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Not a small gripe
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Redneck    Posted 07-21-2004 at 19:28:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Does anyone else have the problem of dadblame equipment being made too small and flimsy? I can understand a Toyota and who it is made by, or even a US made soccormoble and who they are trying to please. But you would think a blamed 1/4 million dollar excavator would not be made like a DANG BARRBIE JEEP! Can't even put your feet flat on the floor or prop them up between the pedals. Head bumping, leg burning, buttgoingtosleep, finger pinching rattletrap! And it's a CAT!


Taylor Lambert    Posted 07-22-2004 at 17:46:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Redneck I agree with you in the 330 Cab. Im a Komatsu man lol. I like all machines but the Cat folks in this part of the kountry can be pains to deal with. I worked fr a fella with a 330 a few weeks ago an i kept my had bumped. Its cab is almost as small as the one on my PC 50 Komatsu mini.
My friends 330 went out of waranty last week and hes mounting an ac unit from on older machine to the back of the cab under his brush cage.


Bob/Ont    Posted 07-21-2004 at 23:54:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Redneck, don't really know your complaint but I have cured operator sore nuts on a Cat 365 Exc though, just took a bit of adjustment to the initial pressure of the system.
Later Bob


Redneck    Posted 07-22-2004 at 02:59:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
There is not enough room in the cab! We have a 345 that is set up different and it is fine. The 2003 model 330 is the one I'm stuck on most of the time and it is not made to fit a 6' 5" person. Do they think everyone wears a size 8 shoe and is the size of Tiny Tim? A person needs to be able to put his feet somewhere within a 12 to 16 hour day that is not in an awkward position. The seat needs to be wider as does the joystick console. Lot of problems with the a/c. We checked one day before it was hot weather and at 10 am and it was 144 degrees next to my legs which are against these consoles all day.The service is pitiful. Always the operater's fault, just ask CAT!

Would I buy one? Silly question. But to be fair, I was at the dealer yesterday and the small machines they have are no better. They must not understand what a share of the market they are missing by building minature operater stations.


Bob/Ont    Posted 07-22-2004 at 10:28:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
That, is a problem for you Redneck. The cabs are all pretty much the same on every machine. The way the consoles are mounted to slide I doubt they could be widened out. How does the cab of the older 200 series fit you? The problem with the AC is it's too sophisticated. Electronics constantly moving flaps back and forth blending cold and warm air for your "Comfort". They have so much oppertunity to to screw up. The older ones with just a variable fan are more reliable and you could turn the heater hose valves off if you had a problem.
Later Bob


Redneck    Posted 07-22-2004 at 18:30:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
If they know the cab is too small, they need to design it bigger. Everyone is not 5'7" and 150 lb anymore, more like 6'3" and 225 on average. Design things for big folks and the small ones can scoot up or use a pillow. If we don't fit, we don't fit period! They would open up a whole new market for themselves.


Bob/Ont    Posted 07-21-2004 at 21:41:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Mr Redneck Sir, please do not say those things about the most Sacred Caterpillar. Email me about your problems.
Later Bob


Clod    Posted 07-21-2004 at 21:15:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Look for the aluminum plate that says where the Cat was made. You may find it says MADE IN JAPAN, We have a couple of dozers here with that plate marked like that.So ,, Is like a big ole box of chockolates.You never know what youre gona get.


Grove r    Posted 07-21-2004 at 21:59:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
And remember, the ones with the teeth marks are the hard ones.....R.E.L.


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