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Old 05-24-2012, 07:49 AM
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Thanks Matt! Ya, I do like the looks of the Deere too. I'm burning about 5-5.7 gal/hr when I'm working due to the fact I spend all the time with the engine cranked all the way up pushing out all the hydraulic flow the machine has. I haven't had a chance really to see what the fuel burn would be with a non-horsepower intensive attachment, but I can't say I'm displeased with the fuel burn I get right now. I can go almost 2 days on one 80 gal tank of fuel so I'm happy with that.

I have 454 hrs on the machine as of yesterday, and so far I don't have any gripes about it. It is doing and behaving exactly as we expected and in some instances it is exceeding our performance expectations. I looked at the 180G, but the increase in undercarriage width without a noticeable increase in reach didn't really do anything for me. I spend so much time in tight areas or traveling down bog dikes that are just wide enough for an 8'6" machine or truck, that anything wider wouldn't really work for us. So to gain an extra 4" or so of reach, without any horsepower or hydraulic flow increases and an increase in overall width, wouldn't be something that would make me want to get a 180 over a 160. I didn't honestly look at the lifting capacity of the 180, but for me, the 160 has plenty of balls for what we need it to do in the lifiting category.

Now if they came out with a zero turn 160 though, that would be a different matter
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Old 05-24-2012, 09:28 AM
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Shane- you should have seen how well that 450CT stuck to the slopes along the highway. It would have brought a tear to your eye
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:55 PM
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Andrew, I've been doing a lot of research on the Stormwater, Erosion and Sediment management. Seems there is a real market for that stuff especially down south in my area. Not only in residential/commercial developments, but in industrial and coastal/wetland restoration. I'm working on a couple of certifications through the state of louisiana and the EPA. I'm drawing up a business plan to work off of. Goal is to start small with stormwater/retention pond repairs & maintenance, drainage installs/repairs and construction site erosion control. Then eventually evolve into a full scale Stormwater/Erosion System design & development. Thanks again for being such an inspiration. Keep up the great work.
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:55 PM
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Guess yall are staying busy!
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:44 PM
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Ya Krazy- we have been fortunate this year as it has been non-stop for us. Got a lot of interesting stuff going, just not a lot of time to post pics unfortunately. I'll try to get some up soon!
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:58 PM
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Been awhile since ive seen you on here ARP
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Old 07-25-2012, 09:45 PM
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Ya sorry, we've been fortunate to be very busy. Not much time for posting. Check out my FB page for a few pics I've loaded recently.
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Old 07-26-2012, 04:03 PM
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andrew,

whats with that shiny Cat dozer sitting up behind all your stuff in Bridgewater??? yours? looks sweeet!
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Old 07-26-2012, 05:49 PM
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It is a possible new purchase we are evaluating. It is fully automated for GPS and laser. If we do like it, it will be purchased with a laser system. It is a sweet machine to run!

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Old 07-26-2012, 06:43 PM
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Wow man that would be aweosme! You think you will be able to justify purchasing a truck and lowboy?
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