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Old 03-22-2013, 05:51 PM
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This property is one we do winter and summer maintenance work for. We've advised to haul the snow to avoid flooding in the spring. No loader makes for a bit longer time to load, but its worth it not ripping the lawns up.
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:57 PM
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How you liking the CAT? Is it the B3?
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:02 PM
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Really nice what you were able to build, I wonder which landscape course you took on line. I am looking for a good one that gives a contractor or landscape license number.
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:24 PM
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The CAT's are unreal. I liked it so much, I bought a second machine a month later. It's a b3 MTL. Great on slippery roads in the winter compared to CTL too. The track wear out quite quickly and take a bit more maintenance to keep adjusted, but you don't have to worry about flats. The biggest surprise was how much they reduced labour in sod prep and base prep. I'll take less time on the end of a rake any day.


As for online courses, I'm not sure what's available now. Search the net and you will probably find lots. It might be worth checking out trade associations for what education they recognize. We have organizations like Landscape Ontario or Landscape Manitoba who local colleges collaborate with to build the industry.

Building knowledge through education and experience is the key to advancement in any industry.
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:50 PM
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The CAT's are unreal. I liked it so much, I bought a second machine a month later. It's a b3 MTL. Great on slippery roads in the winter compared to CTL too. The track wear out quite quickly and take a bit more maintenance to keep adjusted, but you don't have to worry about flats. The biggest surprise was how much they reduced labour in sod prep and base prep. I'll take less time on the end of a rake any day.


As for online courses, I'm not sure what's available now. Search the net and you will probably find lots. It might be worth checking out trade associations for what education they recognize. We have organizations like Landscape Ontario or Landscape Manitoba who local colleges collaborate with to build the industry.

Building knowledge through education and experience is the key to advancement in any industry.
So the b3's are higher on maintenance with the tracks but save on labor.....im in SC so no plowing here for us. Wonder if thhat will make a difference on maintenance since we only play in the dirt?? Your thoughts?
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:52 PM
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Great looking fleet and quite the operation you have. Is that Michigan a 70? Also what size pusher is that?
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:27 PM
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The loader is a 4300BM volvo. We normally put the BX 12' pusher on the cat loader. I think it's a 928.

The CAT track loaders require tightening and adjusting weekly. Just put a couple 1" wrenches in the cab. It's really not that bad. We get the guys to grease daily anyway so now they check for too much play in the track at the same time. Unfortunately, you will never be able to turn on asphalt with a heavy load with these tracks. It rips apart the lugs that hold the tracks on to the rollers almost immediately. We learned the hard way after having to replace a track @ 300 hrs. The tracks are not cheap.
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:26 AM
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yea.... well.... i have a work bench in my enclosed trailer, and im gonna put a desk in it and staple the printer down to teh desk.
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:29 AM
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The loader is a 4300BM volvo. We normally put the BX 12' pusher on the cat loader. I think it's a 928.

The CAT track loaders require tightening and adjusting weekly. Just put a couple 1" wrenches in the cab. It's really not that bad. We get the guys to grease daily anyway so now they check for too much play in the track at the same time. Unfortunately, you will never be able to turn on asphalt with a heavy load with these tracks. It rips apart the lugs that hold the tracks on to the rollers almost immediately. We learned the hard way after having to replace a track @ 300 hrs. The tracks are not cheap.
Thanks for the info... that seems like it would be a headache tho. I can understand daily pm, greasing etc. Thats just smart. You bought 2 so that says alot!
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:23 PM
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Here is the loader I'm talking about
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