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Old 10-02-2009, 06:57 PM   #1
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As Promised I got most of her going late this evening....beat again massive excavation and landscaping jobs on the go, 19 staff today as University was in service.

Wish I would have taken some job site pictures, these guys from University know their stuff, man their work is just stunning, two are from out west and their fathers own excavation companies, OMG what a treat that was!!!

Well I picked up the leaf collector at the freight company at lunch, we had heavy rain around 4 this afternoon and had to stop excavation, by the time I got home it stopped so I put her together.

Had to make an extension for the hitch as it was hitting my 3 point hitch even with the I Match off, took about an hour simple easy, I went with electric start, on a 9 hp motor itís just easier.

Only issue is the deck adapter doesnít fit properly so Deere is going to make me one, I have another on order should be here Friday for the X500, itís in the X749
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Old 10-02-2009, 07:33 PM   #2
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i'm drooling more now and i didn't think that was possible after seeing all your other stuff. very nice looking set up. let us know how it how much it "sucks"
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Old 10-02-2009, 09:37 PM   #3
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Very nice and that Dr would sure look nice behind my Ingersoll 318LGT. slkpk
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Old 10-02-2009, 10:20 PM   #4
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That is a nice machine. You will love using it. I have a smaller one. Didn't need the chipper. The engine dolly legs look like they get reversed if you have to remove the engine. How do you lift it while inserting them?
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That is a nice machine. You will love using it. I have a smaller one. Didn't need the chipper. The engine dolly legs look like they get reversed if you have to remove the engine. How do you lift it while inserting them?
He installed the legs upsidedown...


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Yeah, I guess he did. Mine doesn't have the legs, just the wheels attached to the frame. He still has to lift the engine to slide them in from the bottom.
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Yeah, I guess he did. Mine doesn't have the legs, just the wheels attached to the frame. He still has to lift the engine to slide them in from the bottom.
You have this one...I take it...
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That is a nice machine. You will love using it. I have a smaller one. Didn't need the chipper. The engine dolly legs look like they get reversed if you have to remove the engine. How do you lift it while inserting them?
That is kind of an issue to be honest (for me and my other operator for these uniys as we ordered two), I would guess the tongue weight around 80+ pounds, I can lift it on the hitch no problem but that is pretty darn heavy and you need to lift and hold.

There is a place here like you guys have Northern Tool in the USA, it's called Princess Auto here, they sell everything for farm, tractor, cars, tools......very cheap grade if you will, I will have to put a wheel jack on that you trun like we use on our big trailers, a cheap one is only 20 bucks.
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Old 10-03-2009, 04:49 AM   #9
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He installed the legs upsidedown...


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They came shipped that way, I was so tired last night after excavating all day, it was later in the afternoon and gets dark here around 6:15, goal was to just get it together as much as possible and ensure the motor ran etc and no damage. I forget what page I got to but when I discovered the boot would not fit that deck, I quit as I wanted to take a few pictures, eat, shower and get some sleep, we are all starting at 6;30 am and will work until dark, same for tomorrow.

I am taking a day off next week just to do some stuff around here and have a day of rest as we are working 12 hour days today and tomorrow, on weekends I have my experienced University Crew, well most of them. Having 14 guys who work like I have never seen really helpa and two from out west have fathers in the landscaping business so they run sites for me.

I know it sounds funny but we could sure use another loader, other than that we are good for equipment
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Paul, this is a stock photo of mine. It's a little smaller but perfect for my needs.

Picframer, I have that small trailer jack. Makes a huge difference when you need to move the machine around. It pivots up out of the way when you are hitched up to the tractor.
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They came shipped that way, I was so tired last night after excavating all day, it was later in the afternoon and gets dark here around 6:15, goal was to just get it together as much as possible and ensure the motor ran etc and no damage. I forget what page I got to but when I discovered the boot would not fit that deck, I quit as I wanted to take a few pictures, eat, shower and get some sleep, we are all starting at 6;30 am and will work until dark, same for tomorrow.

I am taking a day off next week just to do some stuff around here and have a day of rest as we are working 12 hour days today and tomorrow, on weekends I have my experienced University Crew, well most of them. Having 14 guys who work like I have never seen really helpa and two from out west have fathers in the landscaping business so they run sites for me.

I know it sounds funny but we could sure use another loader, other than that we are good for equipment
If this is for mulch work...you may just want to get LARGER material handling buckets for your current tractors...because the larger buckets would reduce your trip counts per task...
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If this is for mulch work...you may just want to get LARGER material handling buckets for your current tractors...because the larger buckets would reduce your trip counts per task...
No, too many job sites, I could staff another site with another loader, the bucket size we have with forks is perfect and all the weight I would want to put on a clients lawn, remember 95% of my clients have septic fields.....
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