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LGP Eddie

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  1. excavator advise

    I think you perhaps need to rewind a bit and give some idea what you're looking for in terms of a base carrier? You looking to go new or used? Reduced tailswing or full size machine? You use Mulching Head and Flail together in your question, are you looking to Mulch standing material down to the floor and incorporate it or simply Flail scrub and vegetation. Regarding manufacturers, all will do the task in mind and pretty much without exception they will all come with the pipework required these days as manufacturers are catching up to the requirements of end users. 10 tonne is more of an emerging class led by manufacturers simply having to beef up 8 tonne machines to cope with user demands. They have eaten a huge slice of what used to be 13 tonne machine class, and 13 tonne machines have jumped to 15 tonne plus in a similar fashion. You would probably be stunned what one of the latest 6 tonne class machines can achieve now, such is progress. There's an awful lot to consider when making the purchase of the carrier machine and most come back to who is local that gives good service? Eddie.
  2. Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    Had the visit from John Craig to get the Engcon system installed and finally got to see what this Kobelco is made of. Delighted to see it handles the big Westtech no issues even full over the side, and John really has got everything spot on with this install, ironing out all the little creases we had left to finish on the Liebherr, and these mods can now be transferred over to that. One thing that many people never grasped was the unique twin Ec-Oil mount that was constructed for the Hand Habbig shear. Simple fact is the Liebherr never needed it, it has so much reach/height but what a difference it makes to the Kobelco, it's going to be seriously useful. Just to give some idea, removing the Engcon and picking up on the top hitch removes a straight 800kg of weight, and that's a decent lump of timber in itself! Just all the Prolec slew/height/dig monitoring system to setup and a few more guards to fit and it's good to go. Eddie.
  3. Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    It's got so bad they'll be fitting machines with revolving doors soon to get the seat fillers in an out quicker until they find one that's not a chancer! I foresee some changes as the Aberdeen bypass has produced an unbelievable amount of incidents relating to Plant and most fingers point to having the ticket and not an ounce of experience. Eddie.
  4. Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    Just working speccing kit and solutions for others would do me, or Operator training that means they can actually Operate, not simply having bought a ticket! Hopefully a few shifts left in me yet! Eddie.
  5. Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    If you simply tap into the pipework for the boom offset circuit and extend this to the dipper end with your other auxiliaries, then you can simply press the current button installed to switch from grab to rotate. No need for anything else. Obviously these will be manual valves to change the flow from offset to your new extra auxiliary circuit, or you can fit your 6 way valve and a switch here to do it from the comfort of the cab. Eddie.
  6. Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    Thanks, still work in progress, be great to see them out together but any volunteers to operate the other one? The fat bottom girls! Eddie
  7. Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    Kubota is one of the most expensive to convert because you have to cut and widen the whole machine to get the pads on. The simple reason for this is the massive slew ring in comparison to others. Take a CAT 308 you could bolt 1 metre wide pads on with no modifications and get going. The slew ring however is about the same size as a Kx57 Kubota's, hence the CAT wouldn't be my choice for heavy attachments. Bolting the 1 metre pads would be cheap, but it will absolutely eat track chains! A properly cut/lengthen/widen on a Kubota with 900 pads with bottom rollers fitted as heavy duty top rollers, full track guides etc will be expensive, (JccEngcon will tell you) but it will last and last, even swap to the next machine by swapping tops, and won't worry overly about stumps/rocks/hardcore if just operated sensibly. Hitachi Zx85 on 800 or 900 pads is about the best substitute for the real thing. Eddie.
  8. Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    In a word no, it's not something I'm concentrating on. A case of they won't know what they had until they lost it. Paperwork trumps any standard of work these days. Eddie.
  9. Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    He's not got it now mate, this arrived Friday!
  10. Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    In simple terms if you wish to use a grab under the Engcon offer unit, you would have to add in what is called and 'SS9' setup. this will allow you to change between the Tilt function and the Grab. I'm guessing at something like £1500 extra on the package. You can go all the way to a full control system that will allow you to Tilt/Rotate/Grab at the same time, and even add your blade and tracking to your levers! That Komatsu pc30 is setup just like this and is unreal. That's obviously going to cost a chunk on top. I do know they sold a fair few at the Plantworx show, not huge money to get you basically Tilting/Rotating, but if you want to use a grab and many here would, you've got to factor in the upgrade. Eddie.
  11. Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    Again I apologise for this being Engcon, other brands are available but the fact is the 2.5 and 3 tonne sit across two models, the Ec02 for up to around 2.8 tonne and then the Ec204 takes over. Loads of options that can change the final spec/price, and it really takes a little time with a prospective purchaser to ascertain what they currently do, and what they may hope to achieve in future. However anyone running machines up to around 2.8 tonne with two dual acting auxiliary circuits, Volvo, Kubota 27's, Yanmar etc, get in quick and fill your boots, this offer is seriously good! Worth putting in the shed for a prospective machine upgrade at that money, or call someone like summit equipment to see what the other circuit and Joystick with roller may cost to add if you already have a single circuit. EC02 special offer | engcon Eddie.
  12. Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    Just a few shots of my mates new Komatsu setup. It's the first of the new dash 5 versions in the UK and it really is a seriously nice piece of kit. It has many improvements over the previous version and I can honestly say it's a real shame Komatsu never push them as it'll go up against anything out there in this class. They are well worth a look. It's been fitted with the full Engcon Ec204 setup on S40 size hitch, and the grab seen here is just on loan from Engcon, as I'm certain he's going to end up with an Intermercato on it. Plenty on here would make good use of that setup, the killer in this size is transport, he runs a 14 tonne hookloader which is perfect for it. Eddie.
  13. Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    I'd just go for a pump/tank setup and battery like an Ifor Williams trailer. You can get these remarkably cheaply now, and the simple fact is you can tip it regardless of what it's hitched to. Decent leisure battery and you'll get plenty of tips before even thinking of a charge. Remote fob kits are available to make this operable from the machine or 4x4 seat. https://www.flowfitonline.com/hydraulic-power-units/single-acting/flowfit-12vdc-single-acting-hydraulic-power-pack-with-45l-tank-zz003468?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI_Jmu06fw1AIVpp3tCh1yVgI2EAQYASABEgLlJfD_BwE WIRELESS REMOTE CONTROL IFOR WILLIAMS TIPPER TRAILER TT85 TT105 TT126 | eBay Eddie.
  14. Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    If that's what you need I think they're a great bit of kit.👍 Gregor McArthur has done some, there was one on a CAT308 if I remember correctly at the APF a few years back. Best thing is the flow and pressure they will accommodate through them, so obviously ideal for power hungry Mulcher's and Stump grinders etc. From seeing them first hand I think the quality is without question. I'd say if combined with an Oil Quick hitch setup it could be a real contender against conventional Tiltrotator setups in some applications. The shaped bucket they make is fantastic, and one of those under a Tiltrotator would be pretty special.👍😎 Eddie.
  15. Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    It's the sides of the main body that actually seem to need it most, but what you've done there is exactly what I'd do in conjunction with it too. Tidy job.👍 Eddie.

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