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Kiril
01-27-2009, 09:21 AM
Here ya go boys, the chance to finally list your equipment has arrived.

Feel free to also list the tools and toys you would like to acquire in the near future, as well as those you will not even consider.

This is not intended to be a chest-thumping thread ... so don't make it one.

EagleLandscape
01-27-2009, 09:26 AM
Rain Master Remote & Remote Pigtail
Flo-Locks (saw these last week and they are pretty cool)
Station Master

Sprinkus
01-27-2009, 09:27 AM
Two bent flags to do locates with.
Oh yeah, and a Rigid Seektech SR-20 (http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/SR-20).

Waterit
01-27-2009, 09:29 AM
Reading glasses for the fine print
Bent spoon for trenching
5-gallon bucket (camo, of course) and stopwatch for flow tests

Sprinkus
01-27-2009, 09:31 AM
Reading glasses for the fine print
Bent spoon for trenching
5-gallon bucket (camo, of course) and stopwatch for flow tests

:laugh::laugh::laugh:

AI Inc
01-27-2009, 09:33 AM
521 , remotes ,volt meter

EagleLandscape
01-27-2009, 09:36 AM
521 & Pulsar as well.

Paperclip for cleaning out nozzles.

Bread for when you have to install a double check, and the city water line doesnt stop leaking. Dam up the service line with bread, solder on new line double check, and then blow bread out the double check.

Waterit
01-27-2009, 09:37 AM
Seriously this time:
521
Multimeter
Shovel
Valve activator

Future wants:
RM or Sidekick (I know, but I am a piker at heart)
Moisture sensor like F-M's Aquaterr (that was some cool $hit)
Walk-behind trencher

mitchgo
01-27-2009, 10:06 AM
Stubby flat head

Kiril
01-27-2009, 10:19 AM
Essential Scheduling Tools


Soil sampler
Soil profiler
Brown probe
Soil moisture probe with GPS tracking (in lieu of catch cans)
Soil temperature probe
pH/EC meter
Infiltrometer
Penetrometer (brown probe works here if you don't need a value)
Stop watch
Camera
Compass
Measuring wheel
Field computer


Now for the really anal scheduling stuff


Soil moisture probe(s) with data logger
Psychrometer
Porometer
Theodolite
Albedometer

Kiril
01-27-2009, 10:22 AM
Two bent flags to do locates with.
Oh yeah, and a Rigid Seektech SR-20 (http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/SR-20).

That line locater is pretty cool. Does it work on non-metallic objects?

DanaMac
01-27-2009, 11:18 AM
I walk up with these in hand
Irritool has:
small flat screwdrive
large flat screw driver
phillips head screw driver
hex key for PGP adjustments
hex key for toro adjustment
paperclip size "poker" for clearing nozzles
punch for making a hole for emitters

and the Knipex pliers

And for the cold weather guys, a quick trigger torch is a must for repairing cracked copper and brass

Mike Leary
01-27-2009, 11:36 AM
Essential Scheduling Tools


Soil sampler
Soil profiler
Brown probe
Soil moisture probe with GPS tracking (in lieu of catch cans)
Soil temperature probe
pH/EC meter
Infiltrometer
Penetrometer (brown probe works here if you don't need a value)
Stop watch
Camera
Compass
Measuring wheel
Field computer


Now for the really anal scheduling stuff


Soil moisture probe(s) with data logger
Psychrometer
Porometer
Theodolite
Albedometer

You must have a very large carrying case. :rolleyes:

ARGOS
01-27-2009, 11:39 AM
Essential Scheduling Tools


Soil sampler
Soil profiler
Brown probe
Soil moisture probe with GPS tracking (in lieu of catch cans)
Soil temperature probe
pH/EC meter
Infiltrometer
Penetrometer (brown probe works here if you don't need a value)
Stop watch
Camera
Compass
Measuring wheel
Field computer


Now for the really anal scheduling stuff


Soil moisture probe(s) with data logger
Psychrometer
Porometer
Theodolite
Albedometer


I thought no chest pounding.

I don't have enough mileage on my RM remote to say it is my favorite yet. I do have extensive experience on the end of my trenching shovel and behind the mini skid. I spend a lot of time in dirt. I like my felcos for cutting out roots, clipping zip ties, wire, string, etc. My tools are very blue color. I want to get a 521 next.

Outside of irrigation/landscaping tools I would have to say my digital camera and notebook are my most used tools.

Wet_Boots
01-27-2009, 11:40 AM
Kind of difficult to imagine not having a push-button torch....

Mike Leary
01-27-2009, 11:42 AM
Kind of difficult to imagine not having a push-button torch....

For what, to light a doobie?

