Dirtman's Picture Thread

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

  1. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
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    Now that you say that, what is up with that? We would just use regular dirt too.
  2. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    We have clay here, you can't compact it unless it's Summer and even the virgin pit run can get mushy, any type of work we do like Chris is doing now, would be done 1-2 years in advance of anything being built on or near the site.
  3. CAT powered

    CAT powered LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Oh c'mon! They're not that bad! Put in a good air ride seat and they're good!

    They've got 2-65 air conditioning. The heat works sometimes. What else could ya want? :laugh:
  4. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
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    Wow, that makes for long lead times on projects. We are so lucky to have more sandy type soil. There is some stuff (they call it Dsand) that they screen out the rock and it is just like peanut butter, spreads just awesome and packs in good.
  5. Dirtman2007

    Dirtman2007 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    hey this is no dream dirt. do you notice the chain on the front of the truck in all the pictures but the first?

    It's all virgin dirt but it's pretty freaking soft, the trucks axles are dragging the ground on every pass.

    I've got to drag the truck up the hill with the dozer just to get him up to the place we are working at. I'll get a video tomorrow, that little komatsu dozer has no problem dragging the truck up the hill, even sideways!
  6. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
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    old macks will run circles around new trucks

    we had one with a 6 speed "lo-hole" tranny...shes now in Africa, but that was a good truck
  7. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    That dirt looks decent enough. It all depends on what the area is going to be used for. If its going to be built on then it would have to be engineered. In my area there is never any soil on site it all has to be trucked in from a pit. One one job I worked on there was enough gravel in one area of the site to use on another part of the property.

    As for the old Macks they are slow too underpowered for the hills and grades where I'am. A Mack with a 237 engine and 6spd you would go broke trying to haul with it. No Jake brake not enough gears and rides rougher than a tank.

    We do have RD and RB model Macks with 350 engines and 12spds the trucks are okay but don't turn worth crap. You get 425/65R22.5 super single steer tires your not getting into any driveway with it. Macks are good but no comparison to a Kenworth. Even the new Mack Granites are not that good really gutless you have to drive them like a 6/71 detroit ie keep your foot into it and don't let the RPMs fall.

    You want to pull steep grades you need power like ISX Cummins or C-15 Cat power rated at 475-550.

    For a site truck it doesn't matter load 20 ton into it and off you go :laugh:
  8. Dirtman2007

    Dirtman2007 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I went for taking videos today instead of a bunch of pitcures

    Rolled over to 2600 hrs on the volvo today


    Cleaning the truck out


    I'm getting closer to the top


    Damn thats a steep hill! tracking the slope in.


    You say were making too much noise????

  9. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
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    So your digging the fill out of one end, and hauling it to the other side, to make a parking lot, right? What is the parking lot for, I know parking cars but I mean, like what business, it looks like a residential community..

    How's the dozer do on that steep slope, any slipping, or anything?
  10. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    Holy hell, that is a big box!

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