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TomG
11-11-2012, 08:00 PM
Hi guys, I have a few other threads on here about various things but I thought I'd start a photo thread with pictures from work.

A little about me: I work for a family owned and operated hardscaping company. We specialize in Paver walkways, patios and driveways and retaining walls amongst other things in the hardscaping world. We also do some light excavation, grading and clearing work. Currently i am the head foreman and equipment operator for the company. I have been on equipment since I was 4 years old.

Also I have a YouTube channel and Facebook page that I post to regularly. I have video of time lapses of jobs, how to videos, equipment tricks and just regular videos from work. Links to both can be found in my signature.

Now for some pictures

A few photos of hardscaping projects

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Our fleet of equipment and trucks.

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A few project photos:

Cleared some trees and brush along 2 stone walls.

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Clearing, grading and loaming over a leach field. Customer wanted everything cleared because the roots were growing into the leach field.

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Bleed Green
11-11-2012, 08:49 PM
Love the pics Tom. I suggest everyone visit his youtube page too, it's very cool. Lots of interesting videos on there! Don't you have a photo thread in the hardscaping section on this website too?

TomG
11-11-2012, 09:27 PM
Love the pics Tom. I suggest everyone visit his youtube page too, it's very cool. Lots of interesting videos on there! Don't you have a photo thread in the hardscaping section on this website too?

Thank you for the kind words. Yes I do have quite a large thread in the hardscaping section. Its called "TomG's Photos" if anyone wants to check it out. I figured I'd start one here of all the non-hardscaping work I do.

jmacd
11-11-2012, 11:16 PM
Nice photo's. Looks like a very nice family business. :usflag:

alldayrj
11-12-2012, 12:48 AM
Love the trucks, looking for an international just like your white '90s one. Any specs on the trucks? Is that a stainless or aluminum dump? How does it hold up to concrete and rock etc
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AEL
11-12-2012, 01:28 PM
Looks good Tom, how do u like the e50?
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KrayzKajun
11-12-2012, 01:32 PM
awesome pics. love the fleet pics.

TomG
11-12-2012, 09:10 PM
alldayrj: That is a 1996 International 4700 with a DT466E motor. 6 speed. 25,999GVW. Dump bed is steel. It has a few dents in the bed but had held up well. Its a great truck. I can honestly say it has never been in the shop. We replaced the clutch this year for the first time, and we have broken a few axles over the years, climbing out of gravel pits in low gear. Other than that nothing. We also re painted it a few years ago.

T_S_S: The E50 is great. I really like it. We do a lot of lifting with out mini's. We set a lot of granite steps and stoops. The E50 is a beast lifting. It will lift more over the blade than our T300. It also had great digging power in my opinion, and is a very smooth machine. I have had a few problems with it, mostly with bad steel and all the issues have been fixed/replaced by my dealership for free. Even after the warranty was up. Also the cab is not the greatest, a few changes could make it really nice. But performance wise I don't think you can beat it for a 10,600lb machine.

Here are some more pictures of our trucks for the people who were interested.

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On the two newer International 4300's we have swing gates. They are great for dumping stumps, brush, and for loading pallets of materials in the bed.

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alldayrj
11-12-2012, 10:11 PM
If the 96 was an auto i would try and buy it, thats an awesome truck. Any issues with the fold down sides? i feel like they are kind of delicate.

My bad, thought the grey dump was aluminum.
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TomG
11-12-2012, 10:54 PM
If the 96 was an auto i would try and buy it, thats an awesome truck. Any issues with the fold down sides? i feel like they are kind of delicate.

My bad, thought the grey dump was aluminum.
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No no problems with the fold down side.

Dan85
11-13-2012, 10:36 PM
Cool photos - really liking the 4300s. Looks like a Kenworth T300? We have one too (and a T470) both with a hooklift system.

You have a favorite truck? Any plans for new trucks/updates?

anthonyp
11-13-2012, 10:57 PM
Tom....thanks for all the pictures and your opinion....I have followed your progress, and particularly the excavator 50...I am considering purchasing one, and saw you now had some complaints on the interior layout....I was wondering if you would share that, and if you were purchasing a like sized machine I there were another brand you thought to be better? Thanks. Tony

TomG
11-13-2012, 11:10 PM
Cool photos - really liking the 4300s. Looks like a Kenworth T300? We have one too (and a T470) both with a hooklift system.

You have a favorite truck? Any plans for new trucks/updates?

