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LGP Eddie

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  1. Looked at many options for beefing up access tracks before and the quotes from the Trackway Restoration guys have not been the cheapest, but I’ve tried to dig through the results before and it’s pretty impressive if done properly. You can add imported rough concrete/hardcore or as dug rock if available, they’ll grind it to a product, grind again with cement, grade with whatever camber required and compact. Can be cost effective if there’s plenty of material already down or you can get hold of material normally heading for the crusher cheap. I love using concrete sleepers for access tracks, yes you’ve a bit of hassle hauling them, but not much else you can literally scrape off/grade what you’ve got and end up with a decent ready to use track that you can lift and sell back on if required. Eddie.
  2. Plenty of choice out there, they just seemingly get better and better, as carrier machines gain more flow, and heads improve In performance. The new Prinroth M450e for instance needs no case drain and is direct drive from the motor with no belts. Very desirable features for users. Eddie.
  3. My take on Case drain is you’ll get away with it piped back into a free return pipe (Hammer Mode) on most machines, but a simple trick to T in one way check valve with suitable low cracking pressure free to air will help you prevent motor seal damage should something happen untoward, as it’ll give a path of least resistance. The difference between Mowing and full on Fixed Tooth Mulching is night and day in the pounding it gives Hydraulic systems, you want that free return in the harder application to get oil away unrestricted and generally keep things cooler. If you go full on piped case drain the next consideration is where to pipe it? Put it straight into the tank and if the motor shits itself, the debris could be straight in your tank? Plumb it in just before the return filter and you could just as well plumbed it into the return on the head as the back pressure of the filter will be the same. Decision is yours, but if you go for the tank, ensure that it’s piped well down into the oil to prevent it aerating the oil. Try the filler cap first, Kubota KX080 for instance will take a bsp reducing fitting and dowty washer straight in, and just weld a suitable piece of hydraulic tube into the large portion of the fitting to take it well below the oil. The rest is easy to pipe up and there’s even spare ways in the Kingpost if it’s not a Two Piece Boom version. More importantly for most reading this is get yourself some Tema Hydraulic Fittings instead of the Flat Face if you’re actually Mulching a lot. You can replace the O rings in seconds on these and get the quality caps for them. However the best bit of Tema’s is so many people don’t know they lock? Push the collar in and twist it 90 degrees, then most importantly screw a quality jubilee clip up behind the collar. Total belt and braces, fix it in the field with a small pick and O ring, plus you can’t flick the collar back and knock your case drain off. Case drain off = motor shits itself instantly! Hope this helps a few, and yes bitter experiences behind the lot of that. Eddie.
  4. I’ll be honest, Shear isn’t a Grab no matter how you look at it. They will all cross cut and move material. If you can be bothered to take the blade out, you still end up with a pretty slow awkward setup to a grab, but like anything if it gets it done and makes money at the required pace it’s all good. Takeuchi isn’t putting much at that (be bar not psi) but should stand a tweak no problem. Whatever you choose, you really can’t go wrong, certainly move up a gear or two.👍
  5. Literally so many options now, the obvious one you missed out off was the OMEF 300 which is a very strong/simple piece of kit with huge ram and great geometry that will go better in large material than a TMK. Very cost effective, bombproof tool and can be had with an absolute top quality worm drive continuous 360 rotator that will stand the test of time. Turns it into a great all rounder. I actually hire out an OMEF400 such is my faith in it’s build. TMK300 with Turbo Ram is the tool in smaller material, these are real fast bits of kit and the Turbo ram a great piece of engineering, you really do get the speed, but when the larger portion of ram catches up it still packs a punch. I run a TMK300 full spec, Turbo Ram and Collector under an Engcon Tiltrotator, continually toy with switching it for an OMEF just for more cut, but I’d lose all the speed! Intermercato have a few in the mix here, choice would be T-Cut 25 which is an absolute tank of a build, and huge ram. Big opening and use it either side of the blade. Doesn’t seem to suffer the loose blade bolt issues of the 200/250 E models that are strong simple shears themselves. Sold plenty of Intermercato, absolutely rock solid Shears, mate just completed 8 miles of Rail work with the most basic 200E with larger 250 blade fitted. Made him same money with absolutely no issues as any of the more expensive offerings. Whatever you decide, get the pressure checked on your machine and have it properly set to the Shear requirements. If you go TMK and Turbo ram, get it properly setup. So many just think these things will just plug straight on and Cut, then moan one make is nowhere near another they’ve tried? Facts are some like TMK will tolerate lower pressure than others, as TMK are the only manufacturer that you can really spec the Ram to the pressure you currently have, they offer such a range. Try low pressure with the big hitters like the T-Cut and OMEF and you’re going nowhere fast!
