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I know that there is a thread titled close to this on the SCUT section. So I thought that I would start one on the CUT section since that is what I have. I think there are more posters to the SCUT section of the forum then there are to the other sections so we will see what happens here. This may go nowhere. Maybe we can get some of the CUT members to start posting.

I got to try out my 990 with the 8B BH yesterday for the first time and also got to try out the Bro-Tek thumb that I ordered. I was running at about 1500 RPM and just doing a little digging and rock picking. This is the area I am going to put up a small Pole Barn to temporarily house the 990 and then it will become a wood shed and a storage shed after that. Once that is done then off we go to build a barn. All this stuff takes time. So below are some pictures and also a link to the same pictures and a couple of videos of me running the 8B with one of my sons in the background the other son was running the camera. You can see how rocky the place is (my father would affectionately call it a bone yard). One can also see that some of these rocks, or potatoes as I call them, are pretty big. I got a hold of one of them that had to be over 685 lbs because that is what the boom is rated on the 8B to be able to pick up and it could not do it. Thankfully the dipper is there and can do a little work as well.

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Hey rob, nice post.:thumbup1gif:
Just a few thought of mine though,:think: Your son was correct in suggesting you raise or even remove the thumb while digging. They are a great tool for picking rocks, but when digging they prevent you from getting a full bucket, meaning more duty cycles and unnecessary hours on the meter.
I know you are just getting started and learning about your BH, but if you will raise your RPM, instead of working at a Idle you will find the machine is easier to run and will not labor as hard when working, just make sure everybody stands clear of the swing area for safty reasons.
Good luck in your adventures and don't work:lol: too hard:laugh: :drinks:
 

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Hey rob, nice post.:thumbup1gif:
Just a few thought of mine though,:think: Your son was correct in suggesting you raise or even remove the thumb while digging. They are a great tool for picking rocks, but when digging they prevent you from getting a full bucket, meaning more duty cycles and unnecessary hours on the meter.
I know you are just getting started and learning about your BH, but if you will raise your RPM, instead of working at a Idle you will find the machine is easier to run and will not labor as hard when working, just make sure everybody stands clear of the swing area for safty reasons.
Good luck in your adventures and don't work:lol: too hard:laugh: :drinks:
Has15, thanks for the point about raising the thumb. Your point is well taken and makes good sense and I say that by experience. After we got rid of the stump then we raised it up out of the way and were digging away with out the thumb being down. This is where I can see the advantage to a hydraulic thumb. Richard at Bro-Tek is coming up with a retrofit for all the Bro-Tek thumbs so that they can go hydraulic. He told me that it will probably be a solenoid valve kit. That I will greatly enjoy. I am going to purchase a ripper from him as well to help with the rocks.

I also hear your point about the RPM's. I just wanted to take it slow at this point as I get the hang of the levers and the movement of the hoe because I know the movements will be faster and more deliberate once the RPM's rise.

And thanks for the reminder about distance to the swing and the BH for safety reasons.

Thanks for the encouragement. thus far it seems to be working well.
 

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That is a lot of rocks! Great thread Rob, thanks for starting it. I suppose I will have to bite the bullet and take off the blower with this great weather, and then I can post some Deere action.:lol:
 

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I know that there is a thread titled close to this on the SCUT section. So I thought that I would start one on the CUT section since that is what I have. I think there are more posters to the SCUT section of the forum then there are to the other sections so we will see what happens here. This may go nowhere. Maybe we can get some of the CUT members to start posting.
This is a GREAT idea! :thumbup1gif: Glad you stepped up to the plate and gave it a swing.

And thanks for the photos. :good2::good2:
 

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That is a lot of rocks! Great thread Rob, thanks for starting it. I suppose I will have to bite the bullet and take off the blower with this great weather, and then I can post some Deere action.:lol:
Yes we are not in lack of rocks in my place. It looks like they were all planted! Hopefully we can move some of them out of the way.
 

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This is a GREAT idea! :thumbup1gif: Glad you stepped up to the plate and gave it a swing.

And thanks for the photos. :good2::good2:
Hopefully there will be some more to come in the not too distant future.
 

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That rock was trying to get away from you wasn't it? Thanks for the video. Seeing the thumb in action was cool.:thumbup1gif:
 

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Moved a vintage 1971 Lotus Europa

With the nice warm weather two days ago I brought the vintage British sportscar out of the barn to wash it and get it ready for sale. This car has no engine and the suspension is such that you need to lift the rear end off the ground to move the car. I tie my FEL to the rear end cross bar and am able to move the car very neatly.
Picture of the rope doesn't really show, but it is just inside the engine compartment at the center rear.
Thought that this was an amusing use of a CUT...
 

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No pictures of me in action but I've been trying to do some pre spring bushhogging that I didn't get done last fall. Had to use 4WD in some places with the wet weather we've had.

Here's my CUT 4320 after a couple of hours use.
 

