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Dirtman2007
06-27-2009, 05:51 PM
You guys can have our rain...

7 day forecast and still no rain... I need some rain to go back to work and burn!!!

Dountman
06-27-2009, 05:59 PM
Our 7-day forecast is all rain. I'd say we've had 6-7 inches of rain this month and we are way behind because of it.

Dirtman2007
06-27-2009, 05:59 PM
started another project, loading and hauling a big brush pile from the landscaping company we work for to a brush dump right down the dirt road.

I suck as a truck driver, plus the power steering went out... that sucked major. But I had A/C!

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/001-7.jpg

thats a Dirtman style load!

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/002-7.jpg

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/003-12.jpg


So today i was running a hitachi mini ex and my skid for a friend doing his driveway... I kinda like the hitachi. Nice machine, it only had 300 hrs on it.

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/003-11.jpg

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/001-6.jpg

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/006-8.jpg


then I went and ran a mini for another friend of mine. Never will I buy a gehl... this thing was not for me lol

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/009-5.jpg

bobcat_ron
06-27-2009, 06:20 PM
That gay Gehl looks like it has a very short operator's station height, and that leveling system on the undercarraige.

Dirtman2007
06-27-2009, 06:23 PM
That gay Gehl looks like it has a very short operator's station height, and that leveling system on the undercarraige.

its was ok, but it did the funny control wiggles like that bobcat machine did in kimchiman1000 post on youtube.

CAT powered
06-27-2009, 06:31 PM
Yea. You southerners come up here and take or rain. We'd be happy to let you have it.

Junior M
06-27-2009, 07:02 PM
did you run the 751 in the background? :cool2:

And how many days was this spread out over? If it was one, man you were hauling ass working.. And what the crap is with that bar practically right in the middle of the entrance of the Gehl? Kinda retartded looking..

But that Hitachi, dam that thing looks good!

one more question, since when do you have a CDL?

Dirtman2007
06-27-2009, 07:46 PM
did you run the 751 in the background? :cool2:

And how many days was this spread out over? If it was one, man you were hauling ass working.. And what the crap is with that bar practically right in the middle of the entrance of the Gehl? Kinda retartded looking..

But that Hitachi, dam that thing looks good!

one more question, since when do you have a CDL?

I drove up and saw that 751 for me to use... I was like psshhh. I went and got a real machine push that dirt, my takkie!


that bar is there because its the same cab as one with glass. that where the door would go if it was enclosed I guess.


I don't have a CDL, I've never gotten the thing out of 4th gear lol
it's all on site hauling so I don't need one:)

Dirtman2007
06-27-2009, 10:21 PM
Some videos,


the Gehl, Mini loading the dump trailer. the machines was real jerky

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9u67gNlqzo4


then the Hitachi that I really liked!

Spreading rock. this thing was smooth and quick.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ico3Ff52EU

minimax
06-28-2009, 01:04 AM
That Hitachi is the same as a Deere D mini-x,I would say they are one of the smoothest and fastest minis out there.

minimax

Gravel Rat
06-28-2009, 03:37 AM
That old Ford dump truck is a twin to what I used to drive. The truck I used to drive was 400 Cummins power 13spd I liked the truck it would go anywhere and turns on a dime.

That old Ford has to be either a 84-86 its the last year with the round head lights. Not too many of them around that vintage around here the orange cancer has ate the cab off the truck.

Dirtman2007
06-28-2009, 10:05 AM
That Hitachi is the same as a Deere D mini-x,I would say they are one of the smoothest and fastest minis out there.

minimax

I will admit it, I'm not as deere fan, atleast in the larger excavators. But I really liked that mini. Just needed a thumb and a bigger bucket then it had the potential LOL

Junior M
06-28-2009, 11:09 AM
I drove up and saw that 751 for me to use... I was like psshhh. I went and got a real machine push that dirt, my takkie!


that bar is there because its the same cab as one with glass. that where the door would go if it was enclosed I guess.


I don't have a CDL, I've never gotten the thing out of 4th gear lol
it's all on site hauling so I don't need one:)

Dam, I was hoping you would finally get some seat time on a real machine and switch over.. :rolleyes: :drinkup: :laugh: :laugh:

Thats what I figured, but you'd think they'd take it out for the OROPs machines, I mean come on people!

And darn, I was hoping you did something illegal for once.. :laugh:

bobcat_ron
06-28-2009, 11:43 AM
You can get away with a 40" clean up bucket and a 32" digging bucket on that Hitachi and still have power to spare, they are just as fast as they are powerfull.

Gravel Rat
06-28-2009, 02:14 PM
You can get away with a 40" clean up bucket and a 32" digging bucket on that Hitachi and still have power to spare, they are just as fast as they are powerfull.

Hitachi has always been a good excavator it is why most of the loggers have fleets of Hitachi excavators.

Dirtman2007
06-29-2009, 10:15 PM
today I finished up loading and hauling all the brush to the dump up the road. Tomorrow I'm bringing the dozer over to the pond project to start pushing some dirt around!

Thats a dirtman style load!

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/001-8.jpg

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/003-13.jpg

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/004-10.jpg


some videos

loading

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvQd-Cv8RAs

dumping that huge load

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZk7PKuCG6U

93turbo
06-29-2009, 11:09 PM
shoot man why didn't you load that truck clear up it looks like theres still room on the cab gaurd LOL

Bleed Green
06-29-2009, 11:14 PM
I cant believe they let a huge load like that go on the roads. Did you cover it at least LOL.

93turbo
06-29-2009, 11:22 PM
its all onsite hauling he don't even have a CDL

Duffster
06-29-2009, 11:24 PM
You need a CDL for that truck?

NateV
06-30-2009, 10:30 AM
You need a CDL for that truck?

Yep, its a tandem so that gives it away right there. Its over 26,000lbs plus it has air brakes.

Dirtman2007
07-01-2009, 05:28 PM
well in two days we have a twice as big pond.

It was too dry to burn, can't hold up progress So we piled it up on shore and will burn it when it rain back in the pond.


moving the pile.


http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-118.jpg

digging the core


http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/005-108.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/007-85.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/010-58.jpg




Grading everything out

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-135.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-125.jpg

she just sticks right to the slope

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-117.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/006-106.jpg

My two favorite machines

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/005-107.jpg

Junior M
07-01-2009, 06:14 PM
So how long has it been sense you've been in the dozer?

ClearViewGroup
07-01-2009, 09:01 PM
i can hear the takkie sulking from here chris....

Bleed Green
07-01-2009, 10:21 PM
so is that new part that you graded out going to eventually hold water?

Dirtman2007
07-01-2009, 11:04 PM
So how long has it been sense you've been in the dozer?

I have not used it since the horse farm job about a month ago, but our buddy used it a couple days before bringing it out here.

I'll have it a year next month, 261 hrs on it! wearing it out haha.

bad thing Is I put 140 hrs on it the first two months lol. Oh well we have it when we need it.

Dirtman2007
07-01-2009, 11:05 PM
so is that new part that you graded out going to eventually hold water?

thats the point of all my work, to make the pond twice as big... oh it just rained here finally, now time for a big fire tomorrow!

Dirtman2007
07-02-2009, 06:33 PM
so it finally rained! well not much but I was able to burn this morning.


Btw junior, listen to me the hole is a great thing to burn it. its just I have a 48" bucket to dig it with lol

started off with a hole and two bucket fulls of dry material
and two gallons of red gold haha

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-136.jpg


cooking

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-136.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-126.jpg


it was all gone in less than 6 hrs.

just push the rest in the hole and covered it up with the dozer.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/006-107.jpg

AWJ Services
07-02-2009, 07:48 PM
A local grader dug a huge hole and then pushed the trees in it.He got a bunch of diesel fuel and threw it on the pile.
He threw a burning rag in and it exploded.It cracked windows in houses a 1/2 mile away .The guy has been in the grading buisness 20+ years and this was the first time it ever happened to him.

Duffster
07-02-2009, 08:25 PM
A local grader dug a huge hole and then pushed the trees in it.He got a bunch of diesel fuel and threw it on the pile.
He threw a burning rag in and it exploded.It cracked windows in houses a 1/2 mile away .The guy has been in the grading buisness 20+ years and this was the first time it ever happened to him.

Is he sure it was diesel?

Dirtman2007
07-02-2009, 08:31 PM
A local grader dug a huge hole and then pushed the trees in it.He got a bunch of diesel fuel and threw it on the pile.
He threw a burning rag in and it exploded.It cracked windows in houses a 1/2 mile away .The guy has been in the grading buisness 20+ years and this was the first time it ever happened to him.

there was something other than diesel for it to explode. hence, you would never throw a burning rag into a pile with diesel as it will not explode. don't get me wrong it will burn like a SOB, but you'll have time to step out of the way before hand.

AWJ Services
07-02-2009, 09:22 PM
He could be lying to me but I know the guy and he said it was only diesel.

Heavyduty1
07-02-2009, 09:36 PM
thats the point of all my work, to make the pond twice as big... oh it just rained here finally, now time for a big fire tomorrow!

What feeds the pond (stream or groundwater)? If the pond depends on rainwater only won't it run dry during a dry summer?

Junior M
07-02-2009, 10:06 PM
Chris, I believe you! After seeing all the pics of your equipment after pushing ashes, no way I am leaving this guy ashes to push in the hole with an open tractor..

