Sweat equity

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by bobcat_ron, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    So this is what it's like.

    Pulling the tracks off my 247B2 to rotate them, a little ahead of the 500 hour interval, but I want to do bits and pieces over the next month.

    I didn't have overhead clearance for the loader safety lock, so I made one up from channel iron instead, works darn good.
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    I then drove the 247B2 on to my old ramps, so the machine was 2" higher, after I jacked up the machine, I removed the ramps.
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    Next, I made some wood pads, 15" high using some old parallam beams I took off a demo job site, these were rejects, one too many cuts in them.
    I made 4 in total, 1 for each corner.
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    Removed the ramps, now there is 6" of height to drop the tracks:
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    Here's a view I never see, inside rollers are in pristine condition:
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    Got 1 side off, 30 minutes, and the threaded track tensioner moved really easy with some WD40 and a wire brush. I removed the outside front idler to make it easier.
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    Rollers are still in ASV specifications, not bad, but the front idlers are wicked looking, but still usable:
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    You would not believe how damn heavy these rear steel rollers are, I removed one to get the right track on, what a bugger.
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    1 down, another later:
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    More pics and video of the problems I was encountering, I was sweating so damn much, I lost too much blood sugar and I am feeling dizzy and sick, life is a bit of a challenge when you are a diabetic and you sweat and work like a farm horse.
     
  2. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    its easier to get them back on when the machine is just off the ground. 6'' high is gona be a beotch.
     
  3. 74inchShovel

    74inchShovel LawnSite Member
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    Slide ramps back under, to take up the room, not such a beotch.
     
  4. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    why work so hard to get it up in the first place then? this isnt rons sex life.
     
  5. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I learned a trick... load tractor, take to dealer, pickup and use :) they can do it SO much faster it ain't funny, but yours is new than mine so it may be easier.
     
  6. Dirtman2007

    Dirtman2007 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    That looks like a lot of work ron. So whats the point of switching the tracks?
    does it make that big of a difference.

    what did you use to pick that track up anyways, I always use the mini.
     
  7. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'll use the ramps tomorrow again, also I used water and dish soap in a squeeze bottle to lube the tracks and rollers so they slide over easier.
    Considering this was done by myself, it was easier than the track replacement on my T190, at least I could lift this track and position it with out a mini excavator.
    The manual does say to drop the machine down after the tracks are under the rollers and roll the machine forward to engage the squirrel cage, but I don't see that happening, another method was to get the rear and top engaed and pull the slack over the front, but I am in a tight spot.

    I won't send this machine off to a mechanic, I can't afford that luxury, I like to wrench on things, I even bought a cheap-o electric impact drill just to rattle the bolts loose. Those things are so freaking cool to play with.

    Next item since the machine is off the ground is the service interval on the final drives, drain and replace with new oil, my Dad is telling me to try engine oil like he has in the excavators, but I don't trust it just yet.
     
  8. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    Rotating them like tires, the video I will edit and post up will explain, but all the stress on the drive lugs is always on the back side, and rotating them puts the stress on the opposite side.
    The tracks are light enough I could roll them along the ground or skid them by hand into position, easy cheezy.
     
  9. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    my dealer told me 80w90, what is wrong with that oil? what is the reason for engine oil?

    i plan to do mine every 100 hours or so just to make sure its full and clean before bad things happen.........AGAIN.
     
  10. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
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    Very handy Ron! I'd hire you if you weren't an illegal down here!

    That's a lot of work. I'd probably go to the dealer myself and save the hassle. Reminds me of time I swapped 8 solid filled 12x16 hulk tires from one machine to the other without a jack, impact wrench, or wheel dolly. Never again! ;)

    good job. Glad to see the bogeys are holding up.
     

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