Takkie is the new black?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by stuvecorp, Nov 26, 2009.

  1. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
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    So you are saying no Sony or Samsung Tv's are manufactured in China?


    So why did you post this?

    I also will ask do you know anyone who has or have you been involved in the importing of Chinese goods into the states?
    I do so I actually know how it works right now. It may change in the future but right now it would be of no consequence.
     
  2. Digdeep

    Digdeep LawnSite Bronze Member
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    This is directly from my buddy who sells Takeuchi here in Wisconsin. It is the very first bulleted point in "Prohibited Operations" on page 70 and it quotes, "Do not operate on base rock (hard or soft)."

    He can't understand why people think that these machines are "good in gravel" and that anyone who thinks that these machines are made for running in gravel should call him so that he can sell them lots of tracks and rollers. Tracks because the gravel causes severe fissures at the edge of the plates that the rollers ride on and he'll sell you lots of rollers because debris causes big time stress on the rear and front idlers and the bearings go bad quickly. He figures tracks last around 800-1000 hours up here and idlers average about 1500-1750 depending on what the customer does. While he says they are far from perfect (he said loader valves are a real problem)overall he is very happy selling them compared to when we used to sell Bobcat together.
     
  3. KTM

    KTM LawnSite Senior Member
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    I probably know of the buddy that you are talking about, You might be the minority for sales people, but most of the one's i have ever dealt with really know nothing about running machines. When I get into something new I like to go talk to people that have used them in the real world, and who have put hours on them besides dealer shows. Do you think these manufactures think people are going to buy a CTL and when they have to spread gravel,, stop and go get something more suitable? Yes, they do say things in the manual, that you should not do, like was said above a decent operator should know bad situations. When you spread gravel you should avoid a bad turning situation, yes, when a piece gets in there you will start to hear a horrible noise, try to maneuver to get the piece out is what I was told buy operators who have ran these for thousands of hours, Always worked for me. There is SOME INFO in owners manuals that are there to keep the lawsuits away.
     
  4. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Posts: 3,752

    So, are we saying that if you are careful and skilled you can work these CTL's in rock or rocky situations? What does crushed base, ie., the fines and sand do to the undercarriage?
    I notice some awful sounds coming from my mini ex with rubber tracks when I work in rocky terrain and rocks get into the U/C.
     
  5. Digdeep

    Digdeep LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Don't mistake my post as bashing the Takeuchi because I think they are a good machine, and I agree that the great majority of salesmen don't have the operating chops to make a living running a machine.

    However, it is very easily to argue that the ones (salesmen) that have been around long enough have probably seen the machine they are selling in far more applications than the customer buying the machine due to selling across multiple types of businesses- landscaping, construction, demo, utility, vegetation management, forestry, recycling, etc. This makes them pretty smart when it comes to knowing what will happen to a machine when a certain type of customer buys it, or what will happen to the machine if it will be doing a certain type of application. Besides, selling equipment has a way of "weeding out" those that can't make it. Especially, in this economy.

    I think people will continue to spread gravel in any way they can get it done. It is just important to know that it isn't done with these machines without cost, just like everything else has a cost associated with it. I've used my machine to do lots of things that I probably shouldn't have. I've also broken lots of things I own over the years, but I've also known exactly how they were broken. It killed me when someone would tell me..."I don't know how it broke...I was just driving along and it was broken." Yeah sure":rolleyes:

    Very true that there is some information in owners manuals that helps to prevent lawsuits/liability, but come on now, you have to wonder why it is even in there to in the first place? I can tell you that it's not in there as filler or to use extra page space. Do you think it could be in there because what it warns you about has actually happened once or twice before??;)
     
  6. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    So base rock is what we have here. It's all on the operator's style of operating, I am gentle, that's how I got even 500 hours on my Cat, if I was an animal, I would be replacing rollers right now.

    This is Takeuchi's video, even they explain how the track system is better, right at 2:21:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuLREx-O73k
     
  7. Digdeep

    Digdeep LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I wouldn't expect them to say it is worse:laugh::laugh: I think they are a good machine. I just hope you don't have man boobs because you'll have sore tits with that rough ride!!!!! did you see that guys jowls bouncing in the video. Looks like he stuck a quarter in the bed at a $20 an hour hotel:drinkup:
     
  8. KTM

    KTM LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think the worse is company's that buy these things for there employees to do concrete removal. I have respect for some concrete guys, but could you imagine buying a 50k machine and giving it to your average cement head employee? LOL I was in the local Case ag dealer to talk to a buddy of mine one day, he was working on a 440CT, the thing was trashed. I go holy chit how many hours on that thing? He laughed, a bit under 400! He said all the concrete skids are beat but this is the worst I have seen.
     
  9. Digdeep

    Digdeep LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I've seen some real "meatheads" running machines in my time. I agree with you. An owner pays $50k+ for a machine and he pays a guy $10-15 an hour to run it and wonders why the machine is pounded to death in under a year.:rolleyes:
     
  10. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    There you go, that's the point in why some dealers push Takeuchi over their own, maybe they were selling to meatheads!! :laugh:
     

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