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#16 Ryan313 OFFLINE  

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Posted March 23, 2013 - 11:52 AM

I went out this morning to do some digging; I was slowly getting around the stumps. Then Harry and another friend Ed showed up. Harry said he will pick it u on Monday. I also asked what the best way to get around the stumps would be. He said to drive up the pile of dirt next to the stumps, with the blade behind me, then lower the blade to lift the other side of the machine so it was level; I told him I tried that but it was to unstable for my liking, as I was digging over the side of the tracks. He then hopped in the seat and 15 minutes later the stumps where out! He knows lots of tricks that when joined with knowledge of the controls can do much more then what I can do with just knowledge of the controls.

 

Here is the stump after it was pushed over the hill. It is hard to make out the outline, but it was a circle about 5 feet in diameter, and 3 feet high.

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Once the stumps where out, it was mostly clean up, I have 90% of it cleaned up. I now have a small corner to dig out, a swail to put in, then a little more clean up. I spent three more hours out there this morning, counting Harry's 15 minutes. I had to come in to get something to eat, then I will go back and do some more.



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Posted March 23, 2013 - 01:53 PM

Another hour and a half got the last digging and clean up finished. I started to slope it so water would drain away, but it started to get muddy, and I had to stop.

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Posted March 23, 2013 - 02:20 PM

Looking good, like anything new it takes a lot of seat time to get use to what it will do. I've had machines at angles that I through I was going to fall out of them, that's what seat belts are for :D

Just remember slow and steady wins the race!


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Posted March 24, 2013 - 08:31 AM

Glad you are getting more seat time on it, Ryan. That's the best way to learn it's capabilities!


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Posted March 24, 2013 - 11:04 AM

I agree with John, it takes time and experience to get used to a machine like that, and get a feel for what it will and will not do in safe fashion.  I've had excavators out in spots that sure got  the 'ole pucker factor pretty well pegged LOL.  ( think  of a steep 200' bluff, building a zig- zag  access road down to the lakeshore   :smilewink:  ) 

 

I'm glad you are getting a chance to run that machine, those skills sure come in handy . :thumbs:


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Posted March 24, 2013 - 11:50 AM

It is not that I don't know the controls, I knew them very well. I need to learn the different techniques for certain things. For example, with the stumps I was trying to pull on them to brake them, but was just lifting the machine. When Harry was on it, he would put the teeth behind the root then curl the bucket so that the backside would push on the ground behind it, and brake the root.

 

This morning I went out and got it pitched the best I could. I am not sure how good of a job I did, and how well the water will run into the woods; I will have Harry take a look at it when he picks it up. Being in the 40s it was turning to mud pretty fast, and I had to stop. Since I can't do anything else today, and it is leaving tomorrow I decided to call it done (for now) and go wash the machine.

 

I will have to wait until it drys out better, so I can york rake it and it will not be as clumpy.



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Posted March 24, 2013 - 03:59 PM

Here is a before shot of where I was digging from.


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And the after shot.

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Here is a before of where I put the dirt. The picture is from last summer.

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After!

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Just another angle.

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Like I said, once it dries out more I will have to york rake it.

 

I am going to put the portable garage so the front is even with the front of the shed, that will leave about 6-8 feet between the back of it, and the hill. I am not sure where exactly I am going to position the garage sideways, but I SHOULD be able to get a tractor between the orange tire rack and the side of the garage.

 

When Harry was here yesterday, he said that before I move the portable garage there... he will drop off the skid steer and a load of crushed shale. :D


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Posted March 24, 2013 - 08:46 PM

Nice work Ryan , and that Harry fellow sounds like a nice guy for sure.


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Posted March 25, 2013 - 02:26 PM

I was doing some picking up outside, and found a softball. I got a spray paint lid, and first try I was able to put the ball into the lid. I looked for ways to make it harder and ended up with this. A softball on a glass jar, and a baseball on a 1 1/4" socket.

 

 

Scott, the squeaking is coming from the small movements I was making with the hydraulics, not a pivot with no grease in it. :poke:


Edited by Ryan313, March 25, 2013 - 02:27 PM.

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Posted March 25, 2013 - 03:12 PM

Real nice Ryan!! I am going to say you have the hang of that pretty darn good.


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Posted March 26, 2013 - 09:27 AM

Nice !


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Posted March 26, 2013 - 12:20 PM

Pretty nice. Those skills will come in handy if there is ever...ummm...great job. :poke: :D


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Posted March 26, 2013 - 06:52 PM

Harry picked up the excavator today, Ed and Harry where both impressed when I told them what I was doing with it.

 

I also had Harry look at the mess i made, he said that the one side of it could be cut down another foot! He told me when he brings the skid steer and shale he will cut it down and make it nice.



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Posted March 26, 2013 - 07:05 PM

Sounds like he is training an operator cheaply.



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Posted March 26, 2013 - 09:01 PM

Agreed Wagon, but Ryan sure is having fun :-)  Look at Photobucket, Marlboro1_ for some of my ( mis ) adventures . LOL


Edited by marlboro180, March 26, 2013 - 09:06 PM.





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