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Re: IH 1440 Wreck waiting to happen..any law suits out there?

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Bob Kerr

10-24-2001 19:21:20

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I am not familiar with the 1440, but I can relate something similar. I have a friend who is an engineer and he worked for Catapillar a few years back designing an auxilliary braking system for the super large mining trucks, you know, the SUPER big ones they use in the large open pit copper and iron mines. The older trucks had hydrualic systems that controlled everything like brakes, forward and reverse drives, and steering.If the engine died, so did the brakes and steering and if the driver was lucky the machine would be pointed at the side of the rock wall when it happened or the whole rig would go off the road and down the side of the pit.Lets just say not many guys were lucky and very few survived, not to mention a multi-million dollar truck crashing and becoming it's own $15,000 scrap pile at the bottom of the pit. The system he designed had a pump driven by an electric motor with very large batterys that were controlled by a pressure switch. If the pressure dropped(like if the engine died) the motor would turn on and drive an auxilary pump and feed enough pressure to get the steering and brakes back online, much to the delight of the by now sweaty palmed and sheet white driver. If you are creative you can make your own system like this, but like I said I don't know what kind of brake system the combine has and if it could be adapted like this.Just an idea and might be cheaper than dealing with a lawyer.

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