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Crawlers, Dozers, Loaders & Backhoes Discussion Forum

Re: Magnatrac mini dozers

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Randy Corlew

01-07-2013 20:51:39

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My experience with Mini Crawlers is pretty good. I started with a Lennox Kitty Track 600 - 6HP! It was an attempt by Lennox Furnace Co to make a garden tractor in a furnace plant. Interesting project. Overhauled it and sold it.
Next project was a MT-1800 Struck Magnatrac loader/backhoe. 16HP. Overhauled it and learned a lot. Slow but did some work. Machine was a little small with the single chain track to support the backhoe. Putting a load on it in low gear with the weight on it it could break the chain which I did.
I now have moved up to the MH-5000 and what a difference. Loader is very powerful! The 25 HP engine is a big improvement. With added weight it really hooks up. Loader/backhoe is very useful and the power helps. It is slow but can work in tight areas and has more power than any compact utility can deliver in the same hp range. Used prices are attractive. Pretty easy to work on. Support from Struck is great.
A 25 HP compact cannot do the work, will not lift the weight, cannot climb the same grade and cannot work in the same tight spaces. Down sides of the Struck 5000, Slow, fuel tank too small, tears up the grass unless you are careful, going up a grade - breakover is hard to get used too.

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01-08-2013 04:45:14

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 Re: Magnatrac mini dozers in reply to Randy Corlew, 01-07-2013 20:51:39  
Yep, that one looks a lot like my MH5000. First thing I modified, was to remove the 2 gallon gas tank, and put one from a Skag walk behind lawnmower on it. New one holds almost 5 gallons, in the same space!

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d beatty

01-07-2013 22:59:19

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 Re: Magnatrac mini dozers in reply to Randy Corlew, 01-07-2013 20:51:39  
These machine look like they would great for cleaning snow off driveway. The only thing I would do is get a larger bucket made of aluminum.

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Randy Corlew

01-08-2013 07:53:36

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 Re: Magnatrac mini dozers in reply to d beatty, 01-07-2013 22:59:19  
I already got a new 60 inch loader bucket made from steel - I am curious why you said aluminum? The steel is stronger, a lot cheaper and the crawler has the power to lift as much as a lot bigger regular tractor with 40 hp.
Also the bucket I got with mine has ripper teeth and I have to be careful on the drive.
Another thing I have to do is make shoes. The grousers are marking my driveway.

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01-08-2013 16:48:52

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 Re: Magnatrac mini dozers in reply to Randy Corlew, 01-08-2013 07:53:36  
If I were using mine on asphalt, I would find some rubber conveyor material, and use that as the grouser. To drill the holes, make a steel jig, and freeze the rubber before drilling. The bolts will pull into the rubber, and countersink themselves.

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d beatty

01-08-2013 08:09:52

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 Re: Magnatrac mini dozers in reply to Randy Corlew, 01-08-2013 07:53:36  
I would go with aluminum and a 80 inch bucket with a steel cutting edge just for snow.I would use the standard steel bucket for moving dirt. Lighter bucket weight means I can lift more snow. For you driveway see if they make rubber grousers for it I know they make them for larger crawlers.

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