ARGOS
01-27-2009, 11:43 AM
I walk up with these in hand
Irritool has:
small flat screwdrive
large flat screw driver
phillips head screw driver
hex key for PGP adjustments
hex key for toro adjustment
paperclip size "poker" for clearing nozzles
punch for making a hole for emitters

and the Knipex pliers

And for the cold weather guys, a quick trigger torch is a must for repairing cracked copper and brass

My auto mechanic was ranting and raving about his Knipex pliers last week and said that he couldn't understand how I could operate with just channel locks.

Without A Drought
01-27-2009, 12:47 PM
I had a hard time pronouncing half of Kiril's list.

For me, i have/need the basic hand tools, channel locks, and a locator.

Wet_Boots
01-27-2009, 01:09 PM
Kind of difficult to imagine not having a push-button torch....For what, to light a doobie?What, you rub two sticks together?

Mad Estonian
01-27-2009, 01:11 PM
I was eying up one of those Ditch Witch Zahns at our convention last month. I know there's a thread on them from a year or so back. Anyone tried one since?

Kiril
01-27-2009, 01:12 PM
I thought no chest pounding.

No pounding here ... much of that list is of the "I want" type. :)

You should see the rest of my "wish list" of essential consulting tools. Suffice it to say, 50K won't even come close to covering it. :cry:

Wet_Boots
01-27-2009, 01:23 PM
What do you need consulting tools for, if all you recommend planting are rocks? :p

Kiril
01-27-2009, 01:32 PM
What do you need consulting tools for, if all you recommend planting are rocks? :p

..... those plastic rocks are cool ;) :rolleyes:

Mike Leary
01-27-2009, 01:37 PM
..... those plastic rocks are cool ;) :rolleyes:

Watch out for that torch Boots carries around.

Wet_Boots
01-27-2009, 02:10 PM
Watch out for that torch Boots carries around.You should've seen the look on the door-to-door sales guy when he asked me for a light, and I push the torch button.

Waterit
01-27-2009, 02:20 PM
Gotta add some stuff:

Knipex "Alligators"
IrriTool
Leatherman
Wiping rag

And the camo bucket is actually a multi-purpose tool: flow-tester, parts and tools carrier, seat, garbage can, wheelbarrow substitute...

Mike Leary
01-27-2009, 02:25 PM
And the camo bucket is actually a multi-purpose tool: flow-tester, parts and tools carrier, seat, garbage can, wheelbarrow substitute...

Plus, it never has to go back to the factory for re-calibration. :rolleyes:

rlpsystems
01-27-2009, 02:52 PM
My list is simple.
Pedro.
Lucio.
Beneto
and Ramiro.

Wet_Boots
01-27-2009, 03:07 PM
Even better than a bucket to sit on, is a step-stool toolbox

http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/9323/221826488tpxb5.jpg

rlpsystems
01-27-2009, 03:09 PM
Even better than a bucket to sit on, is a step-stool toolbox

http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/9323/221826488tpxb5.jpg

That would last a week....

Wet_Boots
01-27-2009, 03:18 PM
That would last a week....Only if you weigh 280 pounds. Mine lasted for over a decade, until it grew legs and walked off a job site.

rlpsystems
01-27-2009, 03:32 PM
Only if you weigh 280 pounds. Mine lasted for over a decade, until it grew legs and walked off a job site.

Man. I bet that was cool to see. It should've asked for a raise. Seems like to spend that much time together you would of had some kinda connection. Oh well the damn thing probably thought that the grass was greener on the other side.

Wet_Boots
01-27-2009, 03:35 PM
I could stand the loss of the box, but the contents were worth a few hundred.

rlpsystems
01-27-2009, 03:38 PM
I could stand the loss of the box, but the contents were worth a few hundred.

Sorry man. The one thing I cant stand is a f-ing thief. Lost 500' spool of 18/10. Funny thing is I had 200' + already pulled off.

Wet_Boots
01-27-2009, 03:56 PM
I've been relatively fortunate, so I can't gripe too much. I'll miss the old tools I can't replace. At least there weren't any Knipex pliers lost.

Mad Estonian
01-27-2009, 05:20 PM
And the camo bucket is actually a multi-purpose tool: flow-tester, parts and tools carrier, seat, garbage can, wheelbarrow substitute...

You forgot porta potty.

DanaMac
01-27-2009, 05:44 PM
Even better than a bucket to sit on, is a step-stool toolbox

http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/9323/221826488tpxb5.jpg

I've got a good one that I've had for over 15 years. I use it for my soldering stuff. I'll take pics of it tomorrow.

AI Inc
01-27-2009, 05:54 PM
You 2 amaze me , I dont think I have the same watch for 15 yrs. Never mind a plastic stool.

