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Mark

Mark

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Thought I would start my own thread up just some of the stuff we get up to.

Took delivery of a new generation Cat 323 at the start of the week the extras it comes with as standard are something els.
There’s three models in this range to chose from 320 gc (general contractor) been the basic model with a 4 cylinder engine and no toys. Next up is the 320 model that come with 4 cylinder engine and all the toys and next up is the cat 323 comes with a 6 cylinder engine with all the toys.

Extras it comes with are 360 camera system, hight in hight restrictor, cab avoidance system, slew restrictor, payload feature that weighs each bucket full, Built in 2d grade control.
We have opted to add boxing ring with all hand rails and steps painted in hi viz yellow and had a red halo exclusion zone fitted.

A new first for us is the Trimble Earthworks 3D package. We’ve ran Trimble 3D gps on our dozers since 2010 but this is the first excavator. Still trying to get to grips with the gps but it will most definitely be a good addition to our fleet.
 

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Mogman

Mogman

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Some investment there Mark:) not the kind machine to go out on day work:whistle:
 
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Monkeybusiness

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I think Ashbrook have bought a few of these to send out on hire! Mega bit of kit!
 
V8Druid

V8Druid

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First job for it’s been a small Earthworks package for a house builder. With me on the seat to try it first 🤗
can understand that ;) ..... not a machine for a seat filling muppet for sure :oops: ..... I can't imagine what that has cost you :unsure: .... sort of thing that needs a kind, considerate op., with a pride in their machine and work ... and who you'd gladly pay well to treat it as his own ....... looks like you've got a job :) (y)
 
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Komatsu

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Congratulations, CAT are defiantly leading the way with that machine, it’s nice that you can get all the extra stuff as a factory fit, rather than having to go to half a dozen other people to get it all fitted.
 
Grahams

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Congratulations, CAT are defiantly leading the way with that machine, it’s nice that you can get all the extra stuff as a factory fit, rather than having to go to half a dozen other people to get it all fitted.
That was my thoughts as well. Nice to see a manufacturer offering this sort of stuff on new machines as factory fit.
The safety systems you have a the way to go. Never seen the red light thing in action, but will hopefully make the idiots think twice before sneaking up on a working machine.
3D is a lot of money, but if you can get the right input from whoever is drawing up the site plans I’m sure it is the future - do it right the first time, every time seems a no brainer.
Graham
 
Mark

Mark

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Congratulations, CAT are defiantly leading the way with that machine, it’s nice that you can get all the extra stuff as a factory fit, rather than having to go to half a dozen other people to get it all fitted.
That was one of the key factors in buying it Ollie having all these systems integrated into the machine dash rather than have the boom window area cluttered up with additional monitors. Early days with it yet but the cab is an enjoyable place to spend a shift. Touch screen dash board controls the full machine, radio, heating system you name it the dash controls it all.
 
Mark

Mark

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That was my thoughts as well. Nice to see a manufacturer offering this sort of stuff on new machines as factory fit.
The safety systems you have a the way to go. Never seen the red light thing in action, but will hopefully make the idiots think twice before sneaking up on a working machine.
3D is a lot of money, but if you can get the right input from whoever is drawing up the site plans I’m sure it is the future - do it right the first time, every time seems a no brainer.
Graham
The 360 camera kit installed on it is the best I have seen so far removes all blind spots on the machine giving a crystal clear picture unlike some of the 360 camera kits we have installed on other machines. One thing that annoys me with it is the lack of a tool box, there’s none. The tool box/step traditionally at the front right of the cats has been replaced with the adblue tank. Leave you no where for grease gun, spill kit, oil can, fire extinguisher etc.

The 3D gps kit is a big investment but it isn’t specific to that machine and can be used on any of out other machines dozers or excavators. Contracting work has all ways been a big part of our business so it will come into its own on that side.
 
