:

Dirtman2007
12-29-2008, 09:06 PM
I clean out pond once at a country club and picke dup over 8, 5 gallon bucket fulls in less than a hour. I dumped them all in the back of the truck bed. That sure was a mistake, forgot how round things tend to "roll" Stop and go traffic with 1000 golf ball rolling around in the bed can make people stare at you..... but that's normal anyways :laugh:

Dirtman2007
12-30-2008, 10:31 PM
Today I put down the base for my parking lot, 4" of crushed concrete, it's almost like crush and run, it just smells like a bag of quickcrete.

Who said dirt guys can't do stripes???

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/009-32.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/010-30.jpg

Spread a 1" of stone over the area, I'm going to roll it in, in the morning. then top it off with some more stone.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/014-12.jpg

jefftb
12-30-2008, 10:36 PM
Dirtman,

Just a question on this job. If your seed/straw does not produce grass (yeah, I know you're golden on this issue:clapping:) but say it does not, would you have to come back and re-seed/straw as a warranty item?

That wears me out on some jobs, we had to put the stuff down in the drought summer two years in a row and I ate it on a couple of go backs.

Dirtman2007
12-30-2008, 10:43 PM
Dirtman,

Just a question on this job. If your seed/straw does not produce grass (yeah, I know you're golden on this issue:clapping:) but say it does not, would you have to come back and re-seed/straw as a warranty item?

That wears me out on some jobs, we had to put the stuff down in the drought summer two years in a row and I ate it on a couple of go backs.

Nope,

I've done all I can do, I can't control mother nature. Everyone has always understood that, I can't stay around and babysit the grass.

I a year the kudzu vines will take over and cover the hillside anyways. I think one of the home owners that lived on the hill where I added most of the dirt said we was going to replant the grass anyways on his side.

jefftb
12-30-2008, 10:50 PM
That's a good deal.

On most of our utility jobs we're on the hook until grass is growing and in some cases measurable. Makes me:hammerhead::dizzy:

kreft
12-30-2008, 10:58 PM
Nice stripes!

Dirtman2007
12-30-2008, 11:09 PM
Thanks,

Check out my crazy ass truck driver. Truck has 6 gears going in reverse!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRYKkrqL-0U

Bleed Green
12-30-2008, 11:28 PM
couldn't you have just dumped the dirt and used the ctl to get it to its destination if he was having that much trouble getting into the site?

CAT powered
12-30-2008, 11:33 PM
Hey Chris did you happen to hire away my driver for a week? He said he was on "Vacation" but that looks like his driving.

Those old Macks with the double sticks are great. You really can get going almost 30 in reverse. My newest (to me not year wise) truck tractor is an R model Mack with 3,000 engine hours on it that has double sticks. It's a beast in the mud and is built like a tank.

Dirt Digger2
12-31-2008, 09:11 AM
those double sticks were beasts...thats what i learned to drive on..made switching to an 8LL almost seem easy

Junior M
12-31-2008, 10:09 AM
J Peterson Grading: What is crimping straw? Never heard of that..


Oh, yeah, I am back from Ohio :cry:

bobcat_ron
12-31-2008, 11:09 AM
J Peterson Grading: What is crimping straw? Never heard of that..


Oh, yeah, I am back from Ohio :cry:

It's when the straw gets pushed in the dirt to keep it from blowing away, there's an attachment for tractors and skid steers that looks like a disc that a tractor would pull, but the discs aren't very sharp, they just punch the straw in the soil, hence "crimping".

Junior M
12-31-2008, 11:11 AM
It's when the straw gets pushed in the dirt to keep it from blowing away, there's an attachment for tractors and skid steers that looks like a disc that a tractor would pull, but the discs aren't very sharp, they just punch the straw in the soil, hence "crimping".
Oh... Hmmm. Never heard of that before, Dad always just put down the straw according to the weather..

bobcat_ron
12-31-2008, 11:31 AM
Oh... Hmmm. Never heard of that before, Dad always just put down the straw according to the weather..

Soil crimper:

http://www.edneyco.com/catalog/popup_image.php?pID=854

Dirtman2007
01-05-2009, 05:20 PM
finished up the parking lot job with a few more loads of gravel to top it off. Really turned out good.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-73.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-72.jpg

Then I pack by lunch and went for a drive in the excavator to the golf course. You know you like my pilot car!

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-70.jpg

Let's see, Here's the irrigation line and all the power wires that the guy at the golf course said were not in the ground here:hammerhead:

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-63.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/005-58.jpg


Here is the flash board riser that I'm installing so that they can control the level of water flowing into their irrigation pond. Pretty neat setup.
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/006-56.jpg
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/007-42.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-73.jpg

Then I had to remove the old leaking standpipe. Hey there's that irrigation line again!, saved the power cables this time.
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-69.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-64.jpg


Kinda in a tight spot.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/005-59.jpg


once I got the grade down to just above there the bottom of the old pipe was I put the skid steer in the hole to track the Fill dirt back in. It did a 90 -95% compaction rating.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/006-57.jpg


Now that it a TAKEUCHI bucket full!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/007-43.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/008-36.jpg


All done, I also regraded and lowered the spillway to the correct elevation. Onto the next pond we go!..... But this time I'm filling one in.
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-74.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-70.jpg

Junior M
01-05-2009, 05:22 PM
You did that all after lunch? Awesome.. I know I've said it alot before, but I would love to work for yall :cool2:

Dirtman2007
01-05-2009, 05:27 PM
You did that all after lunch? Awesome.. I know I've said it alot before, but I would love to work for yall :cool2:

No that was several days worth of work. I wish you were here today, I had to be the ditch B*tch for about 15 minutes... Lot a little winded there :laugh:

Dirt Digger2
01-05-2009, 05:30 PM
you guys sure do ship a lot of equipment to each job...hell that job for us would have been a backhoe and a jumping jack or trench roller and nothing more

Junior M
01-05-2009, 05:31 PM
No that was several days worth of work. I wish you were here today, I had to be the ditch B*tch for about 15 minutes... Lot a little winded there :laugh:
I dont mind being ditch bitc# as long as you dont make me run my mexican backhoe anymore than needed, like KSSS does :laugh:. But your an awesome operator, that probably wouldnt happen much..

The way you worded it, made it sound like you did it all in one day..

jefftb
01-05-2009, 05:32 PM
That irrigation pipe and electric conduit comment reminded me of my favorite line (well it is now-2 years later) from a former project

"ohh no sir, that duct bank does not run under this wall its 10 feet over there and buried 36" deep."

20" later you know what we hit.......:hammerhead: Fortunately, no serious damage done.

Junior M
01-05-2009, 05:32 PM
you guys sure do ship a lot of equipment to each job...hell that job for us would have been a backhoe and a jumping jack or trench roller and nothing more
We woulda put a skidsteer and mini ex on there, if we were fightin to get the job, probably just the 335 and a couple buckets, and a plate...

Dirtman2007
01-05-2009, 05:37 PM
you guys sure do ship a lot of equipment to each job...hell that job for us would have been a backhoe and a jumping jack or trench roller and nothing more

I would have liked to seen this job done with a backhoe, Given I did not give you the heads up that the old stand pipe was a 36" pipe, sleeved in a
48" pipe and had concrete poured inbetween the two. Talk about a heavy SOB!

Junior M
01-05-2009, 05:38 PM
I would have liked to seen this job done with a backhoe, Given I did not give you the heads up that the old stand pipe was a 36" pipe, sleeved in a
48" pipe and had concrete poured inbetween the two. Talk about a heavy SOB!
That makes sence, how did you dispose of it? Chunk it out in the pond?

Dirtman2007
01-05-2009, 05:43 PM
That makes sence, how did you dispose of it? Chunk it out in the pond?

SHHHH

I said I would get rid of it, Just not how:laugh:

It's out of sight... Out of mind.

The rest went to the scrap yard.

Junior M
01-05-2009, 05:45 PM
SHHHH

I said I would get rid of it, Just not how:laugh:

It's out of sight... Out of mind.

The rest went to the scrap yard.
Ah, I see, what if they call you back to dig out the pond? Then you got to hide the thing, again... :laugh:

Dirtman2007
01-05-2009, 06:21 PM
Ah, I see, what if they call you back to dig out the pond? Then you got to hide the thing, again... :laugh:

I'll dig a deeper hole to put it in:cool2:

bobcat_ron
01-05-2009, 07:29 PM
It's just so nice to see current jobs with NO SNOW!!!

Junior M
01-05-2009, 07:36 PM
It's just so nice to see current jobs with NO SNOW!!!
I was wearing a short sleeve shirt today, and comfortable! You should spend one winter down here Ronnie..

Dirtman2007
01-05-2009, 07:58 PM
It's just so nice to see current jobs with NO SNOW!!!

We don't get snow, Just rain. My god is it wet around here. It rains just about every other day and then then next day is cloudy. The jobsites never dry off.

