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Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by Gr8WhiteNorth, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. Gr8WhiteNorth

    Gr8WhiteNorth LawnSite Senior Member
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    This property is one we do winter and summer maintenance work for. We've advised to haul the snow to avoid flooding in the spring. No loader makes for a bit longer time to load, but its worth it not ripping the lawns up.
     
  2. lawnpropm

    lawnpropm LawnSite Senior Member
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    How you liking the CAT? Is it the B3?
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  3. rodrigolessard11

    rodrigolessard11 LawnSite Member
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    Really nice what you were able to build, I wonder which landscape course you took on line. I am looking for a good one that gives a contractor or landscape license number.
    Thanks.
     
  4. Gr8WhiteNorth

    Gr8WhiteNorth LawnSite Senior Member
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    The CAT's are unreal. I liked it so much, I bought a second machine a month later. It's a b3 MTL. Great on slippery roads in the winter compared to CTL too. The track wear out quite quickly and take a bit more maintenance to keep adjusted, but you don't have to worry about flats. The biggest surprise was how much they reduced labour in sod prep and base prep. I'll take less time on the end of a rake any day.


    As for online courses, I'm not sure what's available now. Search the net and you will probably find lots. It might be worth checking out trade associations for what education they recognize. We have organizations like Landscape Ontario or Landscape Manitoba who local colleges collaborate with to build the industry.

    Building knowledge through education and experience is the key to advancement in any industry.
     
  5. lawnpropm

    lawnpropm LawnSite Senior Member
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    So the b3's are higher on maintenance with the tracks but save on labor.....im in SC so no plowing here for us. Wonder if thhat will make a difference on maintenance since we only play in the dirt?? Your thoughts?
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  6. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
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    Great looking fleet and quite the operation you have. Is that Michigan a 70? Also what size pusher is that?
     
  7. Gr8WhiteNorth

    Gr8WhiteNorth LawnSite Senior Member
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    The loader is a 4300BM volvo. We normally put the BX 12' pusher on the cat loader. I think it's a 928.

    The CAT track loaders require tightening and adjusting weekly. Just put a couple 1" wrenches in the cab. It's really not that bad. We get the guys to grease daily anyway so now they check for too much play in the track at the same time. Unfortunately, you will never be able to turn on asphalt with a heavy load with these tracks. It rips apart the lugs that hold the tracks on to the rollers almost immediately. We learned the hard way after having to replace a track @ 300 hrs. The tracks are not cheap.
     
  8. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    yea.... well.... i have a work bench in my enclosed trailer, and im gonna put a desk in it and staple the printer down to teh desk.
     
  9. lawnpropm

    lawnpropm LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks for the info... that seems like it would be a headache tho. I can understand daily pm, greasing etc. Thats just smart. You bought 2 so that says alot!
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  10. Gr8WhiteNorth

    Gr8WhiteNorth LawnSite Senior Member
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    Here is the loader I'm talking about

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