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3 years 45 weeks ago, 3:51 PM

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Today I snake got to run and drive an excavator for the very first time in my life. I know I know it aint a big deal for some of you seasoned people who have drove and or worked with them but I just wanted to say I enjoyed it! I want to do it again! It feels awesome when workin with excavators! And plus I get more field expirence workin on construction sites also. So I am feeling pretty proud i tell ya what!

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3 years 45 weeks ago, 4:22 PM

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Cool, Snake!

Get real good on it, then go try to operate a Backhoe! Good Luck!!

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3 years 45 weeks ago, 4:52 PM

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Glad you enjoyed it. A good equipment operator can make ALL the difference on a jobsite. I think LBC will back me up on that. If you got a strong hankering to do such, start studying and practicing to get your commercial drivers license. You gotta get the equipment to site. Trust me, a CDL will get you hired quicker than a forklift cert..

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3 years 45 weeks ago, 5:31 PM

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yep i 2nd Vaq

what kind of excavator? If you don't know find out,when it comes time to talk about what you can do,knowing the name of the equipment will mean more than just saying"excavator",example :i can operate a Linkbelt tracked excavator with a 1&1/2 yard bucket.There is not a piece of equipment on my jobs i have not operated including Linkbelt Hydraulic and Fixed American Cranes with 100ft.of stick and a stinger .see what i mean.

i tried being reasonable,i didn't like it, NRA LIFE MEMBER,USMC VETERAN
3 years 45 weeks ago, 5:42 PM

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Snake what job did you do? clearing, site prep, site work, utilities? Dig across a trench with live electrical and gas, then tell me you had fun. I still get shakes thinking about some of the stuff we have had to do on site. I would still rather be in the ditch controlling everything though...

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3 years 45 weeks ago, 5:44 PM

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hmmm.

yep hair on my neck just raised a bit....

i tried being reasonable,i didn't like it, NRA LIFE MEMBER,USMC VETERAN
3 years 45 weeks ago, 5:53 PM

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Yep

Time to pay attentio!

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3 years 45 weeks ago, 6:08 PM

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It was a Hitachi EX100 and since it was my first time I had the boss man teachin me the basics of moving and picking up dirt. Since they are building a place for a new auto parts store the people with the equipment offered me a bit of site clean up work such as cutting brush and general clean up of the site. The guy running the excavator (Boss) just out of the blue said for me to hop up there and he the proceeded to show me the controls and how to work the Machine.

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3 years 45 weeks ago, 6:11 PM

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with front loader and backhoe.
Get you a business going.

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3 years 45 weeks ago, 7:02 PM

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I turned a loader over !!!!
Yep I admit it, I screwed up.
Incline was steeper than I thought
and I had the bucket too high.
Wasn't my 1st experience with the
loader either.

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3 years 45 weeks ago, 6:23 PM

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You operate the equipment. You have to start somewhere. Make sure you listen and watch what everyone is doing, not just the operator. Operating can be fun, I remember the same scenario you described and how much it made my nipples hard to be in control of that much power (CAT 312). Good for you snake, keep at it if you like it. It is hard to keep a job in this market, but this is a great opportunity to learn. More than likely, the guys that have the jobs now, are the cream of the crop. I hope LBC has a job, I did not mean to disparage him...I am looking and I have been doing this for 28 years...

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3 years 45 weeks ago, 6:31 PM

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Agreed,safety is number one when it comes to me workin either at college(Bulding a house) or like today operating equipment. For example at college I take my PPE very seriously and inspect all my PPE before using it. And before I got in the Excavator today I verbly yelled to everyone in the area code to get the fuck doen!....ok I was nicer and told them to stand a safe distance from the excavator.

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3 years 45 weeks ago, 6:35 PM

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Dead OSHA members would roll over in there grave since I am a beginner and well I admit the excavator rocket and whined andcut the awfullest shine ever was I tell ya what. But the boss said I did good so I am happy about it...OSHA probably aint lol

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3 years 45 weeks ago, 6:47 PM

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Everyone has to learn, no one has ever jumped up on a machine and mastered the controls off the bat. Do not concern yourself with the jerky movements or awkward pauses. I have seen veteran operators rock the iron...

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3 years 45 weeks ago, 6:55 PM

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True

Even the same machine that an operator has months of experience on might respond differently after repairs and routine maintenance. Kinda like new tires on the old ride. Just different.

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3 years 45 weeks ago, 6:42 PM

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Safety is always good. Anyone that spends at least 1 day on a good site should understand that. I was typing about watching how the players work at their positions. Being in the iron requires you to have a grasp on how every other job is supposed to work. The operator has supreme authority over safety around his machine, the pipe layer has supreme authority over who is allowed in his ditch, the laborer has supreme authority over anyone who wants to get in the area of operation. Every job is reliant on the other. But the only way the company makes any money is to keep the machine operating for the time allowed for the day. This is how we worked the site, but I know some that think the operator is in charge of everything. I do not like this, because every call he takes or makes means I am losing money due to downtime.

You should enjoy your time behind the controls. It is a blast!

clint

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3 years 45 weeks ago, 7:07 PM

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BRB

The lines are thawed and the water is hot. Me first then the dishes!

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3 years 45 weeks ago, 8:54 PM

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Later guys

One last hard freeze tonight.
Gonna set up equipment early in the morning while the ground is still froze. It'll take a dozer to move 'em by noon.

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3 years 45 weeks ago, 8:56 PM

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No sir, he fell into that bullet... Never argue with a stupid person. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience!!
3 years 45 weeks ago, 8:57 PM

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evenin fella's

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No sir, he fell into that bullet... Never argue with a stupid person. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience!!
3 years 43 weeks ago, 7:20 AM

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Hell with an excavator

I want to play with D9 dozer. Now that'd be some fun shit. "Urban renewal project", Runawaygun-style.

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3 years 43 weeks ago, 8:13 AM

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Try running one of them in Iraq, digging a hole for various operations with mortars coming in...now THAT is exciting.

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3 years 43 weeks ago, 8:40 AM

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Marine Corps-style and put a bunch of uparmored D9s on line and level whole neighborhoods, huh?

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3 years 43 weeks ago, 9:49 AM

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yup

Detroit first

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