Look ma, Don't dont need my tracks to move.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/th_daewoo-2.jpg (http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/?action=view&current=daewoo-2.flv)

jefftb
01-05-2009, 08:08 PM
We don't get snow, Just rain. My god is it wet around here. It rains just about every other day and then then next day is cloudy. The jobsites never dry off.

Look ma, Don't dont need my tracks to move.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/th_daewoo-2.jpg (http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/?action=view&current=daewoo-2.flv)

No joke. We're expecting 2-3" inches of rain in the next 36 hours (headed your way I think). That's more than some regions get in a week or a month. On top of everything else that we have received in the last 3 weeks. I'm already tired from worry and anxiety due to jobs sliding behind and its only January 5th. We have a four week job that must be finished by February 15th.

Junior M
01-05-2009, 08:11 PM
I thought you were goin to slide down and hit the camera there for a minute! :laugh:

Dirtman2007
01-05-2009, 08:17 PM
I thought you were goin to slide down and hit the camera there for a minute! :laugh:

Don't you try that at home junior... You might hurt yerself:laugh: You Get that camera working yet??


Jeff:

Yeah the rain is heading our way. Hopefully the mountains will break it up some but I think were still expecting a inch or so. If it were all snow, I think we would look like Rons little piece of earth.

Gravel Rat
01-05-2009, 08:45 PM
Anybody from British Columbia will trade you for rain than snow anyday of the week. Everybody I talk to is sick of this ***t. It froze last night in some parts and the roads were skating rinks and people going into the ditch.

Junior M
01-05-2009, 08:50 PM
Don't you try that at home junior... You might hurt yerself:laugh: You Get that camera working yet??


Jeff:

Yeah the rain is heading our way. Hopefully the mountains will break it up some but I think were still expecting a inch or so. If it were all snow, I think we would look like Rons little piece of earth.
I know, thats why I have to wear a helmet :cry: :laugh: No, I STILL havent messed with it..

AWJ Services
01-05-2009, 09:29 PM
Good part about the rain is it is really putting a strain on the septic systems.
Good for business.
A few turds push back up in the bathtub and cost is irrelevant.

Dirtman2007
01-05-2009, 09:35 PM
Good part about the rain is it is really putting a strain on the septic systems.
Good for business.
A few turds push back up in the bathtub and cost is irrelevant.

I'm glad I don't have to deal with that.

So the customers #2 is your #1 :)

Junior M
01-05-2009, 09:37 PM
So the customers #2 is your #1 :)

:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: Never heard that before...

AWJ Services
01-05-2009, 09:46 PM
#1 in the # 2 buisness.LOL

It is not really that bad.You only deal with the effluent.
Replacments are the toughest because you end up dodging everything in the yard yet maintaing grade.
100 foot runs that you hold in a +/- 1/2 inch tolerance.

Here is the last job.The grade dictated the trenches get deep in the middle.
It was a bunch of digging.

Dirtman2007
01-05-2009, 09:46 PM
:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: Never heard that before...

Digging in the dirt all day I don't have anything else better to do than to think of funny little sayings.

How about

"were #1 in the #2 business"



I'm telling you,
We have fun at work!

Dirtman2007
01-05-2009, 09:51 PM
#1 in the # 2 buisness.LOL

It is not really that bad.You only deal with the effluent.
Replacments are the toughest because you end up dodging everything in the yard yet maintaing grade.
100 foot runs that you hold in a +/- 1/2 inch tolerance.

Here is the last job.The grade dictated the trenches get deep in the middle.
It was a bunch of digging.



Posted at the same time, I'll give you credit for the #1 in the #2 business.

What's up with the black pipe over your 4" terd line. I've never seen that done before. Around here they just dig a trench, dump a layer of 57 stone in, lay the black 4" drain pipe with holes in it, backfill with more stone, then lay a piece if fabric over the stone before covering it all up with dirt.

jefftb
01-05-2009, 09:52 PM
I have a friend that works at a muni WWTP. His favorite is "we treat what you eat." OMG.

jefftb
01-05-2009, 09:54 PM
Posted at the same time, I'll give you credit for the #1 in the #2 business.

What's up with the black pipe over your 4" terd line. I've never seen that done before. Around here they just dig a trench, dump a layer of 57 stone in, lay the black 4" drain pipe with holes in it, backfill with more stone, then lay a piece if fabric over the stone before covering it all up with dirt.

Not sure but it looks like it could be a graveless pipe or an infiltrator chamber system.

Junior M
01-05-2009, 09:55 PM
I actually like putting in new lines, and replacing older ones. Holding grade isnt all that bad when your area is only as wide as your bucket..

AWJ, I've always wondered, what do you pull your equipment with?

Junior M
01-05-2009, 09:57 PM
Posted at the same time, I'll give you credit for the #1 in the #2 business.

What's up with the black pipe over your 4" terd line. I've never seen that done before. Around here they just dig a trench, dump a layer of 57 stone in, lay the black 4" drain pipe with holes in it, backfill with more stone, then lay a piece if fabric over the stone before covering it all up with dirt.
Same thing that we used to do, except now we've found some stuff that you dont have to use gravel on, its like 4in inside of an 8in or larger piece of pipe with some type of foam inbetween it, with another layer around that, I dont know but it would be super easy to run, with only one piece of equipment needed...

AWJ Services
01-05-2009, 10:01 PM
Those are infiltrator chambers.

http://www.infiltratorsystems.com/

They allow a 65% reduction in linear feet.
The soil is very poor here.It has so much clay the percolation rate is terrible.
You get in to the coastal plains area and it is better.So when replacing a system they want you to limit intrusion in the old drain field.So the 35% reduction is a plus.The other positive is the chambers resist blockage from root infringement.

if you look in the pictures you see the soil has different colors.
This yard had 3 or 4 inches of top soil , then about 18 inches of hard clay then underneath that the subsoil was excellent.
See the orange and pink color.That soil was from the bottom of the trench and had a large amount of sand mixed in.
200 foot of digging 6 to 7 foot deep in hard soil.
It just had rained several inches the days before the job.The Clay layer on top acts like a shield.The dirt was dry as a bone.

Dirt Digger2
01-05-2009, 10:02 PM
those black things are infiltrator chambers...the 4" pipe dead ends into them so they are allowed to fill with water...some places want 4" perf run the length of them too....here they are mainly used for new systems at old houses because they are good for areas that don't perc all that well because of the volume they can hold

the trenches with #57 and pipe is most common here

and I don't know if you can call yourself #1 in the #2 business if you don't have a pumping side to your company....or do you?...if you've been holding out on me letting me think i am the only one here who sucks turds through a straw i'll be pissed HAHA

EDIT:....typed my response before AWJ's was up there

Junior M
01-05-2009, 10:09 PM
Those are infiltrator chambers.

http://www.infiltratorsystems.com/

They allow a 65% reduction in linear feet.
The soil is very poor here.It has so much clay the percolation rate is terrible.
You get in to the coastal plains area and it is better.So when replacing a system they want you to limit intrusion in the old drain field.So the 35% reduction is a plus.The other positive is the chambers resist blockage from root infringement.

if you look in the pictures you see the soil has different colors.
This yard had 3 or 4 inches of top soil , then about 18 inches of hard clay then underneath that the subsoil was excellent.
See the orange and pink color.That soil was from the bottom of the trench and had a large amount of sand mixed in.
200 foot of digging 6 to 7 foot deep in hard soil.
It just had rained several inches the days before the job.The Clay layer on top acts like a shield.The dirt was dry as a bone.
I am not even sure how these guys figured it, but the crew I saw using it doesnt use anything but that infiltrator chambers, atleast that was what I understood from talking to them. I saw it after that at the supply house.. I'd like to put in a system using it..

AWJ Services
01-05-2009, 10:12 PM
No pumping for me.
I have a pumping company that sends me some jobs.

In theory the chambers are a good idea.
The #1 cause of system failure here is roots.
I as of yet have seen a chamber fail because of roots.
The problem with chambers is improper backfill.
I have a job I bid on where the idiot installer crushed a chamber with the backhoe when back filling.
A 1 1/2 year old system.

jefftb
01-05-2009, 10:13 PM
Chambers are pretty cool but the Infiltrator Company is a rough shod company in the market. They have a reputation for being "lawsuit" inclined when they meet regs that are not favorable to chambers. ADS makes a good chamber. I will say Infiltrator has one of the best HDPE 1500 Gallon Septic tanks on the market today. They just released that thing about 6 weeks ago.

Junior M
01-05-2009, 10:16 PM
No pumping for me.
I have a pumping company that sends me some jobs.

In theory the chambers are a good idea.
The #1 cause of system failure here is roots.
I as of yet have seen a chamber fail because of roots.
The problem with chambers is improper backfill.
I have a job I bid on where the idiot installer crushed a chamber with the backhoe when back filling.
A 1 1/2 year old system.
I did a couple new line installs, for existing tanks, and most of the time it was a mistake by the installer..

