Need to learn how to run a trackhoe

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by OKSooner, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. Cornell

    Cornell LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
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    I see. One of the companies we work alongside and have a very good relationship with just bought a brand new 374D Cat and I think you can change it.

    I don't think I'll ever have to run a 170k pound machine but we'll see.

    All the P400LCs and 345C/D's I've ran were SAE.
     
  2. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
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    Interesting, its seems most machines here that dont have a pattern changer are ISO. I am surprised that those 400 sized machines were SAE. Maybe I am not odd, I just work in the wrong area.:clapping:
     
  3. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Never jumped in an excavator here on the west coast that wasn't ISO and if I had to guess, I'd say I've run well over 60 different hoes in the last 10 years. I feel like SAE is an east coast/backhoe situation.
     
  4. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have both ISO and SAE machines as well as 4 stick and SAE backhoes.

    Only takes a few mins to get used to the machines pattern.

    I personally like the deere pattern except on the backhoe, the 110 is fun but the SK is the bomb with 4 sticks

    I don't consider myself a good operator but a good operator should be able to run any machine, any pattern within 30 mins
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  5. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
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    Perhaps if you settled on one operating system, you find that your skills improve.
     
  6. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have no depth perception due to the loss of an eye. Settling on 1 operating system won't change that.

    My point is, an operator is an operator and can adapt to any machine or control pattern without difficulty.

    btw, i do ok for a 1 eyed guy. :waving:
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  7. alco

    alco LawnSite Senior Member
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    Guys, just to clarify, Cat is actually the ones who run SAE and Deere has historically run ISO, not the other way around. Up here, it's almost unheard of to run into an ISO machine, 99.999% of machines run SAE.
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  8. alco

    alco LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'll see if I can dig up a couple pictures to support my claims.
     
  9. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yeah you're right, I get them confused. Word on the street is always "Cat or Deere", forget the damn acronyms.
     
  10. alco

    alco LawnSite Senior Member
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    Here you go.

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