??? for CAT 246 Owners Re: TURBO

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by DVS Hardscaper, Mar 7, 2014.

  1. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
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    You could be getting older and not hearing the higher pitched turbo
  2. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'll go with that one, grandpa
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  3. TNGrassCutter

    TNGrassCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I've run a 236b quite a bit and I can't say I've ever noticed hearing the turbo.
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  4. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
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    He's probably wearing his headphones, from being at the gym and hasn't remembered there still in his ears. :laugh:
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  5. Premier Landscaping

    Premier Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    In our Cat's now that I think about it, I think you here the turbo more in the cab at lower rpms, than at wide open for some reason. If you blurp the throttle with the someone in the back and the door open they should be able to here the turbo spool up.
  6. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I had a 246b. And I could not really hear it. I would think if the turbo is bad you would not have much power at all.
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  7. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    When a turbo cause smoking it's because the seals in the turbo have gone bad, thus oil is entering the engine. Which is why it would smoke, and you'll smell a funky smell from the oil burning.

    2400 hrs is not low, but certainly not high. I'll shoot a pic of the hour meter on the Tak tomorrow (if I remember), then we can talk about high hours :)

    Look at the used skid steer equipment on both Alban's and Folcomer's websites. MANY of the used skid steer's they're selling have 4000 hrs.

    Many scapers get rid of their skid steers at 2000 hrs. That is because most scapers are not mechanically inclined and they have not properly maintained their machine. They have backgrounds in mowing, and 1500 hrs is high for a mower, so they think that 2000 hrs is high for a skid steer, when it is in fact NOT. And many scapers skid steers look like they been through a war.

    A machine that has mostly been used to scrape 8-inches off the top of the ground, and is always operate at the proper throttle range (many people run their machines at full throttle no matter what, like they're about to launch-off to the moon) is barely even broken in.

    I also have a 1997 Gehl 5635 that I bought new. 17 yrs old and doesn't burn any oil. It's a great machine. But your typical scaper would have long gone through 3 other machines.

    I'm the same way with pick up trucks. Easily getting 300,000 miles out of them.

    It's all about maintenance and about not paying others to work on your equipment.
  8. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Like I said you know everything. No sense in explaining yourself to me.

    No way in hell I would ever keep a truck to 300k skids past 2000.

    Yes I work on everything myself. And yes I am a certified master technician.
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  9. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    I've worked the throttle at the pump and still can't hear it spooling.
  10. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm not being rude to you, so no need for the rudeness to me just because I have a different mindset.

    I've been through the bad turbos on trucks. My background is in over the road tractors, and I know the symptoms of bad turbos on road tractors. My skiddy bopper isn't ever ran hard, never has been, so I have nothing to gauge if it has a loss of power or not. Really, the only way I would know if it has a loss of power is if I ran another 246. I do know when it was new, the turbo was clearly audioable.

    I merely wanted to know if other 246 owners hear their turbo :)

    To each his own. Man can buy new stuff annually, every 5 years, every 125,000 miles, every 20 years whatever. I like to get maximum time out of my stuff. Over 2.5 decades in business and at my age, I have no reason to change.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2014

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