Let me ask you a question while we're on this topic-- Would running over the trench with one track of a 8,500lbs mini ex on the trench with corrugated 5.5 feet deep with gravel bedding on the pipe, would the machine hurt that? I wouldnt think so, but I am not totally sure..

AWJ Services
01-05-2009, 10:19 PM
I doubt it.
The chambers are rated at 16000 pounds per axle with 12 inches of dirt covering them.

Dirtman2007
01-05-2009, 10:20 PM
I did a couple new line installs, for existing tanks, and most of the time it was a mistake by the installer..

Let me ask you a question while we're on this topic-- Would running over the trench with one track of a 8,500lbs mini ex on the trench with corrugated 5.5 feet deep with gravel bedding on the pipe, would the machine hurt that? I wouldnt think so, but I am not totally sure..

Not with that much coverage. You'd probably be ok with 2'

Gravel Rat
01-05-2009, 10:20 PM
There is all kinds of septic treatment systems now. There is a system now that uses foam blocks inside a tank that the sweet smelling juice flows through and the bacteria action takes place. These things are like 8 grand each and most houses need 4-5 or them. It is for places that soil doesn't perk.

If you have to replace your septic system here count on spending minimum 30 grand usually ends up to be 40-45,000 for a septic system. There is so much regulations on septic systems you need to be a certified installer and you take the blame when the system fails 40 years down the road.

A gravity system is very rare now because 99% of the building lots require a sand mound system. They use the 1 inch pipe and its pressurized. Also you need to use C-33 septic sand and because it is "septic sand" it costs you big dollars.

Contractors that want to do septic systems in B.C. have to go to poo school to get certified. Usually is a 3 week course and costs couple grand.

Junior M
01-05-2009, 10:22 PM
I doubt it.
The chambers are rated at 16000 pounds per axle with 12 inches of dirt covering them.
It woulda been fine since it was 4in corrugated?

Ok, cause when we had the pool put in in our backyard we replaced a line before I'd learned anything about them, and I have always worried something like that happened..

AWJ Services
01-05-2009, 10:27 PM
Gravel systems away from trees will last virtually forever.
My system here at my house is 40 years old.
It is so old it has the concrete pipe.

Dirtman2007
01-05-2009, 10:27 PM
Whatever happened to the redneck terd tank consisting of two 55 gallon drums with about 500 bullet holes in them, buried in the ground and back filled with a little stone.

Don't act like you don't know what i'm talking about:laugh:

AWJ Services
01-05-2009, 10:29 PM
My neighbor has one.:rolleyes:

jefftb
01-05-2009, 10:34 PM
There is still a lot of straightpiping going on in Western NC according to a Septic Journal.

I've worked up a price on a mound system here in Tennessee and it was $40,000.

dozerman21
01-05-2009, 10:45 PM
I have a friend that works at a muni WWTP. His favorite is "we treat what you eat." OMG.

I've heard most of them, but that's a new one!:laugh: Nasty though.

AWJ Services
01-05-2009, 10:57 PM
The best vegtable gardens are always where the outhouse used to be.

Gravel Rat
01-05-2009, 11:26 PM
A septic system will last a long time if you take care of it. People that don't have the poo tank pumped on a regular basis and use harsh chemicals have problems.

Once you kill the bateria in the beef stew you have problems with your septic tank. You need the bugs and bacteria to digest the solid matter.

When you lift the lid on a tank there will be a crust it all depends on how thick it is then the liquid and solids on the bottom. There has been people with a tank that was full of solids it plugs up the outlet and now you have problems.

If you get heavy rains in a area that usually doesn't get heavy rain saturates your drainfield and the poo juice doesn't get absorbed into the rock or the sand.

With the C-33 sand there is all kinds of edges for the poo juice to cling too the grains of sand and the bacterial action takes care of the rest.

Dirtman2007
01-09-2009, 08:03 PM
Clearing some more hunting paths.

Well this fellow was so please with the clearing I did last year and the amount of deer that it brought out of the woods, that I'm back to clear some more:drinkup:

Before
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-75.jpg
After
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-65.jpg

From the stand.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/007-44.jpg


Another path.

Before

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/005-60.jpg

After

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/009-34.jpg


That's going to be a good fire!

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/008-37.jpg

Green Team Landscaping
01-09-2009, 08:59 PM
Wooooooow!! That will be a good fire. How did you use your excavators to clear a path? Did you hit the trees with your boom or something? lol

AWJ Services
01-09-2009, 09:13 PM
Now thats a shooting lane.

Dirtman2007
01-09-2009, 09:13 PM
Wooooooow!! That will be a good fire. How did you use your excavators to clear a path? Did you hit the trees with your boom or something? lol

I use the bucket to push them over. I've got a good video from the tree stand of me knocking them over. Hopefully it will load tonight.

Junior M
01-10-2009, 11:01 AM
Wanna come make me a shootin lane? Only catch, imagine being in a drained pond with trees around! :drinkup: :laugh:

I think that was the first job I've seen of yours with only 1 piece of equipment on it... :laugh:

Dirtman2007
01-10-2009, 03:13 PM
Wanna come make me a shootin lane? Only catch, imagine being in a drained pond with trees around! :drinkup: :laugh:

I think that was the first job I've seen of yours with only 1 piece of equipment on it... :laugh:

I brought the skid steer there today!

Junior M
01-10-2009, 03:48 PM
I brought the skid steer there today!
Oh, well that screws up your record of one whole job with only 1 piece of equipment... :laugh:

Dirtman2007
01-13-2009, 04:53 PM
Here's one that we don't do very often... Fill in a pond. My grandpa built this pond about 7 years ago, it never would hold water for some reason. it was pumped full and would drop 6" a day. The owner tried all sorts of things on the bottom to make it water proof and failed. So I'm here to fill her in.

I push of a 3.5 hrs before I had to go to class at lunch time.

Little dark this morning... is that snow??????!!!!!

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-74.jpg

Night vision to show what the pond looked like.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-76.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-66.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/006-59.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/007-45.jpg


I've got to bring the pump the next time I go back there to pump the water out... It may be Ice as the Temp friday morning is going to be 12 degrees... I'll die outside:hammerhead:

Junior M
01-13-2009, 05:24 PM
Ah, it wont be that cold, have your helper do it, as you warm up the dozer! :laugh:

I assume you had the fill hauled in?

Dirtman2007
01-13-2009, 05:28 PM
Nope no fill to be hauled in

Look in my 4th pic you can see the cut I'm making.

Just simply pushing the sides and dam in to fill the hole.

Junior M
01-13-2009, 05:29 PM
Nope no fill to be hauled in

Look in my 4th pic you can see the cut I'm making.

Just simply pushing the sides and dam in to fill the hole.
Oh, I see it, I thought it was just a pile of dirt, I wasnt paying attention to the background. You going to do the same thing to fill in the rest?

bobcat_ron
01-13-2009, 08:32 PM
No one figured out why it never held water? Muskrats will drain a pond here in no time.

Dirtman2007
01-13-2009, 08:47 PM
No one figured out why it never held water? Muskrats will drain a pond here in no time.

I have a few conclusions, first there is no water running into the pond unless its raining, which is very little. Right behind the dam is a large creek, the water thats in the pond is the same level as the creek behind it. I'm assuming there's a vein of sand in the bottom thats allowing the water to leach through the ground.

Dirtman2007
01-16-2009, 06:16 PM
Went over and dug a pit to burn the pile of trees in. Hit rock at about 5' deep so it was not very deep. Stuff really burned good to be green.
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-75.jpg



Today I started clearing some trees away from these 100 year old barns.
Heres the story: last week one of those trees fell onto one of the mans lean to shelter which caused it to collapes and it just so happen to have his brand new tandel axle flatbed trailer under it. Of course it twisted the trailer pretty good. So he decided to knock all the trees down so he wont have that problem again.


Before

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-72.jpg
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-67.jpg

The big old red Oak.
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/005-61.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/006-60.jpg

That the big boy!

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/007-46.jpg

Hey look I actually did something:laugh:

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/009-35.jpg

man thats close!

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/010-31.jpg

All done

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/011-23.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/012-18.jpg


Heres a video of the fire. 30' flame at 10 seconds!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Bmbe-iVqtc


Here's me dropping the huge tree that was so close to the barn. Check out the sound as it falls!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6P_k-Wi_c9E

Junior M
01-16-2009, 06:28 PM
How big of a bar is on that saw? And you should frame that picture! You doing physical labor!


:laugh: In the first video, your bucket comes back out of the smoke and looks like its smoking itself, and the first thing that popped in to my head was: Holy crap martha! The buckets on fire! Run! :laugh: :laugh:

Dirtman2007
01-16-2009, 06:35 PM
How big of a bar is on that saw? And you should frame that picture! You doing physical labor!