Dirtman2007
07-02-2009, 11:42 PM
Chris, I believe you! After seeing all the pics of your equipment after pushing ashes, no way I am leaving this guy ashes to push in the hole with an open tractor..

This video of mine is all the proof of why you burn in the hole.... ashes suck!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNgq0GBY5Fg

Dirtman2007
07-02-2009, 11:47 PM
What feeds the pond (stream or groundwater)? If the pond depends on rainwater only won't it run dry during a dry summer?

It has a couple ditches that flow into the pond during a rain, but no constant flow of water. I'm pretty sure there is a spring in the other side as during that massive drought we had the other year the pond only dropped a foot the entire summer. most ponds dried up, it helps that its 14' deep too!

Dirtman2007
07-09-2009, 07:16 PM
well I've been really busy and the future still looks good so here is a update.

Finished grading and digging the pond. all that remains is to seed and blow some straw.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-138.jpg

Damn its dusty
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-119.jpg


http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-138.jpg


installed some stumps as fish structures

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-127.jpg


installing the overflow

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-137.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-137.jpg
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-120.jpg

installing a propane tank.
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-139.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-128.jpg




installing a new overflow system in a pond damn. Old pipe was leaking and drained the 5 acre lake down 4'.

The hill was just too steep for the tipsy ass yanmar so I had to use the trusty ol takkie!

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-121.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/005-109.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/006-108.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/008-69.jpg


http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/009-60.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/011-44.jpg


then I went down and plugged the old drain pipe that was leaking... 4" pipe full with a lot of pressure... tooked the mini, rammed a log up inside the pipe to slow the water flow down and capped it... still got a little wet.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/014-22.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/015-16.jpg

Heavyduty1
07-09-2009, 07:35 PM
Yall must be gettin more rain because the grass looks nice and green. We need some ran during the next two hottest months.

bobcat_ron
07-09-2009, 07:52 PM
That's really nice that you can bury your propane tanks.

Dirtman2007
07-09-2009, 07:59 PM
Yall must be gettin more rain because the grass looks nice and green. We need some ran during the next two hottest months.

It has not rained in a while here. its pretty dry out.


yeah ron It is nice to be able to bury the tanks, that way you don't have a big eye sore or a tank in the yard.

Junior M
07-09-2009, 09:01 PM
Chris, you did just what I am thinking we are going to have to do to our pond, it was raining like crazy out earlier and it still hasnt filled back up and it went down about an inch or 2 over night.

How much do you think it cost yall to do that? Is there a cheaper way to either make or have a float valve thingy like you installed there?

Dirtman2007
07-09-2009, 09:47 PM
Chris, you did just what I am thinking we are going to have to do to our pond, it was raining like crazy out earlier and it still hasnt filled back up and it went down about an inch or 2 over night.

How much do you think it cost yall to do that? Is there a cheaper way to either make or have a float valve thingy like you installed there?

junior, you'd probably wet your pants with what that thing cost. I don't know the exact figures but I'll get the price for a 12" box like that one, with 40' of 12" pipe. I'd say it was close to a 1000 bucks, just guessing off hand. Thats just for materials not the install.


there are other alternatives, but we try to do first class work so we go with the best overflow system we can. We do our own style too, but the water lever is fixed and can not be changed. on this pond the water can be lowered up to 39" using the removaled boards inside it.

Bleed Green
07-09-2009, 09:55 PM
Ill be down in your neck of the woods next week Chris if you would need any help LOL. We are vacationing to Lake Norman, North Carolina. I think its like an hour outside Charlotte, but I could be wrong on that distance. Not really that close to Raliegh but closer than Indiana haha.

Junior M
07-10-2009, 09:11 PM
junior, you'd probably wet your pants with what that thing cost. I don't know the exact figures but I'll get the price for a 12" box like that one, with 40' of 12" pipe. I'd say it was close to a 1000 bucks, just guessing off hand. Thats just for materials not the install.


there are other alternatives, but we try to do first class work so we go with the best overflow system we can. We do our own style too, but the water lever is fixed and can not be changed. on this pond the water can be lowered up to 39" using the removaled boards inside it.
Holy s#it, I knew it'd cost alot, but dam!

Whats the cheap way?

SiteSolutions
07-11-2009, 03:03 AM
Holy s#it, I knew it'd cost alot, but dam!



You trying for the pun on purpose or was that accidental?

Junior M
07-11-2009, 07:16 AM
You trying for the pun on purpose or was that accidental?
Hmm, didnt see that, that was totally accidental.. ;)

Dirtman2007
07-11-2009, 07:41 AM
Holy s#it, I knew it'd cost alot, but dam!

Whats the cheap way?

well I was off just a tad, the box was $750.00 plus your piping and connectors ect. so maybe around $11- 1200.

cheapest way is to just throw a horizontal pipe in at the desired water level, then run it to the toe of the dam.

Dirtman2007
07-11-2009, 06:12 PM
been busy at work but with boring jobs so no pictures. so I took some pictures of equipment around where I've been working

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/Random%20Construction/006-15.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/Random%20Construction/005-18.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/Random%20Construction/007-16.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/Random%20Construction/008-14.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/Random%20Construction/009-13.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/Random%20Construction/005-17.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/Random%20Construction/004-18.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/Random%20Construction/002-14.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/Random%20Construction/029-4.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/Random%20Construction/018-12.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/Random%20Construction/019-9.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/Random%20Construction/020-7.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/Random%20Construction/022-6.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/Random%20Construction/023-7.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/Random%20Construction/024-7.jpg


http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/Random%20Construction/025-7.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/Random%20Construction/027-4.jpg

Junior M
07-11-2009, 06:42 PM
In that one pic, your on the Yanmar, what are you doing? Hopefully not loading rock trucks.. :laugh:

Heavyduty1
07-11-2009, 06:59 PM
I rode in one of those CAT Challenger's when they first came out. We snatched a huge disk at about 20mph through a muddy field.:weightlifter:

Dirtman2007
07-11-2009, 07:39 PM
In that one pic, your on the Yanmar, what are you doing? Hopefully not loading rock trucks.. :laugh:

I was loading those boulders into my dump trailer.

1993lx172
07-12-2009, 01:15 AM
What's that hopper on the back of that one excavator for?

Duffster
07-12-2009, 01:33 AM
What's that hopper on the back of that one excavator for?

Pipe bedding.

There is a little conveyor running between the tracks that the operator can fill his bucket with.

Very handy to have.

Craaaig
07-12-2009, 12:51 PM
did u happen to see where the PARK equipment says they are out of?

Dirtman2007
07-12-2009, 01:34 PM
did u happen to see where the PARK equipment says they are out of?

They are a local company here in Raleigh, NC

Craaaig
07-12-2009, 09:21 PM
weird, there's a company called PARK up here and the logo is exactly the same, wonder if they're affiliated

Dirtman2007
07-14-2009, 04:49 PM
did a little ditch cleaning and drug the all around the pond. It was just way too hot and dusty, so I just hooked it to the takkie and rode in the A/C
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/012-34.jpg

my helper knocked the track off on the second scoop of dirt....


http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/013-30.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/014-23.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/015-17.jpg

Finishing up the pond overflow system

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-140.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-129.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/005-110.jpg

1993lx172
07-14-2009, 04:55 PM
How do you go about replacing/ refitting the tracks on the "takkie"? That looks to be a job in itself.

Dirtman2007
07-14-2009, 05:13 PM
How do you go about replacing/ refitting the tracks on the "takkie"? That looks to be a job in itself.

It can be. The track is back on in the picture. first you have to take the grease fitting off and let the idler go back in to give the track some slack. then put some logs under the ass end jack it off the ground. Then take the mini excavator and a strap to lift the track back onto the the sprocket. then I get in the skid steer and roll the track back on. most of the time It works, others you have to get creative.

lets just say I'm pretty good at putting them back on :laugh:

coopers
07-14-2009, 06:08 PM
Chris why do so many people have ponds back east? Is there any reason to it besides looks? That pipe is really shallow.

Dirtman2007
07-14-2009, 07:16 PM
Chris why do so many people have ponds back east? Is there any reason to it besides looks? That pipe is really shallow.

the pipe is 12" below the surface due to the high pressure gas line that runs through the area that the pipe had to go. its only 4' down to to keep fall I had to raise the pipe some.


Ponds just look nice... plus they keep me in a job :)

several more to go do after this one:weightlifter:

oakhillslandscaping
07-14-2009, 08:45 PM
those park machines were prolly up my way i live about 30 minutes from there NH location i remeber seeing them when i was younger all the time

Craaaig
07-14-2009, 08:50 PM
yeah thats what i was saying

Craaaig
07-16-2009, 07:54 PM
who is the manufacturer of that overflow box?, and what is the technical name for it?

kreft
07-16-2009, 10:49 PM
great pics! what are you guys up to these days?

Construct'O
07-16-2009, 11:22 PM
who is the manufacturer of that overflow box?, and what is the technical name for it?

Try this link
http://www.agridrain.com/

It is called water level control structure :usflag:

Dirtman2007
07-17-2009, 12:09 AM
Try this link
http://www.agridrain.com/

It is called water level control structure :usflag:

Thanks,

thats the link.

Kreft.. working! now....sleeping. pics tomorrow.

Dirtman2007
07-18-2009, 10:02 PM
been really busy, finished up at the pond site, moved a building the easy way. then seeded and strawed the place.


http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-139.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-141.jpg


building pad

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-122.jpg
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/005-111.jpg


strawing!

