Ingenious Trick For Unloading An Excavator
This German shopkeep is more than a little dubious as to how this Kubota excavator operator is going to get his excavator off the back of a dump truck. But never fear, this guy knows what he’s doing. There’s the right way to offload an excavator – and then there’s the creative way. Using the backhoe’s crane and the sled is certainly a chancey way of doing it, but I think we all know that this guy knows what he’s doing. You still have to see it to believe it, though. Offloading an excavator from the back of a dump truck takes a bit of clever ingenuity, a lot of patience, and definitely a bit of brass.
Keep in mind – for the less trained excavator operators out there, this isn’t a ‘first time, give it a try’ sort of option. It takes careful planning and more than a little finesse. That’s because this Kubota crane needs to stay balanced and timing is of the essence. We’ve covered other articles where excavator operators do it all wrong. Thankfully, here, those operators lucked out something fierce. There was one where a guy tried to take a Compact Track Loader off the back by leveraging his entire backend off the back of the flatbed using only a chain as a counterbalance.
That’s taking TOO much chance. This method, is a bit more tried and true. Especially for European construction where roads aren’t as wide and space is limited, it’s all the more important to find clever ways to get heavy equipment offloaded in an efficient manner. Germans for the win. (more…)
We usually don’t take sides in the brand war for excavators. After all, if it’s got a proven record of performance out in the construction yard, what’s the point in taking s
Kubota’s KX Series OF Excavators – Pretty Versatile
We usually don’t take sides in the brand war for excavators. After all, if it’s got a proven record of performance out in the construction yard, what’s the point in taking sides? That said, the Kubota KX71-3S has some pretty cool features that set it apart as a tail-swing compact excavator. Namely, it’s got an impressive dig radius into the ground – 16 feet to be precise. That’s enough to get down to a busted water main or even digging up a foundation. The hydraulics on its tail swing lift are pretty impressive, too.
The much larger Kubota KX080-4 would have been an impractical choice to try to offload the back of a dump truck due to its width. Definitely would have needed a flatbed trailer to offload that Kubota. And with an operating weight of 19,140 lbs, it’s a bit heavy for maneuvering in tight European side roads. The one featured in this post, we believe, is the Kubota KX057-4, though. It’s the largest in the compact series of Kubota swing tail excavators and the arm length looks about the same as the specs for the KX057-4. As shown, the KX057-4 still weighs an impressive 12,400 lbs. It’s a tracked excavator so you’ll note the rubber pads generally found on the tracks for urban operations. Don’t want to end up tearing up the streets trying to reposition! And with a digging depth of 12 feet, 8 inches, it can still get down far enough to work on utility lines or break up concrete for construction sites. The Kubota KX series usually run off of diesel. We’re looking at only a 47.5 HP engine for the Kubota KX057-4, but it still revs up to an impressive 2,200 rpm. It also features a clean engine design which makes it much easier to repair and do regularly scheduled maintenance. This Kubota also has an adjustable maximum oil flow control which is handy for tweaking engine and equipment performance. It also comes with a preprogrammed set of oil flow rates so the operator can decide exactly how he wants this tail swing excavator to perform. And before we get too crazy on the numbers, let’s just mention the impressive bucket digging force this excavator has. It’s able to apply over 11,177 lbs of digging force to the end of its arm. That’s more than enough to break concrete, smash asphalt, and pull up thick, heavily packed dirt. Hopefully, that’ll keep the shopkeep at ease watching this guy leverage himself off the back of the truck.
Overall, the Kubota in this post seems to demonstrate all the reasons why a good operator and a good piece of equipment shouldn’t have any problem maneuvering off of the back of the truck. This is a good example of “what went right” versus so many others where it’s a cringe-worthy “what went horribly wrong”. And for all those operators out there doing it the wrong way – take a look at this excavator operator show you the right way. Who knows? The equipment you save might very well be your own.