- FALaholic #
- May 13, 2001
- Plano, TX
That's a little one then. A big one can hold 4-6 pickups.First time I seen one of those was a strip mine walk through in Wyoming. You could hear the noise as
we approached the crest, then that boom rose up and I could have swore it was some prehistoric mechanical dinosaur. Very impressive, they told me you could park 2 full sized pickups in the bucket!
Gensco 'no-flat' tires! Aircraft tires are 'double bead' and limited lifespan, so an enterprising company called Gensco Tire would modify the tires for industrial and aircraft use. So, you'd have a 25.00-28 aircraft tire modified to fit on a 'commercial' 24" rim by removing one of the beads and slight re-profiling.My new project, a Caterpillar 80 round bottom scraper, the s/n tag is gone, but they were made late 40's to early 50's. It had been converted from cable operation to hydraulics sometime in the past, but it wasn't done quite right. It also needs some steel plate inside the bowl replaced. It would have been hooked to a D8, and the D8 would have to be equipped with a winch to operate the scraper. Unfortunately, the coolest part of the scraper has to go, the 25.00-28 airplane tires. The little bit of research I did showed that size was used on the Douglas C124 Globemaster main gear. The tires are very badly dry rotted, and if they truly are 28", they are mounted on 24" wheels, which doesn't seem to add up. The 21.00x24 size that is supposed to be on there is obsolete, but most just run used 20.5R25, 20 ply tires on the dolly. There are a surprising number of hydraulic converted Cat 60, 70, and 80 scrapers still being used on farms across the USA and Canada and they will be 100 years old and still running in another 25 years.
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Smells like money.The dairy has 1,000 plus milkers, and a huge amount of dry cows in pens. We get all their "stuff" to put on the fields, with the prices of chemical fertilizers going through the roof it's a good thing. Right now the dairy is paying to pump liquid sludge almost 6 miles to spread on the fields too. Lots of free nitrogen there. Pretty amazing that the liquid contractor uses miles of high pressure 8" hose to do that.
Oh, it does stink at times.