Yes the Kenworth is a T300. I dont really have a favorite truck but if i had to pick one I'd say the Kenworth. Its so easy and nice to drive. Plus I'm the only one who has a CDL to drive it so I get to keep it nice and clean how I like. I actually wish it had a hook lift system, then it would be literally perfect for what we use it for. But I also really like the 4300's. They are great trucks and will literally haul as much anything as you put in them. (maybe not legally but they will haul it:cool2:)

No plans for new trucks, we will probably run these till they die. Our most recent purchase was the Kenworth last year. We had been looking for a while for a tri-axle, but just couldn't justify spending $120,000+ for a new one for our application. The T300 is a 2008 and when we purchased it, it only had 50k miles on it.

TomG
11-13-2012, 11:29 PM
Tom....thanks for all the pictures and your opinion....I have followed your progress, and particularly the excavator 50...I am considering purchasing one, and saw you now had some complaints on the interior layout....I was wondering if you would share that, and if you were purchasing a like sized machine I there were another brand you thought to be better? Thanks. Tony

I don't like how the arm rests are not easy adjustable, I think the seat and seat suspension system could be better and I dont like the placement of the radio. Overall they are minimal things. If I was to purchase again I'd probably go with the Bobcat again. I think if you took a Cat cab and put it on the bobcat machine it would be nearly perfect. You cant beat a Cat cab in my opinion. But saying that I like where a lot of the switches and buttons are on the bobcat compared to the Cat. So I guess it just comes down to personal preference. As for performance wise, I don't think you can beat the bobcat. I have tried, cat, case, new holland, yanmarr, volvo and komatsu comparatively sized machines. If you follow me on YouTube you have seen what the bobcat can do. Some days the machine still amazes me how much digging and lifting power it has.

anthonyp
11-13-2012, 11:49 PM
Thanks...The cat is a very nice machine, but the Bobcat is pretty comparable..IMO...I made myself check out the Bobcat, just because of your review, and although a much smaller operation, a nice one....The closer dealer to me is Kubota, and they also have a nice machine 57.....Again thanks. Tony

YellowDogSVC
11-14-2012, 11:34 AM
Nice work as always and excellent fleet pics. How long is the bed on the truck that has the big rock in the back?

AEL
11-14-2012, 04:32 PM
Hey tony check out the u55 awesome machines.
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anthonyp
11-14-2012, 04:49 PM
On the way to the farm I stopped at the Kubota dealer...The u55 is a very nice machine, but I was more interested in the 57.....A better price than the Bobcat, but it is really hard to get a comparison due to certain thing not being available on either one or the other....One thing is surprising, is the hydraulic attachments I just perused....really expensive.....I have an old hydraulic side mounted mower, I think I paid twelve hundred dollars for and it is worth way North of ten thousand , almost twenty.....I don`t know if Ton G is drinking the same koolAid as I am , but the Bobcat is the nicer machine.....I`l try and figure out more Tony

jrs.landscaping
11-14-2012, 04:56 PM
I've watched quite a few of your Youtube videos with my oldest son. I watched the beer bottle trick with my wife, she made me rewind it twice because she thought the tape was edited. I told her that's what a talented operator can do :clapping:

TomG
11-14-2012, 09:28 PM
YellowDogSVC: I'm pretty sure its a 10' bed.

jrs.landscaping: Thank you for the compliment! Tell your wife I can confirm the video was not edited! haha

Here are a few pictures from the past week or so.

Helped out a friend last week with the snow storm here. Got to run his Komatsu WA200 with snow pusher.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoNsO0FsbM8

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000218.jpg

A few burn pile pictures.

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A few "night" shots. Its getting way to dark here way to early.

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anthonyp
11-14-2012, 09:55 PM
What time of day is it getting dark? Down here in S C 5:30 or so, or at least dusk....Tony ps we are having about the highest tides of the year next two days.

TomG
11-14-2012, 09:59 PM
What time of day is it getting dark? Down here in S C 5:30 or so, or at least dusk....Tony ps we are having about the highest tides of the year next two days.

4:30-5:00 it gets dark

wee alfie
11-16-2012, 12:58 PM
Hi Tom, I always enjoy following your threads to see what you're up to, also like the plant setup you guys have.

tnmtn
11-16-2012, 06:21 PM
Nice pics Tom, I would like your opinion on the Fuso. I have been ooking at them for a few years and would like to pick one up. My concern has always been towing capacity. How has yours done for you?
Thanks,

TomG
11-16-2012, 08:54 PM
Nice pics Tom, I would like your opinion on the Fuso. I have been ooking at them for a few years and would like to pick one up. My concern has always been towing capacity. How has yours done for you?
Thanks,

