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New Sawdust Removal Bin
« on: January 19, 2016, 11:57:35 PM »
As some folks know, my old sawdust removal system wasn't very optimized as it consisted of blowing some of the sawdust into an old grain wagon and the rest everywhere else.  I fill this thing up about once a week, and emptying is always a time consuming chore, basically lifting it off the ground and shaking with my tractor. 

 

 

 

 

So here's the new sawdust bin, version 2.0. Its an old 1981 F600 beat up grain truck, with a decent engine and good dump bed.  It only was run a couple trips a year in the fall to sell harvested grain, and the farmer I bought it from told me it had a "new" clutch, installed only 10 years ago. ;D.  It also has a broom stick for a gas gauge, nothing in the dash works except the tach and the oil pressure gauge, and I could go ice fishing through the rust holes in the floor board. :D.  The hydraulics are strong, and it cranks right up, whether it's in gear or not. ;D I got it for less than the price of a load of logs, so figured, what the heck.  It even had a half a tank of fuel.  What a deal!

 

 

Anyway, I was faced with the expense of having to buy many thousands of dollars of dirt and gravel for the pad of the new HHAWH, (Hobby Hardwood Alabama World Headquarters)  8) and seeing as I have a gravel pit on the farm, as well as a lot of dirt, I figured if I could get the truck to last long enough to haul and dump a few loads, I could make it break even, or just break :D, pretty fast.  Then I would retire it and park it under the sawdust chute, and have a self dumping sawdust hopper. 8)

So with nothing further invested in it than a can of WD40 to loosen things up a bit, I was able to haul dump several loads of dirt yesterday.

 

 

Most of the blue smoke stopped coming out of the exhaust pipe on the third load, and pretty soon, I was gear jamming and having fun with the non synchronous gears.  Who knew I couldn't down shift to first without coming to a stop?  I was able to figure out the two speed rear end, in large part, by reading the bouncing, blurry instructions printed on the sun visor as I was creeping up the hills in low gear. 
All in all, a lot of fun, and hopefully a quicker way to get rid of my sawdust. 



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Re: New Sawdust Removal Bin
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2016, 04:11:38 AM »
She will serve you well for years.
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Re: New Sawdust Removal Bin
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2016, 06:32:35 AM »
Good one. 8)

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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2016, 07:31:01 AM »
Very cool! Be careful, I watched dump truck fails on YouTube after I bought mine and they just about scared the death out of me. A lot of people working with wet dirt seem to get in trouble with them.
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Re: New Sawdust Removal Bin
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2016, 07:36:11 AM »
Hobby Hardwood Alabama World Headquarters?  Build it and they will come  ;D
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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2016, 08:24:10 AM »
That's a Cadillac compared to a few I've had to drive. ;D
I'd bet a dollar it gets used for more than your sawdust.

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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2016, 08:29:24 AM »
best thing is all you have to do is just dump it to change from sawdust to whatever you need to haul :)
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Re: New Sawdust Removal Bin
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2016, 08:31:45 AM »
YH,

   Congrats on the "new" truck (and a certain recent football game we won't mention here). I am sure it will serve you well and when finally worn out you can always convert it into a pulpwood truck.
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« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2016, 08:38:39 AM »
Thats a dandy!  not just a one show pony there, 
only have a few chain saws I'm not suppose to use, but will at times, one dog Dolly, pretty good dog, just not sure what for yet,  working on getting the gardening back in order, and kinda thinking on maybe a small bbq bizz,  thinking about it,

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« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2016, 09:55:16 AM »
That is multi-tasking in the truest form.   smiley_thumbsup

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« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2016, 06:05:02 PM »
   HECK YEA ON THE DUMP TRUCK !! 8)

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« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2016, 11:17:00 PM »
Up north here in the salt country we us old stop and street signs for new floor boards. they will out last the truck LOL :D Nice truck Should make life easier

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« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2016, 11:26:01 PM »
<<snip>>
Most of the blue smoke stopped coming out of the exhaust pipe on the third load, and pretty soon, I was gear jamming and having fun with the non synchronous gears.  Who knew I couldn't down shift to first without coming to a stop?  I was able to figure out the two speed rear end, in large part, by reading the bouncing, blurry instructions printed on the sun visor as I was creeping up the hills in low gear. 
All in all, a lot of fun, and hopefully a quicker way to get rid of my sawdust.

Did you check the oil after the smoke stopped? :D  Nice truck - I could use one about now...
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« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2016, 11:29:40 PM »
<<snip>>
Most of the blue smoke stopped coming out of the exhaust pipe on the third load, and pretty soon, I was gear jamming and having fun with the non synchronous gears.  Who knew I couldn't down shift to first without coming to a stop?  I was able to figure out the two speed rear end, in large part, by reading the bouncing, blurry instructions printed on the sun visor as I was creeping up the hills in low gear. 
All in all, a lot of fun, and hopefully a quicker way to get rid of my sawdust.

Did you check the oil after the smoke stopped? :D  Nice truck - I could use one about now...

 :D :D I remember looking out the window, at the big blue cloud coming out of the pipe, and saying, "Oh well, trashed that one..." but I climbed down, cracked the hood, pulled out the duct taped handled dipstick, and was mildly surprised to actually see oil on the mark.  So, I just kept keeping on, checked it again later and no problems and no smoke.   
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« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2016, 12:50:49 AM »
...  Who knew I couldn't down shift to first without coming to a stop?  ...

To downshift -- push in the clutch, shift into neutral, release the clutch, rev the engine, push in the clutch, shift into first, release the clutch.

It'll work perfectly the first time you try it ... because by the time you've done all that you'll have rolled to a stop by the time you get to the "shift into first" bit :D :D.

As you get better at the sequence, you will continue to grind the gears. The trick is to figure out (from the engine noise) what speed the engine should be running when it's in first. Then rev the engine to that speed when you're in neutral with the clutch released. That gets the gears moving to the speed they'll be at when you shift.

It takes a bit of practice, but after a while you'll have no trouble downshifting into first "on the fly".

Once you've mastered that little art, the next challenge is to shift without using the clutch at all. Seriously.
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« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2016, 01:08:20 AM »
What Brucer says, and called "double clutching" in my day.  Even helps when going up in the gears..
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« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2016, 09:39:27 AM »
YH, that 2 speed rear axle may have a gotcha that can bite you. The later models have a small electric actuator which works fine. The older models used a vacuum pot to shift to high range and a spring to return to low range. These can bite if you roll to a stop, leave the rear axle in high range and shut the engine down. After a bit, the vacuum will leak down, allowing the spring to try to shift to low range. There's a spot between where the gears will drop into neutral, hope you didn't stop on a hill.  ;D I saw one pulpwood hauler who pulled into a service station, left it in high range and went inside the building.  Came back out to find his truck (loaded) in a creek at the bottom of the hill.  :o
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« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2016, 10:16:58 AM »
drove trucks all my life, maybe not one like that but never used the clutch except stopping and  taking off.
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Know what you mean.. been there, done that too.  ;D
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Ice fishing in Alabama?  I'll bet that would be interesting  ;D


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