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Anyone rolled or flipped their skidsteer?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Timberman, Dec 14, 2006.

  1. Timberman

    Timberman LawnSite Member
    from MD
    Posts: 23

    Just curious. I've scared the bejeezus out of myself a few times, with the bucket raised for loading dumptrucks or whatever, and felt like it was gonna roll backwards. Of course, I've pitched it forwards with a loaded bucket plenty of times, but that's normal. You just have to act like you meant to do that. I'm sure someone's got some stories.
  2. iluvscag

    iluvscag LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 741

    Yes, I've tried making it look like I meant to. But one time it didn't work and a bucketful went into the cab from having it to high in the air.
  3. RockSet N' Grade

    RockSet N' Grade LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,454

    Funny you should ask....I was just talking with my buddy who is a large excavator in California. They were doing hillside work and one of his sons was running their cat skid up a hill. Drove that thing straight up the hill, and I guess youth was on his side.......drove it straight up and it flipped over backwards and no one got hurt.....good chuckle. We also talked about the old days when Johnny had his young twin boys in the yard when he was loading an end dump with sand. After awhile, he couldn't see or hear the twins anymore so he shut down the equipment and looked for them. They climbed into the back of the end dump and he had partially buried them with a load of sand..........
  4. milsaps118

    milsaps118 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 559

    LMAO:laugh: :laugh: I'm sure they didn't get hurt......? Right?
  5. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,067

    I was loading our dump trailer once and had a fun ride. The ground was fairly level, but there was a ridge of dirt close enough to the trailer that when I was at loading height I rolled over it. Well, sure enough, I was moving just a little too fast, had to get the arms all the way up so I could clear the sideboards, the back tires rolled over it, the back of the machine pitched up and I landed right on my nose. Turned the key off halfway down, I felt it coming. No damage, other than my ego. My dad wouldn't let me see the end of that one.
  6. nc-native

    nc-native LawnSite Member
    Posts: 35

    Its almost impossible to flip backwards on level ground while operating a skid steer. The engine compartment will bottom out preventing a roll back. I have seen people drive them off drop offs and land on their back or the top of the cab. Saw one fella drive off a drop off and land upside down in Lake Norman, NC. Talk about biting the buttons off the seat. If it wasn't the quick thinking of a Hispanic who witnessed the incident that guy would only be a memory know.
  7. Mr. Vern

    Mr. Vern LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 632

    What you just described has got to be the number one cause of tipped loaders. I can't tell you how many times I have seen that.
    I used to run a snow removal division of a construction company and we used Cat 950's to clear residential driveways in the Sierra Nevada mountains above Lake Tahoe. I had an operator neglect an account for most of the season (most homes were vacation homes) and when I discovered it there was 12-15 feet of snowpack in the driveway. I had to pull up the pre-season photos in order to find where the driveway was supposed to be. I sent him up one day to clear it. I drove up to check on him and he was in the loader laying on it's side when I got there. The knuckle head had been dragging the snow out into the street and leaving it there while he punched the hole into the driveway. Well, he comes backing out with a bucket load and runs the left rear up onto the pile in the road and over he goes. That was the final straw for me. I sent him home for good that day. That's one of my main safety teachings to new operators - keep the ground level and flat where and whenever possible and you will reduce your risk of turnovers dramatically. Unfortunately they still happen, but you can definitely reduce them.
    This one is off topic, but recounting this story reminded me of another funny incident. When we would clear these driveways we would have to make large ramps out of snow in the yard in order to pile the snow up. Sometimes the ramps would be over 20' tall and 50+ feet long. I get a call from a customer saying "your loader is stuck in my yard, I always wondered if one of these could get stuck. Now I know, they can get really stuck". I go to the guys house and this same operator (I use the term loosely) has driven off the end of his ramp and is 15' down and completely surrounded by snow. He can't even climb out of the mess he is in. It took us half a day and another loader to get him out. We had to completely remove the ramp, then we lifted him up by the counter weight and shoveled snow under the tires and set him back down. After multiple iterations of this we had a good packed base under his rear tires. We had to repeat this up front using his bucket to lift the front. Wish I had not been so frustrated as to forget to take photos of that one. LOL
  8. RockSet N' Grade

    RockSet N' Grade LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,454

    OK....here we go...a little off track but I am sure everyone will have a good laugh....and me, well it has been a hidden secret for years....At the end of the day on every Friday in Cali, I would drive my MF30 to the corner liquor store and fill the bucket with ice and beer and go back to the job where we would all have a few. On this particular day, I was wearing a swim suit, t **** and tennis shoes. Got to the liquor store, pulled up to the front door as usual and jumped off the right side of the tractor. My pants got caught on the bucket controls, and when I landed on the ground, I was wearing a t-shirt and tennis shoes. My pants had been ripped off and were hanging on the tractor controls. There I was in all my glory.....I took my t-shirt off and put my feet through the sleeves to make as make-shift pants, bought the beer, went back to the job site and quickly went home nursing my very bruised ego. My buddies, to this day some 35 years later, still like to bring that one up for a good laugh....
  9. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,799

    Liquor store to buy beer?

    You crazy utah people :)
  10. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,649

    My first year plowing snow with a bobcat, it must of been like a coat of ice under the fresh snow. I took off sideways then straight 2 donuts then sideways and landed next to a tree. This was a bad ride about 150' and half of the neighborhood watching. I invested in a set of chains and no one else there asked me to do there driveway.

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