The fuso is currently just a plow truck for us. It is too small for the work we currently do. But... it used to be one of our main trucks. Its a good truck, four wheel drive, automatic, great on fuel. We used to tow our skid steers around with it and it did ok... It was definitely not the greatest. Was slow going up hills or on the highway. If your looking at it to be towing a lot id pass on it. But it really depends on what your pulling. Our skids weigh about 9000lbs. I'd say it could handle a 6000lb machine nicely.

anthonyp
11-16-2012, 10:48 PM
Tom
Somewhere in your other forum post, you got your 50 for around 66m$ with the rotating ditch cleaning attachment and two buckets...Do you think the machine has appreciated much for a similarly equipped one today? And how much did the hydraulic ditch bucket cost....I have a price of around sixty eight without the hydraulic mechanism ....

The cat 305.5 is a possibility, but I swear the bobcat seems to be just as good...Should I peruse the Cat.? Tony

TomG
11-16-2012, 11:13 PM
Tom
Somewhere in your other forum post, you got your 50 for around 66m$ with the rotating ditch cleaning attachment and two buckets...Do you think the machine has appreciated much for a similarly equipped one today? And how much did the hydraulic ditch bucket cost....I have a price of around sixty eight without the hydraulic mechanism ....

The cat 305.5 is a possibility, but I swear the bobcat seems to be just as good...Should I peruse the Cat.? Tony

Sure, i think the price for one now compared to two years ago has gone up. How much? No idea. Im not sure I understand what part your talking about, asking about the price. Just the power tilt, with out the bucket cost 5K.

Yes look into the cat, its a nice machine. I always tell people to demo a bunch of brands machines. All i can do is share my opinions and experiences. What dealership is closer? I think a good dealership is just as or even more important than the actual machine. Good luck!

anthonyp
11-16-2012, 11:32 PM
Thanks....The Bobcat dealer is closer to the farm, and appears to be a smaller, but nice place....The Cat has been here a very long time, and a long time ago they treated be well, with a repair....

Of course I think you are telling it like it is from your experience, and doing a good job of it...That's why I'm relying on your experience....and you are correct, just the expense of the hydraulic mechanism......I'm hopeful the salesman dealer will give me a better price..That price I quoted included a two yr warranty, which I hope not to need, but nice ayway.....again thanks. Tony

TomG
11-17-2012, 08:14 AM
Thanks....The Bobcat dealer is closer to the farm, and appears to be a smaller, but nice place....The Cat has been here a very long time, and a long time ago they treated be well, with a repair....

Of course I think you are telling it like it is from your experience, and doing a good job of it...That's why I'm relying on your experience....and you are correct, just the expense of the hydraulic mechanism......I'm hopeful the salesman dealer will give me a better price..That price I quoted included a two yr warranty, which I hope not to need, but nice ayway.....again thanks. Tony

My machine only came with a 1 year warranty. 2 year is nice, so that could be the price difference between mine and the one you got a quote for.

ma71t
11-18-2012, 11:23 PM
To answer answer anthonyp's question, i got quoted 76k about a week ago for essentially the same setup as tom, i think the onlt difference was i had them quote it with an angle blade as well, A91 package so i believe the only other thing was secondary hydraulics and keyless start or something like that.

Barge Man
11-19-2012, 08:20 PM
Just for a comparison I just picked up my 2013 E50 long arm, keyless, cab heat/air/radio and direct to tank kit for 60,400 before taxes

anthonyp
11-19-2012, 09:15 PM
That sure sounds like a good deal.....I`m hopeful my dealer is coming down....I`m sort of stuck mentally on the Cat 305.5d or the E50....I had a price on the D from a year and a few months back, and they were fairly close.....Do you think the auxiliary hydraulic flow is about the same in real life? Tony

Barge Man
11-19-2012, 10:50 PM
I demoed a 305 c and a 305.5 d and really liked it but did not like getting in and out of the machine. I think the Aux. Hyd flow is very comparable, but I only used a hydraulic thumb.

TomG
11-19-2012, 11:18 PM
Thought I'd share some photos from the GIE Expo and Hardscapes North America show I went to a few weeks ago in Louisville KY. Lots of shiny new equipment!

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Hey thats me... and my video!

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Nice snow plow, lol.

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Dr. Seuss?

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4ft Bar!

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New Holland had 2 operator challenges. Mini Excavator and Backhoe. I got the top time on both!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33JfMw11IV0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuEGoy5nHI4

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jrs.landscaping
11-20-2012, 07:44 AM
I bet that prize money almost paid for the trip to the expo.

anthonyp
11-26-2012, 09:27 PM
Hi Tom
I am demonstrating an e 50 today....I really don`t have much experience, some, but I though it to be a little tippy...not bad, but not anything like rock steady.....It has a four foot hydraulic mower , and I got a taste of what it is like ...I`l do some more tomorrow..

