I thought they just floated in mid air if you let go of them? I love my steel toed boots, the several pairs I've had have saved my toes many times.DON'T BE FOOLED BY ALL OF THE HYPE, THE MS500i AIN'T SO LIGHT
when it falls on the base of your middle toe handle first. Something tells me I will be hobbling in the morning. Good thing it is supposed to rain.
Now yer logginThese words almost seem like a jinx ... told my wife as I left the house, "I won't be long."
We had some heavy rains the last few days so I knew I wouldn't be doing much cutting, but thought I could buck up a 2' red oak that was just over the top of a little ravine. That part went well. Moving the second 10' log went well until I set it down to get a more balanced grip. Never made it back to the log. I slid into the stump of a blow down as I backed up the slope. I tried and tried to get unstuck, but just dug my little tractor in deeper even while pushing the grapple off a small tree.
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I started to prepare to walk home, then help from one of my friends on this forum came as I thought to myself I bet Gologit could use the grapple against the ground and drive this tractor out of here. But I don't have those skills, I better just hit the road. Then as if he were coaching me, I thought well he didn't learn by not trying. So I went to work, lifting the frontend and curling the grapple as the wheels spun in reverse. After 20 minutes, I was almost out but just couldn't quite make it. So I prepared to walk home and texted my wife that I was stuck and would be late. She offered to come help. I declined the offer since that likely meant a stuck or damaged truck. Then another forum friend, Northman, stepped in as if to say "This is an everyday thing; I work alone all the time and I wouldn't be walking home until I tried every resource." So after some further thought I rigged to a stump and tried to get the broken winch to run in the other gear - no go - it is toast in high and low. Then my little mental light lit dimly, how about attaching a choker to the grapple and to my rigging, curl the grapple, and repeat as necessary? Let's just say I didn't walk home. Supper was cold.
Thanks, guys for all your help and inspiration.
Deere up'ed the price on ALL of their parts, like 1000% even on the old stuff a couple years ago, so now I get everything online, or get the part # and go to my local NAPA, it takes about the same amount of time but I save 1000's vs messing with the stealership. The worst thing is having the dealer that sold your machine new, still sells the same make, lie and tell you its a "grey market machine" so parts are hard to find and going to be more expensive... news flash a JD 490E is IDENTICLE to an Hitachi ex120 except the motor, and the operator seat.Cheap is in Cat’s vocabulary, but big machines still come with big bills. Around here, and I think it’s a common thread, Deere parts (like the ones for that 470) are higher than Cat, though Deere has a lower purchase price to get into a machine.
I didn’t spend too much time messing with it, and it’s on a lease, the last 349 I bought burned me back in 2020, which means Cat gets to fight with the repairs, not me.