:laugh: In the first video, your bucket comes back out of the smoke and looks like its smoking itself, and the first thing that popped in to my head was: Holy crap martha! The buckets on fire! Run! :laugh: :laugh:


That saw has a 20" bar on it. I'm the man on a chainsaw, given it's a good workout but it's the feeling of falling trees that I love. Man it was cold today... it never made it about freezing all day, suppose to be 10 in the morning. I've got to break through the ice on a pond so I can set the pump up and finish pumping it dry... that should be fun!

Junior M
01-16-2009, 06:38 PM
That saw has a 20" bar on it. I'm the man on a chainsaw, given it's a good workout but it's the feeling of falling trees that I love. Man it was cold today... it never made it about freezing all day, suppose to be 10 in the morning. I've got to break through the ice on a pond so I can set the pump up and finish pumping it dry... that should be fun!
:laugh: yeah, I know thats you in the pic, thats why I said frame it!

I hope you got some overalls, I was suppose to be running a backhoe digging up a septic tank tomorrow, but I just got the call that its cancelled and its to cold to work anyway :dizzy: I dont care if its cold or not! I havent been on a piece of equipment in forever, I've got to smell some burnt diesel sometime... Oh, well I guess I am goin to be here all night! yipee.. Not...

Dirtman2007
01-16-2009, 08:07 PM
:laugh: yeah, I know thats you in the pic, thats why I said frame it!

I hope you got some overalls, I was suppose to be running a backhoe digging up a septic tank tomorrow, but I just got the call that its cancelled and its to cold to work anyway :dizzy: I dont care if its cold or not! I havent been on a piece of equipment in forever, I've got to smell some burnt diesel sometime... Oh, well I guess I am goin to be here all night! yipee.. Not...

Don't forget to bring that all mightly camera of yours... I'd like to see you on a backhoe... thats right you run your excavator controls the wrong way too:laugh:

Put me on backhoe with the backassward pattern and grab a beer... cause your fixin to have fun watching me:laugh:

Junior M
01-16-2009, 08:39 PM
Don't forget to bring that all mightly camera of yours... I'd like to see you on a backhoe... thats right you run your excavator controls the wrong way too:laugh:

Put me on backhoe with the backassward pattern and grab a beer... cause your fixin to have fun watching me:laugh:
:laugh: Yeah, I run backhoe controls, woulda been no problem just would taken some getting used to the wobble sticks. :laugh: Put me on a trackhoe with other pattern and grab a beer cause it'll be a while! Trust me! I've tried to use them, and it wasnt purty...

Dirtman2007
01-16-2009, 08:46 PM
:laugh: Yeah, I run backhoe controls, woulda been no problem just would taken some getting used to the wobble sticks. :laugh: Put me on a trackhoe with other pattern and grab a beer cause it'll be a while! Trust me! I've tried to use them, and it wasnt purty...

You ain't kidding, I'll take a video one day on the mini with the wrong control pattern. Just make sure you have the censor button handy:laugh:

I could master another machine before I could even be able to grade with the worng patter... Its just two levers that are opposite... but talk about screwing you up:dizzy:

Junior M
01-16-2009, 08:52 PM
You ain't kidding, I'll take a video one day on the mini with the wrong control pattern. Just make sure you have the censor button handy:laugh:

I could master another machine before I could even be able to grade with the worng patter... Its just two levers that are opposite... but talk about screwing you up:dizzy:
There not totally opposite, swing is still the same, I think its on the left stick on both, hell I dont know, shows how long its been since I've been on a machine, course even then I couldnt tell ya what each one did..

Dirtman2007
01-19-2009, 06:56 PM
Finished up filling the pond in today. Thanks to a member over on HEF for giving me a tip on how to get a nice windrow free backdrag. It really worked good.

Darn horse was always in the way.
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-76.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-73.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/006-61.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-68.jpg

Junior M
01-19-2009, 07:02 PM
Ok, give me the scoop on how to do that windrow free thing, and you can always bring the horse down to me! :waving: :laugh:


It looks really good btw...

Dirtman2007
01-19-2009, 07:10 PM
Ok, give me the scoop on how to do that windrow free thing, and you can always bring the horse down to me! :waving: :laugh:


It looks really good btw...

Thanks


Try and figure out how I did it. You have to have a 6 way blade though.

Junior M
01-19-2009, 07:15 PM
Thanks


Try and figure out how I did it. You have to have a 6 way blade though.
I was guessing your turned the blade all the way to the right so everything was rolling to the left, and and then you would leave only one windrow, and then you would grab it on the next run? I dont know...

Dirtman2007
01-19-2009, 07:22 PM
I was guessing your turned the blade all the way to the right so everything was rolling to the left, and and then you would leave only one windrow, and then you would grab it on the next run? I dont know...

Yeap, If you also tilt the blade a tad while your backing you will get a ready to seed result. That should be covered in about 4" of snow tomorrow:dizzy:

Junior M
01-19-2009, 07:24 PM
Yeap, If you also tilt the blade a tad while your backing you will get a ready to seed result. That should be covered in about 4" of snow tomorrow:dizzy:
Oh, so your using the corner of the blade as kind of a plow?

I cant believe the snow, the state is about ready to shut down, over about an inch of snow :dizzy:

Dirtman2007
01-19-2009, 07:33 PM
Oh, so your using the corner of the blade as kind of a plow?

I cant believe the snow, the state is about ready to shut down, over about an inch of snow :dizzy:

No plowing, I keep the finished side of the blade about 1" above the grade I'm tring to keep, along with the angled blade the dirt will "roll" right the other side.

You thing SC is bad, we could get up to 6"... we have not had a snow over 1" deep in 5 years. There are winter weather warnings on every news channel.

They just used the word significant:laugh:

Junior M
01-19-2009, 07:35 PM
No plowing, I keep the finished side of the blade about 1" above the grade I'm tring to keep, along with the angled blade the dirt will "roll" right the other side.

You thing SC is bad, we could get up to 6"... we have not had a snow over 1" deep in 5 years. There are winter weather warnings on every news channel.

They just used the word significant:laugh:
Oh, Okay. I gotcha..

This is our first snow in 2 years, last time we had snow we got like 1/4 of an inch, and everybody about freaked! :laugh:

Dirtman2007
01-20-2009, 08:47 AM
Quite the change of senery since yesterday was 50 degrees and sunny. Now there is 2" of white stuff and its still falling.... no worky today:cry:

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-74.jpg

and my takie is 45 minutes away... I can't even play in the snow with it.

Did I mention I we have not seen snow in about 5 years.

Junior, Ya'll getting anything?

Junior M
01-20-2009, 08:53 AM
Quite the change of senery since yesterday was 50 degrees and sunny. Now there is 2" of white stuff and its still falling.... no worky today:cry:


and my takie is 45 minutes away... I can't even play in the snow with it.

Did I mention I we have not seen snow in about 5 years.

Junior, Ya'll getting anything?
For your viewing pleasure, I know it sucks!!!

http://www.youtube.com/user/Manskinz88

Junior M
01-20-2009, 08:55 AM
Oh, yeah, I am uploading some pictures to the computer as we speak, I got some more video, but I am getting aggravated, I cant get the sound to upload to, I dont know whats wrong with it? :confused:

Junior M
01-20-2009, 09:12 AM
I got a video with sound! What now! :cool2: Now I just got to get it to upload to freakin Youtube...

Dirtman2007
01-24-2009, 04:13 PM
Here's my little morning quickie I did yesterday with the volvo.

Fellow wanted me to dredge a little sediment out of the edge of his pond. Lowered the water and piled it on the banks

Before

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-77.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-77.jpg

All done
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-69.jpg


Comming back across the dam... a little tight.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-75.jpg


Then I went and did some grading ( mud pushing) with the takkie.

It's been 3 days and the temp is in the mid 50's and this darn snow still wont go away.

The takkies first snow:cool2:

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/005-62.jpg


This is all the snow pushing I ever want to do:laugh:
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/006-63.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/007-47.jpg

Construct'O
01-24-2009, 06:03 PM
The combination cold temp and snow,then add melting and working in it is always a mess.I would wether have rain then snow anytime.This was what i was fighting all fall up here.

A rain will settle the ground (dirt). Snow take for every to settle or dry out.Now you know what we mean about snow along with mud mixed togather and trying to work:).

It'll get better just takes time,ask for rain,and things will get back to normal faster.Good luck:usflag:

Dirtman2007
01-24-2009, 06:32 PM
The combination cold temp and snow,then add melting and working in it is always a mess.I would wether have rain then snow anytime.This was what i was fighting all fall up here.

A rain will settle the ground (dirt). Snow take for every to settle or dry out.Now you know what we mean about snow along with mud mixed togather and trying to work:).

It'll get better just takes time,ask for rain,and things will get back to normal faster.Good luck:usflag:

Oh the 7 day forecast shows for 5 days of rain.... just kick me in between the legs. Even the dry (suppose to be) jobs are a god dang mud bog. I only worked 2 days this week... I've haven't done that in a couple years.

I'm down to shooting cartons of expired eggs with a 12 gage for enjoyment.


Winter sucks!