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-140.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-142.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-123.jpg

washed my baby inside and out:weightlifter:


http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-130.jpg

Today I built some side for the dump trailer.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/005-112.jpg
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/006-109.jpg

Dirtman2007
07-19-2009, 02:57 PM
so I look forward to my sundays off. but you can always depend on your horse farms to find you something to do.... double time sundays.

got a call saying the main water line had busted under the slab. owner is out of town so I dug all that I could with the mini before having to start cutting some concrete. I must wait till monday to hear back. so no water for them.

kinda tight digging

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-141.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-143.jpg


http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-131.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-124.jpg

Junior M
07-19-2009, 03:31 PM
I assume the Yanmar was to big? Or was the Takkie easier to go pick up?

bobcat_ron
07-19-2009, 03:41 PM
Wow, that was tight.
Anything beats a shovel.

Dirtman2007
07-19-2009, 03:48 PM
I assume the Yanmar was to big? Or was the Takkie easier to go pick up?

well I need the yanmar on a job monday and tuedays so I just brought the takkie out there so I could keep it there. cause if a machine is left there, he finds work for it haha!

Dirtman2007
07-21-2009, 07:20 PM
So this morning I was sent back out to fill in the trenches I dug on sunday for the broken water line. plumber fixed it so I had to backfill.

Man the takkie finally feels big! Only hit the barn once... shhhhh:laugh:

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-144.jpg


Then we loaded up the volvo to go do a small clearing and stump removal job at a church.

rolling down the highway...

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-132.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/005-113.jpg


Before

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/006-110.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/008-70.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/010-59.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/011-45.jpg

Loading up all the brush to haul it away

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/013-31.jpg

All done

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/014-24.jpg

Heavyduty1
07-21-2009, 07:59 PM
If you run out of work, that farmer might need that tobacco suckered. :laugh:

Dirtman2007
07-21-2009, 08:17 PM
If you run out of work, that farmer might need that tobacco suckered. :laugh:

lol, chris does not play in the tabacco fields... they were out there priming it today. they have school busses that they chop the top off of and turn them into tobacco wagons... I ment to take a picture.

Heavyduty1
07-21-2009, 08:27 PM
lol, chris does not play in the tabacco fields... they were out there priming it today. they have school busses that they chop the top off of and turn them into tobacco wagons... I ment to take a picture.

I worked in the fields when I was younger. If I tried today they would find me dead from heat stroke. :cry:

SpecOne
07-21-2009, 09:11 PM
Chris, I've really admired the quality of your finished product, and this job is no different. :clapping:

Was that all done with just the Volvo or did you have the Tak CTL on that job also?

Dirtman2007
07-21-2009, 09:24 PM
Chris, I've really admired the quality of your finished product, and this job is no different. :clapping:

Was that all done with just the Volvo or did you have the Tak CTL on that job also?

Thanks man, I do the best I can with what I have, I always leave a job the way I want it to look. even if i have to spend a extra 30 minutes on my behalf it will be a final product when I'm done.

It was all done with the volvo, no need for the skid steer on this job.

SpecOne
07-21-2009, 09:32 PM
Well, I'm impressed. You've definitely got some skills!

Yeah, it's hard to convince some guys that that extra time that you put into a job is what gets you the callbacks. Clients appreciate that. Yeah you may have to eat 30 min or hour here and there but it will pay for itself down the road. Never was one to nickel and dime a customer.

Dirtman2007
07-21-2009, 09:40 PM
Well, I'm impressed. You've definitely got some skills!

Yeah, it's hard to convince some guys that that extra time that you put into a job is what gets you the callbacks. Clients appreciate that. Yeah you may have to eat 30 min or hour here and there but it will pay for itself down the road. Never was one to nickel and dime a customer.

Like you said, it gets you call backs. alot of my work is from clients I've done work with in the past, just happen to be a fellow I've done a lot of work for goes to this church, so we were recommended.

I do probably 50% of my work for 2 big companies that sub all their work out to us. keep them happy and things will be good.

Lots of up comming projects to stay tuned for more pictures, its gonna be a busy busy summer.

SpecOne
07-21-2009, 09:51 PM
That's good to hear. We do a lot of work on the ag side here and it has been so dry for so long here that the ranchers and farmers aren't wanting to do much work right now. Couple that with the down turn in the oil and gas around this area, it hasn't been as busy as I like. Luckily the state jobs are going strong, since they have to spend their budget money by the end of August! :)

I know this is not a usual statement for a dirtman but I sure would like to see some rain!! ;)

Dirtman2007
07-21-2009, 10:05 PM
That's good to hear. We do a lot of work on the ag side here and it has been so dry for so long here that the ranchers and farmers aren't wanting to do much work right now. Couple that with the down turn in the oil and gas around this area, it hasn't been as busy as I like. Luckily the state jobs are going strong, since they have to spend their budget money by the end of August! :)

I know this is not a usual statement for a dirtman but I sure would like to see some rain!! ;)

Its good for the me when we have a drought, all the farmers run out of water so they have their ponds dug out to get more water storage!

I have the ok to do 5 ponds once it stops raining here.

Junior M
07-21-2009, 10:11 PM
Thanks man, I do the best I can with what I have, I always leave a job the way I want it to look. even if i have to spend a extra 30 minutes on my behalf it will be a final product when I'm done.

It was all done with the volvo, no need for the skid steer on this job.
What? Only one piece of equipment! Are you okay Chris? I was waiting to see the Yanmar, the dozer, the volvo and the Daewoo just in case.. :laugh:

and we spent an extra 6 hours on our last job to finish everything we had finished.. :dizzy: Talking about going way overtime..

SpecOne
07-21-2009, 10:19 PM
Its good for the me when we have a drought, all the farmers run out of water so they have their ponds dug out to get more water storage!

I have the ok to do 5 ponds once it stops raining here.

Yeah this is true...but seein that we are hitting the two year mark for us on the drought, we finished most of our tank maintenance up over the winter and only have had a couple of landowners interested in building new tanks. Most are saving their money to buy hay since no one is cutting and baling here due to the dry conditions.

Dirtman2007
07-21-2009, 10:31 PM
What? Only one piece of equipment! Are you okay Chris? I was waiting to see the Yanmar, the dozer, the volvo and the Daewoo just in case.. :laugh:

and we spent an extra 6 hours on our last job to finish everything we had finished.. :dizzy: Talking about going way overtime..

take it as a learning experience, now you can judge better on how long it will take to do the next job.

No, the yanmar, and tak are busy on another job. I still have more work to do with the daewoo when I find the time.

Junior M
07-21-2009, 10:41 PM
What? Only one piece of equipment! Are you okay Chris? I was waiting to see the Yanmar, the dozer, the volvo and the Daewoo just in case.. :laugh:

and we spent an extra 6 hours on our last job to finish everything we had finished.. :dizzy: Talking about going way overtime..

That last finished should be started.. :hammerhead:

take it as a learning experience, now you can judge better on how long it will take to do the next job.

No, the yanmar, and tak are busy on another job. I still have more work to do with the daewoo when I find the time.

Yeah, it was a learning experience, but it was mostly for our sake, we coulda left at the 10 hour mark, but we kept working so we didnt leave it a mess. It didnt like that last round of pics you posted, but it was better than what it woulda looked like if we left at 10 hours like the contract stated.. :laugh:

And I was just joking.. :waving:

CAT powered
07-21-2009, 11:13 PM
Not baling cause it's dry makes about as much sense as wiping before ya poop.

Baling requires dry weather. Farmers around here are all thoroughly pissed cause they're so behind. We got 25 or 26 days of damn rain here in June and we had downpours again today. Friggin rain.

Junior M
07-21-2009, 11:17 PM
Not baling cause it's dry makes about as much sense as wiping before ya poop.

Baling requires dry weather. Farmers around here are all thoroughly pissed cause they're so behind. We got 25 or 26 days of damn rain here in June and we had downpours again today. Friggin rain.
No, it makes sense cause its been so dry for so long nothing is growing. Last year and year before last we were really close to running to Ohio with the trailer a couple times to stock up on hay and then sell it for premium because no one had any. payup :cool2:

SpecOne
07-21-2009, 11:24 PM
Not baling cause it's dry makes about as much sense as wiping before ya poop.

Baling requires dry weather. Farmers around here are all thoroughly pissed cause they're so behind. We got 25 or 26 days of damn rain here in June and we had downpours again today. Friggin rain.

We have not had any significant rain since Sept 07. NO RAIN = NO GRASS = NO HAY. Fields that you used to keep cattle off of so you could cut hay off of are having to be opened up to grazing. Round bales during good rain years run you at most $25 / bale. We are having to pay now $50 to $60 / bale for poor quality trash hay.

CAT powered
07-21-2009, 11:27 PM
Oh yea. You gays... I mean guys... and your friggin horses.

Guys up here are still working on first cut. It's all dried on the stem. I'm guessing most of it is likely ruined. You must've had some pretty nutty hay prices if you could go to Ohio and make it worth it. You probably can't fit more than 300 bales on that truck and trailer.

Junior M
07-21-2009, 11:34 PM
Oh yea. You gays... I mean guys... and your friggin horses.