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Komatsu

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That was one of the key factors in buying it Ollie having all these systems integrated into the machine dash rather than have the boom window area cluttered up with additional monitors. Early days with it yet but the cab is an enjoyable place to spend a shift. Touch screen dash board controls the full machine, radio, heating system you name it the dash controls it all.

I bet it was, think it’s a fantastic idea and something they should of done years ago, and I think all other manufacturers will be mirroring what Cat have done.
It sounds easy enough trying to get each 3rd party to come in on a certain day to fit what they need to, but it never works out like that, and then if something doesn’t work or something starts playing up, the default is to blame each other for work that they’ve done, and it’s an f’in nitemare!!, so for Cat to become a “one stop shop” so to speak, it makes it very appealing.
We were asked are thoughts on having something else in the cab at the end of last year, and it was given a big no, purely for that reason of cluttering up the boom window. Think I’m right in saying that most the tractors around now have everything put on one dash.

One thing that annoys me with it is the lack of a tool box, there’s none. The tool box/step traditionally at the front right of the cats has been replaced with the adblue tank. Leave you no where for grease gun, spill kit, oil can, fire extinguisher etc.

Have you thought about putting one in between the tracks Mark??, while out in Sweden the other year and going round an Hitachi dealership, that’s what they had done for a customer of a 135 if I remember, can’t remmber if there is a tool box on them, but they said the main reason was so they didn’t have to drag chains etc, up the tracks to the box. Simple idea but seemed to work, will try and find a pick.
 
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The 3D gps kit is a big investment but it isn’t specific to that machine and can be used on any of out other machines dozers or excavators. Contracting work has all ways been a big part of our business so it will come into its own on that side.
But it’ll be well worth it, know one or to lads over here who have taken it with great results, but also a lot of lads state side who have gone the whole hog with it and they swear by it, with the standard saying of that they wish theyhad done it years ago. When I see stuff they can do it’s an extremely impressive bit of kit, and something I’m going to have to look into getting in the future.
 
Hydremaduck

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Nice machine and I wish you well with the investment (y) :cool:

I thought C@t had moved away from buggering the numbers up. Seems stupid having a 320 & 323 so similar yet so different. :confused: You'd certainly want a darn sight more on the rate for the highest spec machine but some numpty QS is going to say but its only a couple of tons different :rolleyes:
 
Mark

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Some random photos from this summer.
 

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Mark

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Some more random photos, cat d6n got some new track groups, doosan d225 snapped the linkage pin caused by an over-hardening of the pin according to doosan.
 

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Mark

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One of the Cat D6T’s getting a new set of sprocket segments over Christmas. These are original segments and done 9,500 hours good return on them. The new set will see the undercarriage out to destruction then it will have everything replaced. Couple of the service vans lined up before we stopped for Christmas.
 

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V8Druid

V8Druid

do it as well as you can,but learn to do it better
Some more random photos, cat d6n got some new track groups, doosan d225 snapped the linkage pin caused by an over-hardening of the pin according to doosan.
what happened to the pin? :oops::oops:
 
Mark

Mark

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what happened to the pin? :oops::oops:
Not entirely sure, machine had been working on hammer for a few weeks, parked it up at night boys were walking away from the machine and it just snapped was like a shot gun going off. Came in the next day not knowing what had happened few chaps with the hammer and the broken bit fell out.
 
V8Druid

V8Druid

do it as well as you can,but learn to do it better
Not entirely sure, machine had been working on hammer for a few weeks, parked it up at night boys were walking away from the machine and it just snapped was like a shot gun going off. Came in the next day not knowing what had happened few chaps with the hammer and the broken bit fell out.
work hardening'd be my guess .... steel'll only take so much of a constant beating:rolleyes:
 
Mark

Mark

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work hardening'd be my guess .... steel'll only take so much of a constant beating:rolleyes:
that was on a 20 ton machine. The doosan Dx380-5 done the same that’s a 42 ton machine. Happened like 3/4 weeks later, again it had been on hammer for long time.
 

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