BM's Picture Thread

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Barge Man, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. Barge Man

    Barge Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 280

    The last ones from our rock job, then back on land to do a few building pads
    sorry about the picture quality some are taken with my phone

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  2. GWhunter

    GWhunter LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 380

    Is all the equipment your? I think this thread is very interesting. I was going to ask about the cat's stability on the barge but the pick showing the chain in the track says enough. Your work looks very good.

  3. Barge Man

    Barge Man LawnSite Senior Member
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    Matt yes all of the equipment is ours. Since it is just my dad and i we have a lot of equipment to make it easer on us. We like to do big projects but for now want to keep overhead low and not have to worry about any employees. When we decide to hire help i want to make sure that we have plenty of work so they can make a good living for themselves.
  4. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    That rock is beautiful, it's like the rock I used as a kid in my fish bowl, but bigger.
  5. Barge Man

    Barge Man LawnSite Senior Member
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    This was a building pad that we did in Augest. It envolved clearing a big ass fence row and trucking about 180 loads. The one corner was about a 10 fill.

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  6. Barge Man

    Barge Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 280

    Here are what i have left from the building pad job.

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  7. flairland

    flairland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 637

    Love the pics man. Looks awesome. I imagine it'd be tough calculating the amount of rock needed for those lake jobs.
  8. 93turbo

    93turbo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    wow that bucket looks used and abused on the back there but I'm sure as much rock as you move it takes its toll
  9. Bleed Green

    Bleed Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,516

    So it looks like you guys do some dirt work as well as the marine stuff. What other things do you do? I would think that marine type work would be an interesting time.
  10. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    Does that lake ever see waves I know lakes can see rough water like we see out here on the West Coast. I have watched the discovery channel and the seas on the great lakes can be pretty fierce. I imagine is any lake is large enough the weather will have a effect on it.

    We couldn't put rock in the water like that if its been crushed that rock you used looks like its round river rock.

    For anybody that has never worked on the water it takes alot to get used to running a machine on a barge. As you swing things shift around and rolls so if your not carefull you can roll and go too far. When your lifting something out of the water its boyant but soon as it brakes the surface and you have all the weight the barge will really roll.

    Make sure your hatch covers are bolted down or closed tight when the barge deck starts to go awash. A little barge like the one BM has can flip real easy if your not carefull. Fresh water doesn't have the boyancy as salt water so you have less load carrying capacity.

    It is fun walking a heavy excavator onto a barge as you walk onto the ramp it pushes the barge down you can see it sink down. Barge ramps are hinged and all the weight of the machine is suspended on the ramp as you walk on. In some areas if the barge slips out and pulls away from the shore the machine can slip off the ramp and end up in 50-150 foot deep water. You better hope you can swim you never have the door closed or have the seat belt on your ready to bail at anytime.

    You need good deadmans on the shore to hold the barge too the shore to keep it from pushing out. The tugboat doesn't always have enough power to push.

    You havent see anything untill you seen one of these babies walk onto a flat scow they weigh upwards of 100 tons. Walk one on a barge the barge MUST sit on the beach as the machine walks on. If the barge doesn't sit on the beach the barge will go under water.

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