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Old 02-04-2010, 11:33 AM
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So, not being able to sleep again, i've been pondering this problem for a bit. I was thinking about how you said the toolcat did a really well in the mud/soft ground. Picking up some wider/bigger R4 tires for the toolcat would probably make it the best tool for the treework you are talking about. Working more jobs that favor the toolcat would be a good idea, then mulch and clear when you can. In a few months it should be dry again. If it's not, and you can't get to your clearing contracts, start working out a trade for a ctl. Maybe the new large frame bobcats will be out when the time rolls around.

The other direction of thought i had, and I know you don't wanna buy anything else, was one of the larger kubota or Tak wheel loaders. The Tak TW65 has 3500ROC and top speed of 12mph. Combine that with a track loader to do the mulching, shearing and other heavy work, and you have all your main work requirements. I was looking for a small loader for my friend a few months back and saw a couple of taks going for less than 30k and a kubota with a backhoe for 27K. The only real downside to this route would be cost, 90K for a used t320 and wheel loader. The s330 would only cover half; that's a lot of money to reinvest in a business right now. Especially when what you have works for the most part, and works well when it does.
and I owe plenty on the s330. I was able to pay off my bc2000 chipper and my haul truck, though. still owe on mini ex and s330.

I wonder if spacers on the toolcat would allow me to run bigger tires? that's an interesting thought. I had to replace the tires when I first got the toolcat (it was used) and the replacements are slightly narrower than stock even though they are bobcat brand tires. I'm wondering now, if a little bigger and wider tire would work. Considering how big the trees were that I handled on Sunday and Monday, the toolcat can do a lot. The only difference is the property I was on had very little grass and I could see obstructions. toolcat isn't very well protected under the machine. if you were to run over a stump or other obstruction, it could be disastrous to the engine, fuel tank, etc. I'm going to look into guarding but I don't see how you could get to it for service with skid plates installed.

Guys thanks for all the ideas. They help and different perspectives like a wheel loader keep the brain thinking. I think a small wheel loader and grapple would be a good machine for stacking brush but don't see myself getting into another type of machine right now. I'm getting old and it's hard enough to keep up with skids, chipper, toolcat, and attachments!
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Old 02-04-2010, 11:43 AM
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WI chart sucks. Line 15 makes no sense but go back through the texas CDL and plug in that your GVWR is over 26k but your trailer is under 10k. I think it says no.
What sucks about it? It makes perfect sense and clearly shows that a CDL is not required solely for a trailer over 10k, which is what Stuvecorp seems to be questioning.

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So, I could be hauling a 26k rated truck with the bobcat on the back and small 6k trailer pulling my attachments and not need a cdl? Also, if I have a 20 or 26k chipper truck and pull a 5k chipper, I'm still legal without cdl? Makes no sense.
Yes that is correct and that is what your CDL calculator says also. It also agrees with what the FED's say.

Truck 26k or under = No CDL

Trailer 10k or under = No CDL

26k truck + 10k trailer = No CDL
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Old 02-04-2010, 12:33 PM
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What sucks about it? It makes perfect sense and clearly shows that a CDL is not required solely for a trailer over 10k, which is what Stuvecorp seems to be questioning.



Yes that is correct and that is what your CDL calculator says also. It also agrees with what the FED's say.

Truck 26k or under = No CDL

Trailer 10k or under = No CDL

26k truck + 10k trailer = No CDL
I guess I just hate charts.

Laws make no sense. I could have an f550 pulling a total of only 23k lbs truck and trailer and need cdl but I could have a dumptruck loaded to 26k pulling a 10k trailer and I don't need a cdl?
and I still read the law that the GCWR of the combination is what will put you in CDL territory.. uggh. I see why two troopers would have different opinons.
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Old 02-04-2010, 04:35 PM
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I still read the law that the GCWR of the combination is what will put you in CDL territory..
It does, but only if the trailer is over 10k.
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Old 02-04-2010, 06:22 PM
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that is 10K gvwr, not actual weight
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Old 02-04-2010, 06:57 PM
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that is 10K gvwr, not actual weight
Many states go by which ever is higher; GWR, actual or registered wieght.
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Old 02-04-2010, 11:40 PM
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i was being a lil sarcastic lol, this topic has been beaten to death on her and other threads along with a few threads on plowsite about some guy asking about hauling a case 580 with a pickup.

sorry for hijacking yellow!
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Old 02-04-2010, 11:51 PM
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i was being a lil sarcastic lol, this topic has been beaten to death on her and other threads along with a few threads on plowsite about some guy asking about hauling a case 580 with a pickup.

sorry for hijacking yellow!
it's okay. Plenty of guys are looking for info on both subjects
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:05 AM
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it's okay. Plenty of guys are looking for info on both subjects
I've seen people that need to find the info....last week we witnessed a guy pulling a CASE 130 excavator behind a Dodge 3500 on a GN trailer......
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:32 AM
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^haha, it will pull it, but will it stop it??
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