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Got us a Rubber Duck

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by bobcat_ron, Sep 28, 2013.

  1. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    We landed a good deal on a very used 2006 Volvo 180WB recently, we have been looking for one for all the municipal ditch work we do, but they are rare and hard to find. So we found this unit, with 8700 hours, very tight machine, no slop but a very unhealthy appetite for ECU's, it ate 2 in the first 7 days due to a malfunction in the safety switches.
    But, the dealership pulled through and I spent 4 days on it racking up the hours and kilometers in travel distance.

    It handles our 10 foot bucket with ease, provided you hit the lock switch for the oscillation on the axle, I never use the out riggers.
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    Its just a bit scary driving down a narrow road in travel mode, but hey, who the hell uses mail boxes anyways??
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    I also slapped one of my decals on the back, I put one on the 289C2 earlier this summer and it took a swim just like my Jeep, but that's another story. :laugh:
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    Got a bit muddy:
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    The engine is on the right side, it keeps the upper structure narrower, better balance and gets more air flow for engine cooling while travelling, and super easy to check the oil.
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    We've also got a 60" flail mower from US Mower on order as well.
     
  2. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Very cool. That's one hell of a ditch bucket!!!
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  3. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    We can easily knock a 1.5 km ditch in a day with it, I average a kilometer a day with it.
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  4. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    Quick little video from the end of the day travelling back.
    Top speed is 40 km/h.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=M6szKxdhBG8&feature=youtube_gdata_player
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  5. AEL

    AEL LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Is that 1 km a day loading the material into trucks? I just bid 2 jobs cleaning 45 km of drainage ditch. Nice looking machine there.
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  6. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    We just lay the muck on the sides and give it a pat down.
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  7. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Posts: 3,752

    Ain't that cool. When I lived in swampier areas, the highway department used a gradall. That looks a lot more efficient and fun to operate.

    do you haul it out or just drive it to local jobs? Looks like it could also work in a recycling yard with a grapple or magnet.
     
  8. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Local scrap yard has two like that with grapples on them.
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  9. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    We will haul it if it takes more than 3 hours to drive it, the customer pays the hourly rate if it can driven, by the time you work out the numbers, the excavator can be driven to a new location faster than calling for a low bed and waiting times and the haul charge.

    I picked up our 289C2 from the dealer last night and spotted some competition, go big or just go home I guess :laugh:
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  10. DodgeD300DumpTruck

    DodgeD300DumpTruck LawnSite Member
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    you should get a rototilt and trailer to put stuff in they do that in Europe lots
     

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