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Re: 999 American Dragline

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11-14-2012 23:21:44

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Nice looking machine, you can't beat the old ones. I got a call today from an outfit in the mountains that has a 71B Bucyrus. Dad and I did a 19 week, all but total, rebuild on it about 10 years ago. They somehow managed to bend the butt section of the boom, and the front arms on the gantry, and they wanted to see if I was interested in doing the repairs for them. Needless to say I'm going to jump at the chance. Now if my customer in Chapel Hill could just get his finances right so I can put together his 190D Northwest and his 80D Northwest shovel and get them both back up and running.

Just thinking as I wrote this, what are you doing with all of the spoils your pulling out? I don't see any piles in the background and it just seems like ALOT of material to be hauling off even for as much as you've done so far, much less for the entire project.

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Tom in west Mi.

11-15-2012 03:21:13

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 Re: 999 American Dragline in reply to NCWayne, 11-14-2012 23:21:44  
It is a long term project. They sell around 30,000 yards of sand a year. I will try and take some more pictures with the pile soon. Right know I am only digging part time for the owner.

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11-15-2012 13:58:40

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 Re: 999 American Dragline in reply to Tom in west Mi., 11-15-2012 03:21:13  
Makes sense. There are small operations around me that dip from a creek, etc, but the larger sand pits are about an hour East of me, closer to the coast. Those guys typically do trench cuts to expose the sand and throw the overburden back into the last trench, which is now empty of sand. Once they are done they grade it all down and the absence of the sand leaves them with a lake whatever size the piece of property they are digging on converes. It's amazing to go into a pit one year, and then go back a year or two later and see how much material has been moved. It's staggering to the imagination that it all left one bucket load, and then one truck load at a time.......

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