DanaMac
01-27-2009, 05:58 PM
And the camo bucket is actually a multi-purpose tool: flow-tester, parts and tools carrier, seat, garbage can, wheelbarrow substitute...

You forgot step stool, lunch box, fire extinguisher, and trash can.

Wet_Boots
01-27-2009, 06:00 PM
I think they're out of production by now. Quite useful for the plumbing work, since the step was usually enough to let you reach basement ceilings. Home Depot sold them for awhile. Mine had a pair of small drawers on the bottom.

DanaMac
01-27-2009, 06:00 PM
You 2 amaze me , I dont think I have the same watch for 15 yrs. Never mind a plastic stool.

My other main tool box I have had just as long. And to top it off, I still have a tool box I made in Metal shop in 8th grade in '84 or '85. Sits in my garage with some tools I never use.

AI Inc
01-27-2009, 06:01 PM
I had 1 15 yrs ago. It lasted about a month.

FIMCO-MEISTER
01-27-2009, 06:19 PM
3G iPhone new truck that ford sent me a brochure on that has on board computer set up. Everything on kiril's list. A new RM remote. A pull behind smoker. A secretary.

DanaMac
01-27-2009, 06:25 PM
3G iPhone new truck that ford sent me a brochure on that has on board computer set up. Everything on kiril's list. A new RM remote. A pull behind smoker. A secretary.

I got the same brochure. How about the Tool Link that tracks all your tools that you put the RFID sticker on?

FIMCO-MEISTER
01-27-2009, 06:40 PM
Yeah that was a cool truck. I saved the brochure just to look at. Eventually it will hit the trash. I'd love a v8 getting 20plus mpg.

Sprinkus
01-27-2009, 07:56 PM
That line locater is pretty cool. Does it work on non-metallic objects?

You can run a "sonde" down a pipe to locate pipes that do not have conductors in them.
Also the device can locate live electric lines and radio frequency lines with out any transmitter needed.
Not worth a darn for locating solenoids though!

Mike Leary
01-27-2009, 08:13 PM
Not worth a darn for locating solenoids though!

Weeds me out, then.:dizzy:

Waterit
01-28-2009, 12:36 AM
Not worth a darn for locating solenoids though!

Neither is Mike :p

ARGOS
01-28-2009, 01:13 AM
You can run a "sonde" down a pipe to locate pipes that do not have conductors in them.

Cut through a sewer line today. I didn't call USA first, so it was on my tab. Fortunately I only had to put a concrete collar around the break.

I think sonde is sound in french, but I am not familiar with a device called "sonde". Does it pick up a transmitted sound down any pipe?

Another use of a five gallon bucket, haul concrete up small hill to make a collar around broken sewer pipe.

Waterit
01-28-2009, 02:31 AM
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VERSATILE YET SIMPLE TOOL IN AN IRRIGATION TECHNICIAN'S ARSENAL.

NEVER NEEDS CALIBRATING!
NO BATTERIES NECESSARY!

"It's a parts carrier"
"No, it's a wheelbarrow"
"I use mine as a stool!"
"Uh-uh, it's a Porta-Potty"
"Makes mixing concrete a snap!"

IRRIBUCKET
IS ALL THIS AND MORE!

GET YOURS TODAY!
(available at all BIGBOX STORES and other fine irrigation parts distributors)

DanaMac
01-28-2009, 08:24 AM
That just started my day off with a smile :)

And for just 3 low payments of $19.95.
But wait there's more - order today and we'll send you a SECOND IrriBucket absolutely free.

Sprinkus
01-28-2009, 09:16 AM
Cut through a sewer line today. I didn't call USA first, so it was on my tab. Fortunately I only had to put a concrete collar around the break.

I think sonde is sound in french, but I am not familiar with a device called "sonde". Does it pick up a transmitted sound down any pipe?

Another use of a five gallon bucket, haul concrete up small hill to make a collar around broken sewer pipe.

Sondes are small, self contained transmitters used to trace the path of non-metallic pipes and locate blockage in a line. Sondes are inserted into a pipe or duct by means of a push rod and the location found by means of a receiver.

Actually I have done the same kind of thing using a valve solenoid on the end of a fish tape. Just hook up two long wires to the solenoid, tape it to the fish tape (or a small pipe), and shove it down the pipe you are tracking. Hook it up to your 521 locator and follow the "hot spot". I've found the location of damaged sleeves and pipes underneath concrete and asphalt using this method.

ARGOS
01-28-2009, 12:33 PM
Sondes are small, self contained transmitters used to trace the path of non-metallic pipes and locate blockage in a line. Sondes are inserted into a pipe or duct by means of a push rod and the location found by means of a receiver.

