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Re: Purchase Advice

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01-17-2020 03:59:51

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Just curious. You said you have run heavy equipment. What equipment did you run and how much, if I may ask.

Any loader and "steep" hills are not a good combination, especially if you are not straight up or down the hill. You must realize the center of gravity rises quickly as you raise the loader, even more with anything for a load in the bucket. If you decide to go with a loader you should find a machine equipped with an OEM certified ROPS and seatbelt. JMHO

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01-18-2020 05:35:47

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 Re: Purchase Advice in reply to Jim.ME, 01-17-2020 03:59:51  
Well I grew up on a farm, not the high dollar type of farm, just a small operation. Our biggest tractor was a International 1586, between the tractors and our grain trucks that was our heavy equipment. I worked for a Ethanol plant for a year where we drove trucks with main and a pup into the yard and then loaded them over the side with "wet cake", using a front end loader. We would load 4-6 trucks a night. Then for 10 years I worked at a coal fired power plant, we hauled coal with a good side loader to our conveyor system and built large stock piles for times when trucks couldn't get to us in the winter with coal. When building stock pile we had a large packer we towed behind the loader filled with water/antifreeze, you had to pack it tight or the pile would start on fire. Towing the packer was interesting, it was heavy enough if you got near the edge of the stock pile and it slid off, it was heavy enough to pull the loader down with it. Never happen to me but I seen one coworker do this and it tipped the loader half way on its side. Had to rig our dump truck to it while waiting for a wrecker towing outfit. Anyway, sometimes you would spend your entire 12 hour shift in the loader seat, some nights just a couple hours. I have had two different skid steers myself. Actually bought the Melrose 500 with a blown Kohler and re-powered it with a V-twin modern Kohler with the use of my own motor mounts and coupling.

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