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Anyone here Heavy Equipment operators
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Taylor Lambert    Posted 02-05-2002 at 17:28:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I d like to see if there any heavy equipment operators here> Ive not been doing it too long as a full time profession Just usually summer and weekend work since i was 14 Im now 22. I like to hear from more experienced operators Thanks

Craig Scotney    Posted 10-12-2003 at 10:23:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi. I am a heavy equipment operator in the UK and like you i have been working these for a bout a year (trackhoe/backhoe) 360/180 and I really enjoy it. It was a major career move for me

Larry    Posted 02-05-2002 at 18:12:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Used to run a HD-5 and HD-15 Allis Chalmers. The 5 was a tracked end loader and the 15 was a big cable lift dozer. Both had hand clutches and clutches and foot brakes to steer with. Real man killers.

John - NY    Posted 02-06-2002 at 17:13:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I still own and operate one of those sweet running 671 Detroit Diesel Allis Chalmers HD15s. Mine is all hydraulic (no cables). I've put a lot of hours on it and don't consider it a man killer. It'll sure do a lot of work in a relatively short time, if you know how to operate it. The hand clutch doesn't pose any problems - it's just a coordinated effort between the throttle and the clutch to operate it smoothly and not abuse the clutch.

I've got a Caterpillar 955 track loader too. Same size as a D5. That's got a hydrostatic drive.

Larry    Posted 02-06-2002 at 22:39:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]

The cable lift is a little bit harder to operate than the hydraulic ones. The HD-15 I ran had a bad steering pump,so you had to use both feet on the pedals to get it to turn. It also had leaky seals in the blower. If you got it on a hill side leaning towards the blower side it would start to suck oil into the engine. If you weren't careful the engine could over rev. This didn't happen to me. I was lucky enough to get it on the level before things got out of hand.

But,I do have to admit,the old girl could really move the material.

Taylor Lambert    Posted 02-05-2002 at 20:40:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ive had the pleasure to run an HD20 Cable blade of my neighbors Im not so ood at it dad has the most fun bhe started out on one like it. I havent operated an older trackloader much But where i used to work we had a newer rear engingined one. I mostly stay on a TLB or Excavator and cranes. I m trying to find someone with some pointers on operating a Dragline, not many operators left for them.

Mike    Posted 12-29-2006 at 23:45:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi I have spent some time on draglines. Mine was a 22B Bucyrus Erie. Its all about pendulum's. working with swing and not fighting the clutches.
They are a very demanding machine attention wise, but if you are persistant, you will get the hang of it. First thing learn how to release the haul clutch so if the bucket catches on to something it can't pull, you can release it. Otherwise it will pull the machine over. No big deal! Don't let this scare you! What kind of a machine do you have? Presently I have a P&H. I rebuilt the control systems but the machine is in very good condition. I also have a HD20 and a 260 like yourself. I live in southern Alberta. good luck! Mike

mama bear    Posted 04-03-2002 at 22:16:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey Taylor

this might be a little late but I've run D3, D4,D6
950 & 966 wheel loders the big excavators, hoes of all kinds. All it takes is about 100 hours and if you haven't killed someone or your self you should do fine. Over the years there is one thing I've not been able to do and that is to jump one of them big things through a flaming hoop!

PCC-AL    Posted 02-05-2002 at 17:38:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Taylor,
There is a crawler and dozier board where you can find a lot of the big equip folks. Good luck.

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