New to Me Volvo 140BL

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Dirtman2007, Nov 26, 2010.

  1. Dirtman2007

    Dirtman2007 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    24"s arnt bad for a 140, I think thats what they come standard with. I'd love to have 28"s on it but I have mats if it gets that wet. plus its a lot easier on the machine to turn smaller pads then the big 36" swamp pads I have on my big machines!
  2. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
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    That sounds like a nice range of hoes. :) Have you ever tried the TK with the swing boom(153/180)?
  3. coopers

    coopers LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You don't have a preference for long vs. short stick?
  4. Giles_uk

    Giles_uk LawnSite Member
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    our 13/16 ton machines are on 600mm pads(24") standard over here still ok on soft ground but do sink in the wet stuff but unless you are running 1400mm every thing does.

    nice looking machine and the hydraulic thumb be worth it in less time out the cab, are you going in the truck and trailer to actually buy one while you are there? not sure where TN is in relation to you.

    incidentally komatsu are building and selling the pc160lc on 1400mm pads over here now straight from factory no after market modifications, weighs 21 tons ground pressure of 0.195kg/ but only good for softground work.

    big pads
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2010
  5. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    This machine has seen mostly working in sand and gravel look at the wear marks on the paint on the U/C and the corners of the counter weight. The front idlers have been in sand or gravel and as the machine swings it is brushing up against the pile.
  6. Dirtman2007

    Dirtman2007 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Another big item we have pondered alot about. The long stick is about 2' longer then the standard size if i'm correct. Then it becomes a height issuse when hauling the machines since the boom will not tuck under as far with the longer stick. I want to use my tag trailer for moving and that sits up about 3' off the ground VS a lowboys 18". We have alot of bridges that are only 12'-14' tall and I think it will just be aggrivated trying to advoid all them.

    A driver hauling a rented machine for us oneday hit a 13'10" bridge with a 14'2" JCB 220 oneday, that was not pretty for the top stick cylinder.
  7. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    Stay away from a blade on any excavator larger than 8 tons, they are nice, but the temptation to push like a dozer is too great and you will be paying dearly for undercarriage and drive motor/final drive repairs.
    They are just an annoyance to work around and climbing up and down stock piles and dragging them through the mud is a real pain in the ass.
  8. Ozz

    Ozz LawnSite Senior Member
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    It dpends on what your doing. For what you just described, yes. For working on slopes, blades act a a balacing agent, and can keep you from sliding down a slope.
  9. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    Your going to have to be carefull if you have 12 foot clearance bridges they must be old the reason for the low clearance. A 20 ton hoe on a tag trailer with the boom curled down as far as it will go is right at the 13 foot 6 mark.

    Sure glad we don't have bridges to contend with because nothing would beable to be hauled around here. The logging equipment hauled on lowbeds is all at 14 feet tall.

    One of the truck drivers I know that hauls to from Vancouver had a pick up in a older part of the city. Drove down the neighbourhood street with the tandem axle truck it has a high cube box on it and took out everbodies cable vision line to their houses. :laugh:

    The cable tv company didn't string the lines high enough so 15 houses lost their cable vision. The truck driver picked up his load and got out of Dodge before the people in the neighbourhood surounded the truck :laugh:
  10. MackCat

    MackCat LawnSite Member
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