Guys up here are still working on first cut. It's all dried on the stem. I'm guessing most of it is likely ruined. You must've had some pretty nutty hay prices if you could go to Ohio and make it worth it. You probably can't fit more than 300 bales on that truck and trailer.
:laugh: They are like big dogs! they just cant lay on your feet.. ;) and I dont discriminate cows! they are fun to ride to, just got to watch when they buck you off, they like to come after you.. ;) :laugh:

And yeah, we coulda made a ton of money, but never did it. At the time my brother was saying they were on the 3rd cutting at our farm and some people were on there 4th! People here were lucky to get one cutting at the time.. :dizzy:

CAT powered
07-21-2009, 11:39 PM
We know how you like to ride the cows, Junior. Just don't get any diseases. And it'd probably help if ya had a bucket to stand on while you were doing it.

Junior M
07-21-2009, 11:40 PM
We know how you like to ride the cows, Junior. Just don't get any diseases. And it'd probably help if ya had a bucket to stand on while you were doing it.
Eww, thats not even cool.. ;) :eek:

CAT powered
07-21-2009, 11:44 PM
You were the one saying you were riding cows, Junior.

I don't feel to bad for ya paying $60/bale for big ol round bales. Guys up here want 5$ a bale for small square bales. There's at least 12 small squares to every round bale. And they take a hell of a lot more manpower to store and remove from storage.

Rounds you just stick with a bale spear and move with a skidsteer or tractor w/loader frame. The squares like they make here all have to be stacked and unstacked by hand. That is some sh*tty work.

Junior M
07-21-2009, 11:48 PM
You were the one saying you were riding cows, Junior.

I don't feel to bad for ya paying $60/bale for big ol round bales. Guys up here want 5$ a bale for small square bales. There's at least 12 small squares to every round bale. And they take a hell of a lot more manpower to store and remove from storage.

Rounds you just stick with a bale spear and move with a skidsteer or tractor w/loader frame. The squares like they make here all have to be stacked and unstacked by hand. That is some sh*tty work.
Riding like, oh its freakin useless.. :dizzy: :laugh:

And yeah they do, we round bale at the farm in Ohio because no one is around to help anymore unless my brother hires someone..

sqares do suck, I dont see the point, just buy a round, when you need to put some in the trailer or something, carry the bag over to the bale, put a couple handfuls in it and call it a day. Oh you need some for the rodeo this weekend? Just.. Okay, square bales make since for that use, but thats about it..

CAT powered
07-22-2009, 12:04 AM
When I was growing up on the family farm all we made was squares. Those things were absolutely terrible. One day I was up in a mow throwing hay down to one of my uncles and there was an owl behind the bale. That owl took off and scared me shitless. I was maybe 11 or so at the time and I didn't really want to go back up into the mow after that. That owl ended up meeting his demise due to the old .22 we always kept in the barn.

Those were the days. Today if somebody left a gun unlocked and loaded they'd be arrested and thrown in jail. Back then it was just the way things were.

Junior M
07-22-2009, 12:08 AM
When I was growing up on the family farm all we made was squares. Those things were absolutely terrible. One day I was up in a mow throwing hay down to one of my uncles and there was an owl behind the bale. That owl took off and scared me shitless. I was maybe 11 or so at the time and I didn't really want to go back up into the mow after that. That owl ended up meeting his demise due to the old .22 we always kept in the barn.

Those were the days. Today if somebody left a gun unlocked and loaded they'd be arrested and thrown in jail. Back then it was just the way things were.
:laugh: I remember being scared quite a few times dragging hay to the back of the barn by myself. We had some good times, to bad I didnt get to spend more time there. I was to young to really be able to enjoy it and the work.

My uncle lives in the newest house out there and there are a couple guns in every room. And god forbid a rabbit walk by while we are at dinner or sitting in the living room, all of us are running for a gun trying to get the rabbit before anyone else can.. :laugh: They say they know when family is in town up there because it sounds like ww2 all the time.. :laugh:

Dirtman2007
07-23-2009, 06:33 PM
So today I started another project. Clearing off a over grown pond dam. Most likely I'll be clearing all the way around it as the owner loved what I did. then I'm installing a new over flow system.


Before
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-142.jpg

Making my way into the mess

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-125.jpg

Half way point
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/005-114.jpg



I cut a few logs

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/009-61.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/011-46.jpg

After, still needs to be dressed up

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/012-35.jpg

Bleed Green
07-23-2009, 08:01 PM
Looks good.

Junior M
07-23-2009, 08:05 PM
looks great Chris.. :cool2:

Dieselnut
07-23-2009, 08:21 PM
Glad you keep busy chris. I have been keeping up with your posts on HEF and then came here and man 135 pages of pictures and words. keep up the good work and keep us updated.

Dirtman2007
07-23-2009, 09:23 PM
Thanks

I liked HEF, but I did not like spending hours uploading pictures and then nobody say anything. Just felt like a waste of time. Atleast here someone will say something, most of the time its all off topic but ok well LOL

Dieselnut
07-23-2009, 09:34 PM
Thanks

I liked HEF, but I did not like spending hours uploading pictures and then nobody say anything. Just felt like a waste of time. Atleast here someone will say something, most of the time its all off topic but ok well LOL

Well atleast there is something to keep you laughing. I am dieselnut over on HEF and here. I pmed you about mud mats and a your thumb a while ago. same person lol.

bobcat_ron
07-23-2009, 09:39 PM
HEF is just a plain waste of bandwidth.

Here at least at Lawnsite, we get to have some fun poking fun at each other's opinions and not get hassled and banned from some tool named Steve.

Dieselnut
07-23-2009, 09:45 PM
HEF is just a plain waste of bandwidth.

Here at least at Lawnsite, we get to have some fun poking fun at each other's opinions and not get hassled and banned from some tool named Steve.

This is very true. I garuntee that if steve was the mod on here about 3/4 on the threads would be shutdown

Junior M
07-23-2009, 09:45 PM
HEF is just a plain waste of bandwidth.

Here at least at Lawnsite, we get to have some fun poking fun at each other's opinions and not get hassled and banned from some tool named Steve.
Yeah, that and atleast we can off topic without a mod stepping in and telling to get back on it or he's shutting the thread down..

Could you imagine the people that would be banned from this place if LS had the same rules HEF did and we acted like we do now? :laugh:

Dirtman2007
07-23-2009, 09:48 PM
Yeah, that and atleast we can off topic without a mod stepping in and telling to get back on it or he's shutting the thread down..

Could you imagine the people that would be banned from this place if LS had the same rules HEF did and we acted like we do now? :laugh:

Shut up junior this is my thread :laugh::laugh::laugh:

Dieselnut
07-23-2009, 09:50 PM
Yeah, that and atleast we can off topic without a mod stepping in and telling to get back on it or he's shutting the thread down..

Could you imagine the people that would be banned from this place if LS had the same rules HEF did and we acted like we do now? :laugh:

I guess it pays to hit the refresh button.:clapping::laugh::clapping:

Junior M
07-23-2009, 09:50 PM
Shut up junior this is my thread :laugh::laugh::laugh:
You think I care? :laugh: :laugh:

I tried getting your thread over at HEF going, but that place is so slow you cant even get a couple posts of an argument going before either Steve or one of his bit--- helpers step in.. :laugh: :laugh:

bobcat_ron
07-23-2009, 09:52 PM
Yeah, that and atleast we can off topic without a mod stepping in and telling to get back on it or he's shutting the thread down..

Could you imagine the people that would be banned from this place if LS had the same rules HEF did and we acted like we do now? :laugh:

WillieWonka would have to have COPPA under his name, and a few others here too, like KSSS, since he's always crying about Case being the best out there. :waving:

Junior M
07-23-2009, 09:53 PM
I guess it pays to hit the refresh button.:clapping::laugh::clapping:
That posted at the sametime, I cant help great minds think alike.. :laugh:

Junior M
07-23-2009, 09:54 PM
WillieWonka would have to have COPPA under his name, and a few others here too, like KSSS, since he's always crying about Case being the best out there. :waving:
I've noticed that the few bored out of my mind days I've spent over there, what in the hell does COPPA mean?

Dieselnut
07-23-2009, 09:56 PM
You think I care? :laugh: :laugh:

I tried getting your thread over at HEF going, but that place is so slow you cant even get a couple posts of an argument going before either Steve or one of his bit--- helpers step in.. :laugh: :laugh:

didnt one of his helpers say something about leaving and talking to someone on a couch?

Junior M
07-23-2009, 09:57 PM
didnt one of his helpers say something about leaving and talking to someone on a couch?
Yeah, some crap like that. It was a horrible example that in the end had no relevance to a forum? ;)

bobcat_ron
07-23-2009, 10:04 PM
I've noticed that the few bored out of my mind days I've spent over there, what in the hell does COPPA mean?

Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

Dieselnut
07-23-2009, 10:04 PM
Yeah, some crap like that. It was a horrible example that in the end had no relevance to a forum? ;)

Thats right it was not relivant. I thing that the mods are breaking the rules over there.

Dirtman2007
07-23-2009, 10:05 PM
Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

In other words, you have to close your eyes when Ronny posts pics of his pussy cat on here Junior:laugh:

bobcat_ron
07-23-2009, 10:08 PM
In other words, you have to close your eyes when Ronny posts pics of his pussy cat on here Junior:laugh:

And you (and everyone else) will have to gouge your eyes out when I slap on my speedo and wash my pussy off on a hot weekend.

