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Pimp My Skid Steer

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Chipmaker, May 30, 2011.

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  1. Chipmaker

    Chipmaker Active Member

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    Well the undercarriage on my 287C was worn out and tracks were shot, not to mention the RH roller frame broke in two pieces!!! So what does one who owns a fully equipped CNC shop do???? Yep order up a big pile of 6061-T651 billet alum and machine up a whole set of idler and boggie wheels for it rather than put on the factory plastic/ rubber ones............so I spent my holiday switching it all out...really glad it decided to get in the 90's here in Illinois
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  2. grntitan

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    He carries his shells and trophies with his skid steer. ;)
     
  3. Remstar311

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    SWEET!

    I think you have a new production idea.

    How much could you sell that set for?
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  4. Catpower

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    That looks good, and I'm sure it was a lot cheaper than getting the parts from Caterpillar

    I could build them too but I don't have all CNC, some are the old stuff
     
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    Very cool. Could you make it so that they keep spinning when you stop the skid steer?
     
  6. short shucker

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    Waz-up, no bling? Lol.

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    It's an off topic thread so it can be about anything....
     
  8. trapshooterjoe7

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    Good job, that would have been more fun than puting shingles on all day like i did.Wanted to go to a shoot but i knew i would not enjoy my self knowing i should be home working.Joe
     
  9. Chipmaker

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    TS Joe,yes I spent a M-Day weekend roofing before and that sucks....as a matter of fact I swore that was my last roof and it has been!

    Catpower, material wise yes cheaper than factory cat plastics. But add in labor cost and no but there of course is no comparison.

    Remstar, I would estimate between $150-165.00 each (48pcs)

    TinMan, you got that right I really hate to get it dirty! Take a look cause she will never look the same is what I told the wife....
     
  10. Bisi

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    Chipmaker, looks great! It's a shame you have to get it dirty, but that is what a skid is for. 8 years ago when I was recouping from a heart attack, and I was ordered to take some time off, so I pimped my skid during the free time. I just went cosmetic though. I put a flame job on the cab and I put a tiger mouth (a la WWII Flying Tiger airplane nose art) with teeth on the bucket. Looked sharp as hell for a year or so, now it is all worn off. Next time I'll add another half dozen of coats of paint.
     
  11. TC

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    It's really amazing what a person with a little talent, knowledge, and ability can do. Having the right tools helps! Looks good. Tony
     
  12. Brian in Oregon

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    Nicely done.

    It's a good feeling when you have the equipment and can do better than factory.
     
  13. JACK

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    Geez... ya could-a put a coat or two of paint on the hubs.
     
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    Nice work!!
     
  15. Chipmaker

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    MIA........sorry but that is a waste of time and money a few trips thru the dirt and the paints gone! Remember it is not ran on the street!!!
     
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    Hey chip.....y'll keep us informed as to how fast that idea tears up your new track? There's probably a reason the factory uses polymers instead of aluminum.
     
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    Will that aluminum wear faster and is it as hard as the polymer rollers. Curious as to the cost advantage and wear factor. You may have to patent that. Go get that sucker dirty, and let us know what happens when a rock gets wedged in there. Very nice though.
     
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    Guess you need that to move the shot around??

    I think we might need to re-name you

    Tim Allen comes to mind - MORE POWER aaarrrhhh aaaarrrrhhh aaarrrhhh

    Hell of a job by the way...
     
  19. porky

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    Chipmaker, Really nice work. It does look nice.
     
  20. Chipmaker

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    Cat actually make a CTL compact track loader that utilizes steel wheels in the undercarriage and drive sprockets similar in design to the dozer line. A guy in Kansas makes wheels from aluminum castings for these loaders because he got tired of feeding them plastic/rubber wheels. So I don't believe there is a wear and tear issue on the material used. I have heard of operators getting a MTL series Cat like this down in the median of broken concrete spinning around and ruining a complete undercarriage in less than 200 hours...........that's $12,000.00 in parts only, man that would be a salty pill to swallow! Dirt, turf, & mud is the place for these, the big rock or jagged rock is the trouble areas a conventional rubber tired machine is best in those harsh conditions.

    HSLDS Mr. OverKill is more like it...........I can be obsessive.....naaaa
     
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