I`l get a thumb, if I get this, and the dealer said it would handle the thumb being attached with the mower....I would imagine this to weigh about the same as your thumb and tilting bucket together...maybe a bit more.....What do you think ?? This machine has the long boom Tony

ksss
11-26-2012, 09:46 PM
I demoed a 305 c and a 305.5 d and really liked it but did not like getting in and out of the machine. I think the Aux. Hyd flow is very comparable, but I only used a hydraulic thumb.

That was my issue. Getting in an out of the machine was a PINTA.

I keep telling myself I need to go to that EXPO. Its busy here during that time and hard to get away. However I will make it down there. It does not look like there was much for crowds? Was it as lightly attended as it appears in the pictures?

TomG
11-26-2012, 10:03 PM
anthonyp: Yes the machine will be a little tippy. Its a zero turn. I would highly recommend getting the weight kit. I think its 500lbs that bolts onto the back of the machine. I think it ends up hanging over about 3-4" so its not zero turn anymore but you will need it with the long arm. I too thought the machine was very tippy when I first got it coming from only using a conventional tail swing machine. But once I got used to it its really not bad at all.

ksss: I actually got into the show a day early and that is when I took most of these pictures. The show opens a day early for dealers and exhibitors, but I got in. :dancing: The show was very well attended in my opinion.

Bleed Green
11-26-2012, 11:12 PM
I know that aching acres truck. It's pretty cool watching them blow mulch at a job. I actually tried to get a job with them a couple years back.

Steve0622
11-27-2012, 07:43 PM
Great pics! Any idea what the dash "2" on the kubota svl 90 stands for? 2 speed?

anthonyp
11-27-2012, 08:27 PM
As you said, I also began to feel more comfortable the more I used it....I asked the dealer about the extra weight, and he phoned ND and the engineer said the extra weight is built in to the long arm, and they didn`t have a kit...I wonder if the cab will make much of a difference? as the demonstrator is open...(meaning extra weight) and further do you think steel tracks are worth it?

I notice in your films , you are pretty stable, so I associate that with you being an excellent operator .. Tony

Dountman
11-28-2012, 07:44 PM
Tom what is the name of the clamp you use on your excavator to set the granite steps? Where did you purchase it?

TomG
11-28-2012, 08:08 PM
Tom what is the name of the clamp you use on your excavator to set the granite steps? Where did you purchase it?

Here is the link to the tool:

http://www.pavetech.com/tools/manhandle.htm

Its a great tool for setting granite steps. To be honest I cant remember where I got it, its probably 10+ years old. I probably got it from my local hardscaping supplier.

anthonyp
11-28-2012, 09:08 PM
Largely due to you, I ordered it today....I genuinely believe if they used you ,and your movies ( u/tube) it would benefit them....I think several people purchased a machine like yours ---due to you--Thanks Tony

wee alfie
12-01-2012, 07:08 AM
Like your photos from the show, well done you with your times on the machines. "Dr. Seuss?" We have an Avant 635, great piece of kit for the landscaping. A few landscape businesses in UK have Avant front loaders, ideal for getting into tight corners where a bit muscle is required.

alldayrj
12-09-2012, 01:33 AM
Hey tom, thanks for the info. I ended up buying the 2002 4300 with the 466 and auto. you use yours to tow the big ex and loaders I assume? that trailer has electric brakes? I'm getting involved in a lot of BIG stump removal down here and might do a monthly rental of a big mini and line up a bunch of work. then have a roll off follow me up to haul the stumps. just want to make sure the 4300 is going to handle tugging the trailer alright. these things dont come with wild tow ratings from the factory like one ton pickups and real world experience is always more valuable

TomG
12-09-2012, 02:36 PM
Hey tom, thanks for the info. I ended up buying the 2002 4300 with the 466 and auto. you use yours to tow the big ex and loaders I assume? that trailer has electric brakes? I'm getting involved in a lot of BIG stump removal down here and might do a monthly rental of a big mini and line up a bunch of work. then have a roll off follow me up to haul the stumps. just want to make sure the 4300 is going to handle tugging the trailer alright. these things dont come with wild tow ratings from the factory like one ton pickups and real world experience is always more valuable

Yes we use the 4300's to tow all our machines. Our trailers are electric brakes. The 4300's have no problem at all towing our machines, plenty of power. And I live in a very hilly area.

