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  1. I think its days of everyday winching work are long over and it is there because the D7 had one on originally and I like messing with new toys. I would only ever need it to either pull myself out or perhaps the 15 ton JCB 806 if it became stuck. Do not think I will every be winching trees out. I expect it will require some effort just to pull the cable out unless I can do it with the Kawasaki Mule or a quad. This was one of the comments after the video which has made me nervous! Back in the 80's I was in the airborne infantry and a few of us were offered a chance to cross train in vehicle recovery. It was a three week class and I learned a lot about recovering every type of vehicle you can imagine, and in every type of situation you can imagine. The one thing that stuck out that I will NEVER forget, was seeing the damage done to an M88 tank retriever when it's main winch line broke. The main winch is a 70 TON single line pull, and I believe the cable was 1.5 inches and I think there was 300 or maybe 400 feet of it. When the line snapped, it came right back and hit the M88 head on like a punch, and it knocked a hole RIGHT THROUGH SEVERAL INCHES OF STEEL BULK HEAD. You could see where it actually melted the steel as it forced its way through. No one was hurt, but it scared the crap out of every man there. The instructor said this is what happens when you don't do the math when figuring mire factors, block and tackle friction factors, knowing real vehicle weight, and enough pulling power to winch every sick whore in the world off her piss pot at the same time. Seeing that made me even nervous to pull too hard on my boot laces when tying them up. When we winch now, my pucker factor is always so tight you couldn't pound a pin up my ass with a jackhammer. I really know what can happen and it's scary. Whether or not these tests are real world, the damage a broke wire rope will do, is real world. Keep up the great work. Show less
  2. He also said "D8" when it was a BD20 at 260 hp. Still what is a 1740 hp difference when you are amongst friends!
  3. One thing I must do before attempting any serious winching with this machine is to build a heavy duty frame to protect the driver from a cable snapping.
  4. It certainly seemed to wrap up neatly with no kinks or overlaps Should I oil or grease the cable?
  5. So how much cable on the drum I think it was 100 yards of cable and no, I did not know to fit a swivel, what problem will that cause?
  6. This would have worked! Here is the D7 winding on a new cable using the Matbro as a tensioner.
  7. Spring holes in otherwise very dry conditions are very different to becoming stuck in heavy clay after a lot of rain.. There is a good chance of making less mess by pulling out forwards as the vehicle pulling or winching should be on hard dry ground, :Pulling out backwards is not generally desirable as you are messing up what you have ploughed and risking damaging the plough, but we had to do this as the Matbro had not enough traction on a side slope to pull the Fastrac and the plough out forwards over the lip and we couldn't be faffed to go back and start up the Cat D7.
  8. I have heard my todger called many names but never an old oily machine! We had a discussion about this a couple of years ago on the "Show us yer Tractors" thread The old County is feeling a bit flat in the first photo but has since been revived
  9. Teleporters are easily tipped over just with no load and mast up and extended on rough ground, just need to be careful and yes a falling tree has a lot of energy Don't think I would be happy with four and a half tons on my 1124 cab roof! The bloody thing nearly tips over sideways with just a few logs in the grab, not even half a ton, and it has water ballasted tyres.
  10. The 1124 has nothing like the ability of the Matbro Teleporter in the woods It cannot lift even half as much and the teleporter is great at helping trees go down in the right place as well as easily dealing with hung ones. Another plus is that the muck grab is above you helping to guide the tree and protect against falling rotten branches Today we have been thinning some 80 foot high sycamore which were planted too close and the trunks are only just over a foot in diameter. They are so close together that every tree becomes hung up Just a nudge with the teleboom is enough to bring them down and if not a chain around the base and a short bit of reversing. The logs are stacked at ten foot lengths and I can pick up a large bundle with the old muck grab and deposit them gently on the log table by the Palax I would like to restore the old 1124 back to agricultural spec. ( ducks down under desk to hide from missiles!)
  11. S Someone suggested that it may have been shot at by one of the local trout farmers. Apparently legal to shoot them if they are taking fish from a business??
  12. Heron looked to be asleep in the lane and looked soaked and unhappy in the heavy rain yesterday
  13. The Track Marshall 90 was 90 Perkins hp, which is not much compared to the 170hp Cummins in the Fastrac. The 1174 had about 120hp and the 1474 about 160 hp. The TM had differential steering with levers which is the reason nobody has ever beaten me at arm wrestling! Now the D7 for all its size and weight has a beautiful hydraulic assisted pair of clutches and brakes to turn the machine on a sixpence. It only has 120 hp but it is 14 litres with a huge stroke in each of the 3.5 litre cylinders. Max revs is 900. A County 1474 short nose was just sold recently to a collector near here for £205,000! I still have an 1124 with roof crane for forestry. Even the Countys and Cat D7 would have gone down this wet spring hole but at least the Cat has the Hyster winch with over 30,000 lbs of pull to recover itself! The tyres on the !474 were only 18.4/34 compared to the Fastrac 540/65 R30. I would choose the Fastrac every time with electric hydraulics, proper draft control, aircon, and suspension that leaves you in better condition at the end of a 10 hour day than all the others! I was only doing the headlands which were messed up in all that rain we had a few years back. So they were very hard having not been cultivated for some time, full of ruts, sloping a lot and heavy hard dry clay , until of course I hit the spring! We are going to sow them with Miscanthus so that hopefully will be the last time they are ploughed
  14. To be fair to the Fastrac, it is well balanced with that massive weight on the front, and I have ploughed the farm for the last fifty odd years with a variety of tractors starting with a two furrow reversible on a Massey 185, to a Track Marshall 90 with 4 furrow trailed, County 1174, 1184 and 1474, Caterpillar D7 with tool carrier. The Fastrac is the best so far with the Besson plough behind The problem here was a Spring hole and although I was able to drive the Fastrac and plough over the crust with the plough in the air, as soon as I started ploughing it broke through and then it is like trying to break out of a swimming pool as all the ground around is dry and rock hard. The heavy clay soon turned the new tyres into slicks. A few years ago in similar dry conditions a New Holland TF 46 put one wheel in one of these Spring holes and it still was stuck fast with two 150 hp Massey tractors chained together plus the combine wheel turning. The D7 did pull it out quite easily but it weighs twenty tons and has a shed load of torque. Anyway today it has pissed down so much I think that the tractor will be in the shed for the time being!
  15. Needed to plough some poor land while it was so dry. So dry in fact that it broke the two shear bolts on the rear pair of shares, Big mistake! Matbro to the rescue but even it could not pull me out forwards so it had to be towed out backwards New tyres turned into slicks!


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