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Stuck as stuck can be... Strangest and sloppiest muck I have ever seen.

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Stroker, Jun 4, 2006.

  1. Stroker

    Stroker LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    I NEVER work on Sundays. But I made an exception today since I am so backed up at the moment. I have a contract clearing 4 1/2 acres around a pond. There are no big trees due to the area being logged many years ago and what trees were left the owner wanted to keep. Just the thickest brush you could imagine. Vines and sapplings high as 20 feet in some places. A good job to get for my RC-100 and Loftness Carbide Cutter....

    Anyway, the pond is fed from underground springs. I was working in a man made ditch in one of the thickest areas grinding a fallen log when I backed out to get a different cutting angle. When I pulled back in the front of the machine DROPPED......... I found the underground spring!!!!! or quicksand... Whatever it is it is only in a 5x5 foot area. The grey cement looking muck came up from the tracks spinning. But other than that, the ground all around the machine is practicaly dry..
    Due to the door being half covered with soil not allowing it to open, my ass had to come out the emergency window.

    Will have pics of tommorows rescue with a bull dozer. 12,500 pounds of buried equipment was just a little too much for my Cummins diesel....



  2. Squizzy246B

    Squizzy246B LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 837

    Murphy has done it again!. The only spot on the block and you found it. By the look of that muck you could lose a D4 in there.

    Hope you recovered the RC100 Ok.
  3. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794

    That has happened to me once before.

    I was driving a Ditchwitch 3500 trencher, trenching along and then boom, I was sank up to the feet rests, the tires were completely gone.

    Lucky enough, the ground behind me was still pretty solid, so we threw a few thick tree's across the trench and I used the trenching boom and backfill blade to lift the entire machine out of the muck, and about 1' into the air.

    Those soft patches are strange.

    We then made a "raft" of nearby lumber and backed out. Took a few hours, and it really spooked me.

    You were not able to lift the machine out of the muck using your boom?
  4. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Messages: 1,892

    Ouch... it looks like a D11 would be lost, too -- no knowing how deep that stuff would just keep pulling you in.
  5. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,309

    Thats awesome that you were able to take pics and show every one!!!
    I had my T200 burried in a lake bed when I was putting riprap in front of a retaining wall. I was lucky because I had the bucket on and was able to barely push my self out. The lake was lowered about 5' so property owners could work on docks and walls so there was about 10' between the wall and the water. Well my dumb A$$ tried to go along the front of the wall and the track closest to the water sunk so deep I couldn't see it. We had to chain the loader off to a tree on the bank because every time I tried to push myself out with the bucket the loader kept going further out in the water. After about 2 hours we had it out and went about our business.
    I hate it when something like getting big equipment stuck can ruin a good day of workk and it can really eat into profits. Just have to shake it off and move on because it happen to everyone.
  6. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,309

    BTW- A log skidder would have that RC100 out in about 2 minutes.
  7. murray83

    murray83 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 347

    bah we have had about 90mm of rain here in 2 days :( gonna be a similar sight for us tomorrow.

    i might think a smaller excavator would be decent....say a 120 size.dozer might be fine.

    3 years ago boss i used to work for sent me to do a job near a small brook it rained like a you know what the week before,homeowner wanted it diverted..yeah hated it before i even had the task it screamed dept of environment fines...so took the 160 out back started fine then walked it up further and she started going i had enough time to swing and brace the bucket on the bank and stop it from sinking anymore....when all was said and done i burried the complete rear and she sunk on my cab side just below the bottom of the door :rolleyes:

    called him scared shatless and he burst out laughing and sent out the 120 we finally got it out after i think 20 minutes he almost met a similar fate so i wasn't too embarrased.i wish i had pics that hitachi was covered in brown slop lol :(
  8. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    Ouch! at least you didn't get pinned in there. by the looks of the surroundings no one would have seen you in there.

    I saw a United Rental Telehandler at a jobsite on friday sunk up to the engine compartment in the rear. There was plenty of other heavy equipment around to haul it out, but they've left it sitting all weekend in the muck, unbelievable.
  9. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,162

    Last week I was building a rock retaining wall next to a lake. I had to build a rock platform to set my excavator on to do the job. Well due to the slope and mud and of course water, I got stuck, I threw off one track on the excavator and in about 10 min. later threw the other track. Nothing like putting tracks on an excavator in hip deep water. Great day.
  10. minimax

    minimax LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 734

    the salesmen i use at pape', has a pic. of a deere 160 total underwater,salt water to make things worst.The guy had rented it to work on a bulkhead at a really low tide on a Sunday, got stuck and watched the tide come in;).

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