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About RBootsMI

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    St. Johns, MI
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    Logging, trucking, diesel power, Oliver, IH, and Silver King tractors

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  1. Yes, the other guys are correct, they wear quick and are easier to change. A 994 is the largest loader Cat makes so everything is big, and this one worked in what used to be, and maybe still is, the world's largest limestone mine. It would grate the wear plates off very frequently, and they were changed before they would let the wear get into the actual cutting edge. The weld in edge I replaced was a spade nose edge, and that's what I replaced it with. The wear plates went in between the bucket teeth, of which I also had to weld the shanks onto the bucket for the teeth to fit on to. The wear p
  2. Welded a 19' long 5" thick spade nose cutting edge on a Cat 994 loader bucket back in my welding days. A TON of preheating was involved lol, hours and hours. I believe I welded it at 400 degrees. Then I had to bore about 50 holes through it to bolt the wear plates to it (it was a quarry machine). Had to heat it local around each hole to anneal it enough to bore the holes through it. Got to weld on some real interesting things back when I worked at the construction dealer as a welder.
  3. I've got a size 12 as well, which must be a popular size because a lot of the boots, regular leather included, that I've bought over the last 2 years I had trouble getting a 12, and noticed that it seemed like anything 10-13 were not available. If one place couldn't get a 12, it seemed like none of them could, but if I found a place that claimed they had 12's, I immediately ordered them. I almost think the Baffins are better for grip on slippery type stuff, only because they seem to concentrate the traction on those little star points on the sole, so they have less surface area to slide on whe
  4. I used to work in an equipment dealership, then worked on trucks a bit, never hired out work on our farm, always have done repair work for all the locals. A good friend recently asked me to rebuild his 619 JD engine after JD quoted him $24,000 for the engine work. I told him for as much as I'd like to, I don't want to. I always warranty my work, and a fluke deal could wipe out about $15,000 in parts and machine shop labor, and ruin a friendship. I don't need that kind of work, those aren't known to be a real bulletproof engine.
  5. I have a pair of Baffin Icebear boots, and a pair of Dunlop Purofort Explorer boots. Both are safety toe boots, and I think both have a composite toe. I use them for roadside right of way tree cutting all winter. I rotate them every other day as my feet sweat and I like them to be dry when I put them on. I like that the upper on the Dunlop boot is tighter, that way I can pull my pant legs down over it to keep the sawdust out. The Baffins have a bigger upper that I have to put a fold in it to pull my pant legs down over them, I hate sawdust in my socks! The Baffins are polyurethane and are supp
  6. Seems like we tried, or something tried to block out the sun a few million years back. An asteroid was it? Pretty sure it killed all the dinosaurs; we certainly don't need that happening again.
  7. You laugh... People seriously call central dispatch for a tree in the road. I'm on call 24/7, 365 days a year, I take the a call, many times in the middle of the night, head in for a tree in the road, and find...exactly what your picture is, a stick. Many times, if in the daytime in front of a house, the homeowner with come out and tell me they called it in because they didn't want anyone to hit it. I just want to scream at them "then get your lazy fat @ss off the f-ing porch and kick it out of the way like I did!" But I can't do that or I'd get fired, so I toss it in their yard, the same yard
  8. So true! I can run into a long drifted stretch with my tandem truck and V plow or my side plow, and if you start losing speed you better stop and back up for another run at it. Once that speed is lost and the snow is deep enough to run around behind the plow and chock the wheel for you, you're hung. And my truck is only a few years old, has full lockers, 435 HP, and weighs about 70,000 lbs with all of my winter stuff on it, and 16 or 17 ton of sand in the box. The only advantage they had was bigger tires, I've only got 11R-22.5s on my truck, usually no chains unless we've had ice down first.
  9. I repowered 8 truck and crawler cranes that were Detroit powered about 10 years back. Had to replace the Detroits with the newer 6.7 (at the time) Cummins.The Detroits had to be be destroyed and documented fully that it was done, this was a govt deal for emissions. For fun one morning I sprayed an entire large can of ether into the open top of the blower housing on a 4-71, put a bungee on the throttle wide open, and hit the button. It was setting outside and was about 5 or 10 degrees F out. It started, immediately wound up wide open and ran perfect, like it had been running like that all day.
  10. Grew up on a small crop farm. My dad retired last year and my brother has taken over. I was never a farmer, I was always the mechanic, although I like doing tillage work. I worked in an engine machine shop for a couple years, worked at a heavy equipment dealership as a welder and mechanic for nearly 10 years, now my day job is driving truck for the county I live in, taking care of and maintaining a township, and a third of the adjoining twp. Plowing the roads, mowing the roadsides, scraping the gravel roads, cutting trees, etc. I'm a state certified truck mechanic, so when things in the townsh
  11. I have a 576XP, it's a real good saw. I also have a Stihl MS460 Magnum, that is also a very good saw. A friend of mine owns a tree trimming/ removal service and decided to try Efco saws from a dealer that started carrying them here. I don't know what size or anything, but he bought 4 of them. They had issues with his batch right off the get go, constantly needing something for warranty, said he usually only had 2 of his saws at any given time. After quite a few go rounds of this, someone bought them back from him, can't remember if it was the dealer or Efco themselves, which he thought was rea
  12. Here's the first H my dad drove as a kid, He's 70 now. It's a 1940 his dad, my grandpa, owned. It had been sitting about 25 years, outside the last 6. Got it back this summer, surprised my dad with it. I traded an original Ford Model T jack I had for it. Had it running in about half an hour, runs good. Not going to restore it, but going to fix everything so it can be used again. Have a like new set of 12.4-38's that I don't have a use for, so I might as well put them on it. Have a spare rim in stock, so that works out good. It didn't get a spot inside the barn for now, but under the firewood
  13. yes it is, I like it. My 3/8 is still the old 'regular' pitch
  14. Maybe every state is like this, but the benefit of having insurance in Michigan is that not only after still having one of the highest insurance rates in the US, even after the "big insurance reform" here, is that the maximum payout on a totaled vehicle with full coverage insurance is capped by the government at 75% of the vehicles value. So if you buy a brand new GMC Denali 3500 diesel for $100,000 and total it the first day, you'll get $75,000 for it from your insurance company, and then they take it. So if you want them to actually pay for the entire true value of the truck, you have to buy
  15. I don't do any fencing, but I do have a pair of those that I use the pointy end to poke holes in my aerosol paint and brake clean cans before I toss them in the tin barrel. Not sure why I guess, always done it, just figure that way they don't explode when they crush them or are torch cutting near them at the scrapyard I take them to.
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