Actually I have done the same kind of thing using a valve solenoid on the end of a fish tape. Just hook up two long wires to the solenoid, tape it to the fish tape (or a small pipe), and shove it down the pipe you are tracking. Hook it up to your 521 locator and follow the "hot spot". I've found the location of damaged sleeves and pipes underneath concrete and asphalt using this method.

That's a great idea I never thought of. There are a few situations where I had to have roto rotor out with their camera, the "solenoid on a stick" would have worked. I probably would not have done this on the job yesterday. Public sewer line and all.

Sprinkus
01-28-2009, 01:26 PM
I found these little sondes (http://www.prototek.net/FMSeries.html) that can go into very small pipes. I may have to pick one up to see how it would work with the 521 locator.

TRILAWNCARE
01-28-2009, 01:39 PM
I found these little sondes (http://www.prototek.net/FMSeries.html) that can go into very small pipes. I may have to pick one up to see how it would work with the 521 locator.

At $230.00 you best not lose it in the mud.

Sprinkus
01-28-2009, 08:14 PM
At $230.00 you best not lose it in the mud.

Or in the poop! They actually sell flushable sondes (http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/items/2RPC3) that are used to locate buried septic tanks!

rlpsystems
01-28-2009, 10:59 PM
Best tool has got to be the brain...In a 5 gallon bucket or not...

Stuttering Stan
01-30-2009, 01:05 PM
I came across some literature about the PE2003 Pulsar A frame. I don't recall this being discussed on the forum. Any pros/cons to this tool?

Waterit
01-30-2009, 03:45 PM
I came across some literature about the PE2003 Pulsar A frame. I don't recall this being discussed on the forum. Any pros/cons to this tool?

It's a great tool to have when dealing with shorted or broken field wires that you might not be to follow with a 521. I've tried it in areas that a 521 gets whited-out (around power, etc) and had some luck.

cppendergrast
01-30-2009, 06:01 PM
I have one that is tricky to locate faults with. Depending on the type of damage to the wire, you can spend all day looking for that bubble in the insulation on a wire that was damaged by lightning, dig it up & repair it, go on down the line and find another spot at the next twist or turn in the wire....... Better to unload the old Burkeen B30 and put in another. The pulser does have some uses though. I think I paid $750 for mine ten years ago.

Sprinkus
01-30-2009, 08:34 PM
I came across some literature about the PE2003 Pulsar A frame. I don't recall this being discussed on the forum. Any pros/cons to this tool?

This is a great tool to find problems in wiring! If you can't find it with a wire locater you probably will find it with this (if you know how to use it properly).
I'd rather be within a few inches of a wiring fault than a few feet, especially in the heavily landscaped yards that I work in.
Gotta have a locater to mark the wiring path first though.
And read the manual! This device can give false readings but the manual shows you how to identify them.

HokieAg07
01-30-2009, 09:20 PM
Agreed a pulsar is a must have for most technicians along with the 521 locater.

djt22
01-30-2009, 09:33 PM
Check out armada's locator's. The are similar to the 521's but are said to not pick up interference as easy.Also cheaper than the 521's. Green lee dropped their prices by the hundreds to compete so must not be that bad. Also have a money back guarantee to I believe.

WalkGood
01-30-2009, 10:08 PM
Even better than a bucket to sit on, is a step-stool toolbox

http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/9323/221826488tpxb5.jpg


The feet sink into the grass or soil.

hoskm01
01-30-2009, 11:15 PM
The feet sink into the grass or soil.
It puts the lotion on its skin.

WalkGood
01-31-2009, 11:04 AM
It puts the lotion on its skin.

Whoa! Talk about non sequitur, Nomad! :laugh:

http://www.peaeater.com/uploaded_images/ThelibraryismybtchwithLibraryElf_B2DA/STChangeling.jpg

Wet_Boots
01-31-2009, 11:38 AM
Can't imagine the step-on toolbox even spending a moment on a lawn. Strictly a plumbing box, I think. Biggest gripe about it is that I don't know of any full-frame hacksaws that will fit inside.

Kiril
01-31-2009, 11:40 AM
Can't imagine the step-on toolbox even spending a moment on a lawn. Strictly a plumbing box, I think. Biggest gripe about it is that I don't know of any full-frame hacksaws that will fit inside.

Who would think an irrigator might be doing "plumbing" on a lawn. :rolleyes:

Wet_Boots
01-31-2009, 11:57 AM
Who would think an irrigator might be doing "plumbing" on a lawn. :rolleyes:On underground pipes and fittings? While sitting on a step-stool?

