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mndriver

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So I picked this up south of Nashville….

It’s going to PA. Yes @Electric Chicken , I coulda drive right past ya with them fancy rims.

Dispatch calls me…


“We got this machine offered to us. It’s supposed to be same thing you got, but 23,000#.

“So the 548 version of the 648 I have on?”

Correct…

Turns out, this machine is replacing THAT machine.

So I unload what I got, back on the new machine and head to the UP for a Monday delivery….


Imma happy.

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Electric Chicken

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So I picked this up south of Nashville….

It’s going to PA. Yes @Electric Chicken , I coulda drive right past ya with them fancy rims.

Dispatch calls me…


“We got this machine offered to us. It’s supposed to be same thing you got, but 23,000#.

“So the 548 version of the 648 I have on?”

Correct…

Turns out, this machine is replacing THAT machine.

So I unload what I got, back on the new machine and head to the UP for a Monday delivery….


Imma happy.

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Look at all those wheels. You can spare a few.

What part of PA? Don't worry I won't actually steal your wheels.
 

mndriver

curmudgeon extraordinare
Dropped the big machine

Beast is 40,000 lbs. Richie specs said 32,000 lbs.

Tires and ballast are the 8000 lb difference.

Duly noted
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“Would your driver be interested in loading up the 548 he sold and take it to UP in Michigan..”

Sure…

Talking to the receiver…

“ can you operate it?”

Sure…

“Drop it whenever you get there…. No need for me to come and just drive it off. Thanks and have a great weekend..”


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I love this job….

Loading a cat 653 on Sunday and going to South Dakota…

Same thing…

“Can you operate it?”

Sure…

“Here’s google map pins where it at and where it’s going….

Have a good weekend…”

Nice having digital pictures…
 

Electric Chicken

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Dropped the big machine

Beast is 40,000 lbs. Richie specs said 32,000 lbs.

Tires and ballast are the 8000 lb difference.

Duly noted
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“Would your driver be interested in loading up the 548 he sold and take it to UP in Michigan..”

Sure…

Talking to the receiver…

“ can you operate it?”

Sure…

“Drop it whenever you get there…. No need for me to come and just drive it off. Thanks and have a great weekend..”


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I love this job….

Loading a cat 653 on Sunday and going to South Dakota…

Same thing…

“Can you operate it?”

Sure…

“Here’s google map pins where it at and where it’s going….

Have a good weekend…”

Nice having digital pictures…
You lie a lot.
 

389 Hood

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I worked on a dump truck for about a year or so. Went to the pit to get loaded and the operator said, nope, gotta wait, it's lunch time. I said I'll load it myself if you'll let me. He came down and said have at it with a laugh. I hopped in the 953, dug into the sand pile and gently eased it into the dump body. Granted, not as fast as he could do it, but I got it done and even patted the top down level. He watched and said good job, I didn't think you could even get it to move.

He didn't know I did OD work for a few years. I moved and loaded all sorts of stuff, but never actually used the equipment. I gave it a shot and got the job done. A bit different sitting in the cab looking down, than being on the ground looking up.

I stand corrected on my unit size. It was the 980, the big boy, not the midsized 950. It's been too long!
 
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mndriver

curmudgeon extraordinare
I worked on a dump truck for about a year or so. Went to the pit to get loaded and the operator said, nope, gotta wait, it's lunch time. I said I'll load it myself if you'll let me. He came down and said have at it with a laugh. I hopped in the 953, dug into the sand pile and gently eased it into the dump body. Granted, not as fast as he could do it, but I got it done and even patted the top down level. He watched and said good job, I didn't think you could even get it to move.

He didn't know I did OD work for a few years. I moved and loaded all sorts of stuff, but never actually used the equipment. I gave it a shot and got the job done. A bit different sitting in the cab looking down, than being on the ground looking up.


Yeah it is. I spent so many years in the seat loading trucks. Largest loader I’ve used is a cat 980. You can fill a truck with 2 buckets and have them dump it because they’re too heavy….

Graders are fun to get a hang for. Lot of respect for the good ones there who can blue tip. ( blue tips are the blue brush like markers that are put on grade stakes for roads. They get buried and then they grade the gravel out for the ‘blue tip’ and it’s road grade.)
 

389 Hood

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Seems like a lot of equipment now have the laser sights for getting the grade right and the operators still can't get it right.

Tried getting ahold of the Mackinaw bridge for an escort and permit…

No luck getting an answer.

This route became a reminder why I avoid US 30 like the plague. Jeez it sucks.
Doesn't MDOT have to issue the permits? Yeah, I know, good luck on a weekend with anything permit related. Many states don't even allow movement on the weekends, or they didn't. It may be different today.
 

mndriver

curmudgeon extraordinare
Seems like a lot of equipment now have the laser sights for getting the grade right and the operators still can't get it right.


Doesn't MDOT have to issue the permits? Yeah, I know, good luck on a weekend with anything permit related. Many states don't even allow movement on the weekends, or they didn't. It may be different today.

Those LiDAR systems are expensive. A good one will cost as much as the machine it is mounted to.

I had all of my permits for the entire trip by 9 o’clock Friday morning.

Michigan restrict movement over 10 feet on weekends. At least according to my permit. Good thing I’m only 9’8”
 
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Electric Chicken

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I worked on a dump truck for about a year or so. Went to the pit to get loaded and the operator said, nope, gotta wait, it's lunch time. I said I'll load it myself if you'll let me. He came down and said have at it with a laugh. I hopped in the 953, dug into the sand pile and gently eased it into the dump body. Granted, not as fast as he could do it, but I got it done and even patted the top down level. He watched and said good job, I didn't think you could even get it to move.

He didn't know I did OD work for a few years. I moved and loaded all sorts of stuff, but never actually used the equipment. I gave it a shot and got the job done. A bit different sitting in the cab looking down, than being on the ground looking up.

I stand corrected on my unit size. It was the 980, the big boy, not the midsized 950. It's been too long!
I'm the guy who would probably be on YouTube accidentally pushing his truck over on its side.
 

Mike

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Both sides of our back porch was a wooden deck. I don’t know why. It was all screwed down, no nails. Didn’t last long at all. 2nd year in the house, house built in 2017.

Started pulling up the boards yesterday afternoon.

The deck areas were built with pallets as the foundation. Pallets. Hillbilly ass pallets. Pallets that are rotten.

So, I disappeared the decks yesterday afternoon and today.

And now, I am disappearing the material they were built with.

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Deciding now whether to go back with concrete on both sides, or rock the side where we are burning (to make a fire pit area) and build up the other side to grow grass.
 

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