Junior M
01-24-2009, 08:09 PM
About freakin time with the pics! :laugh: Looks like a fun job.. I was so freakin bored I rode all the way to the Harley Davidson dealership up in greenville with the parents to look at a bike and stand around listen to them talk.. :wall Although! Something good came out of today, I think I got a truck, just got to finalize it.. :cool2:

Dirtman2007
01-24-2009, 08:15 PM
About freakin time with the pics! :laugh: Looks like a fun job.. I was so freakin bored I rode all the way to the Harley Davidson dealership up in greenville with the parents to look at a bike and stand around listen to them talk.. :wall Although! Something good came out of today, I think I got a truck, just got to finalize it.. :cool2:

What kind of truck are we getting?!

This is all I had to do today:laugh:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcTFa06fCxo

Junior M
01-24-2009, 08:26 PM
What kind of truck are we getting?!

This is all I had to do today:laugh:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcTFa06fCxo
Oh thats just freakin awesome! It doesnt take much to entertain us southerners.. :dizzy: :laugh:

Its an 87 Ford Bronco 351 windsor (thats got the 4 barrel carburator on it) with 35's on her.. Just needs a little paint and shes good to go. Fully loaded and is really clean inside and out.

I opted towards this instead of a full size truck mostly because of what Dirt told me. I dont really need a fullsize truck, Dad's got one if I need it, he can drive the bronco to work and I'll drive the pick up.. Plus this will be a freakin awesome run around truck, in the woods and mud of course.. :laugh: :weightlifter:

Dirtman2007
01-24-2009, 08:32 PM
Oh thats just freakin awesome! It doesnt take much to entertain us southerners.. :dizzy: :laugh:

Its an 87 Ford Bronco 351 windsor (thats got the 4 barrel carburator on it) with 35's on her.. Just needs a little paint and shes good to go. Fully loaded and is really clean inside and out.

I opted towards this instead of a full size truck mostly because of what Dirt told me. I dont really need a fullsize truck, Dad's got one if I need it, he can drive the bronco to work and I'll drive the pick up.. Plus this will be a freakin awesome run around truck, in the woods and mud of course.. :laugh: :weightlifter:

How much they want for it?, if you don't mind me asking. sure bring it up here... I've got more mud than I will ever need... you can take some back home with you if you like.

Junior M
01-24-2009, 08:33 PM
How much they want for it?, if you don't mind me asking. sure bring it up here... I've got more mud than I will ever need... you can take some back home with you if you like.
He's a buddy of ours and he said $2,000.. He said we could work a deal, trade some drainage work for the bronco. And there is a whole lot of drainage work to be done, that house has some major water issues..

Scag48
01-24-2009, 08:46 PM
Be prepared for about 9-10 MPG with 35's and that windsor setup. :drinkup:

Junior M
01-24-2009, 08:47 PM
Be prepared for about 9-10 MPG with 35's and that windsor setup. :drinkup:
I know right! But it wouldnt be any worse than a 1ton Chevy 4x4 with a 454. And I wont have to rebuild the motor on the Bronco like that Chevy..

Dirtman2007
01-24-2009, 08:50 PM
I know right! But it wouldnt be any worse than a 1ton Chevy 4x4 with a 454. And I wont have to rebuild the motor on the Bronco like that Chevy..

I've got 193,000 miles on my 95 F150. It's 4x4 and has 33's on it... yeap about 10 MPG is all yer going to get.

Junior M
01-24-2009, 08:54 PM
I've got 193,000 miles on my 95 F150. It's 4x4 and has 33's on it... yeap about 10 MPG is all yer going to get.
:laugh: :laugh: I think the first thing thats got to be fixed before the paint is the broken fuel gauge (I forgot that was the one thing mechanically wrong with it)

Construct'O
01-24-2009, 09:07 PM
:laugh: :laugh: I think the first thing thats got to be fixed before the paint is the broken fuel gauge (I forgot that was the one thing mechanically wrong with it)

Just set the fuel milage trip meter if it has one.Then drive it until you run out of gas :laugh:.Remember the mileage for that tank.Then your set to go.

Just don't let it idle around to much that will mess up your mileage.Also keep you size 10 1/2 out of the 4-barrel carb!!!!:hammerhead:

That's what i do with the old red Dodge pickup we use for work.:):usflag:

Scag48
01-24-2009, 09:09 PM
One thing about older Ford trucks, they don't die and the parts if you need them are cheap. If my '94 F150 would've been 4x4, I would've kept it. 204K and still going strong when I sold it. Worked great for it's intended purpose, which was cutting grass, but for anything else being 4x2 was a real bummer.

Dirtman2007
01-24-2009, 09:10 PM
Just set the fuel milage trip meter if it has one.Then drive it until you run out of gas :laugh:.Remember the mileage for that tank.Then your set to go.

Just don't let it idle around to much that will mess up your mileage.Also keep you size 10 1/2 out of the 4-barrel card!!!!:hammerhead:

That's what i do with the old red Dodge pickup we use for work.:):usflag:

I don't like driving on a tank of "HOPE"

My dad is worlds worst for that. his famous words are "I hope we have enough to get there" Might be why we have a collection of one gallon gas cans at the house... dumbass

Junior M
01-24-2009, 09:13 PM
Just set the fuel milage trip meter if it has one.Then drive it until you run out of gas :laugh:.Remember the mileage for that tank.Then your set to go.

Just don't let it idle around to much that will mess up your mileage.Also keep you size 10 1/2 out of the 4-barrel carb!!!!:hammerhead:

That's what i do with the old red Dodge pickup we use for work.:):usflag:
Keep my foot out of the 4 barrel? Please! That wont happen! :laugh: Ya gotta romp down on it in the school parkin lot to piss the principal off, then roll out of school drive way like your ass is on fire to piss the resource officer off.. :laugh: Just dont get into to much truoble to go to either one of them because they will get you back.. :nono: :laugh:

Junior M
01-24-2009, 09:17 PM
One thing about older Ford trucks, they don't die and the parts if you need them are cheap. If my '94 F150 would've been 4x4, I would've kept it. 204K and still going strong when I sold it. Worked great for it's intended purpose, which was cutting grass, but for anything else being 4x2 was a real bummer.
That was the only thing I wasnt goin to settle on and that was 2 wheel drive.. I cant stand it, never thought we'd need it, and we've been in more positions where've needed it than when Dad had a 4x4 truck.. :hammerhead:

Construct'O
01-24-2009, 09:20 PM
Doesn't sound like your be driving it to the school long:laugh:

Chris my helpers drive the old Dodge most of the time ,so they carry 5 gallon can,so that way they has some left for the tractor to haul hay to the moooooo's:):usflag:

Junior M
01-24-2009, 09:23 PM
Doesn't sound like your be driving it to the school long:laugh:

Chris my helpers drive the old Dodge most of the time ,so they carry 5 gallon can,so that way they has some left for the tractor to haul hay to the moooooo's:):usflag:
:laugh: I didnt start doin it! Some buddies did... :laugh: And nobodies got there parking spot suspended yet, but who knows? My luck I'll be the first to get my parkin spot suspended.. :dizzy:

Dirtman2007
01-24-2009, 09:29 PM
:laugh: I didnt start doin it! Some buddies did... :laugh: And nobodies got there parking spot suspended yet, but who knows? My luck I'll be the first to get my parkin spot suspended.. :dizzy:

Junior you will always have a spot, right next to any building, reserved just for you with a $250.00 fine for others who park there. It's all indicated by that little white chair:laugh::laugh::laugh:

Junior M
01-24-2009, 09:32 PM
Jumior you will always have a spot, right next to any building, reserved just for you with a $250.00 fine for others who park there. It's all indicated by that little white chair:laugh::laugh::laugh:
Oh! Thats my spot? Freakin awesome! :cool2: :weightlifter: :laugh: :laugh:

NateV
01-24-2009, 10:12 PM
Keep my foot out of the 4 barrel? Please! That wont happen! :laugh: Ya gotta romp down on it in the school parkin lot to piss the principal off, then roll out of school drive way like your ass is on fire to piss the resource officer off.. :laugh: Just dont get into to much truoble to go to either one of them because they will get you back.. :nono: :laugh:


Theres been 2 kids die around here for driving too fast leaving school trying to show off for there buddies. One around christmas and the other last week.

CAT powered
01-25-2009, 01:20 PM
Last year we had about a dozen kids die in crashes. They were all one car incidents. They were either from street racing or from attempting to show off.

Be safe when you drive, Junior. We don't want to find someone new to pick on. :laugh:

Junior M
01-25-2009, 07:09 PM
Last year we had about a dozen kids die in crashes. They were all one car incidents. They were either from street racing or from attempting to show off.

Be safe when you drive, Junior. We don't want to find someone new to pick on. :laugh:
Yeah, that would suck, yall would have to go back to pickin on Kreft, and thats not that fun.. :laugh:

CAT powered
01-25-2009, 07:11 PM
Nope. Definitely wouldn't be. He wouldn't give us half the opportunities you do.

