GIF of a Bobcat self-loading into a truck.
Last edited by Jon; Sep 6, 2020 at 01:38 PM.
Mad Driving skills! Very Cool! Got a friend that can drive one of those things like that and where most people wouldn't be able to walk! Saw him get up on two side wheels on a Very Steep Grade and do a similar thing with the bucket to right himself and end up right where he was working next. Blew me away. Thanks Jon, Great find!
At the start of the gif he faces the truck and rolls back and forth a few times. Is that to leave tracks in the dirt to aid him in aligning to the truck when he approaches it backwards while tilted forward?
We had a contractor remove sidewalk panels for replacement with a Bobcat. He had to approach perpendicular to the curb, climb up on it, reach over the parkway, then stick the forks under the panel and lift it to carry it out to the street. (I had warned him that if he disturbed my wife's flowers planted in the parkway, she would probably emasculate him with a potato peeler.) Once out in the street he expertly tossed it a few inches above the forks, let it fall back and thus cracked it in half. He kept repeating this breakup process with the pieces until they were too small to span the forks.
I told him he was a mechanical artist of the highest degree. His co-workers had a bit of trouble translating that into Spanish, but, when they did, his face lit up like a searchlight.
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The question I have is: did he drive it off the truck in the first place? That may have been more tricky than the back up without going end over tea kettle.
Nice/fun story about your contractor and the Kudo's to his artistry! Thanks.
I've ran many skid steer loaders over the years once in a tunnel with a round bottom bucket to remove the muck produced by a tunnel boring machine I needed to do some repairs on the TBM but in order to even get to it several scoops of muck had to be transported 100 yards out of the tunnel. I l learned real quick just how easy it would be to wind upside down in a round 6 ft. diameter tunnel if you weren't careful the good thing was when I did wind up with the machine on its side the small size of the tunnel was all that was needed to right myself major scary when I did it though.
The first time I ever saw acrobatics done with a Bobcat was in 1970 at the State fair they had this bikini clad woman in one on a 10 ft round stage making the thing dance I don't know how well she would have done at a construction site but I was sure hoping her wobbly bits would bounce out of her top LOL
Last edited by Frank S; Jan 12, 2017 at 09:52 PM.
The operator puts a lot of trust in the restraint system....
The key here is that you don't keep the machine kicked up at that extreme angle for long. In short doses, there should be sufficient oiling for the motor.... Altho, I have to believe that it can't be real great on the engine long term....
I wonder how many teeth on that concrete saw they end up chipping when the saw slams into the concrete or pavement...?
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