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    Algae in a Bunch of Diesel - Opinions Wanted

    First, to be clear I know it's not really an algae, but that's what everyone calls it so that's what I'll use to describe the problem. The background story is that I purchased a dump truck with full fuel tanks that developed filter clogging issues right off the bat. I figured it might be algae...
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    Thanks guys! We've been on and off busy this year, but never really had the board stacked up for weeks ahead. Kinda weird. Seems like everyone and his brother has a skid or ctl around here these days. Pretty shoddy work too...that'll weed 'em out in time. One of the more interesting projects...
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    I had an opportunity to try out a Danuser Intimidator on a few acres of mesquite. I failed to take enough pics, but the size ranged from itty bitty up to 8" or so with multi trunks. Most of the 2-4" mesquite had been cut at some time with a chainsaw so even those tap roots were large and pretty...
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    You're welcome! I've been slacking on job pics so here's a few. This driveway was obviously neglected, but it was also topped with a smooth river rock that moved all over the place. At least the driveway had a nice layer of roadbase beneath the grass and topping rock. This is the first and...
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    Your towing rigs and trailers

    Hauled my Dodge to the repair shop yesterday afternoon. I think the Cummins cracked or blew out an injector since it filled the crankcase full of fuel. It was a bit more tongue weight than I like, but I sure wasn't going to back it on. And no, it's not chained down yet in the pic.
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    Well that was fun.

    Man, you guys are making me miss my Cruiser! Here's a couple pics from right down the road before I sold it. The ex has all the pics from Johnson Valley, Rubicon, Fordyce, Dusy, Swamp Lake, Truckhaven and a bunch of other trails I can't remember the names of all over the Southwest. To the OP...
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    For a long time I've been on pins and needles waiting for the Case to break something else BIG. Well, I decided to beat it at its own game. Here's a few photos of my new SVL90. Picking her up from the dealer. First day on the job. I feel truly blessed!
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    Trailer Brake Help

    My flatbed is in the shop so I need to tow my GN with my old F350. All lights work but the trailer brakes will not activate either with the slider or pedal. GN connected to the flatbed truck and brakes work. F350's Prodigy controller show no connection to the GN. Brakes work fine when the F350...
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    Thanks. I started 40,000 sq. ft. of 3/4" topping today. Got about halfway done, but the little blue tractor was hauling flat out for 11 hrs. so no pics to speak of. I'll post up before and after pics when I get it dressed up and compacted. The driveway is bordered with chop stone...no fun...
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    And meanwhile, just up the road...The Culvert To Nowhere #2 Mud, ground water and more mud has been the theme for the better part of 2015.
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    Thanks! The Culvert Pipe To Nowhere #1 There's nothing like setting elevations and offsets over the phone with the inspector! The new landowner set his own pipe...undersized and without ends, so we fixed him up with the right stuff. Word is that it will be months before the county gets out here...
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    This home is a target for about 60 acres of runoff. There is a small swale and drain pipes close to the structure, but not enough to handle a good soaker. I cut a new swale to reroute the drainage around the home. The soil on this hill was still pumping five days after the last rain.
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    With a bunch of heavy lifting on the books, I picked up a set of Construction Attachments 5,500# pallet forks. I am a bit surprised at the quality level. Given the power that hydraulic quick attach pins generate and the Xtreme Heavy Duty name, no triangulation at the bottom of the quick...
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    Here's a more recent project that will continue off and on through next spring. Just rough drainage grading for now in very wet clay. There was an existing pond in the backyard that I actually aimed runoff to from the neighbors property when I did their project over a year ago. The pond has...
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    Here's another project from the summer. The driveway was damaged from improper drainage and it pitched toward the garage a lot. I intended to regrade and expand the gravel further down the hill for additional parking and access to the backyard. I ordered a semi load of base and a load of rock...
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    The first repair area was a quarter mile from my loading area and the second over a half mile. The trail was also narrow, rutted and pretty rough in general. I spruced up quite a bit of it to save my back. When you gotta get it there...you use what you got! :D
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    The culvert pipes were purchased by the owner prior to my looking at the project. I would have spec'd larger pipe The second damaged section.
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    Thought I'd share a few photos since I haven't updated the thread for awhile. Here's a ATV trail washout repair from the summer. The hills are steeper than the photos show. Carnage from the guy that tried to work on this earlier in the summer. Cutting drainage swales to redirect the...
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    No interesting work photos to post, but I had a bitter-sweet weekend. I let go of the Stude. We just bought a place on sixteen acres further out in the sticks. There's a nice barn/shop, but no concrete yet and no garage either. I was fretting over bringing the Stude out here and not having any...
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    Cutting the new drainage path. With less than 20 yards of dirt left to spread, the Case blew a quick attach hydraulic hose. The little blue wonder comes to the rescue again! There was a lot of separating soil types on this one. Clay was saved for the drainage area, and sandy soil was...
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    Here are the pics from the pond fill in I had to pull off of to put on new tracks.
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    New Driveway Construction

    Hutchman - If the soil is compacted well, the trucks won't move it around driving over it. You can also use pins supplied by the geo supplier. I've rolled it out myself and have used one or two helpers too...just depends on the job. Unless the wind is blowing pretty hard, it only takes a little...
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    Placed and wheel-roll compacted 48 tons of roadbase and topped it with 24 tons of 3/4" minus crushed limestone. The turnaround area also had trenches through it, so I fixed them and spread the leftover stone. You'll notice the customer's tractor sitting next to the shed in the first...
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    I finished this job early today, so I figured I'd update the thread. I put in this driveway a few years back. It still looked fine, but the new owners just had a barn built and wanted to get some additional work done. Two triaxle loads of clay based sand in the barn, stalls and turnouts. The...
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    allowable weight on a gooseneck?