Junior M
01-25-2009, 07:12 PM
Nope. Definitely wouldn't be. He wouldn't give us half the opportunities you do.
:laugh: Yeah, he's a little smarter than me.. :hammerhead: :laugh: Atleast we dont run NH.. :clapping: :laugh:

Dirtman2007
01-25-2009, 08:11 PM
:laugh: Yeah, he's a little smarter than me.. :hammerhead: :laugh: Atleast we dont run NH.. :clapping: :laugh:

you should have paid attention in math... you would know how to calculate volume...:laugh::laugh:

Junior M
01-25-2009, 08:16 PM
you should have paid attention in math... you would know how to calculate volume...:laugh::laugh:
:laugh: shut up, the boss did it different, maybe that was why we never had enough of anything, or we always got to much.. ;) :laugh:

Dirtman2007
01-25-2009, 08:23 PM
:laugh: shut up, the boss did it different, maybe that was why we never had enough of anything, or we always got to much.. ;) :laugh:

Ah just get a load and if its not enough get another one... take whats left home with you. that's pretty simple:laugh:

Junior M
01-25-2009, 08:25 PM
Ah just get a load and if its not enough get another one... take whats left home with you. that's pretty simple:laugh:
How am I goin to haul it? Throw it on the trailer and hope it stays for the 45min ride home? ;) :laugh:

And this is a weekend job, hard to get a load of gravel out there on a saturday night, Sunday morning..

Dirtman2007
01-25-2009, 08:35 PM
How am I goin to haul it? Throw it on the trailer and hope it stays for the 45min ride home? ;) :laugh:

And this is a weekend job, hard to get a load of gravel out there on a saturday night, Sunday morning..

the quarry can bring on friday:hammerhead:

Junior M
01-25-2009, 08:37 PM
I know that, but you said if we dont get enough just get more, not possible if we need more to finish on Sunday..

I meant to ask you, I watched your in cab vid from the Takkie, does it have a radio in it?

Dirtman2007
01-25-2009, 08:47 PM
I know that, but you said if we dont get enough just get more, not possible if we need more to finish on Sunday..

I meant to ask you, I watched your in cab vid from the Takkie, does it have a radio in it?

Now that was music from my phone... improvised radio


Just get two loads:laugh:
they probably need some on their driveways anyways :laugh:

Junior M
01-25-2009, 08:51 PM
Now that was music from my phone... improvised radio


Just get two loads:laugh:
they probably need some on their driveways anyways :laugh:
Its a paved driveway, off of a dirt road and all the water off of the road runs down the drive way across the yard into the dug down garage and driveway and across the front of the house. If we get to much, I'll just go put it in the road.. :laugh: :hammerhead:

Dirtman2007
01-26-2009, 06:45 PM
Ok today I did a little dredging on the head section of a pond. freaken Ice is still on the pond from last week:dizzy:

The bossman could not keep up with me slinging mud out on the skid steer so I got a little picture happy. I much rather run the volvo so I kept my mouth shut:laugh:

Ok my siphon cut off on sunday so the pond had already started to fill up again, Cut the 6 in siphon back on and put a 2" and 3" pump in to lower the water some

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-78.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-78.jpg

I dug all the muck out and placed it up on the shore where the tak moved it to the hole we dug to store it.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-76.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/007-48.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/008-38.jpg

I pissed this Eel Off

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/009-37.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/011-25.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/012-19.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/013-19.jpg

Once again I've worked myself out of a job...

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/014-13.jpg

Junior M
01-26-2009, 06:47 PM
yeah, dont ya just hate finishing a job? :laugh:

Dirtman2007
01-26-2009, 06:50 PM
yeah, dont ya just hate finishing a job? :laugh:

But that means you get to go somewhere else and play!

Junior M
01-26-2009, 06:53 PM
But that means you get to go somewhere else and play!
:laugh: yeah, but sometimes you got more work after that.. :wall

I am not sure if this is to personal or not, but what are yall gettin an acre for clearing up there? burning of course..

Dirtman2007
01-26-2009, 07:10 PM
:laugh: yeah, but sometimes you got more work after that.. :wall

I am not sure if this is to personal or not, but what are yall gettin an acre for clearing up there? burning of course..

send me a PM,
how big are the tree's?

Junior M
01-26-2009, 07:10 PM
send me a pm,
how big are the tree's?
10-4......

J. Peterson Grading
01-26-2009, 07:34 PM
I know its been asked before. But.. Why don't you have a long reach boom and stick?

I know it would have to be a didicated machine since you really couldn't do any of the clearing and other things you do with it.

But don't you ever pretend to be Jr. and wish?

J.

J. Peterson Grading
01-26-2009, 07:34 PM
Sorry Jr. Couldn't resist..

Lol

Dirtman2007
01-26-2009, 07:45 PM
I know its been asked before. But.. Why don't you have a long reach boom and stick?

I know it would have to be a didicated machine since you really couldn't do any of the clearing and other things you do with it.

But don't you ever pretend to be Jr. and wish?

J.

No I don't want to be like Jr:laugh:

Like you said I would only be able to use it for pnd work, Then what do I do when I get on a job that I can't reach everything from the side? I for would not drive a long boom out in a pond and your pulling power is just not strong enough to pull yourself out. Then your screwed.... literally!
I've always been able to get it done with what I got, might as well keep on keeping on:weightlifter:

Junior M
01-26-2009, 07:50 PM
I know its been asked before. But.. Why don't you have a long reach boom and stick?

I know it would have to be a didicated machine since you really couldn't do any of the clearing and other things you do with it.

But don't you ever pretend to be Jr. and wish?

J.
:laugh: :laugh: I think I'd rather be Chris.. :laugh:

You get last my PM, Chris?

Dirtman2007
01-27-2009, 02:17 PM
Finished up my mud chunking and spreading this morning

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/005-63.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/006-64.jpg

The Takkie was looking a little rough with so much mud on it, So I took care of cleaning it off:laugh:

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/th_wash.jpg (http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/?action=view&current=wash.flv)

bobcat_ron
01-27-2009, 03:31 PM
Now that's innovative! Did you find any leaks in the Tak's cab after that?

Dirtman2007
01-27-2009, 03:49 PM
Now that's innovative! Did you find any leaks in the Tak's cab after that?

Yeah the floor was nice and wet. The gasket around the door has seen better days.

bobcatexc
01-27-2009, 05:33 PM
Pretty good job for mud smearing, did you use your I beam for that.

Dirtman2007
01-27-2009, 05:36 PM
Pretty good job for mud smearing, did you use your I beam for that.

Thanks

I just knocked it down with the back of the excavator bucket.

kreft
01-27-2009, 05:51 PM
You have one awesome job chris! When i'm 20-22 can i come work for you?

Junior M
01-27-2009, 05:54 PM
Yeah the floor was nice and wet. The gasket around the door has seen better days.
I think more than just the door gasket has seen better days.. :laugh:

DUSTYCEDAR
01-27-2009, 05:58 PM
splash..........

Dirtman2007
01-27-2009, 06:59 PM
You have one awesome job chris! When i'm 20-22 can i come work for you?

Yeah you and Junior:laugh:

Junior M
01-27-2009, 07:04 PM
Yeah you and Junior:laugh:
Freakin awesome, I am printing this off and puttin it on the fridge.. :cool2: So I'll never forget.. The day after I turn 20 I'll be there.. :laugh:

Dirtman2007
01-27-2009, 07:22 PM
Freakin awesome, I am printing this off and puttin it on the fridge.. :cool2: So I'll never forget.. The day after I turn 20 I'll be there.. :laugh:

You get to run the mexican backhoe for the first year... my tracks need cleaning too... chop chop:laugh:


Then you get promoted to the jumping jack and then you may be lucky enough to run the tak.

Junior M
01-27-2009, 07:24 PM
You get to run the mexican backhoe for the first year... my tracks need cleaning too... chop chop:laugh:


Then you get promoted to the jumping jack and then you may be lucky enough to run the tak.
What about Kreft? I think he needs that mexican backhoe to.. :laugh:

Dirtman2007
01-27-2009, 07:36 PM
What about Kreft? I think he needs that mexican backhoe to.. :laugh:

:laugh:
In fact I was actually thinking about promoting him to the daewoo right from the get go since you run the excavators Backassward:nono:

you need to learn to run them the right way

Junior M
01-27-2009, 07:40 PM
:laugh:
In fact I was actually thinking about promoting him to the daewoo right from the get go since you run the excavators Backassward:nono:

you need to learn to run them the right way
I'll have them mastered by then, so dont go assuming! :laugh:

kreft
01-28-2009, 02:02 AM
:laugh:
In fact I was actually thinking about promoting him to the daewoo right from the get go since you run the excavators Backassward:nono:

you need to learn to run them the right way

sweet deal!

it's 2 in the morning! holy hell. i hope school is cancelled with this snow were supposed to have.