TomG
01-01-2013, 11:31 PM
Here are some pictures from the last two weeks. All snow related. In the winter I work for another company running a Komatsu WA200 wheel loader with a 14' snow pusher. I help plow a huge mall near me, I am one of 4 loader operators on site and one of over 50 people that work during a snow storm. Also I help out with snow removal with out tri-axle.

First snow of the season. About 1-2in of snow.

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Plowing in convoy to clear the entrance.

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Our tri-axle and another to do snow removal. No parking spots were allowed to be taken up, because this storm was before christmas. My father runs the truck and I run a loader.

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Getting the loaders started.

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Loading trucks.

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000441_zpsbb3182c2.jpg

Now the big storm. Got about 12-14in this past week.

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000449_zpsd9c198f5.jpg

Yea its a really big site. Over a million square feet of just parking spots!

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000450_zps15eae741.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000452_zps06a17d2c.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000454_zps1254a0a6.jpg

Making snow mountains.

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000456_zps2486df90.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000458_zpsdc57f094.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000461_zps57356ac9.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000463_zps1975c0c3.jpg

Team work to scrape the parking lots. Me and one other guy scraped 1 million square feet in just under 3 hours!

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000464_zps1a4d18c6.jpg

Snow removal on steroids. 6 tri-axles, 1 ten wheeler, 1 trailer dump, 4 loaders, 2 skidsteers.

Everything gets moved onsite to a field and a large overflow parking lot.

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000467_zpsa2ee4d2b.jpg

I got the trailer dump. And the ten wheeler.

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000469_zps46b93868.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000471_zps07527b43.jpg

Team work to clear out the loading docks.

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000472_zps17b6d0ef.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000474_zpsc1a55d62.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000477_zps391fc7ac.jpg

Our truck

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000478_zps018facfe.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000479_zps1ddfd3c2.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000482_zps19f46034.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000488_zps5ff54110.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000490_zpseaf2128c.jpg

Roughly 7000 yards of snow moved in 8hrs. Nuts

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000495_zpsf423bd09.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000497_zpsc29b043e.jpg

ksss
01-02-2013, 12:03 AM
Nice looking wheel loaders. Do they rent them for snow removal or do they own them? Dont look like they have been in the dirt before.

TomG
01-02-2013, 12:09 AM
Nice looking wheel loaders. Do they rent them for snow removal or do they own them? Dont look like they have been in the dirt before.

They own something like 15, and lease the rest(not sure now many). They all sit during the summer except for 2 or 3. Snow is this company's main business.

Cornell
01-02-2013, 12:11 AM
Looks like fun! The guy that delivers our boulders has 37 machines running when it snows here. They have 16' plows on bobcats. It's nuts!

Plowing in a loader sure is nice.

timnh
01-02-2013, 10:15 AM
TomG: Great pictures. What mall is that? The company I work for plows the Mall at Rockingham Park and the old Rockingham Mall. We also will have about dozen tri-axles when it comes to snow removal. Never had a dump trailer though.

TomG
01-02-2013, 11:13 AM
TomG: Great pictures. What mall is that? The company I work for plows the Mall at Rockingham Park and the old Rockingham Mall. We also will have about dozen tri-axles when it comes to snow removal. Never had a dump trailer though.

The new Outlets in Merrimack

ssprtman12
01-03-2013, 12:10 PM
are you plowing for Outdoor Pride Landscaping?

TomG
01-03-2013, 01:40 PM
are you plowing for Outdoor Pride Landscaping?

Yes. Do you work for them as well?

AEL
01-03-2013, 02:03 PM
Didn't you guys used to do your own plowing?
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TomG
01-03-2013, 02:49 PM
Didn't you guys used to do your own plowing?
Posted via Mobile Device

We cut back a lot this year. Only 2 accounts now. My father and another guy (when needed) take care of them. I got the opportunity to work for this other company in the winter, and get a ton more hours and use our truck for snow removal, so I took it. Works out the best for both companies actually.

ssprtman12
01-03-2013, 03:54 PM
no i dont, just recognized them. looks like a great company to work for though

Dan85
01-03-2013, 07:17 PM
Awesome photos, Tom. Work looks good too - I really like how everyone on site works together.

How do you like the Komatsu? The last outfit I worked for had two, late-model Komatsu loaders (250/320) and they were about the nicest loader I've ever been in.

Bleed Green
01-03-2013, 07:18 PM
That's cool that they let you come in and work for them in the winter time and then have the flexibility to work for the family company in the warmer months. Sounds like you have a sweet set up going on.
Are you doing any landscaping with them in the winter, or just helping when they do snow removal?

