New Beginning's - ARPI photo tour

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by ARP, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. ARP

    ARP LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Well I ran a 544K at the dealership recently to load the Rotobec and Dymax shear on my trailer and from running it a few minutes I could tell a few things. First, the Deere was very quiet compared to our 930H (and IMO the Cat is not that loud...). Visibility was about the same to the sides and rear of the machine but the monoboom on the 930H (that they got rid of in the new K series), offered excellent visibility to the attachment (forks, bucket, plow, etc.) whereas the traditional Z-bar linkage on the Deere obscured a little of the view when running forks. I couldn't really test the power of the Deere machine when compared to the Cat so no comment there. From there, it was little ergonomic differences that I noticed right away. The Deere was nice with the lower entrance height with one less ladder step needed to get in the machine. From there though, I preferred the Cat's joystick control with the F-N-R button being on top of the joystick control for the bucket and a trigger button for a transmission kickdown and the overall bigger construction of the Cat joystick that I feel fits in my hand better than the smaller Deere joystick. I also wasn't a fan of the F-N-R button in the trigger position on the Deere as I am used to using just my thumb to select the direction on the Cat whereas the Deere required you to use your middle and fourth finger to alternate between directions. At the end of the day though, both machines were nice, and I'm sure I could get used to the differences between the machines if I had a few more hours in the Deere.
     
  2. nedly05

    nedly05 LawnSite Senior Member
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    The new cat has a lower entrance height. Its one less step, and you enter into the machine a little further. Its not much, doesn't take away from the floor space much but makes a big difference in ease of entry. They're all nice, just different features for different manufacturers.
     
  3. ARP

    ARP LawnSite Bronze Member
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    My thoughts exactly. You're right, the new K series Cats have the same entrance height as the K series Deeres. I am very curious how the K series Cats compare to the H series.
     
  4. ARP

    ARP LawnSite Bronze Member
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  5. ARP

    ARP LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Here's a quick picture of the machine:
    chipper 1.jpg

    chipper 1.jpg
     
  6. nedly05

    nedly05 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Awesome buddy! Whats she weigh?
     
  7. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Wow. That's a beast.
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  8. AEL

    AEL LawnSite Bronze Member
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    is it on a 312 undercarriage? send me a text with a video when you get to feeding some trees through it!
     
  9. ARP

    ARP LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks guys- I'm looking forward to putting some wood through it soon! I'm told that it is supposed to weigh around 20,000 lbs, but I have a feeling it might be closer to 22-25k. I'll scale it eventually. It's 11'8" to the tip of the shoot in it's transport configuration so that on our 18" high lowbed we will be 13'4" high. It's running on an actual Caterpillar 312 undercarriage and has a 400 hp Deere in it. I've been told that we should be able to fill a 48-53' trailer in about an hour. We didn't buy it to do that primarily but it is a nice feature. Once I get it eating trees I will get some videos up and report back on the machine.
     
  10. hvy 1ton

    hvy 1ton LawnSite Senior Member
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    Have you played with the dymax any more? You planing on keeping any chips for regrind later?
     

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