`

"Dammit, Jim, I'm a repairman, not an orangutan."

http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/3332/kirkmccoy03216os6.jpg

Kiril
01-31-2009, 12:01 PM
On underground pipes and fittings? While sitting on a step-stool?

Tell that to the good folks of FL.

Wet_Boots
01-31-2009, 12:06 PM
Sprinkler Daddy's best work comes while sitting on a toilet.

Or is that Irrigation TV? We need a scorecard to keep track of these defectives.

Waterit
01-31-2009, 12:41 PM
Tell that to the good folks of FL.

Daggone it, smeared with the $hitty brush again.:waving:

Wet_Boots
01-31-2009, 01:16 PM
Maybe it's like Florida is like the appendix on the alimentary canal of irrigation.....

punt66
01-31-2009, 01:37 PM
HahahAHAha i thought you boys dont like equipment lists!

Wet_Boots
01-31-2009, 02:08 PM
We don't, but it's the winter doldrums, and we require amusement.

WalkGood
02-01-2009, 02:18 PM
Can't imagine the step-on toolbox even spending a moment on a lawn. Strictly a plumbing box, I think. Biggest gripe about it is that I don't know of any full-frame hacksaws that will fit inside.

Who would think an irrigator might be doing "plumbing" on a lawn. :rolleyes:


Perfect seat for THIS::laugh:

http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=84882&stc=1&d=1184472274



Biggest gripe about it is that I don't know of any full-frame hacksaws that will fit inside.

For PVC
http://www.superiortool.com/images/37730.jpg

For Copper
http://www.ridgid.com/assets/thumbnail.asp?path=/ASSETS/ABA2E72B8B674DFA97616CDAE3676DDA/Close_Quarters_Tubing_Cutters_web.jpg&key={F72EF118-715D-401D-973B-C8D85D332B00}

Mike Leary
02-01-2009, 02:26 PM
Ridgid makes a special wheel for pvc that beats saws if you've got the clearance. I sure liked it for sch 80. Nice pic of that pesty ivy.

Wet_Boots
02-01-2009, 02:38 PM
I still like a full-frame hacksaw. Ever see one with an eight-inch blade?

Mike Leary
02-01-2009, 02:40 PM
I still like a full-frame hacksaw. Ever see one with an eight-inch blade?

Must be great for cutting 8" poly.

turfman59
02-01-2009, 02:45 PM
I love a 18 volt dewalt reciprocating saw for PVC larger than 1 1/2

Mike Leary
02-01-2009, 02:59 PM
My Makita was very handy in tight spots, using the metal cutting blade reduced the burrs. During freezing weather, that's all I used for installs.

Waterit
02-01-2009, 04:45 PM
It's always handy to have a piece of mason's line around to use as a saw in a pinch.

Hmm, might be the topic for a new thread - things used instead of real tools...

Sprinkus
02-01-2009, 05:42 PM
Like a coin instead of a screwdriver?

Wet_Boots
02-01-2009, 07:05 PM
A marking flag instead an allen wrench, for adjusting a Super600?

Kiril
02-01-2009, 09:41 PM
Skilsaw or hand saw for big pipe.

http://www.highcountryhomecenter.com/tools/skilsaw.jpg

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31S7BBD48NL._SL500_AA280_.jpg

greenmonster304
02-02-2009, 08:18 AM
for pvc 1 1/4 or smaller i use this. For bigger pipe I use Porter Cable 18 volt reciprocating saw.

AI Inc
02-02-2009, 08:22 AM
Skilsaw or hand saw for big pipe.

http://www.highcountryhomecenter.com/tools/skilsaw.jpg

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31S7BBD48NL._SL500_AA280_.jpg

I always liked the dewalt cordless sawzall . Good for trimming valve boxes too.

Kiril
02-02-2009, 09:49 AM
I always liked the dewalt cordless sawzall . Good for trimming valve boxes too.

Sawzall is good for trimming valve boxes, yes. Jumps around too much for my taste cutting pipe though, especially when using your knee/leg as your saw horse.

AI Inc
02-02-2009, 09:54 AM
Sawzall is good for trimming valve boxes, yes. Jumps around too much for my taste cutting pipe though, especially when using your knee/leg as your saw horse.

Make sure ya have variable speed and a metal blade.

ARGOS
02-02-2009, 09:58 AM
Sawzall is good for trimming valve boxes, yes. Jumps around too much for my taste cutting pipe though, especially when using your knee/leg as your saw horse.

Sawzall leaves pipe messy. I use a hand saw on anything over 2" or chop saw. I have a ratchet cutter for under 2". I think it is from Pasco.

Kiril
02-02-2009, 10:09 AM
Make sure ya have variable speed and a metal blade.

