Started by glenn kangiser, January 30, 2005, 10:24:03 PM
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Quote from: glenn kangiser on July 16, 2009, 09:04:32 AMThanks, BK.I wear my seatbelt whenever I'm around decent slopes which is most of the time around here. I worked for Saf-T-Cab Company, contract install, and I know that about 95% of the time the operator is safer if strapped into the tractor. If thrown out he will usually get mashed on a roll-over.I have tipped over 2 manlifts, flopped a backhoe, 18 wheeler with a 45 foot reefer on, and rolled a car. Seatbelts or fall gear tied off in near all cases prevented major injury.
Quote from: glenn kangiser on July 17, 2009, 12:15:30 AMSassy will not watch me on the bad stuff either. Brushing around here is fun - 30 to 40% slopes and more. I go until I can't back out with the tracks then push myself out with the bucket. It's fun....but I am pretty careful doing that...
Quote from: WoodSprite on July 17, 2009, 03:00:31 PMQuote from: glenn kangiser on July 17, 2009, 12:15:30 AMSassy will not watch me on the bad stuff either. Brushing around here is fun - 30 to 40% slopes and more. I go until I can't back out with the tracks then push myself out with the bucket. It's fun....but I am pretty careful doing that... Sounds familiar. Hey, have you ever had the boom lock up on you because of the slope you were on? Tuesday, Ron spent the whole day working on another project on relatively flat ground, with no trouble at all. Wednesday, he took it up to our place, and after about two hours the boom locked up - of course with the bucket at the highest possible point. This, of course, is a rented rig for which we are paying by the minute. Much anguish ensued, especially once it became clear that the only person qualified to troubleshoot this issue needed to drive down from Albany (four hours from here), and that torrential rain was forecast for the next four days. Long story short, after a four-hour nap, the thing miraculously sprang back to life. Troubleshooter guy showed up literally six minutes later, and could only offer as explanation the theory that maybe it didn't like sitting at such an angle. I don't know the first thing about the mysteries of hydraulics...does this sound plausible?The owner of the company made it right, by the way - he "accidentally" forgot to pick it up for another two days, and the torrential rains even cooperated by holding off until this afternoon. They're predicting up to 2" overnight - I'm thinking we should just dump sacks of quikcrete into our new 4' deep foundation holes and stand by with long poles. Stir well, and tomorrow morning we'll have footers, right?
Quote from: glenn kangiser on July 19, 2009, 11:35:37 PMHmmm - some old codger washing his clothes.
Quote from: glenn kangiser on July 17, 2009, 12:15:30 AMI have old equipment which I somehow manage to keep running fair. I don't think any of them have any joints tight enough to lock up... waitingI have used new rental equipment - Specifically a Caterpillar reach lift, with safety devices which prohibited it from even being useful on my job once the beam was lifted. No way to side shift it even 2 inches once it begins to pick up. I was so mad I told them to get that piece of ....um...uh.... crap ...off of my job and never bring me another one like it.
Quote from: diyfrank on July 18, 2009, 10:38:28 AMWas this an excavator you rented? I have had booms lock up many times. It was always electrical problem. Could have been in the safety lever next to the door. A low battery has given me grief a time or two. Water sometime get into the computer and they go a little hay wire.
Quote from: WoodSprite on July 20, 2009, 08:30:58 AMQuote from: glenn kangiser on July 19, 2009, 11:35:37 PMHmmm - some old codger washing his clothes.How can you tell? I can't see the bulges in his pockets...