Junior M
07-23-2009, 10:12 PM
And you (and everyone else) will have to gouge your eyes out when I slap on my speedo and wash my pussy off on a hot weekend.
OH god, bad mental image, I might have to have this one surgically removed.. :laugh:

Dieselnut
07-23-2009, 10:12 PM
I guess you cant look at the pictures when I dump my load. you have to do it or else you cant haul any more material in the bed.

Dieselnut
07-23-2009, 10:29 PM
I guess you cant look at the pictures when I dump my load. you have to do it or else you cant haul any more material in the bed.

wow read that over and that was completely stupid.

Dirtman2007
07-24-2009, 05:12 PM
Today was pond dredging day, Had time to dig out two and knock them off the ever growing list of things to do.

Before

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-143.jpg

Mini with the mats
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-145.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-133.jpg


We just scooped it all and dumped it in the skid steer bucket to advoid making a huge mud mess.

Where I dumped it all

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/009-62.jpg


All done

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/010-60.jpg


the other job, all this sand and gravel came out of a pipe thats below the waters surface. Looks just like someone dumped a load of sand there instead...

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/011-47.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/012-36.jpg


Haul the sand off on monday when it drys some
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/013-32.jpg

SpecOne
07-24-2009, 09:09 PM
Chris, are those ponds drained to the lower water level or is it due to dry conditions?

Dirtman2007
07-24-2009, 09:22 PM
Chris, are those ponds drained to the lower water level or is it due to dry conditions?

No I lowered them all to do the work. They were all full beforehand.

m&mmowing
07-25-2009, 09:55 PM
this page is way to on topic for my liking

SpecOne
07-26-2009, 10:28 PM
So what's on the agenda for this week Chris?

Heavyduty1
07-26-2009, 10:52 PM
this page is way to on topic for my liking

???????????:confused:

Dirtman2007
07-26-2009, 11:07 PM
So what's on the agenda for this week Chris?

well on monday I'll be back to where the daewoo is loading and hauling some more brush and rotton leaves to the dump with a tandem dump truck

Tuesday, I'll prolly be back to where the volvo is working on the pond.

rest of the week. to be announced lol... but its gonna be BUSY

SpecOne
07-26-2009, 11:15 PM
rest of the week. to be announced lol... but its gonna be BUSY

:laugh: I hear ya! It's good to have the work though :cool2:

BIGBEN2004
07-27-2009, 02:01 PM
I would love to have that kinda work. I am sitting home again. Bills get harder to pay when you have no income coming in fast enough....... Oh well the worst that can happen is they can come and get my stuff. How has the weather been in your area, I imagine working with ponds all it would take would be a storm and all your work area would be under water.

Dieselnut
07-27-2009, 08:00 PM
I like the mud mats you have for the minis. Are they made from 2x6's?

Dirtman2007
07-28-2009, 07:40 PM
I like the mud mats you have for the minis. Are they made from 2x6's?

I think they are 2X8's. they are in need of being replaced due to the fact they are all broken and missing boards.

Dirtman2007
07-28-2009, 07:58 PM
So last weekend I went up with the family to a place at the lake in the mountains of VA.

some nice views.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/017-8.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/016-9.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/015-18.jpg


Monday I loaded and hauled about 30 loads of rotton wood and dirt with the daewoo and the old L9000.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-134.jpg


http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-126.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/007-86.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/011-48.jpg


Today I built another rock wall out at the horse farm, then back out to where the volvo is to install the overflow and do some more clearing.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-144.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-146.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-135.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-127.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/007-87.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/009-63.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/011-49.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/013-33.jpg

NateV
07-28-2009, 08:04 PM
Nice work.

It would be neat if you could get a pic of your volvo with the reflection of it in the water. Like in the last pic you posted its a partial reflection. i dont know, too me that would be a cool pic lol

Dieselnut
07-28-2009, 08:17 PM
I think they are 2X8's. they are in need of being replaced due to the fact they are all broken and missing boards.

Sounds good. Now where would you get something like those? Go to a lumber yard and get the wood and bolts and make it happen or buy them somewhere?

Latest project looks great and those are some awesome views.

Dirtman2007
07-28-2009, 08:51 PM
Sounds good. Now where would you get something like those? Go to a lumber yard and get the wood and bolts and make it happen or buy them somewhere?

Latest project looks great and those are some awesome views.


Thanks, there's a place somewhere that makes them. I forgot where but there's more than one place you can get them. Anyways its a lot cheaper than it is to buy the wood and bolts!

Dirtman2007
07-28-2009, 08:51 PM
Nice work.

It would be neat if you could get a pic of your volvo with the reflection of it in the water. Like in the last pic you posted its a partial reflection. i dont know, too me that would be a cool pic lol

lol I'll try tomorrow, look at the one above it, you can see the takkie's reflection in the water.

ksss
07-28-2009, 08:54 PM
Nice shanty down by the lake.:laugh: Servants quarters no doubt.:drinkup:

I don't know that I would call that a mountain. Hill maybe, but thats no mountain.:laugh:

Dirtman2007
07-28-2009, 09:03 PM
Nice shanty down by the lake.:laugh: Servants quarters no doubt.:drinkup:

I don't know that I would call that a mountain. Hill maybe, but thats no mountain.:laugh:

For us flat land rednecks like myself thats a monutain, lord I hate walking up hills.

Here's the house that the owner of Black and Decker power tools owns...notice the Roll's in the driveway:dizzy:

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/008-71.jpg

NateV
07-28-2009, 10:14 PM
lol I'll try tomorrow, look at the one above it, you can see the takkie's reflection in the water.

Ya i saw the takkie, but its reflection is kinda in muddy water. the last pic with the volvo the water looks kinda clear where the reflection is. if the water was clear and the whole reflection was there i think it would be an awesome pic.

AWJ Services
07-29-2009, 07:24 AM
Sounds good. Now where would you get something like those? Go to a lumber yard and get the wood and bolts and make it happen or buy them somewhere?

Latest project looks great and those are some awesome views.

Google crane mats.


http://www.dixiemat.com/

Or Mud Mats.

They are made of hardwood to help them last.

Dirtman2007
07-29-2009, 04:34 PM
Today I finished up the pond site. I ended up clearing and grading around the entire pond, really made it look better.

Before
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-145.jpg

After
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/008-72.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/007-89.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/009-64.jpg

Clearing around the pond.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-147.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-128.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/005-115.jpg

Not bad for just using the bucket.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/006-111.jpg

stuvecorp
07-29-2009, 06:20 PM
Now you just need a shipping container domicile and it's perfect.Thumbs Up

Dirtman2007
07-29-2009, 08:14 PM
Now you just need a shipping container domicile and it's perfect.Thumbs Up

HUH? you lost me on that one:confused:

Dieselnut
07-29-2009, 08:47 PM
Thanks, there's a place somewhere that makes them. I forgot where but there's more than one place you can get them. Anyways its a lot cheaper than it is to buy the wood and bolts!

Yeah I know that it would be expensive but the convenience is nice. If you have the time I guess some would make them.

ClearViewGroup
07-29-2009, 09:03 PM
chris...the black and decker house was built by the uncle of one of my friends...we have spent ALOT of time on smith mountain lake...there are ALOT of nice houses up there for sure!

stuvecorp
07-29-2009, 10:23 PM
HUH? you lost me on that one:confused:

Sorry, was helping JR's vocabulary again.:laugh:

Domicile = house

Junior M
07-29-2009, 10:25 PM
Sorry, was helping JR's vocabulary again.:laugh:

Domicile = house
Holy crap, I am just gonna skip that one, house is so much easier.. ;) :laugh:

Dirtman2007
07-29-2009, 10:26 PM
Sorry, was helping JR's vocabulary again.:laugh:

Domicile = house

lol, I knew what that was, but what do I need a shipping container for?

SpecOne
07-29-2009, 10:43 PM
lol, I knew what that was, but what do I need a shipping container for?

I was gonna ask the same thing..;) but I didn't wanna get dogged like JR does.

By the way Chris, that is pretty dam (:laugh:) good if you ask me for just using the Volvo's bucket. :drinkup:

Th3BullDoz3r
07-29-2009, 10:47 PM
Look's much better! Any good fish in that pond?

stuvecorp
07-29-2009, 10:55 PM
lol, I knew what that was, but what do I need a shipping container for?

It's an insta-cabin.

Dirtman2007
08-01-2009, 07:02 AM
More mud playing fun.

Here's one of those leave it to the pro jobs.... look how deep the bossman sunk the daweoo up to on its rear!... well he slid backwards into the mud.

So I came in to load and haul all the mud out.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-146.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-148.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/007-90.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/006-112.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/009-65.jpg


two other ponds to work on

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-136.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-129.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/010-61.jpg


Pouring concrete to stop the pipes from leaking.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-137.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-130.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/008-73.jpg

tnmtn
08-01-2009, 09:54 AM
seeing the open cab yanmar in the pics made me wonder how bad the bugs are after draining a pond. seems in the summer a cab would be a real pleasure.

Dirtman2007
08-01-2009, 05:09 PM
I can deal with everything but bee's... yes I dug up a yellow jackets nest and had to abandon the yanmar for about a hour... I just sat in the truck in the A/C till they died down:laugh:

SpecOne
08-01-2009, 10:11 PM
I can deal with everything but bee's... yes I dug up a yellow jackets nest and had to abandon the yanmar for about a hour... I just sat in the truck in the A/C till they died down:laugh:

Yeah, I've done that a few times on the dozer. However my truck never was close by :dizzy: :(

Dieselnut
08-01-2009, 10:22 PM
Wow boss man really sunk that daweoo. Must be very wet. About how far down did you have to go to get to a solid bottom?

