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Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Dirtman2007, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,322

    wow!!!! your lucky as **** you have another machine, that would have been a very expensive job to get that pulled out. i could have sworn everyone told me just a few days ago ex's never get stuck..... i knew that was bs and it looks like you do to.

    is that dirt getting moved to a on site dump?

    is it getting hauled in your buddies trucks? how are they getting in and out of the whole? can we hear the plan of attack.
  2. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,551

    So whats that your second time having an excavator stuck?
  3. Dirtman2007

    Dirtman2007 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,366

    I never said they were impossible to get stuck, just hard to. In this case I was 30 miles away from the machine when I got the call it was stuck so I don't know if there was any precaution that could have been used to advoid this. I would say maybe it could have but it was sitting on top of the mats that are suppose to keep it floating.

    It would have been impossible to get it pulled out with a tow truck. it was probably 500' from the road down a steep hill that nothing without tracks could get up/ down it. I've go several people who I could borrow machines from anyways.

    As far as what were going to do now, that's Plan "B"

    And what is plan "B" ... I don't know yet... plan "A ' was suppose to work:dizzy:
  4. Dirtman2007

    Dirtman2007 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,366

    That's the second one I've participated in the recovery of. I've never had the oportunity of stick one yet, nor do I want to. I guess I know when to stop.
  5. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 4,664

    you were really lucky to get those out a quickly as you did. Check out the videos showing the rescues of stuck equipment on www.cranemasters.com
    I have been involved in recovering several badly stuck machines. Here are photos of a Linkbelt dragline we had to dig out many years ago. notice the cab roof of the dragline behind the buldozer. It was in deep.

    stuck linkbelt 1.jpg

    stuck linkbelt 2.jpg
  6. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Posts: 3,757

    I'm not sure what to say but as I scrolled down my heart was sinking for you.. glad you got them out. I am amazed that you got them out, though, given how sticky that stuff looked but I guess the excavator is about the most awesome machine on the jobsite after I viewed that!
  7. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,322

    maybe for plan b - start at the very edge and work your way in, hauling all the slop out and keeping on good hard ground (if it has a bottom). i bet theres about 10' of muck on top of anything stable by the looks of it though. it would make for alot of dirt though. thats an awsome project!! you seem to get all the best jobs.
  8. Dirtman2007

    Dirtman2007 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,366

    The job was bidded for Plan "A" to work. I'm going to go ahead a get out a whole tube of greased becasue I may be getting ready to get F***ed.

    I've done tons of jobs for these property managers in the past, so hopefully they'll be understanding. Got a meeting with them first thing in the morning.
  9. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,322

    yeah i figured the bid may come into play. tell them the only choice is to let it dry out for 10 years or so to keep that price........... or pay up!!
  10. RockSet N' Grade

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

    I think Plan "A" still may have a chance. You used 1 - 8x16 mat under each track side I assume with the 16' longwise so you could travel forward and reverse. Can you set them so you're making a 32' wide deck, 2 or 3 next to each other so you have a larger surface area out to the sides and front? You may have to put another on top of all those to travel on going in the opposite direction of the ones underneath........but I think that may work.........Gotta start in a virgin spot and work your way back to that soup mix you made......

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