I have a variable speed with two different cutting settings.

http://www.deltaportercable.com/Products/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=15153

http://www.castlewholesalers.com/media/3969748

WalkGood
02-02-2009, 01:01 PM
Skilsaw
http://www.highcountryhomecenter.com/tools/skilsaw.jpg


I love the acrid smell of melting PVC on circular saw blades in the morning......


http://farm1.static.flickr.com/198/513414843_30d9c38f43.jpg

:)

DanaMac
02-02-2009, 07:49 PM
Even better than a bucket to sit on, is a step-stool toolbox

http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/9323/221826488tpxb5.jpg

Here are pics of mine. Built like a champ. 15 years old or so. It's a little empty at the moment.

DanaMac
02-02-2009, 07:51 PM
A few other random photos from at the shop today.

Wet_Boots
02-02-2009, 08:10 PM
Not like my space. So that's what a floor looks like? :)

Stuttering Stan
02-03-2009, 12:10 AM
Hey Dana, what's above the fire extinguisher. Looks like a Toro? or bandaid box? Caught my eye for some odd reason.

DanaMac
02-03-2009, 08:25 AM
Hey Dana, what's above the fire extinguisher. Looks like a Toro? or bandaid box? Caught my eye for some odd reason.

Basic little first aid/bad aid box.

AI Inc
02-03-2009, 08:33 AM
Dana , what size is that blue and white compressor?

DanaMac
02-03-2009, 08:35 AM
Dana , what size is that blue and white compressor?

100 cfm. Grimmer Schmidt. very easy to move around by hand.

AI Inc
02-03-2009, 08:51 AM
Looks like it would be perfect for a ranger.

DanaMac
02-03-2009, 08:53 AM
Looks like it would be perfect for a ranger.

That's one of the reasons I bought it. I am still in the market for a smaller truck. Very light. Worked well.

AI Inc
02-03-2009, 08:57 AM
With gas prices back down the price of larger trucks is going back up, and smaller coming down.

Wet_Boots
02-03-2009, 09:29 AM
Cool, I wouldn't mind scoring a Ranger on the cheap. How much can you tow with a stick and the four-cylinder?

DanaMac
02-03-2009, 09:32 AM
Cool, I wouldn't mind scoring a Ranger on the cheap. How much can you tow with a stick and the four-cylinder?

I used to tow a 185 Sullair or IR with my '87 Toyota. Probably wasn't the best idea. But, I'm looking for an automatic, not a stick. It goes back to the knees issue. Just a more enjoyable ride for me if it's auto.

AI Inc
02-03-2009, 10:26 AM
Cool, I wouldn't mind scoring a Ranger on the cheap. How much can you tow with a stick and the four-cylinder?

Dont have the owners manuel handy, but I wanna say a 2.8 auto is 1680lbs.

EBHC
02-03-2009, 03:50 PM
Sprinkus, what does one of thoe locaters cost? Looks very expensive!

TRILAWNCARE
02-03-2009, 04:18 PM
Sprinkus, what does one of thoe locaters cost? Looks very expensive!

$2500.00 +

http://www.testequipmentdepot.com/ridgid/utility-locating/21893-sr-20.htm?gclid=COLOkNmVwZgCFR8hnAod0TM_Jg

WalkGood
02-03-2009, 06:07 PM
Cool, I wouldn't mind scoring a Ranger on the cheap. How much can you tow with a stick and the four-cylinder?


Here's one real cheap....

http://celebrity-cash.com/catalog/images/chuck_norris.jpg


Not sure how much he can tow with a stick....... :nono:

:laugh:

Wet_Boots
02-03-2009, 06:46 PM
Looks like a Texas Sprinkler Inspector to me....

Mike Leary
02-03-2009, 06:51 PM
I had a Ranger (jeez, that sounds dirty), never was comfortable with it. I went to F-150 trucks and still have my third one with over 200K. :clapping:

DanaMac
02-03-2009, 06:54 PM
I had a Ranger (jeez, that sounds dirty), never was comfortable with it. I went to F-150 trucks and still have my third one with over 200K. :clapping:

I have enough full sized 4WD trucks. Need good gas mileage for around town driving. House to house service calls. PLUS I'm tired of scratching my good truck, and putting a ton of miles on it.

My '96 GMC and '97 F-150 each have 210+k miles.

Mike Leary
02-03-2009, 07:02 PM
PLUS I'm tired of scratching my good truck, and putting a ton of miles on it.


If your "good truck" is not making you any money, something is bad wrong.

DanaMac
02-03-2009, 07:08 PM
If your "good truck" is not making you any money, something is bad wrong.