Dirtman2007
08-01-2009, 10:59 PM
Wow boss man really sunk that daweoo. Must be very wet. About how far down did you have to go to get to a solid bottom?

It was not too bad, mud was only about 4' deep and the bottom was soild red clay so we just plowed on in there, somehow me managed to back into a pile... oh yeah he was in a hurry cause the pond fills up within 5 minutes of a good rain and it was raining then haha!

Dirtman2007
08-02-2009, 08:58 PM
well finished up the pond and could leave the machine sitting in the parking lot so I had to load it up and take it to another job digging a pond. Then i had to powerwash all that nice red carolina red mud off the parking lot... oh joy was the fun.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-147.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-149.jpg


digging on the other pond

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/005-116.jpg

Dirtman2007
08-06-2009, 06:34 PM
Finished up this pond with installing matting on the face of the dam to prevent more errosion.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-148.jpg


Then I was off with the Daewoo and the dozer to finsh up another pond that was started.

throwing the dirt over the corn to spread in the field.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-150.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-138.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-131.jpg

Got my dozer nice and muddy

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/006-113.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/010-62.jpg

Rough graded

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/011-50.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/012-37.jpg


So todays project was digging out this old clogged up drain pipe and replacing it with two smaller ones, the one pipe was installed too deep and had no where for the sediment to get out so I raised the level of the pipes up to allow for positive drainage

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-149.jpg


with 5 yards of dirt in this pipe I had to rip it open a dig the mud out before i could even think about pulling it out


http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-139.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-132.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/005-117.jpg

already draining



http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/006-114.jpg

rocking it in, put back the pavement tomorrow

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/007-91.jpg

SpecOne
08-06-2009, 11:24 PM
Nice job on that culvert pipe job. Is that stone you used for rip rap a locally quarried stone? What type of stone? Most stone I use for rip rap is limestone since it is easily obtained from quarries not to far away.

ARP
08-07-2009, 12:23 AM
Nice Chris! I hope with all that mud you are able to keep your flip flopped feet clean!:laugh: jk

Dirtman2007
08-07-2009, 06:35 AM
Nice Chris! I hope with all that mud you are able to keep your flip flopped feet clean!:laugh: jk

I've had the keep the flip flops in the truck till the end of the day here recently. My gracious has it been muddy.

Dirtman2007
08-07-2009, 06:36 AM
Nice job on that culvert pipe job. Is that stone you used for rip rap a locally quarried stone? What type of stone? Most stone I use for rip rap is limestone since it is easily obtained from quarries not to far away.

Thanks, yes it is a local stone from a quarry about 5 miles away for the job. I think its granite.

Bleed Green
08-07-2009, 12:09 PM
I've had the keep the flip flops in the truck till the end of the day here recently. My gracious has it been muddy.

Oh man you mean you had to wear like real work boots like the rest of us!!!
LOL

It all looks good Chris.

Dirtman2007
08-07-2009, 10:53 PM
well today I had to fix a little errosion of the creek bank along the walking trial. So I cleared it, graded, matted, and stones the creek. Once I was finished and gone I found out that I did the wrong spot in the creek... whoops:dizzy:

so it looks like I'll be back to do the correct spot next week.. hey atleast its smaller than this one....

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-150.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-151.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-140.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-133.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/005-118.jpg

SpecOne
08-07-2009, 11:38 PM
Well, even if it wasn't the right spot, you did one bang up job Chris! :laugh:

(Always laughed at the idea that doctor's before surgery will mark the area of the body they are suppose to be operating on with a marker. Guess we know why now. :laugh::dizzy::laugh:

Dirtman2007
08-10-2009, 07:18 PM
Well, even if it wasn't the right spot, you did one bang up job Chris! :laugh:

(Always laughed at the idea that doctor's before surgery will mark the area of the body they are suppose to be operating on with a marker. Guess we know why now. :laugh::dizzy::laugh:

HAHA! well today I went back out there and did the correct spot, also met the main landscape guy and he felt so bad for not making it clear on which spot to do. Oh well it happens sometimes, but atleast he told us to go head and give some estimates for additional work around there.

my god was it hot today, I swear it was already 100 degrees by 11am.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-141.jpg

fabric down
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-134.jpg

done

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/008-74.jpg


some pics from the rock quarry

crushing plant

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-151.jpg

one big dang loader

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-152.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/005-119.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/006-115.jpg


My boss also got a new truck today.... wait where's mine????
http://hphotos-snc1.fbcdn.net/hs175.snc1/6575_1164998775798_1552763755_411317_1481526_n.jpg

NateV
08-10-2009, 07:39 PM
Nice work. I watched some of your lastest vids too and there good like always lol.

You need to go get your self a new truck now too. Might aswell get white too so they match lol. The new superdutys are one of the best looking trucks if you ask me.

Dirtman2007
08-10-2009, 08:09 PM
Nice work. I watched some of your lastest vids too and there good like always lol.

You need to go get your self a new truck now too. Might aswell get white too so they match lol. The new superdutys are one of the best looking trucks if you ask me.

thanks, I don't need a new truck, yes they are nice but the monthly bill just plain sucks. Mine still runs, it will be paid for before too much longer so I think I'll just keep it and save the rest of my money for now.

Duffster
08-10-2009, 08:17 PM
thanks, I don't need a new truck, yes they are nice but the monthly bill just plain sucks. Mine still runs, it will be paid for before too much longer so I think I'll just keep it and save the rest of my money for now.

Your a smart man. :drinkup:

NateV
08-10-2009, 08:45 PM
thanks, I don't need a new truck, yes they are nice but the monthly bill just plain sucks. Mine still runs, it will be paid for before too much longer so I think I'll just keep it and save the rest of my money for now.

Yep i know what ya mean. I should have my 150 paid off by the end of the year, and i think my dad will be looking for a new 150 or 250 come spring since his will be 3 yrs old (he's usually on the 3yr plan lol) so im thinking about maybe buying his 250 from him. We'll see what happens though.

Junior M
08-10-2009, 10:20 PM
Dam, so did he sell the 350 srw? Did he finally get a loaded truck to or is it still plain jane?

NateV
08-10-2009, 10:31 PM
Dam, so did he sell the 350 srw? Did he finally get a loaded truck to or is it still plain jane?

It looks like an XLT or Lariat to me. I know its no plain jane because you can tell he got the "chrome package" as Ford calls it.

Junior M
08-10-2009, 10:33 PM
It looks like an XLT or Lariat to me. I know its no plain jane because you can tell he got the "chrome package" as Ford calls it.
Yeah, I know, but atleast with Dodge you can get the chrome package and still have a plain jane truck..

Dirtman2007
08-10-2009, 10:35 PM
It looks like an XLT or Lariat to me. I know its no plain jane because you can tell he got the "chrome package" as Ford calls it.


Yeah its the XLT, no need to get too fansy its a work truck. But the rear back up camera is nice!
lol

We call the chrome "Chromium"... gotta have the chromium lol

NateV
08-10-2009, 10:36 PM
Yeah, I know, but atleast with Dodge you can get the chrome package and still have a plain jane truck..

hmm i never knew that. but then again i never really looked at Dodges. I dont think you can get a plain jane Ford with the chrome..

Dirtman2007
08-11-2009, 06:54 PM
Well I woke up and the truck said it was 80 degrees this morning at 6:30am, I knew it was going to be a long day from then.

Clearing off the backside of a pond dam.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-153.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-142.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/005-120.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/007-92.jpg

Draining the pond down to do some dredging in the head section.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-135.jpg

area to be removed.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/008-75.jpg

Dirtman2007
08-13-2009, 08:01 PM
So today was a rainy work at the shop day. Took the chainsaw and cut up some of the large mud mats to make some a set for both mini excavators to work on,

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-152.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-154.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-136.jpg


Then spent the rest of the time cleaning up and installing the toolboxes and fuel tank back into my uncles new work truck, I must say.... damn thats a sexy looking truck!

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-143.jpg

SpecOne
08-13-2009, 08:51 PM
Dang Chris,

That is pretty sharp, even if it is on a Ford!! :laugh:

All joking aside, it looks good. It will definitely turn some heads.

bobcat_ron
08-13-2009, 10:10 PM
Do some donuts in the grass with your truck, and baptize that virgin Ford.

Dirtman2007
08-13-2009, 10:24 PM
Do some donuts in the grass with your truck, and baptize that virgin Ford.

Oh I give it 3 months and there will be trash 6" deep behind the seats... I'm gonna give him hell too.... thats what little nephew's are for right :laugh:

Bleed Green
08-13-2009, 10:45 PM
Oh come on now, trash 6 inches deep in a work truck, who would ever think of something like that. Come to think of it, oh ya I know one like that actually.
I am kinda surprised that he would go for a white truck to work in the dirt with though. That will get dirty quick.

Dirtman2007
08-14-2009, 07:27 PM
I love my new mud mats!

these things are great, heck I was able to take the machine into place I could not walk to.

so here's some pics

Forgot to cut the drain valve back so it was down plenty low this morning. whoops :laugh:
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-153.jpg


laying out my road

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-155.jpg


Going where no man has gone before... :weightlifter:

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-144.jpg

added it all to the shoreline

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/005-121.jpg

Extended a drain pipe out so I could waste the rest of the mud over this area
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/007-94.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/008-77.jpg

All done
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/009-66.jpg

matting the slopes and seed/ strawing the rest tomorrow.