Dirtman2007
01-28-2009, 04:41 PM
Ok so with everyone cleaning up all their equipment it was long overdue for my stuff to get washed. So I took advantage of this cool 70 degree winter day and did some scrubbing.

Takkie got a bath inside and out.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-79.jpg

Detailed the cab of the volvo

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-70.jpg

I even hand washed my baby:drinkup:

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/008-39.jpg

Junior M
01-28-2009, 04:43 PM
How come you dont fix the paint scratches on the Takkie? Big girls need lovin to.. ;) :laugh: :laugh:

Dirtman2007
01-28-2009, 04:51 PM
How come you dont fix the paint scratches on the Takkie? Big girls need lovin to.. ;) :laugh: :laugh:

the touch up paint does not match very good for some reason. Plus it'll just get scratched up again anyways. I don't run it all the time.

YellowDogSVC
01-28-2009, 06:04 PM
How come you dont fix the paint scratches on the Takkie? Big girls need lovin to.. ;) :laugh: :laugh:

glad you haven't seen my bobcats or chipper after working around cedar trees!

YellowDogSVC
01-28-2009, 06:05 PM
Ok so with everyone cleaning up all their equipment it was long overdue for my stuff to get washed. So I took advantage of this cool 70 degree winter day and did some scrubbing.

Takkie got a bath inside and out.

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those are nice looking machines!

Dirtman2007
01-28-2009, 07:09 PM
those are nice looking machines!

Thanks!

You can't see all the scratches on the tak becasue its wet, the rear door has a couple dents. It's been hit by a excavator 3 times. anyone want to hear those stories. Each dent and scratch has a story:laugh:

Junior M
01-28-2009, 07:10 PM
Thanks!

You can't see all the scratches on the tak becasue its wet, the rear door has a couple dents. It's been hit by a excavator 3 times. anyone want to hear those stories. Each dent and scratch has a story:laugh:
Lets hear it! :cool2:

kreft
01-28-2009, 07:17 PM
^^^^^^^^^ x2

Dirtman2007
01-28-2009, 07:23 PM
Lets hear it! :cool2:

Alrighty then

About 3 months after we bought it my main skid steer operator before he retired was hauling ass in reverse back backdraging in high gear wide open. well my uncle ( the boss) thought he could cut behind him real quick with the daewoo and go to the other side. he was about 12" too short of making it when the Tak slammed into the back of the track, pushing the excavator sideways a few inches. Put a nice 1/2" by 6" long dent in the rear door.

Last year I was running the volvo and had the skid pushing dirt behind me, I went to back up a couple feet and it was as soon as he started backing up in the skid steer and bam... put a nice red mark of the rear of the CW.


Lastly as month or so ago I was running the skid grading off some mud right behind the daewoo. Right when I was comming up beside the excavator he started tracking towards me, before I saw it we hit, pushed the skid about 2' sideways, thats how that big smear got on the side.

the ent sun visor was from a tree falling on it. There's many more stories but I don't feel like typing anymore:laugh:

That machine is built like a tank, cause its been through hell!

Junior M
01-28-2009, 07:38 PM
Alrighty then

About 3 months after we bought it my main skid steer operator before he retired was hauling ass in reverse back backdraging in high gear wide open. well my uncle ( the boss) thought he could cut behind him real quick with the daewoo and go to the other side. he was about 12" too short of making it when the Tak slammed into the back of the track, pushing the excavator sideways a few inches. Put a nice 1/2" by 6" long dent in the rear door.

Last year I was running the volvo and had the skid pushing dirt behind me, I went to back up a couple feet and it was as soon as he started backing up in the skid steer and bam... put a nice red mark of the rear of the CW.


Lastly as month or so ago I was running the skid grading off some mud right behind the daewoo. Right when I was comming up beside the excavator he started tracking towards me, before I saw it we hit, pushed the skid about 2' sideways, thats how that big smear got on the side.

the ent sun visor was from a tree falling on it. There's many more stories but I don't feel like typing anymore:laugh:

That machine is built like a tank, cause its been through hell!
You've told the first one before, either here or HEF... Either way, there funny! :laugh: :laugh:

Dirtman2007
01-30-2009, 08:10 PM
Did a little 600' driveway today. Hauled in about 130 tons of crushed concrete in 5 loads. Can't beat the price, anysize load for 50 bucks!

I think they overloaded the truck

That got to be a good 28 tons on that truck. holy crap!

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-71.jpg
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/006-65.jpg

Thats a feaken pile for a tri axle

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/007-49.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/008-40.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/009-38.jpg
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/010-32.jpg


Now I don't have anything else to do at the moment... leaving for the beach in the morning:laugh:

Junior M
01-30-2009, 11:55 PM
Beach? It was freakin 50 all day today! Talk about cold! :laugh:

MackCat
01-31-2009, 09:19 AM
Did a little 600' driveway today. Hauled in about 130 tons of crushed concrete in 5 loads. Can't beat the price, anysize load for 50 bucks!

I think they overloaded the truck

That got to be a good 28 tons on that truck. holy crap!

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-71.jpg
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/006-65.jpg

Thats a feaken pile for a tri axle

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/007-49.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/008-40.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/009-38.jpg
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/010-32.jpg


Now I don't have anything else to do at the moment... leaving for the beach in the morning:laugh:
Why didn`t your truck driver chain the tailgate and spread it for you? Looks like he had a pretty clear run

Dirtman2007
01-31-2009, 09:29 AM
Its hard to tell from the pics but there were a bunch of overhead obstacles, power lines and a ton of tree branches. Plus the truck is a older truck and doe snot have the ability to raise the bed and drive at the same time. And no other trcuk driver will haul a load thats 20,000 lbs over weight:dizzy:

MackCat
01-31-2009, 09:43 AM
Ok, couldn`t see the power lines, that would have made a difference, would have made it easier for you if he could have spread it for you though.

MackCat
01-31-2009, 10:59 AM
Its hard to tell from the pics but there were a bunch of overhead obstacles, power lines and a ton of tree branches. Plus the truck is a older truck and doe snot have the ability to raise the bed and drive at the same time. And no other trcuk driver will haul a load thats 20,000 lbs over weight:dizzy:
Only a Mack could haul a load like that !!

Dirtman2007
02-06-2009, 05:58 PM
Todays little project

This old retaining was has seen better days, close to 25 years old.
So I removed the old wall, buried the little bit of concrete that was broken all to pieces. Then I graded the hill out, took some rocks that were one site and benched them into the top of the slope to make an edge. Then hauled in some mulch for the slope and some stone to cover the concrete I removed.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-80.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-79.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-77.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-72.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/005-64.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/006-66.jpg

Dirt Digger2
02-06-2009, 06:27 PM
i would be suprised if that tree survives....i didn't know you do mulching too

Dirtman2007
02-06-2009, 06:52 PM
i would be suprised if that tree survives....i didn't know you do mulching too

I spread all the much with the excavator

I really did not add anymore dirt around that tree. If you look in the first picture you can tell that there is already a hump of dirt on the backside of the tree. So all together all I only added about 3" of mulch.


I'm a mulch spreading SOB with the yanmar.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/005-43.jpg

Junior M
02-06-2009, 06:53 PM
Dang, Chris has gone mad and became a landscaper.. ;) :eek: :cool2: :laugh:

CAT powered
02-06-2009, 07:01 PM
Next he'll get a US Mower head for that Volvo and try to cut grass with it! :laugh::laugh:

Dirtman2007
02-06-2009, 07:29 PM
Next he'll get a US Mower head for that Volvo and try to cut grass with it! :laugh::laugh:

Might have to wait till spring to try that, grass ain't growing much right now:laugh:


Oh wait it's going to be 75 next week:cool2:

Flip flops and shorts:drinkup: I can work on my tan!

Dirtman2007
02-11-2009, 08:05 PM
Just enjoying this horrible 75 degree day here in February. Took a little time to repain the as$ end of the skid steer. Was not too bad for 1210 hours. I tried about 8 coats but it was not enough to cover up that dent:laugh:

Before

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/005-65.jpg

After

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/013-20.jpg

I had to go pick up the tak mini from the welding shop, they fixed the bucket pin as it had some play in it. I also brought back a bucket I dropped off about 3 years ago. the bucket ears are worn and never did redo them. I'll add it to the collection out back.
It's a 42"
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-73.jpg

Here are the other ones I drug out of the woods to do some tree cleanup.

here is my handy work. This is the result of your bucket company taking too long to get your new bucket built. I had to use it for about 3 solid days pulling stumps with it, this is the result. this one is a 48"

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/010-33.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/011-26.jpg

And here is one I almost forgot about, a old 36" bucket with the ears worn and some old track pads welded to the sides for extra volume. My grandpas handy work at its best

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/012-20.jpg

Junior M
02-11-2009, 08:14 PM
So that bucket sat at the welders for 3years and he never worked on it? ;) I think I'd find another welder if he took that long... :laugh:

Dirtman2007
02-11-2009, 08:20 PM
So that bucket sat at the welders for 3years and he never worked on it? ;) I think I'd find another welder if he took that long... :laugh:

I never needed it so why spend the money. Plus its a 42" I rather have 48" buckets on the machines anyways.

