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I now own a trac hoe  RSS feed

 
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It's big.

And orange.

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Awesome! How old is it?
 
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It's a Peach!
That thing will dig a 15' hole easily. There's your root cellar!

Might I suggest
-Earplugs. Those beasties make a great deal of noise.
-Safety glasses. Goggles would be better with eyeglasses. Stuff drops, makes a splash.
-Face Shield and Frame. Frame fits on a hardhat, shield is replaceable. You can put banana stickers on a hardhat.
-Steel toed boots. Steel toed rubber boots for the muddy parts.

I'm more than happy to (try to) answer any questions about running the thing. NOTE: I'm not a mechanic in any way.

Best advice to a new trackhoe owner: don't lets the kids borrow it for a date.
 
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I hope it has a green thumb.
 
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Looks great!! Monitor the seals as you take it through its motions - you want to know in advance if it's going to dump out a quart of hydraulic fluid every hour so you can contain it or fix the seals...
 
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Make sure that anyone close to that thing knows not to aproach on the right side. It's a blind spot. Be sure they know to aproach from the far side at a safe distance and be sure to look the operator in the eye, have the bucket on the ground, not moving, and operator open the door before aproaching.
 
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When you get your pond built you have to try this

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7KJNQdOclVo
 
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Paul W. : I know, I know ! ( FACE BOOK told me !)
 
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Awesome. Ponds and swales and hugelbeds, oh my! Thar'll be a crick runnin' on the land afore ya know it!
 
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Vehicles tend to like to spring leaks once in a while.

Another item to Ken's list: Spill kit.


 
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Congratulations Paul, looks like an excellent sculpting tool.

And to those inquiring-- Paul is damn good on a trac hoe !
 
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"the spokesmodel who doesn't speak" had a chance to try the track hoe. Thanks, Paul!

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"spokesmodel" digs a tank trap
 
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