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#16 camdigger OFFLINE  

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Posted May 10, 2015 - 01:35 AM

As far as I can tell, the website list 575 lbs for the bare machine.  With ripper and dozer, I would estimate just over 700 lbs.

 

Wheel base is 30.5 inches and track width is, IIRC 6".  Gives 366 sq inches by my calculator.

 

So with the slopm in the weight estimate (I have no scale big enough to weigh the completed machine).  I would say the ground pressure is 2 psi.


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Posted May 11, 2015 - 07:12 AM

Thanks, I was wondering about that.



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Posted May 25, 2015 - 05:01 PM

Thanks for posting the build. I cringed when you got to the part about the expensive wind chime! Ouch!  I have trouble with painting and it's my least favourite part of any project. Maybe you can give us an update when you get a chance to put it to work. 


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Posted September 16, 2015 - 08:46 AM

So I managed to put the 196 to work briefly this last summer.  The task was to clean up some deadfall around the campsite for some additional parking.  The little machine performed as well as could be hoped.  The downside is that it has all of 7 HP.  the upside is that it is very nimble and performs well for only 7 HP.  It can spin the tracks on most surfaces.  I have a set of grousers for it, but have not installed the grouser kit to save grass sod and my trailer deck.  It was very popular with the other campers.  One young man was very interested and ran it for quite a while.

 

The only other downside is that it rides very rough on hard compacted surfaces, but it smoothes out on softer surfaces.  I did take one pair of the two pair of blade lift springs off to better match the spring pull to the blade weight.

 

 

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Posted September 18, 2015 - 05:40 PM

Looks like nice Newer  unit than most I've seen.  Would think you could put about any HP engine in it that would fit space?? I would use old Kohler single if is older style, OR, those new v-twin Vanguards seem decent for bigger hp, but they are wider and may not fit in space?  And they require a little diff wiring to run.


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Posted September 19, 2015 - 01:02 AM

I would hope it looks new, it has less than 20 hours on it.

There is room for more HP, but at some point, the single A section belts in the transmission will become the weak point. Struck supplies and uses Kevlar belts BTW. Through the Struck line of mini dozers, they switch to double belts at 14 HP or so IIRC. I am sure there is enough room in the engine compartment for more ponies, but the engine would have to be checked for width as the engine nestles down between the tracks and side plates. Making more width is a big deal.

The other possibility would be to save refunds from empties and convert to hydraulic drive. Not likely on this one, but on another who knows?!?




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