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10 hours ago, vtfireman85 said:

it sure would be handy on this house in particular

They're unbelievably handy! Just yesterday I replaced the flag light. It's a solar self-charging LED unit. I replaced the batteries last week but could see it wasn't the batteries wearing out but rather the solar panels ruined by years of the weather/sun. Well, it takes just a few minutes to do so. I can't remember how many times I adjusted or replaced the TV antenna, replaced windows, painted or re-sided the house, replaced rotten trim, cleaned gutters/installed leaf guards, rebuilt 3 sides of my barn so far, 1 to go. I've taken down trees safely rather that chancing felling them. Every now and then the halyard on the flagpole needs replacing. The list is endless. I only use a ladder for something like the porch roof.

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9 hours ago, Cdfarabaugh said:

Pays to read the operators manual, any bobcat with pilot or electronic controls has an emergency boom release pull knob to lower it.  Tees right into the cylinder up line and dumps to sump

I don’t remember the exact circumstances of what he was doing at the time. He may have been carrying a round bale. Whatever he was doing would not allow the loader to go all the way to the ground. 

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3 hours ago, New Englander said:

 

Exactly. It takes pressure to release the check valves so no pressure, no movement, the cylinder is essentially locked in place. The exception is when the piston seal fails and then it can drift down. I had the lower boom seal fail. At first it would start to drift and a quick bit of up would set it but shortly thereafter it gave up and wouldn't hold. Where the cylinder was attached to the turret is two pins into a trunnion, pins internally threaded for removal. Well, I fabricated a puller with grade 8 rod but couldn't get the pins out, so I fabricated a pin spanner to disassemble it in place.  I ran the boom up and rested it against a convenient maple and was able to take the rod and piston out for the hydraulic shop to reseal. Cylinder barrel was perfect so it was a good fix.

I have been stranded twice. Once next to the house while painting, luckily next to a window that my wife let me in. One of the bucket control lines blew in that case. Sun gets them and it had been spliced a few times. Eventually I replaced all of them when a squirrel nested in the boom and she, or her babies, gnawed through them. Nearly 500' of 5/16 air brake tubing. Any squirrel going near that truck now does it at great peril.  The other time it stranded me is due to the keyway in the hydraulic pump being worn to nothing and failing. My wife and FIL got me down with an extension ladder. I had replaced that key when it broke several years ago, no stranding. The keyway was worn then and the key sheared. When it failed again it did it with such gusto that it pushed the pump off the mount breaking both grade 8 bolts!

If I don't find a replacement truck I'll have to spend some money on fixing the pump and PTO. What I like about this old truck is that it's strictly hydro-mechanical The only electricity needed is to start the engine, all controls are hydraulic.

I'm ordering a self rescue kit in the meantime. Right now I won't go up unless my wife is home to answer my distress call

 

I went out on service call for one of those pump failures. That bucket truck had a battery powered emergency pump. The operators didn't know about it but I got it working to lower the boom so it could be driven to my shop for pump repair. The spline coupler had stripped. They got the guy in bucket out with an extension ladder before I got there.

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4 minutes ago, int 504 said:

battery powered emergency pump

Mine doesn't have one but the price of 12 volt packs is pretty low but a project to install with check valve costs, etc. I like the system in our planes: Electric backup comes on automatically with loss of A and B system pressure, which would take a bunch of or combination of pump failures and engine failures. Loss of A, B, and C systems leaves you with only spoilers controlled through rudder pedals vis a self contained hydraulic system, an interesting simulator scenario.

Anyway, I wonder if there's such a system, automatic backup, in modern bucket trucks?

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I think it was just teed into main pump pressure line and supply from tank to pump. So just one check valve? It was factory and ran off the truck battery. mid 80's Ford with Brazilian 6. Did a head gasket and valve clean up on it. they said it went good after. I think it was supposed to be automatic switch over but there was a problem with blown very large fuses. Was ex power co truck. Fuses might have just been corroded or missing it was a long time ago.

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10 hours ago, int 504 said:

I went out on service call for one of those pump failures. That bucket truck had a battery powered emergency pump. The operators didn't know about it but I got it working to lower the boom so it could be driven to my shop for pump repair. The spline coupler had stripped. They got the guy in bucket out with an extension ladder before I got there.

I’m pretty sure the genie man lift at work has this feature

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5 hours ago, mmi said:

Thanks, yeah, too far and a little short. Mine is 55' and I couldn't use anything shorter.

I'll keep plugging away with the one I have and keep an eye out for something better, especially with a little more reach.

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once you stop to look ,that subject will appear in every future search,along with everything ,but what you asked for.

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plenty of others that may   < $20K in 6-8 months....everything in the NE < $70K seems to have rotted away.

 

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I probably will soldier on with what I have. It never will leave the yard again and I'm going to buy a better self rescue kit than I have now and keep an eye out for something a little better. Most in New England, as you noticed, have rusted badly; mine is no exception. The frame, though is solid enough. All controls are hydro-mechanical and engine is simple 4 stroke Detroit with no electronics, so it'll start and run all day. Weak point is bad keyway on the hydraulic pump and corresponding PTO. If they give out again I'll fix them properly.

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once you look, their in every ad now...

soon to be cheaper,in interior MD/KY etc

you have us thinking that maybe, better then always $$$$$$ JLG    for roofs and tree trim.

we still do 30' lights from ladder....stopped c-9 lights on christmas, once they were 40' at 1500 bulbs.

 

 

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6 hours ago, mmi said:

Nice working height on that. Maybe if it sticks around into the new year I will take a ride and look at it.

Thanks.

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7 hours ago, jeeper61 said:

Here is one for you

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Looks nice! On my way to Providenciales on a trip. Gonna airline my wife down for an inexpensive vacation in a high class place. Will only cost her airfare and meals and she's flying on miles so really cheap. I may take a look at it when I get back. Looks too good for me😁

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3 hours ago, New Englander said:

Looks nice! On my way to Providenciales on a trip. Gonna airline my wife down for an inexpensive vacation in a high class place. Will only cost her airfare and meals and she's flying on miles so really cheap. I may take a look at it when I get back. Looks too good for me😁

Enjoy the trip 

From the ad it sounds like it has been kept up and has air brakes which is a plus 

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NE

seeing 2-3 per day.now ,5-8 high $$ ,...they are going to get cheaper if you can ship,yet another year that owners cant afford to feed/service them.

wish something I asked for would show in the search,look once and you get those result for life....

looking for a totally poofed listing 10 miles away.

 

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