Well, back from 4 days of training. Things aren't quite what I had thought, I figured if I had made it that far, as long as I didn't screw anything up I'd make it through. There are 100 folks that come out for 4 days, my group last week of 50 and another 50 next week. They will be taking 50 out of 100, I feel pretty confident but it's not a for sure thing at this point. However, I feel that I performed well, learned some new control patterns quickly and got the hang of some iron I had never run before fairly well. They are looking for trainability and a lot of guys there had little to no experience running equipment. For someone like myself who runs Cat controls religiously to jump on a Case with 3 lever or Deere controls and get it figured out within an hour or so makes me feel good. I don't have much time on a dozer either and I feel I did pretty well with them as well, the D6R gave me a little trouble when finish grading, but I performed the slot dozing excercises that we were doing well. However, I still won't know for another couple weeks whether I make the cut or not. Here's what I ran: Deere 744H, two lever, good machine Komatsu WA200-5, awesome machine, everyone loved it, very fast and with the joystick I could really manipulate that machine Cat 257BII, better than the A and B series but still needs more juice Bobcat 763, junk, hand controls that require you to move the sticks back and forth like old school hand/foot controls, but the joystick tops rotated in and out to control bucket and lift control. I figured it out after a while, ridiculously awkward, even the guys who have never run skid steers had a hard time with it, what a pile of crap, controls aside. Deere haul truck, it was older, basically a Bell, probably 20-25 ton, interesting to run that bad boy Deere 310E, Deere controls, really awkward at first but I finally figure it out after being used to Cat controls Cat 416E, what an awesome machine. She had 1,000 hours on her, Cat control wobble sticks, the cab is way better than Case and so are the ergos Case 580SM with 3 lever, 2 weeks old, 50 hours on her. Cab looks super cheap, didn't particularly care for the loader control joystick but oh well, I could run her pretty smooth after 2 hours Cat 436 with 3 lever, what a hoss of a machine. 2wd, old, huge, and the backhoe pins were loose, she'd sway all over the place after swinging past about 70 degrees from center Cat D6RII with a 6 way blade and Topcon 3D-GPS, pretty new, 1,000 hours I think. Fast, nimble, diff. steer with tiller, had a multi-shank ripper, nice machine Deere 650H's, we had two of them going all day, I got pretty good finish grading with them going slow, after a few more hours I could probably speed it up a little. Cat D8RII, diff. steer with tiller, what a beast. Can't hardly spin the tracks or overload this machine unless you're a complete idiot, just drop the blade and go. What a blast, just about like driving a house. Loud as hell even with a cab but I loved the crap out of it. I ran it with the side windows open just so I could hear the pads clacking tough in reverse, what an awesome sound. Had a great time this last week, met some really cool people. I think I'll be okay and make it through, I'm just nervous.