TomG
01-04-2013, 12:54 AM
That's cool that they let you come in and work for them in the winter time and then have the flexibility to work for the family company in the warmer months. Sounds like you have a sweet set up going on.
Are you doing any landscaping with them in the winter, or just helping when they do snow removal?

Landscaping is completely shut down in the winter here. Too cold, pain in the a$$ to move snow just to work, grounds frozen... all that good stuff. Works out perfect, when the landscaping season is over I go work for this company, plowing and doing snow removal after storms. Then when the landscaping season gets going I go back and work for the family company.

TomG
01-04-2013, 01:00 AM
Awesome photos, Tom. Work looks good too - I really like how everyone on site works together.

How do you like the Komatsu? The last outfit I worked for had two, late-model Komatsu loaders (250/320) and they were about the nicest loader I've ever been in.

Yes its so nice to work with some other loader operators that know what they are doing!! Although I did have to give a lesson to one on how to use the snow pusher the correct way. haha

I actually really like the Komatsu, pushes snow really well. And its really quick for loading trucks. Its also very comfortable (spent 38hrs in it last week in 4 days), They just need to make better window defrosters. Either have to have the heat blasting and a window open or the heat barely on and be very cold. But every loader I have been in has that problem. Need some vents on the ceiling or something to blow on the top half of the windshield.

deerewashed
01-16-2013, 01:17 AM
Tom,
nice lookin machines you got there in the bobcat genuine parts video.....nice job by your dad and you if you were in the e50.

TomG
01-17-2013, 05:58 PM
Haha, I just watched it! Thanks for letting me know. I didn't even know they were going to use us in that video. Yes I was in the E50.

deerewashed
01-17-2013, 06:29 PM
you better get paid....

deerewashed
01-22-2013, 08:09 PM
do you have a counterweight on your e50?? talkin to my dealer about an e50, and curious about your take.

TomG
01-22-2013, 10:20 PM
do you have a counterweight on your e50?? talkin to my dealer about an e50, and curious about your take.

I do not. I could definitely use it but I want to keep the almost zero tail swing. I work on so many tight lots. The machine is a little tippy with my big 36" digging bucket. If you are looking at getting the long arm option of the machine definitely get the counterweight.

deerewashed
01-23-2013, 12:32 AM
no long arm, we too work in tight areas. I also dont want to loose the lift capacity, and then add a couple hundred pounds to the weight.

TomG
02-05-2013, 06:24 PM
Some more pictures from a small 3" storm we got last week.

Starting up the loaders
http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000546_zpsfa5c0ab4.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000547_zps638174ee.jpg

Pushing snow, clearing parking lots
http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000548_zpsba7cf7cb.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000550_zpsa618c7bf.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000559_zps9ce57694.jpg

TomG
02-05-2013, 06:26 PM
Some last shots of the Komatsu WA200
http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000557_zps0cc0c215.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000552_zps3084f402.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000555_zpsbea26463.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/b58989d2-88f8-40ef-a2ab-4af4aee88871_zps60512c61.jpg

stuvecorp
02-06-2013, 12:30 AM
Nice pictures. Do they plug any machines in? How do you like the Komatsu hydrostat? I really liked how it ran for snow.

Swampy
02-06-2013, 12:48 AM
That must be one hella' parking lot for that much iron to be sitting in it.

coopers
02-06-2013, 02:26 AM
Love the snow pics!

TomG
02-06-2013, 04:00 PM
stuvecorp: No they don't plug the machines in, and I have never had a problem starting my loader or any of the others. I too like the hydrostatic transmission, its very smooth, i think its good for plowing.

Swampy: Yup just over a million square feet of parking spots, and that doesn't even include the perimeter and interior roads. I did snow removal there after one storm for 4 hrs and put 28 miles on the tri-axle and all snow is hauled to an on site location. Its big!

stuvecorp
02-06-2013, 04:23 PM
stuvecorp: No they don't plug the machines in, and I have never had a problem starting my loader or any of the others. I too like the hydrostatic transmission, its very smooth, i think its good for plowing.

Swampy: Yup just over a million square feet of parking spots, and that doesn't even include the perimeter and interior roads. I did snow removal there after one storm for 4 hrs and put 28 miles on the tri-axle and all snow is hauled to an on site location. Its big!

I demo/rented a Komatsu 200-5(with a 14' pusher) years ago for a storm and honestly loved the machine, that hydrostatic transmission is awesome. Didn't have too ride the brakes as the machine just slows it self, very good when it's icy. The only thing that I would pick on was the interior, thought it was plastic-y and not as nice as the newer 621's.

As for plugging in, that was something I militantly have to have. I want the machine to be toasty and ready when it's cold.