My good truck I bought for ME. But it has turned into more of my work truck. I don't want my ME truck filled with parts, tools, tool boxes, paperwork, trash, dirt, wet seats, and a million miles. Then clean it out when ever I go somewhere personal.

And my bad trucks can make just as much money while taking the abuse.

TRILAWNCARE
02-03-2009, 07:11 PM
My good truck I bought for ME. But it has turned into more of my work truck. I don't want my ME truck filled with parts, tools, tool boxes, paperwork, trash, dirt, wet seats, and a million miles. Then clean it out when ever I go somewhere personal.

And my bad trucks can make just as much money while taking the abuse.

That's why you need a nice truck. For the personal thing. So you need three all together. Work, good and nice.

Mike Leary
02-03-2009, 07:12 PM
[QUOTE=DanaMac;2742759 Then clean it out when ever I go somewhere personal.[/QUOTE]

Cone markers, clip board, that's all you need unless you don't have a service truck. :hammerhead: What contractor has a "personal" truck? I never did.

ARGOS
02-03-2009, 07:24 PM
My '96 GMC and '97 F-150 each have 210+k miles.

Fords definitely keep going. I have a 97 E150 about to flip 200k and it drives like a champ. My 97 F150 has 250k, it is getting a transmission check today and got all thumbs up. Today I am pimping in the GMC dump with trailer...I hate turning around.

The nice car is the sprinter, but I don't get to drive it. Its the kid car. I am lining up to get one as a service van.

DanaMac
02-03-2009, 07:26 PM
Cone markers, clip board, that's all you need unless you don't have a service truck. :hammerhead: What contractor has a "personal" truck? I never did.

Have you and I agreed on one thing yet? You might want to take your lady on a date in your dirty ol' truck. I don't. I don't want to look like a contractor when I pull up at a restaurant or bar. Or take it full of parts when I go fishing. Or have to empty it because on the weekend because I have projects to do.

You do your thing. I'll do mine. We'll be just fine and dandy.

Mike Leary
02-03-2009, 07:31 PM
You might want to take your lady on a date in your dirty ol' truck. I don't. I don't want to look like a contractor when I pull up at a restaurant or bar.

You might want re-read your post; my wife of 30+ years liked us roughnecks.

DanaMac
02-03-2009, 07:34 PM
You might want re-read your post; my wife of 30+ years liked us roughnecks.

You might like the dirty ol' roughneck look. I don't for myself. Doesn't mean it's good or bad. Just my preference. and mine of 18+ years doesn't want a dirty ol' roughneck.

Mike Leary
02-03-2009, 07:36 PM
mine of 18+ years doesn't want a dirty ol' roughneck.

Some women like us a little bit scruffy, what can I say? I had the crew wash my truck on Fridays; a truck that scores jobs, collects
money, and generally keeps the operation going is a different breed of management.

DanaMac
02-03-2009, 07:40 PM
Some women like us a little bit scruffy, what can I say?

Hey, I'm not knockin' it. I get occasionally scruffy during the winter. But it's not my overall preference for me.

Mike Leary
02-03-2009, 07:47 PM
Hey, I'm not knockin' it. I get occasionally scruffy during the winter. But it's not my overall preference for me.

I agree (gasp!); scoring the jobs means clean machine, shave.

DanaMac
02-03-2009, 07:48 PM
I agree (gasp!); scoring the jobs means clean machine, shave.

Or scoring the ladies :laugh:

Mike Leary
02-03-2009, 08:32 PM
Or scoring the ladies :laugh:

Um, at 63 years of age, you think I'm going to impress the honeys with the jacked-up yellow pick-up like you have?

DanaMac
02-03-2009, 08:34 PM
Um, at 63 years of age, you think I'm going to impress the honeys with the jacked-up yellow pick-up like you have?

You just might :)

I'm more subdued. It's charcoal gray, not jacked up, stock everything.

Wet_Boots
02-03-2009, 08:41 PM
Raised pickups are for pikers.

DanaMac
02-03-2009, 08:48 PM
When I go camping, or ballooning, or to Le Pierre Stinky Feets with the Mrs., I don't want a pipe rack or company lettering on the vehicle. Or the smell of glue and primer filtering from the back.

Once again, wanting to separate business from personal life.

Junior M
02-03-2009, 09:09 PM
Raised pickups are for pikers.
Crap...:wall :cry: :laugh: :laugh:

Wet_Boots
02-03-2009, 09:59 PM
.....and lowered pickups are for dweebs. To quote from the otherwise-justifiably-bashed engineers, Functional is Beautiful.

Kiril
02-03-2009, 10:31 PM
I agree (gasp!); scoring the jobs means clean machine, shave.