  6. What’s the actual weight your Transit is legal to tow? Do you wish to go Cab or Canopy as this impacts what Tiltrotator solutions are available to you. Plenty of companies can retrofit a proportional rotate circuit with rockers in the joystick to match any Factory single circuit. No single brand of Tiltrotator is cheaper than another across a range of quotes, as most sales guys can give their own discounts and spec can vary so widely that you must ensure absolutely everything is like for like before a true comparison. Everything breaks, but in this game there’s guys out there that could bend an Anvil! Brand loyalty is savage, dig a bit deeper and you’ll often find they’ve not even slept with someone who had one! Eddie.
  7. You’ll not go wrong with an FAE, brilliant bits of kit. I’m at a bit of a loss when you say Hi Flow, as generally the Priority Valve is dialled in for the machine and you’re good to go. It’s either on or off and when activated should provide about as good as you’ll get to the head leaving enough for the machine to function on. There is a good explanation of a Priority Valve here and how it manages to balance the needs of the Cutting Head with the Machines need to be able to multi function. There’s a good explanation of a Priority Valve I found, that may help guys understand what we’re going on about. Eddie.
  8. Just wondering why 150m in off the hard? Can something not be done at the road/track? Eddie.
  9. Switching out the standard dipper arm for the telescope of a small timber crane isn’t going to be hugely expensive and could actually be lighter than a standard dipper arm when you take into account the bucket ram and linkage. Easy to plumb in on the standard bucket service, and a Mecalac would handle it easily. Trade off in such configuration is you can’t lift/drag yourself about.
  10. I’ve had no success with the Factory with regard to the auxiliary pressure, but yes absolutely they can resolve it if you point it out. If you go new with JCB you get a lot of options that can be factory fitted without the hassle of third party involvement or removing/replacing parts, and it can work out considerably cheaper that way. You may be getting ahead of yourself on auxiliary flow though from that size unit. If you like it, ask for a flow test to be done as there will be a lot of long faces if it’s not pushing out the flow you require for a specific attachment. I never believe brochures from any manufacturers when it comes to power/flows. Eddie.
  11. Got tagged in so had a read through. The CAT 309 with Hi Flow is now default choice, simply because it runs a genuine extra dedicated hydraulic pump setup to give you a solid 140ltr/min auxiliary flow without eating up the other functions. CAT are always good on hydraulic pressure too. All factory fitment so no messing about with priority valves from third party suppliers and invalidating warranty etc. With Two piece boom it would be quite a weapon. The 309 has the larger track frame from the 310, so will be ultra stable. If it’s too big, then Mecalac Mcr as you’ll be able to remove the standard dipper and easily fit a telescopic extension to it. They have the geometry/stability to make full use of it, and combined with their ability to tow trailers, you’ll have a handy forwarder setup too. The Mcr are brilliant at carrying anything from a Mulcher to a Winch converted to hydraulic too. JCB have low auxiliary pressure that can easily be resolved, I’ve helped several people overcome this. I don’t see the same negativity of their current Midi range and rate them myself. Eddie.
  12. Everyone I know gets kit inspected as the norm, and that’s because we wouldn’t get on site without it. Machines are Loler and All my attachments are Puwer inspected. Everything is done by Matt at Shropshire Plant Services, top service, not expensive. All shackles and lifting slings are disposed of after 6 months, or immediately if damaged. The cost of the mainly 5 tonne Roundslings I use isn’t even worth taking the slightest chance, and the smaller shackles are the same. I have several sets of chains and larger shackles specific for tasks, that are never in regular use, these are tested when a project requires them, as they’ll always end up running out mid project on me otherwise. I have paper copies of all the certs in the machines, and a file of images on my phone just for certs as well. You can’t beat having a paper copy for any inspection on site, but invariably now the person doing the inspection will ask if you can e mail them over copies, that’s despite the fact you’ll have already sent them before you had the order number! Eddie.
