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Today is the second day of loading trucks all day and it looks like most of next week also.  We're loading road gravel for the roads with 2 loaders and 15 semis today.  we get anywhere between 3,000 and 7,000 ton loaded a day, depending on how far away it goes and how many trucks get lost.  Could be worse I could be outside, 33 for a high and 25mph winds all day.  Just wish I could be finishing my corn.

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Nice heated cab...full lunch bucket...aaaah!

Drivers can make a long or short day in a loader. 

That material looks like poor topsoil in the pic. 

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It's hard on a guys eyes looking for the rock in it.  Good topsoil around here is jet black.

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1 hour ago, Pete1468 said:

3,000 and 7,000 ton loaded a day

That's a whole lot of back'n'forth with that sized loader :D   What kind of loader is it ?

We moved a loam/topsoil operation a few years back ,screened then loaded out 60k yards into trailer dumps with a 5-6 yard WA500 Komatsu

at the end of first day I wished it was a 10 or 12 yd machine ,The tailings pile was ginormous ,  Everyone who filled in a pool or gully

for the next year or so made it disappear.

Last week we had to make little ones out of big ones with the hydraulic splitter.

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What are you usung to split with?  I've split a bunch of rocks with feathers and wedges before. 

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I run a 928g cat with a 2 3/4 yard bucket.  5 buckets between 2 loaders per truck.

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41 minutes ago, Dave Shepard said:

hat are you usung to split with?

Air over hydraulic feather and wedges

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3 hours ago, Kevingweq said:

That's a whole lot of back'n'forth with that sized loader :D   What kind of loader is it ?

We moved a loam/topsoil operation a few years back ,screened then loaded out 60k yards into trailer dumps with a 5-6 yard WA500 Komatsu

at the end of first day I wished it was a 10 or 12 yd machine ,The tailings pile was ginormous ,  Everyone who filled in a pool or gully

for the next year or so made it disappear.

Last week we had to make little ones out of big ones with the hydraulic splitter.

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Ok, are you splitting it that way to save it and use it for landscaping or pool edging?  

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1 hour ago, red211 said:

Ok, are you splitting it that way to save it and use it for landscaping or pool edging?  

or maybe getting it to a size that can be moved?

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An old oil burner works really well for breaking up rocks that are too big, just a couple hours a rock that size would be in many fragments, and no hard work. :D

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That one classified as a big one in my book.

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There was a excavator there so here We would have just broght in a hammer and beat it into pieces.  Course it is not exact and it just gets it to whatever size you have patients to make it, but you sit in the A/C and hold the button down.  That's why I figured it might be for landscape.  Lots of hammers around here on anything from mini ex to 330s.  Those 330 size will make dust out of blue limestone for sure.  Have to beat holes in solid rock in places if you can't shoot it, and they like that less and less here.  Have had to drill first then beat.

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12 hours ago, red211 said:

splitting it that way to save it

We did actually save the rock , It broke into some very nice pieces ,  But the intent of breaking it up

was just to get it out of the leach field area for the new septic system being installed

The leach field design is called a "Presby System"  one of the few

alternative systems allowed in Mass,  It can be installed only 2 ft out of the high ground water

table vs  4 ft for conventional pipe and stone systems

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The entire system will be under pavement when done ,So easy accessibility to the tank and distribution box

was necessary . Along with heavy duty (H20 load rated) tank and D-box with risers.

Aside from all that ,the homeowner parks his 40 ft long Freightliner motor home in the drive .

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The large concrete block out in front of machine will be used for motor home leveling jacks

 

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Sorry for the hijack Pete ,   Would like to see more pix of the gravel pit operation :)

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Don't worry about hijacking the thread, I like to see all different projects going on.  Was working on my track loader this morning and that didn't turn out so well.  So now I'll combine for a little bit till the bin is full.

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How can you put a leech system in front of an overhead door?

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2 hours ago, R190 said:

leech system in front of an overhead door?

With 6 inches of sand over the tops of pipes , and another 1 foot of clean fill (total 18")

you could put this system right under a Walmart parking lot .  The pictures dont really show

the pipe too well ( corrugated plastic) specially designed to take compressive loads .

Another feature is the ability to install the fields on slopes without running separate

pipes to each level , Notice this one is piped like a snake 150' feet of continuous leach pipe ..

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You load the gravel, I work it on the other end. The last 2 pictures are of our local pit. That's the 23A pile across the pond there. 

Ross

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I used to be on the receiving end of it also.  I got promoted or slid sideways whichever.

40 minutes ago, RBootsMI said:

You load the gravel, I work it on the other end. The last 2 pictures are of our local pit. That's the 23A pile across the pond there. 

Ross

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Since we have a couple of gravel guys here, can someone explain the different grades of gravel? I've used 3's, 57's, crusher run and rip rap but I know there are other types that may be better for some projects.

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I know how to load it, haul it, and spread it.  The bookwork end of it is where I draw the line on knowing any more.  

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Are you spreading gravel on roads this time of year Pete? Around here most gets done in the spring so it gets packed down and doesn't all end up in the ditch when plowing snow.

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Yep, that one isn't my call.  We'll still get some rain to pack it in.

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Having any luck corn harvesting today?  It is a little damp here south of you.

Ron

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I've got 60 acres of my own left.  Bin is full and waiting for it to dry just a bit for ethanol plant to take it.

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Lesson learned today was always post a pic of what's going on.  Had a guy stop me this morning saying he reads red power posts but hasn't registered.  I tried to talk him into it, may be he will.

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