:laugh::laugh::laugh:

I look like a bum more times than not, still score jobs though. Heck, I haven't had a "clean" shave in probably 12 years.

DanaMac
02-03-2009, 10:39 PM
:laugh::laugh::laugh:

I look like a bum more times than not, still score jobs though. Heck, I haven't had a "clean" shave in probably 12 years.

I don't claim to be clean shaven all the time. But I do try to look professional "enough" for being wet and dirty.

Waterit
02-04-2009, 09:48 AM
Fords definitely keep going. I have a 97 E150 about to flip 200k and it drives like a champ. My 97 F150 has 250k, it is getting a transmission check today and got all thumbs up.

My 82 F250 tool-box body with pipe rack had 280K when the motor finally gave up - put in a new one and have over 100K and rolling.

The 83 F150 had 310K when it gave up, short-blocked it and have over 200K on it.

Change the oil, air, and gas filters frequently, keep the other fluids topped up, the darn things will run forever. Just wish Ford had ever made a decent power-steering pump.

AI Inc
02-04-2009, 09:50 AM
180k and the only thing that dosnt work is the tach.

Waterit
02-04-2009, 09:51 AM
Was tooling around eBay looking at the RM remotes (the one I'd been eyeing is now down to $600 for 2 remotes w/receiver) and found this item that should be an essential part of any irrigator's management tools:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Employee-manual-Rain-Bird-HunterToro-Irrigation-pop_W0QQitemZ110342068870QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item110342068870

Kiril
02-04-2009, 10:17 AM
Was tooling around eBay looking at the RM remotes (the one I'd been eyeing is now down to $600 for 2 remotes w/receiver) and found this item that should be an essential part of any irrigator's management tools:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Employee-manual-Rain-Bird-HunterToro-Irrigation-pop_W0QQitemZ110342068870QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item110342068870

You posted that just to make me cry didn't you. :cry:

Waterit
02-04-2009, 10:48 AM
You posted that just to make me cry didn't you. :cry:

At only $5+change per page, it'll pay for itself many times over:rolleyes:

Mike Leary
02-04-2009, 10:51 AM
OMG! That's where I must have missed the boat. That pic looks familiar; is he a member
of the forum?

Waterit
02-04-2009, 11:04 AM
His eBay alias is Lawnguy70, but his Bio says he wants to help, so I wouldn't think he's on here:

Bio

All About Me

What everyone should know about me
Ebay is a hobby for me and not a job. Trying to build better molds for you & your hobby. Your support is appreciated and I hope to be of help.

Things I sell
Molds & cleaning out household stuff.

TRILAWNCARE
02-04-2009, 11:10 AM
http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=233336

http://www.lawnsite.com/member.php?u=35082

Stuttering Stan
02-05-2009, 12:13 AM
Ya'll can find a mole on a mosquito! It's amazing how you can find an Ebay user and link him to LS. I better watch what I post, ya'll might end up at my front door!

TRILAWNCARE
02-05-2009, 12:10 PM
Ya'll can find a mole on a mosquito! It's amazing how you can find an Ebay user and link him to LS. I better watch what I post, ya'll might end up at my front door!

Does your first and last name begin with the letter "L"

Phone number start with 6 and end with 8. (not including the area code)

DanaMac
02-05-2009, 01:19 PM
Does your first and last name begin with the letter "L"

Phone number start with 6 and end with 8. (not including the area code)

Big brother is watching.......

Waterit
02-05-2009, 11:34 PM
Does your first and last name begin with the letter "L"

Phone number start with 6 and end with 8. (not including the area code)

You're creeping me out.

DanaMac
02-05-2009, 11:37 PM
Does your first and last name begin with the letter "L"

Phone number start with 6 and end with 8. (not including the area code)

All right smart guy. What color are his eyes? Shoe size? Hair color?

Not so smart now are you? :laugh:

Stuttering Stan
02-05-2009, 11:55 PM
He was able to find out information about me that I didn't even know about myself. He needs a career in FBI doing profiling stuff. Watch out, he can probably tell you what color underwear you have on right now and when that brown streak occured.

hoskm01
02-06-2009, 12:20 AM
He was able to find out information about me that I didn't even know about myself. He needs a career in FBI doing profiling stuff. Watch out, he can probably tell you what color underwear you have on right now and when that brown streak occured.
That was uncalled for. Disgusting and vile!



:::adds a round to Les' tab:::

reb12
02-06-2009, 07:27 PM
My assistant is my best tool. He loves to dig, at only $18/hr.

Mike Leary
02-06-2009, 07:34 PM
:::adds a round to Les' tab:::

:::::::applies for Colorado contractors license, hooks up with Peter and takes over while they serve their jail time::::::::::