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Boys, At Last. Here She Is! Wada Stunna!


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#1 recoveringacademic

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 07:51 AM

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Zero swing, dead lift 2 tonnes, 3 buckets, 75% track left, lights work, fitted radio, dry rams.

Cost too much, don't know how to use it, scared legless.

But I need it. Remember the way teenagers abuse that word 'need'? Well, I feel like one again
Whooo Hooo!
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Posted 27 April 2016 - 07:56 AM

Digger porn alert, you have been reported.

Looks nice. Radio, cab with glass in it, you are too soft.

Get the guys to give you a quick driving lesson so you know what lever does what. Then drive it to the middle of your plot (driving it is easy, those two levers in the middle) and start practicing.

Oh watch out though, if it's been parked with the cab facing the wrong way, then forwards = backwards. you will soon work that out.

Edited by ProDave, 27 April 2016 - 07:58 AM.


#3 joe90

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 08:07 AM

Well done Ian, I love driving my JCB and it the best toy I have ever owned ( and mine is very old, leaks oil and quite knackered) you will get so much fun out of it. Frankly I am tempted to get one like yours as well as my JCB is very heavy and a bit of a thug for smaller jobs. Yours will also be very good for shifting your logs about. Welcome to the club :)

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 08:10 AM

Looks good - I spent Easter playing with a very similar digger - Great fun and very,very addictive. Make sure you have a supply of spare fuel around, I managed to get through a surprising amount.

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 08:43 AM

And don't forget you can legally use red diesel in one of these if there is anyone near you selling it.

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 09:10 AM

Go and dig a hole quick! You know you want to.

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 10:58 AM

Gosh, and I thought that I was extravagant buying a Dumpy! Well enjoy. It's that 6 degrees of freedom in the controls that did for me. The MBC guys and my builder make it look easy, so it must just be a matter of practice, practice.

BTW if you do decide to try on a quick hole, then remember to first try to scrape the topsoil into a separate heap. You might want it later.

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 12:31 PM

View PostProDave, on 27 April 2016 - 07:56 AM, said:

Digger porn alert, you have been reported.
[...]

Get the guys to give you a quick driving lesson so you know what lever does what. Then drive it to the middle of your plot (driving it is easy, those two levers in the middle) and start practicing.

Oh watch out though, if it's been parked with the cab facing the wrong way, then forwards = backwards. you will soon work that out.

There ya go, I know more now than I did a few seconds ago.

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 12:33 PM

View PostProDave, on 27 April 2016 - 08:43 AM, said:

And don't forget you can legally use red diesel in one of these if there is anyone near you selling it.

Already using that in the Landy ( :ph34r: )
69p a litre for God's sake!

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 12:38 PM

I was going to suggest a day out at Legoland on their JCB digger challenge but looks like they've removed it.

My pitiful performance on that ride, year after year, explains why I'm restricted to pick and shovel at home.

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 12:48 PM

When I was considering buying a digger, I downloaded a free digger simulation app on the iPad. Pretty addictive really but my Call-Of-Duty playing friends thought I was a bit daft :)

#12 recoveringacademic

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 01:32 PM

I've taken the Android shilling. But others run iPads here, so I'll beg. :unsure:

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 01:33 PM

View PostTerryE, on 27 April 2016 - 10:58 AM, said:

[...] It's that 6 degrees of freedom in the controls [...]

The title of a blog entry Terry.... I can feel it coming on.... got some grass to strim..... mindless time.... hmmm...

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 04:38 PM

One word: JEALOUS!

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 05:10 PM

And I bet you've been to http://www.diggerland.com/ too!

Happy gardening...

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 05:41 PM

have you dug a hole yet????

how about clean up the banks of the pond, c'mon you must have at least driven it around a little??

Edited by ConstructionChannel, 27 April 2016 - 05:42 PM.


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Posted 27 April 2016 - 05:53 PM

The most difficult thing to do is " grade" I.e. Get a flat surface by operating two levers at the same time ( that's why my ditches are not very even :(. )takes a lot of practice, dead easy to dig a hole using one lever at a time, great fun trying though :)

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 05:54 PM

The front of the digger is where the blade is so if it's in front of you push both forward you will go forward. If they are behind you then you need to pull the levers backwards to go that way. After a few goes it will become 2nd nature.
Keep the revs low and keep it on the tortoise setting till you get the hang of it. Try to learn to use your feet to move the machine so your arms are free to use the levers. And don't be afraid of it. It won't tip over unless you are lifting something you shouldn't be.
Just watch how you track as if you turn to quick on stony ground you can easily throw a track which you will do sooner or later, large crow bar and a grease gun is all you need to put it back on.

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 06:18 PM

Joe90's right the day you can lay pea shingle without any ripples in it will be the last day of your training :)

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 06:34 PM

Thankfully landscaping will be your last task, so hopefully you will be better at it by then.

Re tracks, yes you tension them by pumping up a ctlinder with a grease gun. Make sure you know where that is, one each side.

For tight turns, learn how to lift the front of the digger up with the bucket so only the backs of the tracks are on the ground.

If you are picking up something really heavy, like a boulder, keep it in front of you and close, not out to the side at full reach.

If you get stuck, pull yourself out with the bucket dug into the ground.

If you do something really wrong, make sure it's being filmed an on you tube. :ph34r:

Edited by ProDave, 27 April 2016 - 06:36 PM.