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Re: New Addition to the family, Meet, "Spud"
« Reply #200 on: May 12, 2018, 08:55:52 AM »
But the difference with these rubber track machines is that the tracks are one piece, can't split them

But the compensating road wheel that applies track tension, is forced out into position with a grease filled cylinder.

Simply remove the grease fitting cap, and you are immediately greated by a spraying grease shower, but after that, the track tension is all gone.

I backed up over a stump, then raised the front by lowering the front implement, then with spud bar (Hey, same name) worked the track back on. It was a 2 hour job start to finish, I pumped the cylinder back up and was right back into production.

I did sharpen the cutter blades which can be commanded to change direction.

I experimented with putting a knife like edge on one side than a busting axe edge on the other.

I noted that the knife edge would cut a 8" cedar tree in half in seconds, whereas the chisel edge would like to hammer away and pulverize the tree.

I prefer the finer cutting edge, but it will not stand up to rocks, old car suspension parts, fence wire, and did I say, rocks very well
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Re: New Addition to the family, Meet, "Spud"
« Reply #201 on: May 12, 2018, 08:57:03 AM »
The cutter itself is holding up well. I have used it to push over 25-30 foot tall trees by the scads!
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Re: New Addition to the family, Meet, "Spud"
« Reply #202 on: May 12, 2018, 08:59:01 AM »
It finished three days of hard work in spades!

What a machine!
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Re: New Addition to the family, Meet, "Spud"
« Reply #203 on: May 12, 2018, 10:13:28 AM »
throwing track.......oh the memories!
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Re: New Addition to the family, Meet, "Spud"
« Reply #204 on: May 12, 2018, 01:27:52 PM »
I wondered about the tracks being one piece and what would happen.

Guess it is paying for itself well and gets a thumbs up?
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Re: New Addition to the family, Meet, "Spud"
« Reply #205 on: May 12, 2018, 03:29:04 PM »
I wondered about the tracks being one piece and what would happen.

Guess it is paying for itself well and gets a thumbs up?
These things rent for $150-$200 a day, and to get someone in is $125-$150 an hour, five hour min.

I get to use mine whenever I want to, and yesterday, I was cutting in an air conditioned cab. Man it was nice!

This machine is just worth its weight in gold for the do everything piece of equipment. And now with the flamethrower, we can add crowd control and barbecuing to the list of tasks it can do!
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Re: New Addition to the family, Meet, "Spud"
« Reply #206 on: May 30, 2018, 11:00:05 AM »
Well, the thing continues to run great. I'm approaching 50 hours on the hobbs and the machine just continues to power through everything I throw at it.

It did suffer some damage though, suffering a busted work light and a bent cutter guard. It sports some scratches, but those are to be expected.
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