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#1 powerking56 OFFLINE  

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Posted July 16, 2012 - 06:17 PM

Well it all started a long time ago...

My wife has wanted a baby crawler/dozer to rearrange the yard or "move dirt" as she says for quite some time. With a couple very heavy rain storms last fall and a wet winter the driveway needs some serious attention now as well. Enter our good friend and church pastor who just happened to buy a project dozer a year or so ago, it ran well but needed steering clutch work. He fixed the clutches and got it moving and steering well last fall. Fast forward to Saturday afternoon, we are out working in the yard and a truck and trailer I did not recognize stop in front of the house and start backing up the drive with Martha's new toy a John Deere 420C Russ had borrowed a fellow church member and his rented trailer to move the crawler to our house for as long as we need it. What a surprise!! and yes Martha plans to learn to run it. I had left the camera in Keene so did not get pics of the unload or sitting in the yard but took this shot of it last year sitting in Russ's yard. So now we get to learn to operate it, rework the drive and do some stump removal for starters.

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Posted July 16, 2012 - 06:39 PM

She will get a kick out of running the dozer. Amazing what a relatively small machine like that can do to spruce up the place.

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Posted July 16, 2012 - 06:43 PM

Sounds like a lot of fun "doing work".

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Posted July 16, 2012 - 06:58 PM

That'll be fun! Have to get some video of this!

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Posted July 16, 2012 - 07:02 PM

ran a dozer when i was in the Army, loved it.
you and your wife will have a blast working with it

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Posted July 16, 2012 - 07:27 PM

Nice little dozer. Sounds like a lot of fun having that to play with... I mean do some serious work!

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Posted July 16, 2012 - 07:30 PM

Awesome !! A few evenings or weekends with one of these can really change your property, enjoy.
If I may suggest, if your not familiar with the handling characteristics of small dozers be cautious, they can give you a false sense of stability especially on side slopes. Just my 2cnts.
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Posted July 16, 2012 - 09:03 PM

You are living one of my dreams, they just got to be fun to operate :) Have fun but be careful, oh and dont forget the pics.

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Posted July 16, 2012 - 10:50 PM

If you like to run equipment, you are going to have a ball on that little 420. they are a blast to work with. Have fun and post a lot of pictures of you and your wife running it.

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Posted July 16, 2012 - 10:56 PM

My Dad has a 1010, and yes... they are a blast. I will second the warning on side slopes... the tracks are meant for up hill and downhill, crosswise- they can be skis.

One little added caution, on the 1010, when you go over even a 3-4 inch drop, it can make you very light in the seat, almost like when a bigger kid jumps on the teeter totter at the playground. just be prepared for it, kind of a thrill the first couple of times.
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Posted July 16, 2012 - 10:58 PM

Man that is great. That little bugger will make short work of the ground leveling and driveway. Have fun and be careful.

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Posted July 17, 2012 - 10:11 AM

Even though, in the world of dozers it is small and green that will be able to do a lot of work! :wewantvideo: :wewantpics:

About 2 years ago a family friend came by the house with a small dozer and told me to have fum with it. LOL! Although we didn't have a lot of use for it at the time, my neighbor tried using it to cut back some of the trees and brush to give him more yard space. He couldn't do it, so he had my Dad and I to do it for him. LOL!

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Posted July 17, 2012 - 10:51 AM

Thanks for the feedback and tips on side slopes, that I was aware of, have used a similar crawler in the woods as a teenager pulling a scoot during sugaring season, but that was just pulling, never done any real dirt work with one. Yes we will get pics and some video, it will be a couple weeks before we really start moving dirt as we need to come up with some $$ for some ledge pak or sta-mat for the drive, just gravel won't stay put on the sloped drive. But this weekend we will "play" a bit I'm sure. :smile1:
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Posted July 17, 2012 - 11:00 AM

I hope you and your wife have fun with it.

I was just in Keene yesterday.
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Posted August 25, 2012 - 08:47 PM

Well the crawler sat in the corner of the yard longer than planned but we did fire it up and let this young fellow get a little "seat time" going forward and back a little a couple weeks ago. He started by asking me about the old Briggs engines I had in the garage, got all three of those out and ran them, then he wanted to see the hit & miss run, then I offered to let him drive the Speedex around, then we moved on to the 420c, turns out he is quite the motor head!!

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