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Old July 14th, 2016, 11:12 PM
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Default Skilled or stupid

so let's have some summer fun here.
watch the video and post up if you think this operator is skilled or stupid
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Old July 15th, 2016, 10:12 AM
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Actually Moser that is not a new skill or version of stupid. It does take a very keen operator or your in troubled pretty quickly. I had many construction projects on my facility working on 30 ponds, levees, catch basins and more and in 30 years of projects saw similar things done more than once. Now, what would really be interesting to watch is how Haynes would approach this
100 taps on 3/16 gravity
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Old July 15th, 2016, 11:41 AM
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Skilled! I work for the railroad and thatshow they used to put backhoes up on the high gondolas to unload ties. I run a backhoe but don't have the cahunas to do that.
'14 60 some taps. Gravity and buckets
Smoky lake 2x4 on cinder block arch
'14 New 12x16 sugar shack
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Old July 15th, 2016, 06:34 PM
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Should have had a third choice- both

4x12 raised flue/custom pans
500 taps, mostly roadside
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Old July 15th, 2016, 07:26 PM
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since he pulled it off - skilled. however, most would probably say stupid if his heroics didn't go as planned...

Water Jacketed Bottler, Hood, and Finish Pan by 3rdgen.maple
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Old July 15th, 2016, 07:42 PM
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Skilled,,,,,,, Even better than the guy loading the backhoe into a dump truck without a loading dock.
2014 300 on tubing
2013 new Smoky Lake 2x8 with 6 foot drop, 280 taps with 130 on tubing
2012 Built my own arch with AUF for drop flues when i get it using old flat pans,,, 200 taps
2010 Built a sugar shack using used tin,,, now got a roof over me
2009 and before cooking out side
2008 bought my piece of land
1972- 2008 cooked as work permitted
1972 Mom and dad made some syrup in kettles for first time
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Old July 15th, 2016, 09:16 PM

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I woulda just drove down a little farther and took the bridge across..
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Old July 19th, 2016, 09:18 AM
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Very skilled, and he had to know his equipment. The hydraulics/valves also had to be without issue. I can't do that with my excavator, no bucket and the front blade is too close to the tracks. I do however cross an open ditch that is too wide to just drive over. That's about the extent of my skills. I once rented a bigger excavator (mine is 800#, I rented a 16,000#) and expected it to work as well as my old worn out unit. I lifted a 1000 gal Surge vacuum tank with mine, and then backed a trailer under it. After strapping it down, I drove to my sugarbush. There I had the 16,000# excavator waiting. My plan was to drive over the roadside ditch and up a short embankment. Then to back the trailer as close as practical to the excavator, go down the slope part way with the blade in front to level the excavator. The excavator would not climb the slope, even with the dipper arm as a crutch and pushing. (mine does that easily). I had to turn the cab and dig into the ground and pull myself up. Then I went part way down the slope, lowered the blade so I was only about 2' from the trailer, attached the lift straps, but the excavator didn't have enough power to raise it. I had to move to about 18" from the trailer. Then when I lifted, needless to say, the machine would not let me raise the blade , so I rotated the cab, raised the blade but the machine would not climb. I had to raise the tank, move the tank out less than a foot, then climb and repeat. Once I was on top of the 5' long slope. I had to set the tank aside and plow a path thru the 12" deep snow, to where I was going, an old cellar hole about 50' away. When I then lifted the tank, the machine would not move carrying the tank. I had to lower the blade and lift the tank, extend it out about 18", set it down, drive up to it, and repeat. Back in the yard my 8000# rig lifted and drove carrying the tank, I only had to use the blade to lift it and hold out far enough to back the trailer under. I then as I approached the cellar had to set the tank to one side and drive the excavator up and place the blade on the 2' wide stone foundation. It took some struggling to then get the tank lifted but I was finally able to lift the tank and turn to set it down on a prepared level spot. I had a helper in the cellar but instructed him to just give direction and to guide the tank using 2 ropes I had attached so he could turn the tank as needed. Finally it was done. Lesson, If I ever want to remove that tank, I'll rent a much larger excavator, maybe 25-30,000#, one that can lift 2000# at 10' out from the front of the tracks.
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