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    Hydraulics and Guts

    My dad (who has spent the last 50+ years on construction sites) sent me these pics. I've known some gutsy equipment operators in my day, but this has to take the cake. Not sure who the craziest person in the world is but I see he runs an excavator. Or he stands below the crazy person running the excavator.

    This tower was built specifically to show off the physical strength of the excavator. I'd say there's a lot of faith being put into the tower construction and rigging, too.

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    how does that guy balance the machine till he gets his next bite vaughn>
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    Larry, in the third pic you can see his tracks are caught between upper and lower "shelves". The weight of the cab keeps it wedged in place. That frees up the boom to hook into the next "socket" for the flat plate at the end of the boom where the bucket would normally be.

    I've seen guys work their way into and out of holes with the boom and bucket, but never seen them do headstands on top of a tower.
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    That boy just isn't right. But a good operator is a joy to work with and watch.

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    Vaughn, thanks for that show! A good operator makes it look so easy!
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    That's a very convincing demonstration, for sure!

    Not to take away from the value of the demonstration, but it's mindful of certain truck ads that use a tremendous amount of rigging at who knows what expense to pull off. All of that expense goes into the products the manufacturer then tries to sell. The more some advertisers try to dazzle me, the less impressed I am these days.
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    Bill, I understand what you are saying, but man, an operator had to be in there doing this stunt! If anything, for me, it is an amazing display of operator skill.
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    looks like that tower is meant to travel around and pull that stunt on a regular basis too. Wow, One time is something, but obviously that wasn't designed as a one shot deal.
    -Ned

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    A simple "Wow!" isn't sufficient.

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    Insurance Fail!


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