Went back home for a couple days to help my old man with a huge retaining wall job. I don't know the exact square footage of the walls, but we have 60 pallets of wall blocks on site. The site is fairly nasty, it's hard to show in the pics how hair raising it was to cross the road below the wall. The access road was built by my dad, enough said. 10 minutes into the first day I slid off the side of the road with the 216 and almost rolled it over into the trees. I high centered the 246 the next day running a pallet of blocks. There's a spot right before you get on the road that isn't levelled up with backfill material, it's nasty steep. I had the machine sideways with the slope, hit a rock which pitched her up. Tried to get unstuck and had it up on 2 wheels, had to slam the pallet down to keep the machine from going over. Just another day I suppose. Job is about halfway done, there's some pavers left to do and a couple other things. Job was bid somewhere in the $60K range. Here's about 25 pallets or so Sitting on top of the wall with the 303 backfilling. 246B is the pallet runner. With a 6 man crew we run through a pallet of blocks pretty quick. Takes two operators to keep up with the crew. Here's one end of the wall. Not quite finished yet in the pic. Another shot a little further down the wall. And she just keeps on going! The far end. Triple threat Dad says he's going to try to find a low hour 246, maybe even an A series. Needless to say, I was somewhat disappointed with the 246. The same engine that was in the 277B we had and it feels so sluggish compared to the 277. It even sounds tuned down, I don't know what's up with that. Lift capacity of the 246 is 2,000 pounds but we were lifting 2,500 pound pallets no problem on flat AND we ran the machine down these hills with it too. If this machine handles our needs on this site it will handle them anywhere. It's so handy having a bigger machine, I knew he'd come around on that idea. This job would be impossible without the 246, breaking those pallets down to half would be such a PITA and time consuming. You need two skids on site anyway, one with a bucket running gravel and another with forks to move pallets. Then we use the 303 to backfill and compact behind the walls. Takes 3 machines but we're super fast on these jobs and have been building a huge reputation in town for quality retaining walls. Seems like that's all the crew is doing anymore, but the walls you see finished in the pics only took 3 days to complete.