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Posted April 08, 2010 - 09:49 AM

A few years ago I was driving down the town's bypass when I caught a glimpse of this Caddigger as I went by a small used farm equipment dealer. Next day I had to go ask the price as I was losing sleep over it! lol Anyways, I knew costs of hydraulic components alone would run well over a grand, then all the rest. This was home built from plans from Caddigger site. Stopped in & looked it over. Cylinders all in perfect shape and the frame/boom looked good. Went & talked to the place's owner & it was a consignment sale. The engine doesn't run, but guaranteed the hydraulics all worked. Owner wanted $1500 for it and it WAS worth that, but a guy has to low-ball. I told him to call the owner & tell him a guy has $1000 cash for the machine and can't go any higher, and I couldn't, as the grand would take food off the table. By the time I got home, the dealer called & said they guy said to sell the machine for the grand. I promptly hooked up the trailer & headed to bring it home!

Here it is still sitting in the dealer's lot the day I looked at it.

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Posted April 08, 2010 - 09:53 AM

I got into the engine as soon as I got it home. Engine is a late 60's military 4AO32 4 cylinder gasoline. The camshaft was broken, so ordered NOS cam plus some gaskets & oil filter from Saturn Surplus. Cost me a whopping $30+!

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Posted April 08, 2010 - 09:58 AM

It is such a useful machine and VERY happy I bought it. As I said in another thread I hijacked, it paid for itself it's 1st use. So far I've repaired 2 sewer field tiles, plus repaired a field drainage tile, plus 1 water line repair. You tow it to site, then use the boom to "crab" the machine where needed. Can't be beat for the money invested!

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Posted April 08, 2010 - 10:12 AM

Looks very handy. I could use one of those. maybe add a thumb for handling fire wood chunks.

I will be renting a mini excavator this summer to build a few retaining walls, and steped flower beds.

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Posted April 08, 2010 - 12:59 PM

Sure is a neat rig.I could think of dozens of uses for that .

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Posted April 08, 2010 - 02:56 PM

A backhoe is always one of those things that you don't use often but when you do you realize you can't live without. I miss mine. Maybe someday :D

Nice machine and you can't beat the money you have invested in it Daniel :thumbs:

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Posted April 08, 2010 - 03:44 PM

Awesome Machine Daniel!!! :thumbs::dancingbanana:

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Posted April 08, 2010 - 05:16 PM

Never saw one like that before....very cool.

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Posted April 08, 2010 - 05:41 PM

That's a nice machine to have, sure beats a shovel all to heck.

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Posted April 21, 2010 - 07:44 AM

very nice Machine Daniel!!! thanks for the pic and video

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Posted April 21, 2010 - 09:09 AM

I like to fire her up now & then just to keep her ready to go. Fresh fuel running through the carb sure helps keep things going. A little boost shot of carb cleaner last week fired her right up. Moved the hydraulics through ranges, then once warmed well, shut her down. Likely when I need it, it'll be ready.

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Posted May 09, 2010 - 08:55 AM

It's good to see they covered up the cylinder rods while not in use, all too often when they are left to the elements they get rusty and of course most people dont clean the rust off when they need to use it, resulting in prematurely worn ram seals, an easy fix but prevention is better than cure as "they" say. I'm curious about the set-up of this thing as in some pictures the wheels are under the engine, and others they are under the boom, i presume under the boom is for transporting to site but how do you swap them round ?

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Posted May 09, 2010 - 10:10 AM

It's good to see they covered up the cylinder rods while not in use, all too often when they are left to the elements they get rusty and of course most people dont clean the rust off when they need to use it, resulting in prematurely worn ram seals, an easy fix but prevention is better than cure as "they" say. I'm curious about the set-up of this thing as in some pictures the wheels are under the engine, and others they are under the boom, i presume under the boom is for transporting to site but how do you swap them round ?


Kinda tricky swapping wheel locations. When in transport mode, still hooked to truck, I simply lift the whole machine with the bucket, then take the wheels out & slide them in the rear, then slip in the stabilizers. It's tricky getting it balanced, but can be done. Just gotta slide off the seat real slow like! LOL

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Posted May 09, 2010 - 12:54 PM

Ahh i see, certainly looks a capable machine.




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