Had to run it again, but this time in the biggest part of our yard. So I thought I would let you ride along.
There's a fade to black at one point when I lost connection to my live stream but the video will continue.
Yeah the dust is the worst. Usually I just fix and maintain this machine (thank goodness) but on days like today I have to operate. I can't seem to keep people trained to operate this, the turn around on this is about every 6 months. So at least twice a year I have to ride along and train. Sometimes that's the scariest part, the guys don't seem to take to the rear wheel steering very well and it's a big machine so they are always a little intimidated.
Well I'm going to break up this pattern of nice clean work environments.
This is one of my most hated jobs, I only have to do this when the youngster that I trained for it doesn't show up for work.
First this was a spur of the moment video so it's not great quality (I forgot to change the video setting) and the audio is the noise of the machine so turn the volume down.
Hopefully you can get some idea of what's going on even with the bad quality.Any guesses as to the type of machine that is this dirty?? Skip to 3:45 if you want to skip to the dust cloud.
When I was 18 years old my Mom opened her own restaurant and I worked there to help her out and one day a customer asked if she knew anyone who would like to get into Diesel repair work. So I fell into that job and I've been doing it since then. I learned a bit at that job but for the most part I am self taught. After about 16 or so years of diesel work I moved into forklifts and skid steers and other heavy equipment (primarily forklifts and skid steers). I had to teach myself the workings of propane fuel systems on forklifts but that ended up being pretty easy. Hydraulics are another story. Rebuilding cylinders and making new hoses are pretty simple, the complications come when you get into the tech such as electronically controlled hydraulics. All of this just comes naturally to me, After finding the problem I see almost like a video in my mind the steps required to tear down and repair, it's kind of hard to explain. When reassembling the video just plays in reverse. We have a 70' JLG boom lift, which I would image would be similar to the bucket trucks you would have had at the tree service. When something goes wrong with the hydraulics on that it can be a total nightmare. The mechanical part isn't bad it's the electronics. Many years ago I took 4 years of classes in electricity and electronics and I still sometimes have problems tracking and tracing to locate problems, the tech has changed so much since then.
Yeah, the crack is massive. It's actually on a skid loader which makes it worse because that is the location which all weight lifted would be transferred to. It's un-repairable, that is un-repairable and still be a safe machine. This one will be replaced.
You're right about tool boxes getting really expensive, that's why it took me more than 20 years to finally invest in this one. I actually bought the box a little over a year ago but just recently added the cart. There's about $8000 wrapped up in the two. I've enough free space to last maybe a year or so and then the box will get a middle section added making it about 2ft. taller.
Make sure to put up your pics, I like seeing what people do with their hands.