Then off to the next mud hole to clean out.


Cross your fingers as I may have some Huge dredging jobs comming up.

One is the largest one I've ever done, a 90 acre lake:dizzy:




Also got a call from the service dept at my yanmar dealer... they need the machine brought in as they have a recall on it, they have to replace the entire boom! Some sort of welding defects or something so I will have to drop it off far a day and let them put a new boom in it for me.

bobcat_ron
08-14-2009, 08:34 PM
Those are sweet mud matts, and built really well too.

Dirtman2007
08-14-2009, 09:25 PM
A couple pics I found and loaded from a little clearing and grading job this summer I forgot about.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-156.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-154.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-145.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-137.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/005-122.jpg

bobcat_ron
08-14-2009, 10:02 PM
I think I know why the boom is being recalled, the 2nd pic you have there, Yanmar is the only machine to have 2 pins holding the main boom on, that's a weak area. All excavators have 1 single pin.

Dirtman2007
08-14-2009, 10:07 PM
I think I know why the boom is being recalled, the 2nd pic you have there, Yanmar is the only machine to have 2 pins holding the main boom on, that's a weak area. All excavators have 1 single pin.

I'm not sure if that is the weak point or not, I noticed back at the dealer they had a couple with broken booms. They were broken where the boom meets the stick, it actually split the boom apart and sheared it off. You have to be beating the ever living piss out of it to do that though. There is just no way under normal operating conditions you can do that.

I'll try to take pics if they still have it next time I'm there.

Scag48
08-14-2009, 10:27 PM
My buddy has the same machine, wonder if his will be recalled? Might give him a call and see what he's heard.

Junior M
08-16-2009, 12:23 AM
Chris, that last set of pics, you posted a few pics of that job here already, you were clearing the stuff along the road and packing that Mack FULL..

Dirtman2007
08-17-2009, 05:32 PM
So today I started back to college, oh did the summer go too quick....

Well now I'm working full time and school full time so its gonna be some long hard days now on.

Had a nice little pond cleanup waiting for me when i got out today.

MY LORD I'VE NEVER SEEN SO MANY SNAKES:dizzy:

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/001-155.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/002-157.jpg


http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/003-146.jpg

Oh NOOOOO I got muddy.... where's my cab :cry:

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/004-138.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/005-123.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/006-116.jpg

minimax
08-17-2009, 05:47 PM
Are yammar dealer has a pile of broken booms behind the building I would say 40 to 50 booms.The booms are cracking across the top of the boom on a weld above the boom cylinder.I know of one machine that runs a mower head like mine and there are on boom #3:nono:

minimax

Mr. Rain
08-17-2009, 05:53 PM
Are yammar dealer has a pile of broken booms behind the building I would say 40 to 50 booms.The booms are cracking across the top of the boom on a weld above the boom cylinder.I know of one machine that runs a mower head like mine and there are on boom #3:nono:

minimax

If I were that dealer I'd get those booms to the scrap yard ASAFP when they come off unless they need to wait a couple weeks for warranty issues. That's poor advertising and I bet everyone takes note when they drive through the lot.....

Dirtman2007
08-17-2009, 06:04 PM
Yeah they have a new one waiting for the machine when ever we get a chance to take it in. notice how long the booms are on these machines? so much longer than any other machines is its class. Must be stress issues with it or something.

Krafty
08-17-2009, 06:25 PM
Yeah they have a new one waiting for the machine when ever we get a chance to take it in. notice how long the booms are on these machines? so much longer than any other machines is its class. Must be stress issues with it or something.

Man I know how ya feel on the full time school and full time work thing. I just finished school in December. Trying to get all of your school stuff done, then work, and still try and have a life and keep sane. What are you going to school for??

Dirtman2007
08-17-2009, 06:53 PM
Man I know how ya feel on the full time school and full time work thing. I just finished school in December. Trying to get all of your school stuff done, then work, and still try and have a life and keep sane. What are you going to school for??

Well I took 2.5 years of civil engineering, lost my mind and was just about going to quit school and go to work.
Then I had a rational thought and decided to switch over to a construction management program that I have really enjoyed. Hopefully if all goes to plan I'll be done by next summer.

Krafty
08-17-2009, 07:04 PM
Well I took 2.5 years of civil engineering, lost my mind and was just about going to quit school and go to work.
Then I had a rational thought and decided to switch over to a construction management program that I have really enjoyed. Hopefully if all goes to plan I'll be done by next summer.

Yeah construction managment is a pretty good program I almost went into that. One more year isnt too bad. Good luck with it try and stay sane!

Dieselnut
08-17-2009, 08:42 PM
Best of luck to you at college

SpecOne
08-17-2009, 09:07 PM
I think Construction Management was a good choice. In hindsight I should have gone that route myself. I have an agricultural engineering degree (specialized my course work in in soil and water conservation) and have no regrets, but construction management would have been a better fit.

raschmid07
08-17-2009, 11:39 PM
I'm doing Building Science, pretty much the same exact major. Congrats on heading back to school, as you know it's definetly not as much fun as getting on some iron.

Bleed Green
08-17-2009, 11:39 PM
What are your plans after school Dirtman? Are you going to stay working where you are now or go a different route?

Bleed Green
08-17-2009, 11:40 PM
I'm surprised you worked in that mess in shorts.

kreft
08-18-2009, 01:33 AM
lookin good chris

Dirtman2007
08-18-2009, 06:36 AM
What are your plans after school Dirtman? Are you going to stay working where you are now or go a different route?

Thats the plan for now, I'd be the 3rd generation if I decided to take over the business later down the road.

Thanks everyone else.

AWJ Services
08-18-2009, 06:54 AM
Yeah they have a new one waiting for the machine when ever we get a chance to take it in. notice how long the booms are on these machines? so much longer than any other machines is its class. Must be stress issues with it or something.

Kubota and Takeuchi has the same reach in machines that class.
For some reason Yanmaar decided to make the boom smaller maybe for weight?

Dirtman2007
08-18-2009, 08:14 PM
Kubota and Takeuchi has the same reach in machines that class.
For some reason Yanmaar decided to make the boom smaller maybe for weight?

I compared my yanmar 55 to a takeuchi TB145 ( same class) and the yanmars boom was way longer. Compared to our TB135, the yanmar has 3' more reach, thats a lot for a Mini.

AWJ Services
08-18-2009, 08:58 PM
I compared my yanmar 55 to a takeuchi TB145 ( same class) and the yanmars boom was way longer. Compared to our TB135, the yanmar has 3' more reach, thats a lot for a Mini.

The TB145 is in the same class as the the Yanmar 45.

The TB153 and the KX161 are in the same class as the Yanmar 55 and there reaches are all 20'4" and the Taks and Kubota machines have 35% more bucket breakout and there booms do not break.:)

Dirtman2007
08-18-2009, 10:18 PM
The TB145 is in the same class as the the Yanmar 45.

The TB153 and the KX161 are in the same class as the Yanmar 55 and there reaches are all 20'4" and the Taks and Kubota machines have 35% more bucket breakout and there booms do not break.:)

I was just comparing the 145 to the 55 as they were sitting side by side on the dealers lot.




Well mine has not broke.... yet:dizzy:

Dirtman2007
08-19-2009, 06:00 PM
Dug some more mud out and hauling in 40 yards of compost to put in the bottom of the pond for the wetland planting.

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/001-11.jpg

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/003-14.jpg

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/005-9.jpg

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/006-9.jpg

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/007-7.jpg

Juniors gonna need a bath before the next job!

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/008-7.jpg


done

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/009-7.jpg


Edit: I guess I take too many pictures......

bobcat_ron
08-19-2009, 06:30 PM
That's the second time this has happened to you, and I thought I was a picture slut.

Junior M
08-19-2009, 06:32 PM
Ok, so I just looked at them, the "Juniors gonna need a bath," wasnt there but I just looked at the pics.

Craaaig
08-19-2009, 06:34 PM
pics not working

Bleed Green
08-19-2009, 06:36 PM
I don't see the pics in your last post Chris.

Dirtman2007
08-19-2009, 06:41 PM
That's the second time this has happened to you, and I thought I was a picture slut.

and this is loaded in my second account.... well hold on I'll set up a 3rd photobucket account! well after my youtube vid loads...

Dirtman2007
08-19-2009, 07:27 PM
lets try the pics again

Had to haul in 40 yards of compost to spread in the bottom for the wetland planting.

Junior M
08-19-2009, 07:39 PM
what was the "Juniors gonna need a bath before the next job" thing about?

Bleed Green
08-19-2009, 07:42 PM
So Chris did you load all those weeds or whatever you want to call them with the mini-ex when you got them cleared out of the pond? Looks good, what is the plan for that space now? Just keep it as a retention pond again, but hopefully a little bit cleaner.

Dirtman2007
08-19-2009, 07:58 PM
So Chris did you load all those weeds or whatever you want to call them with the mini-ex when you got them cleared out of the pond? Looks good, what is the plan for that space now? Just keep it as a retention pond again, but hopefully a little bit cleaner.

yes I loaded and hauled them all out yesterday to the dump.

it will stay a pond, they will be planting some wetland plants after we leave and it will be managed so that it does not grow back up again.