  13. Still a lovely part of the world, I don’t blame you for spending a few weeks here. My Wifes friends took over the Boat a few weeks before Christmas, talk about savage time to take on a Pub, but hopefully they’ll get back on track when this mess is all over.
  14. Moorlands Specialist Excavations Ltd, kit lives at Cellerhead or Rugby depending on where work happens to be.
  15. Small world, I’m in Chedd. Black Lion is a regular walk in summer, lethal range of real ale and cider there, towpath always seems to have a few more bends on the way back!?
  16. looked at using the excavator and grab, that with the lorry to haul the stuff would have been too heavy and the client doesn’t want any potential damage to the deck or the stone works,the crane will do it from the road side. I’ve not done any of it, WM Plant do an awful lot of it for the EA. In reality Kevin Russell has the tool in the Wheeled Sennebogen 718, which weighs in around 24 tonne all up, and combines a fantastic geometry/telescopic arm combined with a hi rise cab to give the operator a much better view. When I had the Sennebogen it was one application that really did spring to mind as you would very quickly be in and out to the next location in times of flood. If I ever get my new Telescopic extension to the Liebherr, it again will be a great tool for such work, with around 19 metres reach, excellent geometry and hi rise cab. Around 34 tonne and rubber block pads for the road. Another option is Al Wallace with his Truck/Felling Head, 30+ metres reach and great geometry. Radio remote so able to have great vision of the operation. Eddie.
  17. I pretty much stopped supplying fuel as I've been caught too many times having a bowser on site and then a load of other kit turns up either without fuel to even begin the job, or needing filling up after a day or so. Long faces all round if I refuse to fuel them and the job has to stop, but very short memories when it comes to paying or replacing it. My clients will have to supply white and I don't like the though of machines left full of it. Eddie.
  18. A lot bigger market for stolen white than red, machines and bowsers will be like cash machines!? Eddie.
  19. I don’t care if they want more money, just take it fairly instead of propping up something that if it was normal business would be made to stand on it’s own two feet. Eddie.
  20. No it’ll not happen, Farmers will as ever be exempt for whatever reason and then continue to diversify into cutting a slice out of anything they can with a bit of exemption help. Eddie.
  21. The abuse will increase as they really have the advantage then, plus the Farm off sales of red will flourish nicely! White straight through would sort the job out and if food goes up so what, it’s too cheap anyway and half of it is pure shite in a packet. Eddie.
  22. Same as when they haul Diggers to site with their Tractors on Red, and undercut all the Plant lads and Hauliers, we feel it massively too thanks. Eddie.
  23. If they’re going to do it, then just do it! No exemptions or tax back for anyone, level the field finally. Eddie.
  24. Triggers broom I suppose? But machines somehow seem to die a natural death of getting ever more shagged out, sold onto more occasional users who aren’t so fussy as long as it digs, or exported to countries that will be more than pleased to see anything that replaces manual labour. Some quite fresh machines can end up straight in the dismantlers these days for Computer, DPF, Engines etc. They don’t build them like they used to as they say, and they also don’t train old school fitters. No disrespect to anyone but hard to disagree the industry is geared to quick diagnostic and full part replacement, instead of old school take it off and fix it! Eddie.
  25. Probably the best small setup I’ve ever used. It’s got the Engcon DC2 system that I’m not a fan of, but the rest is a great setup as it’s an Ec02 with the correct S30 Hitch for this size machine, and older style top hitch which is far less bulky than the latest version. Operating it you hardly know the Tilty is on. The Cab’s are a good size for a zero tail and it’s capable of a serious amount of work in a day. Shaun kept it 100% in terms of maintenance, and always has his kit mint looking. Hours go against it, but you’d have to buy on condition I suppose. Eddie.

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