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We did some more work at the house with the 990 on Saturday giving it about 1/2 days work. My wife wanted to expand her strawberry patch next to the house. The ground slopes down so she also asked if it could be leveled. This is not what I intended to do for the day. Friday early evening I moved 2 azalea bushes from the strawberry patch area with the 990 and 8B and that was a breeze. I moved the third Saturday morning and then commenced on this project which I thought would not take too long. But as is typically the case it took longer than expected. The part of Northern NJ that I live in is just full of rocks and typically not the small type and of course the rocks turned out to be humongous that we dug up to expand the lot. Here are some pictures for those of you who like those pictures.

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We pulled out one that was just showing part of it on the ground. The 8B had all it could do to just get it out of the ground. Once out we tried to see if it would go into the bucket but the bucket was too small so we changed to the PF and that worked great to get under it. The real problem was that the 300CX could just barely lift it. We gave it some help by using a couple of iron bars and were able to get it to curl all the way back and get it lifted a little higher so that we could then transport it to another place. All the rest we were able to move with the PF and the 300CX with no problem. These are the specs on the 300CX which I could find: The 300CX will lift 1,122 lbs. to a maximum height of 102 inches, measured at the bucket edge. Measured from the pivot pins, the capacity is 1,598 lbs. The first rating is a more realistic measure of what you can expect from the loader, while the pivot pin rating relates more to gross lifting power. With a height limit of 59 inches, those capacities increase to 1,649 lbs at the bucket edge and 2,125 lbs. at the pivot pins. This gives a good idea of what this rock weighed in at.

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We moved all the rest but one of them with the PF and the 300CX and we have one more to go which is in one of the last pictures. Then we also picked all the smaller stuff and put it into the bucket on the FEL. We had 4 bucket loads worth that we moved. There are a couple of pictures of that below. Any one need some rocks!:laugh: At the end of the day we got it all leveled out, most of the rocks picked and even got it rotor tilled with the small tiller so that the strawberry patch can be expanded. My boys got to try their hands at running the 8B for the first time as well. All in all the 990 and the 300CX and 8B worked hard. I was happy with what they could do. I would really love it if they were even more powerful. I am guessing that Martian's 110 would have worked nice for some of this. However I am happy with what I have. It runs very well.
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Those are some great pictures Rob!:thumbup1gif::thumbup1gif::thumbup1gif: Thanks for sharing. Having a little fun and adventure with the tractor and the family.:good2:
 

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Well, nothing as fun as what you were doing!:thumbup1gif:
 

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I know that there is a thread titled close to this on the SCUT section. So I thought that I would start one on the CUT section since that is what I have. I think there are more posters to the SCUT section of the forum then there are to the other sections so we will see what happens here. This may go nowhere. Maybe we can get some of the CUT members to start

I haven't seen my tractor in a month! and it will be another 5-6 months before I will see it again(WORK has me away from home)! Can you have tractor withdrawals? think I am experiencing them!
 

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Spent 3 hours mowing yesterday with the 790 & 5' Woods finish mower, pond lots, building lots & timber trails. One hour doing road work with the old "80" blade & pushed an old downed tree out of the pasture with the loader.
 

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With the nice warm weather two days ago I brought the vintage British sportscar out of the barn to wash it and get it ready for sale. This car has no engine and the suspension is such that you need to lift the rear end off the ground to move the car. I tie my FEL to the rear end cross bar and am able to move the car very neatly.
Picture of the rope doesn't really show, but it is just inside the engine compartment at the center rear.
Thought that this was an amusing use of a CUT...
I moved another 5 tons of lime and pulled the spreader out of the weeds.

What are you asking for the S2?
 

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Moving some Oak

OK another beautiful Saturday to work outside. I had a lot of paper work to do at home that was pressing as well so I only got to work during the afternoon. But the tractor still helped me to get done so much more done than I could have if I had not had it. Here are some pictures from the day. I love the pallat forks for this business however I wish I had a grapple especially when it comes to removing the brush. I lost a load of brush today and then I had to pick it all up again. Oak limbs can be so tortuous and they don't lay too easily so they can be difficult.

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The load of oak was heavy. I could only lift it to about 50" or so and that holds with the specs which I posted last Saturday when removing the rocks with the 300CX FEL.

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I am trying to make a spot to put an 8' x 22' shed up that I can temporarily house the tractor in. I am trying to take down trees that I need to take down before the shed is put up so that they will not be quite so hard to take down once it is up. So they take time.

Here is what the tree looked like when and after I dropped it a month ago.

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My trusty 14 y/o Stihl 044 and my 200T along with the normal items you need to cut wood with. Sorry Brian but my bar on my 044 is pretty warn. I still take good care of it. I take it apart and file the edges on it to make sure the burrs are taken off. It is as old as the saw is and the saw has cut probably 60 or 70 cord of wood and still runs like the day it was new.

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