Groomer
02-06-2013, 05:51 PM
cool thread. If the weather forecast pans out, your region is gonna get walluped by week's end!

TomG
03-05-2013, 08:35 PM
Time for an update of pictures.

Some pictures of all the equipment on the site before the big blizzard last month. You will see the small tractors w/snow blowers and the buggies that are used on the inside of the mall to clear the walking paths. You can see a video of them in action here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F855dInZnAQ

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000572_zps1aca8505.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000575_zps9fce654b.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000576_zpsa0a28bc3.jpg

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http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000580_zpsf6c1a38e.jpg

TomG
03-05-2013, 08:38 PM
Now some pictures from the blizzard. We got about 30" of fluffy snow and it all blew around so some parts of the parking lots had 4' of snow! We actually had to shut down for 4hrs in the middle of the night because you could only see about 40ft, so it just wasn't safe to be working.

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000583_zps69e5727d.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000584_zps59767df1.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000592_zpsea9982aa.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000603_zps52026037.jpg

TomG
03-05-2013, 08:42 PM
Storm is over. The mall actually closed the day after.

Had to take the snow pushers off the loaders for some parts of the parking lots the snow was so deep.

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000605_zpsca448607.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000607_zps2959c389.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000608_zpsdc84386c.jpg

Team work to find the curbs.

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000609_zps3a5bc7bc.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000606_zpsce130f48.jpg

TomG
03-05-2013, 08:44 PM
Some random shots.

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000610_zps491c8477.jpg

Hauling a loader off my site to another one to help out.

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000612_zpsb5563a2f.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000613_zps17c8c583.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000614_zps3cc2e42e.jpg

AEL
03-05-2013, 10:38 PM
Nice looking setup! What are your thoughts on the komatsu loaders compared to a deere or cat?

T Scapes
03-05-2013, 11:02 PM
with one of your 4300's hauling the E50 can you tow it and not need a cdl?

TomG
03-05-2013, 11:08 PM
Nice looking setup! What are your thoughts on the komatsu loaders compared to a deere or cat?

The Komatsu's are nice machines. I really like them for plowing. They also seam to be the simplest for new operators to get used to. Which is big for plowing. They are very simple. But I feel they do lack all the creature comforts of a Cat. In my opinion a Cat has the nicest cab. I have only run one Deere, dont remember the model but I didnt like it. This company uses Komatsu, Cat, Deere, and Hyundai loaders in the winter. The machine they have the most of is the Komatsu.

TomG
03-05-2013, 11:09 PM
with one of your 4300's hauling the E50 can you tow it and not need a cdl?

You need a CDL

jrs.landscaping
03-06-2013, 12:52 PM
How long did it take you guys to clean up after the storm was over?

TomG
03-06-2013, 05:48 PM
How long did it take you guys to clean up after the storm was over?

Pretty much all day. I think we had it totally cleaned up by 5 or 6pm the day after

NEUSWEDE
03-06-2013, 09:30 PM
Tom,

Nice pics of the blizzard. I am an hour North of you in Maine and that was a hell of a storm. Got 36" at my house was the first time I ever saw the State and local municplaties just stop plowing! Was very interesting indeed.

CLP
03-07-2013, 10:02 PM
Thats why I think it's funny when people get so nervous over a snow storm, like they're going to be snowed in for weeks. With all the equipment around it's cleared up in a day, even after the last blizzard in didn't take that long.

TomG
03-15-2013, 12:04 AM
A few snow removal shots and a few random plowing pictures.

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000618_zpsffbf8578.jpg

I love hauling on site. Fill er' up!
http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000652_zpsa0cb43c7.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000653_zpscf0dd17d.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000655_zpsd8540f96.jpg

TomG
03-15-2013, 12:07 AM
Doing some push backs.

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000619_zps35b766cc.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000620_zps9a92fbdd.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000622_zps0554eb90.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000627_zps0f167816.jpg


http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000628_zps294bad7f.jpg

TomG
03-15-2013, 12:08 AM
More push backs.

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000632_zps0101410f.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000633_zpsc6e4b2d4.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000635_zps45f2e529.jpg

The things you do for a cool picture
http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000637_zps966dcee3.jpg

alldayrj
03-15-2013, 12:10 AM
Gotta love smashing that crusty old snow. When are you getting back to excavating up there?
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TomG
03-15-2013, 12:10 AM
Final shots.

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000638_zpsdc205f95.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000639_zps130185e5.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000642_zpsb1769c22.jpg

Team work to clean up the piles
http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000643_zps4f5d5f8e.jpg

TomG
03-15-2013, 12:11 AM
Gotta love smashing that crusty old snow. When are you getting back to excavating up there?
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The plan is April 1st. Depends on the weather

coopers
03-15-2013, 01:55 AM
Love these photos!

