Pre Storm Pics

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by J. Peterson Grading, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    how much did the kage run you?
     
  2. J. Peterson Grading

    J. Peterson Grading LawnSite Senior Member
    from IA
    Posts: 989

    No floating with these units. We put them down and go. They pivot up and down (Corner to corner) so they follow pretty well. They scrape pretty well because you can apply down pressure to them. I do have one lot thats pretty rough, with lots of dips and low areas in the asphalt. The 10ft unit seems to not do as well here, but its the only lot I know of (So far) that its had trouble on. Remember, I replaced an Arctic with it so what I have to compare it to is kind of un-fair. I will say though, that the 8ft unit cleans nicer do to its size and ability to follow the ground better.

    Price wise. $6K for the 10ft. It was $200 more than a new Arctic, but I think the Kages are a better set up all around. They are built WAY better!!! and are far, far, FAR simpler to have an operator use in any conditions.

    Arctics, seem to be so fragile that everytime we go out, we know something is going to happen to one of them. Yes, they do scrape well, but repairing them is the biggest pain in the ASS ever!!

    If all goes well with this storm, and the Kages hold up to the 12+ inches we are supposed to get, I just might go ahead ond order a couple more of these and sell the Arctics off.

    J.
     
  3. nikolai

    nikolai LawnSite Member
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  4. Lefet

    Lefet LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Boy, my eyesight must be getting pretty bad!
     
  5. Digdeep

    Digdeep LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,840

    Whew......I thought it was just me:)
     
  6. Dan85

    Dan85 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 163

    Good luck with the storm! I have always thought the Kage systems were kind of neat.

    Any particular reason why you got rid of the arctic? Just think this unit will be faster?
    We wound up purchasing a 16' arctic section for our loader. It's odd, they have you run the chains straight back into the bucket; we have broken two chains already and it makes the box slide around quite a bit. Did you guys run into the problem?
     
  7. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Posts: 3,756

    just keep that weather up there!!!
     
  8. Dirtwerks

    Dirtwerks LawnSite Member
    from IN
    Posts: 52

    Thats a pretty slick setup you got there J. On the video I'd seen it reminds me of the forks that you can put on the front of a backhoe or loader with the big hooks that you curl down and hook up to, it's that kind of how it works.
     
  9. J. Peterson Grading

    J. Peterson Grading LawnSite Senior Member
    from IA
    Posts: 989

    Dan. My Arctics are all quick tatch mounts. But, we have had the mounts fail to where a box will fall off the loader while going down the road. We had to take care of that fix ourselves. Don't get me wrong, the Arctics work great, its just the fact that we seem to be fixing them more and more. I had six of them, and now I am down to 2. So If I can find a better way, I am going to take it.

    J.
     
  10. Dan85

    Dan85 LawnSite Member
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    Oh wow, I wasn't expecting that to be the issue at all; I figured broken poly blocks or stuck sections - something of that nature. That's kind of a big deal to have the mount fail like that - and I don't believe those quick attach mounts are cheap either!

    I will be keeping an eye on our mounts!
     

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