New Cat Excavators

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by raschmid07, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    The cameras mounted are a bit of a novelty for a lot of situations, IMO. They are worthwhile if you can put one to use. I was loading trucks in a closed shoulder between a barrier lineup and the guardrail. It was nice to know where the tracks and ass of the machine were without getting out the of the machine. The blind side of the hoe was closest to the barrier, had to travel in reverse totally blind as I wasn't able to swing around to see where I was headed. Had multiple trucks coming in and had to walk the hoe 150 feet down the shoulder to let another truck into the lane, a real hassle to say the least. I was working alone with no spotter and live freeway traffic outside the barrier, the camera helped quite a bit with that little gig.
  2. curtisfarmer

    curtisfarmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 511

    Skag, Get that camera web based so we can call your shots:)

    I guess the down side is all the hecklers telling you how to do it better:nono:.....but you could give them the finger real time:cool2:
  3. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Messages: 1,892

    Well duh you don't use your machine if there's a possibility of dust or water getting in the camera. :rolleyes:
  4. Ozz

    Ozz LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 887

    I get that you're joking,but seriously. What will people do?
  5. Boss Exc.

    Boss Exc. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 130

    Here are acouple of full pics...

  6. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,137

    Holy mother of Jebus that engine shroud is high, there is NO visibilty over that.
    I'd stick to Vovlo, Hitachi, LBX/Case and Kobelco.
  7. milleam

    milleam LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    Keep in mind that this new engine shroud is most likely due to added emissions control hardware. ALL manufacturers have to meet Tier 4 emissions, not just CAT. Most likely, all machines by all manufactures are going to have drastic design changes to engine enclosures to house all this extra hardware.
  8. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Messages: 1,892

    Sorry -- I thought you were joking as well. My bad.

    Erm, well, there's two avenues. The first is to seal the camera well enough so that the elements don't affect its components. While I don't think there's a "solid-state" camera out there yet, Canon and Olympus (and others; I just know of these two off the top of my head) build a weatherproof model that's somewhat ruggedized. So to counter the question of "what would happen if," engineers would simply have to build it so no issue ever arises. If something failed (knocked off a cover or something, for instance), nothing immediate comes to mind. Seeing behind even today's excavators is tough, so the general problem wouldn't be new. Given, however, that space on jobsites seems to be perpetually decreasing, the biggest thing that can be done is to engineer the correct solution.

    Yeah, I was going to say this, too. I'm curious to see how exactly other manufacturers will address this.
  9. alco

    alco LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 255 crack me up!
  10. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Messages: 1,892

    Aw, come on -- give me some credit here. I realize that something will always break, but what're you gonna do if a rear-view camera fails on the job site? The best you can try is some preventative medicine and hope it works most of the time.

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