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Salvaging an old Bucket Loader

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If we label the four social phases of transition from where we are as a society to a sustainable level they could be Abundance, Scarcity, and Salvage with Sustainability being the fourth.  You can read more about the social phases here.

I want to talk about one of my endeavors in Salvage.  It was a cool spring morning and I was driving through a local town and we discovered a new consignment lot selling old tractors and farm equipment.  I found an Oliver Cletrac Bucketloader that immediately caught my fancy.  That night, I watched the Disney movie Wall-E for the first time.  Somewhere in the middle of the movie, I was already the owner of that little bucket loader and its name is Wall-E.  It took a few days but the paperwork was completed and Wall-E was delivered.  I decided to give my new bucket loader a paint job and complete several repairs.

Here is Wall-E in the midst of his paint job while the bucket is over by the welder for a repair.

The Bucket before the repair.

WallE and I went to do some road grading and the transmission failed.  Next up - a complete transmission rebuild.  The was daunting but would have been impossible without the help of the Oliver Cletrac Specialists at Zimmerman Oliver Cletrac.  Here is Phase 1 of the repair with Phase 2 in the spring of 2013.

Then the track tensioning assembly needed a repair.

And now, we are able to move some dirt!  I headed up to the main dining hall and moved some soil/dirt to the downhill side of our community dining hall to make a level area for outdoor cooking or dining.

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