    Or a flatbed, or even better a hauler bed. But then you can't just chuck stuff in there, it has to be tied down. I have the GN adjusted all the way down on my equipment trailer behind a Dodge dually flatbed. Even with the ball well the trailer is a little too high in front. I just replaced the...
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    Question on PT110 Forestry and the Kubota SVL90-2

    Here's the machine Frisco is talking about. Mulching before and after shots. A couple of things I'll mention when it comes to the SVL90 and running a mulcher. The loader towers are fairly open to debris. Most of the dusty stuff can be blasted out with air a couple times during the day (at...
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    I had to pull off the pond job since one of the tracks was just begging to break. There are now two split steel lugs pulling through the rubber. I'll have new tracks and rear sprockets by Wednesday. Looking forward to a better ride and more traction. Speaking of tracks...Here's the family at...
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    Yep, not cheap to run equipment, that's for sure. I've been busy and haven't posted any updates lately. Here's a few from the current job I'm on, filing in a pond and doing a bit of land sculpting. The pond was built to collect runoff from the subdivision, but the soil is too sandy and it...
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    A few more... After getting everything fixed up, I spread five semi-loads of roadbase on the driveway. The larger stone and fines will hold up a lot better than peagravel. I only snapped a couple quick "finished" photos. Hard to see in the pics, but (yet another) storm was blowing in...
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    No callback from the lady with the landplane, so we'll see what happens. In the meantime, here's a few more pics from another job. I originally placed a culvert pipes and precast ends for this customer quite awhile ago. Their builder included the grading and gravel driveway into the price of...
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    After all of the rain we've had this year, the common concern I hear from customers is drainage, drainage, DRAINAGE! Works for me since that's what I do. :thumbsup: On this little project there was no room for drainage swales, so I built up the driveway 8-10" and crowned. Luckily there's a...
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    Thought I'd catch up on a few work pics since I haven't posted any in awhile. I've been busier than a three legged dog in a butt kicking contest. Here's a few for entry to a new shop. I cut a swale, graded for drainage and spread roadbase with a topping of crushed limestone.
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    Happy 4th of July to everyone! I picked up a slightly used LandPride LR2584 landscape rake today for a song. I've been wanting one for job cleanup and my wife's arena for quite some time. All of the used Chinese junk I found was going for just slightly less than new. I got the LP for less than...
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    Who can afford a new truck anymore?

    I agree. Not a truck, but here's our family hauler. Thirty years old this year and just rolled over 70k original miles. With a few tools, spare HEI module and a set of belts onboard...it's easily repaired if need be and super simple to work on. I can't think of any vehicle in current production...
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    For quite awhile now I've been meaning to get my flatbed set up to my liking. When I bought the Dodge, the bed had been transplanted from another truck and needed some work. Cracks and surface rust here and small 24" underbody boxes with greasable hinges that had never been greased. Even with PB...
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    The tree guy's place has finally dried up enough to get something done. I put in a 35'x 45' pad for their drive thru building. First couple pics are my office view and a view of my foot. The second one was accidental, but I thought the track print in the sand looked cool. I removed and...
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    The pit was closed off from flooding for three weeks, so the sand delivered today was freshly dug out of the creek, vibrated through their screens and loaded on the trucks. I just tossed it out there to let it dry before attempting to grade it.
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    While I waited for loads of sand to arrive, I finished and rolled the pad, and dressed up the swale and slopes.
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    The arena had pretty much lost all of it's sand after the bar-ditch overflowed. Twenty inches+ of fall in 75 feet didn't help either. After grading the arena to flow in two directions without making it too obvious, I built up the area above the new slope to redirect the water back into...
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    With most of my jobsites still a tad too wet, I headed for this one in sandier soil on top of a hill. The county resurfaced the road and basically eliminated the bar-ditch along the frontage. The change assisted in washing out the customers arena and diverted the flow away from the natural...
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    It finally quit raining, but the first job this week got off to a rocky start. This customer has an easement around a small plot that a local farmer works. I built a new road through the easement a couple of years ago and included a culvert [pipe across the road. Every time the farmer plows the...
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    tired iron

    Got rid of the hideous blue bucket I somehow missed the first time. :rolleyes:
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    tired iron

    Photoshopped to the best of my meager abilities.
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    I would like to publicly thank my competitors for selecting unsuitable (cheap) material and showing a complete disregard for proper drainage (as usual.) I set a culvert pipe and precast concrete ends for this customer last year. Their builder included the grading and a gravel driveway in the...
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    Week after week of rain, flooding, hail and tornadoes...I'm sure not getting a lot done this spring! I did get the surge rock and driveway covered in gravel at the tree guy's place, so at least they have somewhere to park. Lot's of work to do there still, but the ground is too soft to get it...
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    Equipment blooper thread

    Here you go...
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    Back at the tree guy's place. So far these folks haven't made anything straightforward and easy. After grading and cutting a swale up to and around a fence, I get back there and the fence is gone. In the back I had completed the main swale, then they decided to take out all of the trees along...
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    Here's the rest of job from the last post. I installed the culvert pipe extensions, graded out a flat parking pad for an RV cover then spread new gravel to it and over the remainder of the driveway.
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    I thought I'd share a tip for fixing a squashed corrugated steel culvert pipe. I have a lot of customers this year that have purchased RV's and need their driveways widened. This particular pipe was squished down so far that I could only get my smallest bottle jack in there sideways until I got...
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    RDrancher's Photo Thread

    The weather guru said we "might" get a couple of showers before 2PM today. Well, I'd say more than a couple of showers. I have two 40" deep x six foot wide drainage ditches that feed my pond. One of the ditches has completely overflowed the 18" leftover culvert pipe I put in under the crossing...
 
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