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    Sunday Fun

    I'm always looking for a challenge. My buddy Neil is getting a french drain put in around the barn, this shed was in the way and he wanted it torn down.

    Well being the cheap skate I am I decided to move it. The ground hogs had worked their magic and the back wall of the foundation was pretty much gone. They dug so much dirt out from under it the slab had sunk.

    I couldn't tear down, its got tongue and groove siding inside and out. The roof needs to be redone but it is really well built.

    Wade helped me, we slid 2 i beams under it, Picked it up with bull dozer and blocked it up, knocked out the rest of the block, set it back down and drug it up the hill a ways.

    After I get the garden and my corn in I'll build a deck for it and set it on it, Then trailer it home.

    I drug the whole slab out back to the rock pile, and busted it up with the dozer then shoved it up in the rock pile.

    I love my dozer
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    That dozer is sort of a lawn tractor on steroids, huh? I've only played with a small dozer like that a few times, but they sure are neat machines.
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    Is that an old D-4 Cat?

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    lawn tractor on steroids,


    Vaughn you owe me a keyboard, theres coffee on mine now.

    Norman, it is an IH 500C.

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    QL,

    This looks like something I would do. Really putting the dozer to good use.
    Randy,

    Maker of Fine Lathe Tools & Accessories.

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    Well you got one up on me, I never moved a building before Robert...nice use of a machine. You make it sound like it was easy, I am thinking it was a lot of work.
    Last edited by Travis Johnson; 05-07-2008 at 12:21 AM.
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Johnson View Post
    Well you got one up on me, I never moved a building before Robert...nice use of a machine. You make itsound like it was easy,I am thinking it was a lot of work.



    Norm, this is a D-4.

    Yeah, but that one looks a LOT NEWER than the ones I rememberedI .......been a Lot of Years since I've seen one though. I always wanted a Dozer to use on our little farm, for clearing mesquites and reworking stock tanks, and did actually buy an early D-6 at an equipment auction at the end of a Dam Construction project, but a fellow that arrived late to the sale looked me up and offered me $3500 more than I paid for it, so I let him have it. I sure made more on that than I made Flying that Equipment Broker to the sale that day, but I've always regretted selling that thing, 'cause they just kept going up in price for anything that was in good shape and I never found another one that I thought was a good enough deal for my minimal useage after that.

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    Robert, looks like you got a nice dozer,if I am seeing things right it looks like you have a six way blade on that thing? Growing up we had a John Deere 1010 bulldozer. It was a gas job so it liked its fuel, but we hauled out a lot of wood with that thing.

    I have cut wood with a lot of machines, but a bulldozer is THE BEST machine to use. Skidders, tractors, atv's...they all suck compared to a bulldozer. Even after 50 years the nice smooth roads those machines leave behind is a dream. I recently reused a logging road my Great Uncle used 50 odd years ago, and after cutting some saplins that grew up, there was the road, nice and smooth.

    Our JD 1010 though, had a two way blade...up and down and that was it. You could angle the blade by manually prepositioning pins, but that was a pain. And tilt was not even an option. Still it pulled out a lot of wood and holds a lot of good memories as far as machinery goes. (Besides what Farmboy does not think fondly of the first tractor he drove).

    By the way, don't let anyone pick on you dozer size wise. Its unbelievable where that thing can go,and how easily it can get around in the woods. Anything bigger gets kind of gaumy in my opinion. And its not like you need more traction or power as your pictures show...you can do a lot with tracks.
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    My heavy machinery operating experince is limited to 5 days playing in the dirt during a "class" new hires had to take when I worked for Cat. Basically the first four days of "class" they showed us a safety video then drove us out to the back of the proving grounds where the piled the dredgings from the various ponds. We just dug holes, filled them in, pushed around piles of dirt, graded a road around the pile, etc. Best week of work I've ever had. The 5th day we went to the demo facility and ran a bunch of brand new equipment. I got to play on a D-4 kind of like the one pictured on that day. Earlier in the week we'd gotten to play on D-5s and a D-7. I agree with Travis that dozers are a lot easier to make a level surface with than something like a tractor with a blade or something with a bucket like a tractor or wheel loader. I've had my tractor for 4-1/2 years now and I still have trouble getting my driveway smooth. After just a day on the dozers I was making reasonably smooth surfaces.

    BTW, one of my coworkers went to the same class during the wet season. They learned how to unstick a stuck D-7 using an excavator, and also what happens when an excavator rips a hydraulic line off the ripper on D-7. (The ripper sinks into the mud until said hydraulic line is replaced.)

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    Travis, your right it has a 6 way hydraulic blade. 3 speed with a shuttle shift. I love being able to get in the woods with whenever I need to, if you do make a mess it is easy to fix it back up. Oh though I have had it stuck when the mud is up over the tracks things aren't good

    Now what I would really like to have is a crawler loader

    Matt, you want real excitement, start digging out a stuck drag line Trust me they don't go so well when the ground gets soft DAMHIKT

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