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Diesel addiction

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Fieldman12, Jan 23, 2008.

  1. Fieldman12

    Fieldman12 LawnSite Bronze Member
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  2. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,067

    Finally, someone who knows how to jump turn an excavator. I thought I was the only one who uses the front end to make sharp turns.

    When we sold our F450, the guy who bought it was big into truck pulling. He had an '06 Duramax with 900+ horsepower and 1,600 ft/lb. of torque if I remember correctly. His daily driver was a Dodge with 650 horses and 1100 ft/lbs.
  3. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,101

    That hoe operator was pretty darn good...................for a drunk!
  4. grassmanvt

    grassmanvt LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 906

    I don't get it, what makes him any different than any other operator? Didn't see anything out of the normal.
  5. tallrick

    tallrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 682

    I don't know anything about excavators, is the reason for that to save strain on the undercarriage?
  6. dozerman21

    dozerman21 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,170

    That too, but it just makes turning much quicker, especially if you're in a tight spot. It's even more effective using that method on a backhoe because it saves you from pulling the hoe up, spinning the seat around, and driving the machine.
  7. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,067

    I actually jump turn for speed and it chews up the ground less. Some guys like to argue that putting all the weight on one end of the carriage is bad for it, but I don't believe that. Excavators were designed to turn while they're flat on the ground, so I don't think jump turning saves any wear. Basically, speed and less ground disturbance is why I do it. Oh yeah, and you look like a badass doing it if you do it smoothly like the guy in the video. He never really stops moving the machine, he's spinning and walking at the same time. I've been doing it that way for years, just takes a little practice. I taught myself when I was 16 and since then the ability to walk the machine using the pedals and running the front end simultaneously to get you where you want to go is incredibly valuable if you're in tight spots, trying to cross wide trenches, climbing off large piles, all sorts of stuff.
  8. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,396

    ??? you must watch a lot of rookie operators then haha, thats all you can do...makes turns so much quicker

    in the first part of the video where he does that i knew he was a good operator...i just kept watching to see something destroyed
  9. grassmanvt

    grassmanvt LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 906

    I still don't see the big deal. I think anyone who's run a hoe more than a half day turn's em like that. Nothing fancy, just easier and quicker.
  10. wanabe

    wanabe LawnSite Senior Member
    from So. IL
    Posts: 943

    I love the first one! They think all there pickups are so bad ass, but I could walk all over them with a little 300hp mack all day! Who cares about HP? Torque is what moves the load!

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