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One of my new toys

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by grassmanvt, Aug 4, 2007.

  1. grassmanvt

    grassmanvt LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 906

    Thought you guys might enjoy a picture or two of one of my favorite new toys. Had a bit of a shopping spree this week. This is a 2002 Cat 311 cu with a blade and hydraulic thumb.

    2002 Cat 311 cu 002.jpg
  2. grassmanvt

    grassmanvt LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 906

    another one

    2002 Cat 311 cu 005.jpg
  3. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,162

    Good looking machine. Appears to be in great shape. How many hours on it? Probably going to want to get a coupler. We change buckets and attachments all the time.
  4. grassmanvt

    grassmanvt LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 906

    About 4600 hours but starts runs and drives like a new one. The guy I bought it from had just serviced it, and the bottom was very recently replaced, Its probably 95% or better so the expensive maintenance should be done for a while.
  5. srl28

    srl28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,177

    If you dont mind my asking, how much did you pay for it? What else did you get!
  6. grassmanvt

    grassmanvt LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 906

    Not sure if I want to divulge what I paid yet as I might try to resell it. I think I got a heck of a deal. If you really want to know pm me and I'll tell you. As far as other stuff, about a month back I bought a Daewoo 130lc-v, this week, bought a cat 302.5 mini,a new PJ 7 ton tilt trailer, an older JD 490d excavator, and from a landscaper that is going to close his business I picked up a like new hay chopper, a skid steer mount b-hoe, a like new harley rake,(3) sets of pallet forks, a skid mount york rake, a hydraulic skid mount post auger, a walk behind sweeper, a tooth bucket, and some other miscellaneous stuff. Also traded a sled I had for an atv this week. Been hectic to say the least. Now, I just need to sort through what I don't need and sell of the surplus items! Money is getting tight!!!
  7. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    Nice looking 311. I'm sure the blade comes in handy at times. How do you like the "east coast" style thumb? The reason I call them that is that I've never seen one here and it seems like all the machines I see for sale with that style thumb is being sold in the eastern part of the US. I guess they get the job done, but a PSM, HPF or CWS is the preferred thumb here in the PNW.
  8. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    It looks like its a manual thumb converted to hydraulic. Also the machine looks like its not a gray market Cat I don't see Rega on it.
  9. grassmanvt

    grassmanvt LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 906

    Thanks for the comments. Your right, the thumb doesn't look like anything stellar but, going from no thumb to having a hydraulic was a step up anyway but, to my surprise, the very little I have run it, I have had no problem grabbing anything I wanted ranging from a large slab of granite to a small 6 or so inch diameter rock, so long story short, I'm pretty pleased with the thumb. The blade is very handy when used appropriately, its no dozer but works very good to quickly clean up a rough spot and if your on a hill or an uneven section of ground its very handy to use as a stabilizer or to change the angle your trying to dig at.
  10. grassmanvt

    grassmanvt LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 906

    Nope, everything is in English, believe it came from Milton cat originaly, the local chain here. But, can't say anything too bad about gray iron, I've had good luck with it. Not sure if its a converted man thumb, didn't look real close but, works pretty darn good.

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