Junior, here's the pic, she's a little muddy!

Junior M
08-19-2009, 08:00 PM
OH holy crap! You think! :eek:

minimax
08-19-2009, 08:26 PM
chris,where do you get mud mats or can I build them and how are they made?
I mite have a pond job coming up.
minimax

Dirtman2007
08-19-2009, 08:31 PM
chris,where do you get mud mats or can I build them and how are they made?
I mite have a pond job coming up.
minimax

here is a link to what we have, there's several places that make them, just look for laminated mats or crane mats

http://www.ritterforest.com/laminated_mats.php

NateV
08-19-2009, 08:56 PM
Just drop that Yanmar off at the dealer for the new boom like that. Maybe it will be like when you take a car back to the dealer for service, maybe they'll wash it for you lol..

but nice work.

Dirtman2007
08-27-2009, 06:50 PM
so I've overloaded both photobuckets and can't get another one so I've been putting off the pictures.

Here's a couple from today. been real busy with all these little trail repairs

before

159798
matted
159799

done


159801

Well the takkie is on borrowed time now, all this driving over rip rap has finally taken its toll... she's split 50%... still not bad as they are the original tracks at 2300+ hrs

159800

Junior M
08-27-2009, 06:54 PM
whats that other place like photobucket? I asked andrew(ARP) about it and he said he had an account there instead of Photobucket?

SpecOne
08-27-2009, 07:02 PM
Hey Chris, glad to see you around! It's good to be busy! :)

Wanted to tell you I saw your D6D video. Very Cool. Reminded me a couple of years ago I found my granddad's 1965 977 loader. It was the very first piece of construction equipment that I ever ran by myself. Spent many a summer in high school on it loading base material into trucks. Found it a ranch that I was building a couple of tanks on. Was in pretty bad shape paint wise and needed a new undercarriage and a good overhaul. Rancher bought from the dealer that my granddad sold it to. I have often thought about offering to buy it from the rancher and restoring it. Just don't really have time to though.

Dirtman2007
08-27-2009, 07:13 PM
More drainage pipes and rip rap work

Lots of big machine work to do after all these little jobs are done:drinkup:


159802

159803

159804

159805

Dirtman2007
08-27-2009, 07:18 PM
Hey Chris, glad to see you around! It's good to be busy! :)

Wanted to tell you I saw your D6D video. Very Cool. Reminded me a couple of years ago I found my granddad's 1965 977 loader. It was the very first piece of construction equipment that I ever ran by myself. Spent many a summer in high school on it loading base material into trucks. Found it a ranch that I was building a couple of tanks on. Was in pretty bad shape paint wise and needed a new undercarriage and a good overhaul. Rancher bought from the dealer that my granddad sold it to. I have often thought about offering to buy it from the rancher and restoring it. Just don't really have time to though.


Thanks

Yeah I just could not resist climbing up on it and firing it up... course after a minute or so of playing with it I shut if off before someone came up pissed off haha!

bobcat_ron
08-27-2009, 07:55 PM
My PB account was overloaded too, last time I checked (3 weeks ago) I was at 79%, I think they are losing money like YouTube will all the uploads they get.

Dirtman2007
08-27-2009, 08:01 PM
My PB account was overloaded too, last time I checked (3 weeks ago) I was at 79%, I think they are losing money like YouTube will all the uploads they get.

Yeah I don't know whats up, I have not used my second account in over a month yet it was overloaded. they said your accounts will be rest at the end of the month, we shall see:confused:

NateV
08-27-2009, 08:21 PM
Cant you just make a new email on hotmail or yahoo and get a new account with that address??

Dirtman2007
08-28-2009, 06:55 PM
Finished up the trail jobs today. Now I finally get to swing around all day in my volvo tomorrow... I can't wait.

bobcat_ron
08-28-2009, 08:31 PM
Nice before and after shot, you're getting good with the camera.

Dirtman2007
08-28-2009, 08:42 PM
Nice before and after shot, you're getting good with the camera.

thanks, Just wait till you see before and afters of this swampy mess I'm working on tomorrow!

Dieselnut
08-28-2009, 08:48 PM
thanks, Just wait till you see before and afters of this swampy mess I'm working on tomorrow!

Sounds like it is a fun job

Dirtman2007
08-30-2009, 10:12 AM
Sounds like it is a fun job

Its always fun to go into a swampy mess and make it look better.


Here we go.

Before. very small litte irrigation pond. He waters his sod fields and there is just not enough water so I'm digging it out.

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/001-10.jpg


cleared

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/009-6.jpg

Had to knock down the trees and build me a road across the head section, still couldn't see the tracks with 3' of trees under me! :dizzy:

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/008-7.jpg


Busted the damn to let all the water drain out.

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/002-8.jpg


So i went up in the woods and dug a huge borrow pit for good clay for the new pond dam, this will also store most of the mud I dig out.

Comming out of the hole

King of the dirt pile!

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/013-3.jpg

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/016-6.jpg

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/017-4.jpg

BIGBEN2004
08-30-2009, 10:24 AM
What kind of cost are some of your pond jobs like that one. With the amount of time put into one it seems like the price would be pretty steep. Around here people complain about a small $600 grading job bill on a addition off their house. I just laugh at them.

Dirtman2007
08-30-2009, 10:33 AM
What kind of cost are some of your pond jobs like that one. With the amount of time put into one it seems like the price would be pretty steep. Around here people complain about a small $600 grading job bill on a addition off their house. I just laugh at them.

Most of the farmers do it by the hour, $125 for the volvo, ect.
so I can just keep up with the hours and they tell me work another day or this is good enough.

Most of the time you can give a ball park on jobs like this. I figure two more days with the volvo and skid steer and this will be done.

stuvecorp
08-30-2009, 11:46 AM
Wow that looked like you could almost walk on top of that pond. I like the king of the dirt pile picture.

Bleed Green
08-30-2009, 01:12 PM
you think you'll be done with that in two days? how many hour days will that take? seems like it would have to be two long days.

Dirtman2007
08-30-2009, 01:44 PM
you think you'll be done with that in two days? how many hour days will that take? seems like it would have to be two long days.

Yeah it won't take long. use the skid steer for a day, have to move about 6- 700 yards or mud with it. can do that in a day no problem with the tak and the 1 yard bucket.

Dirtman2007
08-30-2009, 03:04 PM
Some more videos

Digging the big mud pit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xtkJX-Pz2I


Clearing my way across the swamp.

almost hit my buddy with the tree at 4:08:laugh:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgW_5yyXkAE

Dirtman2007
08-31-2009, 06:46 PM
Rain day today.

Had to fix the daewoo as the main pin broke when our truck driver was using it to clear alot, bent the bucket ear and the thumb. Had to get a new pin a bend the thumb back in shape.


stopped by the doosan dealer to pick up some grease seals.


http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/001-11.jpg

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/003-14.jpg

unloading the bucket, our truck driver posing for a pic lol.


http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/005-9.jpg


loading the thumb up.

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/006-9.jpg

bobcat_ron
08-31-2009, 06:52 PM
That's not a good sign if a bucket pin breaks, 5600 hours on our oldest 320's and no busted pins.

Bleed Green
08-31-2009, 07:43 PM
what was he doing trying to move a tree or something?

Dirtman2007
08-31-2009, 08:00 PM
That's not a good sign if a bucket pin breaks, 5600 hours on our oldest 320's and no busted pins.

It had to be a stress or weak point as it broke right where the grease fitting was drilled through the center of the pin... so on the new pin we did not get one with a hole in the center as there are 2 other fittings on the stick that grease the bucket. oh well it happens I guess.

Craaaig
08-31-2009, 08:12 PM
do those sleeves that are on the rubber tired hoe stay on all the time or just till they are sold?

Dirtman2007
09-01-2009, 07:10 PM
So today I brought in the takkie to start hauling the mud up the hill to the big hole I dug to store it... it was clean.

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/002-9.jpg


the mud hole.

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/003-16.jpg

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/004-11.jpg

loading up the hole with the volvo..

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/007-7.jpg

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/008-9.jpg

I caught a floating fish:weightlifter:

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/006-11.jpg

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/010-5.jpg

well after a hard days work! she's muddy:cry:


http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr98/Letsdig/011-5.jpg

Krafty
09-01-2009, 07:49 PM
[QUOTE=Dirtman2007;3169302]So today I brought in the takkie to start hauling the mud up the hill to the big hole I dug to store it... it was clean.


well after a hard days work! she's muddy:cry:



Holy crap I would hate to stumble across that mud hole in the woods. Looks like fun though. Bet that Takkie is going to take forever to wash though!!!

Dirtman2007
09-01-2009, 08:11 PM
[QUOTE=Dirtman2007;3169302]So today I brought in the takkie to start hauling the mud up the hill to the big hole I dug to store it... it was clean.


well after a hard days work! she's muddy:cry:



Holy crap I would hate to stumble across that mud hole in the woods. Looks like fun though. Bet that Takkie is going to take forever to wash though!!!



Yes that would just plain suck to fall into that 15' deep hole
of mud:laugh:

The takkie has a lot more mud to push, it will get a lot more mud on it tomorrow!

NateV
09-01-2009, 08:34 PM
Looks like fun lol..

Now do you have another hole to hold more mud or are you just going to spread the rest out?