TomG
03-18-2013, 12:22 AM
In the most recent storm I got to be the demo man on a new Hyundai HL740-9. It's actually not a bad machine. It has a ton of pushing power. Its a little bit bigger machine than the Komatsu. It is definitely slower then the Komatsu. I liked operating it. Way to many buttons in the damn cab though. Need an engineering degree to figure out what they all do!

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000677_zps3c8ea86b.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000669_zps9b561a54.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000671_zps291c91c4.jpg

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http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000667_zps60db5d79.jpg

TomG
03-18-2013, 12:28 AM
Beast mode engaged!

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000674_zps574bbc0c.jpg

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000673_zpscc3cf1f3.jpg

The operators manual is hilarious. Got to be one of the best I have ever seen.:laugh:

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000665_zpsb10f0ed9.jpg

nedly05
03-18-2013, 06:06 AM
Looks like you are having fun this winter, hard not to plowing with loaders! That manual actually made me laugh out loud!!!!!

Bleed Green
03-18-2013, 08:02 PM
Me too. I guess somebody at Hyundai has a sense of humor, it's sure different than the normal everyday blah safety stuff in normal manuals. Can't wait to see your pics when you get started in the spring!

TomG
04-17-2013, 10:39 PM
Last of my plowing pictures.

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000685_zpsd1deb0c1.jpg (http://s791.photobucket.com/user/DTM2124/media/P1000685_zpsd1deb0c1.jpg.html)

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TomG
04-17-2013, 10:46 PM
Helped out a friend excavate about 200 yards of muck to make way for an expansion of an existing gravel parking lot. We excavated out about a foot of material. He rented a brand new Bobcat T750 and I ran it and he hauled all the material off in our Tri-Axle.

I really liked the T750, had really good power and its probably the first joystick machine I have liked besides our A300. Our T300 is hand and foot and I still prefer that when grading and spreading material.

Before

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000716_zpsb3a2496e.jpg (http://s791.photobucket.com/user/DTM2124/media/P1000716_zpsb3a2496e.jpg.html)

After

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000723_zpsd533c6be.jpg (http://s791.photobucket.com/user/DTM2124/media/P1000723_zpsd533c6be.jpg.html)

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TomG
04-17-2013, 10:47 PM
http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000720_zps75238fa2.jpg (http://s791.photobucket.com/user/DTM2124/media/P1000720_zps75238fa2.jpg.html)

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000721_zps460e01cf.jpg (http://s791.photobucket.com/user/DTM2124/media/P1000721_zps460e01cf.jpg.html)

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/DTM2124/P1000722_zps78b6190e.jpg (http://s791.photobucket.com/user/DTM2124/media/P1000722_zps78b6190e.jpg.html)

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AEL
04-18-2013, 12:51 AM
Nice machine. Looks like you were one of the first to rent it!
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CLP
04-18-2013, 09:52 AM
I was wondering how well it loaded the truck? I think I have my backhoe sold and looking to get a track loader.
I like the bobcat 650, 750 and Cat 289 as I'm for a comfortable cab. I'm just worried about loading a wheeler,
I have excavators to load with too, which I use a lot to load with now.

Construct'O
04-18-2013, 11:51 AM
Nice job! Thanks for all the extra pictures,start to finish.Shows more how things went as the job was done in different stages.Espeically from the different angles of you picture,gives a better lay of the job site and how it progressed.Thanks!

TomG
04-18-2013, 10:24 PM
I was wondering how well it loaded the truck? I think I have my backhoe sold and looking to get a track loader.
I like the bobcat 650, 750 and Cat 289 as I'm for a comfortable cab. I'm just worried about loading a wheeler,
I have excavators to load with too, which I use a lot to load with now.

It was great for loading our Tri-Axle, had no problems at all. I think it actually lifts higher than our T300. You would have no problem loading any size dump truck with the T750.

Dirtman2007
04-18-2013, 10:39 PM
I guess I need to get my lazy ass in gear and load a few hundred picture of some real dirt ningering

Cornell
04-19-2013, 01:42 AM
It was great for loading our Tri-Axle, had no problems at all. I think it actually lifts higher than our T300. You would have no problem loading any size dump truck with the T750.

The M series lifts quite a bit higher. Even with cheater boards it's really easy.

CLP
04-19-2013, 09:43 AM
Thank you for the information on the M series. We would not be loading a lot with it, but it's nice to know that we could. Sorry for highjacking your thread. :)