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Matthew Storrs

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  1. Matthew Storrs

    Adding a hydraulic divertor to a digger.

    Nothing really put me off it, basically I needed a 1.8t size machine for all the fiddly little jobs I get and I just wanted something that was easy and light to tow around around with a few attachments. The majority of my work will still be undertaken my 3 tonner so in a way I wasn’t that fussed that the 1.8t should be all singing and dancing. The Yanmar was more money than the Tak but not a lot, TBH the yanmar is a nicer machine, it has proportional roller controls on the joystick for the aux, track pedals, better method of expanding the blade width etc. Tak dealer is near to me and good so that helped. In the 2.8t category the Yanmar sv26 would be the winner hands down if I was buying because it ticks every box I’d want from this size category- It is comfortably towable, still conventional tail, 10cm wider than the Tak too mega stable. good ground clearance, also the blade lowers more than the competition, I use this a lot for levelling the machine on slopes so the more travel the better. Volvo ec27D looks a good option too, I’m not sure on the price mind yoo.
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    Adding a hydraulic divertor to a digger.

    I find the hydraulic thumbs grip better than a grapple though. been walling with a 6 tonner this week with a thumb grab- I couldn’t believe the stuff I could pick up with it that I’m sure would require more configuring with a grapple to make sure it picked it up with out the rock slipping out it’s grip.
  3. Matthew Storrs

    Adding a hydraulic divertor to a digger.

    Yeah- I’d definitely think of a standard braced grapple for it. I get on really well with them myself and like the versatility and durability of them- nothing to really go wrong with them. I been trying to think of a way of making one that can handle rocks but still grab a load of soil/infill stone etc too. Love the idea with the UJs. Annoyingly the Taks new dipper is entirely cast- I think this may through up problems getting the brace welded to the cast dipper- might be a speacialist welding job I think.
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    Adding a hydraulic divertor to a digger.

    Good idea diverting off the offset. I assume it can all be done with a 12v feed to a solenoid to do the diverting? As it stands the powertilt hitch will run off the breaker lines. It has a semi quick hitch so no hydraulics needed for bucket changeovers. I will have a wedgelock hitch coming with thenmachine so maybe it will be easy to use that with attachments and keep the tilting hitch for bucket work. Don’t really thing the tilt function would be so useful with attachment s anyway... my dealer said that Takeuchi would only put on a second set of lines if it was factory order on this size machine, the Tak 216 is actually a bit basic compared to the competition, aux control is a foot pedal affair, no track either, I kinda of regretting not getting the Yanmar but it didn’t tick all the boxes either.
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    customer wont pay

    Agreed, I still can’t help thinking I’d explain very politely, that “whilst we arnt going to be able to agree on the tree/cost in question, I won’t therefore be able to cover the cost of waste removal and im sure you can appreciate I will return the waste for your disposal, thanks for your ‘buisness’”!
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    I’ll try it next time- your likely right as long as you know where the tube is sucking from, my one has a length of tube but the memory of the original coil in the plastic makes it quite hard to target a particular low spot. I know when i did the hydraulic tank recently more came out when I undid the drain plug.
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    Whilst I have used a vacuum pump recently to remove 70+ litres of hydraulic oil from a digger I’m not sure I would want to do the same with an engine, if an engine is drained when the oils still pretty warm I think you’d have more chance of getting g the most oil drained using conventional sump drain- gravity would mean the warm oil would drain to the sump off all components whereas I’d worry I wouldn’t have got it all out with a pump.
  8. Matthew Storrs

    Summer Solstice

    The thought that we are heading back to winter fills me with horror quite frankly! Already everything is starting to get that slightly tired looking late summer look and it’s raining too. on the plus side the next 2 weeks looks good weather wise so better live for the moment too😎
  9. Matthew Storrs

    First World Cup memory..

    My thoughts so far, Tunisia= dirty players...
  10. There are a lot of ways of looking at machine ownership so everyone’s approach may differ. personally when I buy a digger and Iv just got a new one on order so this is fairly relevant to me at the moment. Look at what equivalent machines are going for in say 5 years/10years or however long you would plan on keeping the machine before replacement. This will give you a good idea of how quickly it will depreciate and from this you can work out how much the machine is going to cost you per working hour (for example). Once you know this figure you can add profit as you see fit/usual buisness running costs etc. You should be able to work out your overall hourly running cost for the machine and thus whether that is a figure you think you will be able to achieve. Hire Purchase is a good way of looking at it as has already been mentioned- I would want the machine to be doing enough work for itself to cover the finance repayments, once it is paid off this is when it really earns you money. If you say plan on keeping the machine for 6 years. Pay it off in 3 via HP and the following 3 it will earn you money. When it comes to replacement the resale cost should cover deposit on new machine and off you go again. works for me but as said plenty different ways to look at it.
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    When things don’t go quite to plan!

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    When things don’t go quite to plan!

    And we all know assuming makes an ass out of you and me!
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    Patio revisited

    Gravel would be for drainage. I’d expect there’s a pipe at the bottom of the gravel to take the water away so that it doesn’t build up behind the wall- looks like it’s a dry stone wall though in which case it would drain anyway. tidy job Bob. Nice to see work still looking good years later
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    How to find a yard

    Try farmers and the like. Some might have spare barn space-old shed or something which may suit. Not sure about price as depends on what they’re offering and how official the whole thing is- perhaps £200 a month, possibly more if there is electric-water and other facilities.
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    Songs I Am Listening To

    yeah agree, Abba knew how to put a song together alright, they have recently written a few songs for Steps and you can hear the abba in them- quite like it actually. The thing about music is so many people seem to restrict themselves to genres for various reasons, putting down bands they probably havnt even heard much of. I like variety myself and my cd (I havnt moved on from CDs yet!) collection contains more or less everything from Bach and Black Sabbath to Sophie Ellis bexter and Duran Duran. id get bored of the same music all the time.


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