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Ty Korrigan

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 We hired this in for a dead beech today.

First time with a tracked machine.

It is a 2016 model.

It was a devil to get level then weirdly sluggish operating and capricious.

At 3pm it burst a hose.

To the credit of the hire firm they sent a hydraulic repair guy out and it was back working in an hour but we'd had enough of it's shenanigans so called it a day.



It wasn't a great machine to operate with lots of movement and as the boom got higher, a pronounced lean.

Is this a normal amount of play?




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6 hours ago, maybelateron said:

My new CMC 18m spider certainly flexes more than my 1996 road tow 16m Aerial K16T. I don't think the wobble in the basket mounted looked like a sign of good mechanical health.

I only had demonstrations from Hinowa and CMC, but both said that a machine built in the 90's, like my Aerial, was built more solidly than the newer stuff. I never accused my 1959 Fordson Power Major of being flimsy!

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1 minute ago, Ty Korrigan said:

According to this sticker, it was last inspected in 2016...

Depends on the firm doing the inspection. I have found that some put a sticker on the machine at each inspection, but others do not. I don't know if this a requirement beyond having the paper certificate of inspection. Interestingly, when my new CMC spider arrived the dealers put a new Loler on it, but with new climbing or lowering kit it does not need Loler inspection until it has been in service for 6 months. 

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30 minutes ago, Ty Korrigan said:

Well this is still an ongoing dispute.

In a recent email, the hire company state the boom wear pads are original and show no signs of wear.

Anyone know how often these parts require changing?


When they are worn… 

Depending upon the design they can sometimes be adjusted/shimmed to take out wear.

Your video at the start of the thread doesn’t show any boom wear though (not saying it wasn’t worn but that vid doesn’t show it) - it just shows play in the platform mounting linkage. 

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