NEUSWEDE
02-11-2009, 08:33 PM
Not to get too off topic but how do you like your Yanmar? Besides the open cab what don't you like? How does it compare to the Takeuchi? I ask because I am looking at a vio 35 with full cab and all the options. I have ran one before from a local rental company but you have put more hours on one and have had to do the maintenance.

Dirtman2007
02-11-2009, 08:44 PM
Not to get too off topic but how do you like your Yanmar? Besides the open cab what don't you like? How does it compare to the Takeuchi? I ask because I am looking at a vio 35 with full cab and all the options. I have ran one before from a local rental company but you have put more hours on one and have had to do the maintenance.

Its a nice machine, very quick and smooth. I absoultly HATE the zero turn, It's the most unstable God dern machine I have ever been on, Its like riding a roller coaster. you have to put the blade down everytime to stable yourself. I bet the yanmar would not have been about to pick up that big bucket that the smaller takeuchi did. If the yanmar did I would not have been able to swing around as it would stand on one track. Don't get me wrong the zero turn has been very nice on a few jobs but overall I rather have a normal style like the tak. That's just my 2 cents though.

NEUSWEDE
02-11-2009, 09:11 PM
Its a nice machine, very quick and smooth. I absoultly HATE the zero turn, It's the most unstable God dern machine I have ever been on, Its like riding a roller coaster. you have to put the blade down everytime to stable yourself. I bet the yanmar would not have been about to pick up that big bucket that the smaller takeuchi did. If the yanmar did I would not have been able to swing around as it would stand on one track. Don't get me wrong the zero turn has been very nice on a few jobs but overall I rather have a normal style like the tak. That's just my 2 cents though.

Thanks for the input I am looking at the Tak 138FR but the price for what it is I think is high. I looked at a cat 303.5 but again price with not many options was out of control. I am looking at the wacker neuson 38z as well (same as Gehl).

I think all zero turns are that way. My JD 35D was the same way without the counter weight. With the counter weight on it was a different ball game.

Dirtman2007
02-13-2009, 06:10 PM
Started a little clearing project today. I was lucky and was able to drive the daewoo across a couple fields and save $200.00 for transport.
the owner rented a backhoe and tried himeselft. I'm here so you know the result:laugh:
he did get a great deal on the backhoe rental, a JD 310C for only $2000.00 a month!

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-82.jpg
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-80.jpg
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-79.jpg
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-74.jpg

Dirtman2007
02-14-2009, 07:58 PM
I actually played around on the backhoe today, I don't get to run them much, prolly 20 hrs in me life. Infact I have not been on one in like 5 years. I think I did pretty good even with the controls backassward from what all my excavators are.


rolled over to 5000 hrs on the daewoo today

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-83.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-81.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/006-68.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/007-52.jpg

Watch out, dirtmans getting half way good at running a backhoe. Damn backassward controls:realmad: haha

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbdqYnSPi9Q

Dirt Digger2
02-14-2009, 08:12 PM
i thought you were doing OK..a little bouncy on the controls, but not bad

thennnnnnnn i got to minute 4:40 of the video and almost spit my coke on the keyboard....you committed the cardinal sin of running a hoe, never raise the bucket, stabilizers, and boom when you are looking backwards with your foot no where near the brake pedal...as you found out, if you had a hole behind you it could have ended worse

also when you push yourself around you only need to raise the stabilizers a little...not such a big deal pushing straight, but when you are trying to move sideways and what not the backhoe can easily start to tip, the closer the pads are to the ground the more comfortable you will be, normally what i do is leave the pads on the ground when i am turning the seat, then depress the brake pedal, reach behind myself and raise the arms...the front bucket just doesn't do enough to hold you still...and normally the park brake is never on...unless i have to dig with a stabilizer raised

hop on a real backhoe and we can talk more HAHA:laugh:

Dirtman2007
02-14-2009, 08:23 PM
i thought you were doing OK..a little bouncy on the controls, but not bad

thennnnnnnn i got to minute 4:40 of the video and almost spit my coke on the keyboard....you committed the cardinal sin of running a hoe, never raise the bucket, stabilizers, and boom when you are looking backwards with your foot no where near the brake pedal...as you found out, if you had a hole behind you it could have ended worse

also when you push yourself around you only need to raise the stabilizers a little...not such a big deal pushing straight, but when you are trying to move sideways and what not the backhoe can easily start to tip, the closer the pads are to the ground the more comfortable you will be, normally what i do is leave the pads on the ground when i am turning the seat, then depress the brake pedal, reach behind myself and raise the arms...the front bucket just doesn't do enough to hold you still...and normally the park brake is never on...unless i have to dig with a stabilizer raised

hop on a real backhoe and we can talk more HAHA:laugh:


Yeah I figured that out once I did it, tends to "roll" on ya. Forgot it was on wheels. If the controls were setup the style I run I maybe be better, maybe:laugh: I think I'll stick with excavators, it was fun to run and play around on before I went home, plus it was not my Diesel I was burning. lol
Thanks for the pointers though, Doubt I'll be on one anytime soon but it never hurts to know.
Don't spit coke on you keyboard.... it'll ruin it:laugh:

A real backhoe.... what a new holland? hahahaha

Dirt Digger2
02-14-2009, 08:30 PM
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A real backhoe.... what a new holland? hahahaha

HA...i was thinking more of this

Dirtman2007
02-14-2009, 08:40 PM
HA...i was thinking more of this

Yeah I knew what you were talking about.

Atleast you have a cab. Oh yeah I hate the control for the 4in1 bucket on that deere. Theres this extra lever beside the regular loader lever. You have to use two hands if you want to bite something and curl the bucket at the same time. The Super M like I ran along time ago had like a twist on the regular lever for the 4 in 1. I liked that better.

dozerman21
02-14-2009, 08:41 PM
HA...i was thinking more of this

That's a real hoe. I saw a 580M, 2006 I think, pretty much loaded for sale a while back for around $52K. It had less than 300 hours the ad said. I'm not up on those prices, but it seemed like a helluva deal.

Junior M
02-14-2009, 08:57 PM
Yeah I knew what you were talking about.

Atleast you have a cab. Oh yeah I hate the control for the 4in1 bucket on that deere. Theres this extra lever beside the regular loader lever. You have to use two hands if you want to bite something and curl the bucket at the same time. The Super M like I ran along time ago had like a twist on the regular lever for the 4 in 1. I liked that better.
The CAT we had at work was the cats ass, had a cab, joysticks like a mini excavator, the 4n1 was a little lever right beside of the lever for the loader, all in the same stick, you could curl and close all with one hand.. It was a nice machine, if we get a job where I can run it and get some vid I'll do it..

Scag48
02-14-2009, 09:03 PM
Case controls (3 lever) are way easier to reposition the machine with the hoe just for the simple fact that you can run 2 sticks with one hand and use the other to steer, plus you can swing yourself with your feet as well. You can't do all that with wobble sticks, you gotta have both hands on the sticks to move yourself so steering while moving is a real pain. I never set the parking brake on a hoe, so when I reposition I lift the loader first, keep the hoe bucket in the ground, lift the ass of the machine off the ground with the hoe, lift the pads just a little, then move myself and reverse the order when setting back up.

ksss
02-14-2009, 09:08 PM
The CAT we had at work was the cats ass, had a cab, joysticks like a mini excavator, the 4n1 was a little lever right beside of the lever for the loader, all in the same stick, you could curl and close all with one hand.. It was a nice machine, if we get a job where I can run it and get some vid I'll do it..


Don't waste your time Junior, its a CAT backhoe, nobody cares. :dancing:

Dirt Digger2
02-15-2009, 02:59 AM
The CAT we had at work was the cats ass, had a cab, joysticks like a mini excavator, the 4n1 was a little lever right beside of the lever for the loader, all in the same stick, you could curl and close all with one hand.. It was a nice machine, if we get a job where I can run it and get some vid I'll do it..

CAT and DEERE are just alike...the ass ends are just too heavy...

if you've only ever seen a CAT hoe in action then you really shouldn't say its the best out there, CASE bar none has the best backhoes on the market...i don't care if your a cat, deere, new holland, jcb, whatever fan, case invented the backhoe and it shows

coopers
02-15-2009, 08:11 AM
iyou committed the cardinal sin of running a hoe, never raise the bucket, stabilizers, and boom when you are looking backwards with your foot no where near the brake pedal.

Lol, with my old Case hoes I would actually drive backwards with the stabilizers up a bit raise the loader and off we go! But I was also digging out trees and stuff and didn't have deep trenches etc. around me. Saved much time. Older hoes aren't as quick at turning the seat around and all that jazz, especially in the old B's! It's a joke for a tall person.