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Geo-TH,In
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:44 am    Post subject: Terramite pics for FarmerZeb Reply to specific post Reply with quote

FarmerZeb, I had to do some logging today. Did you buy a terramite?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:46 am    Post subject: Re: Terramite pics for FarmerZeb Reply to specific post Reply with quote

that is a neat machine, would really be handy in tight places too!! i like the thumb on the hoe.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Terramite pics for FarmerZeb Reply to specific post Reply with quote

that little guy has some power. what is the lifting height on the loader?

we have not bought anything yet. I've got to sell one of the other tractor both to make room for it and pay for it. Since we do not live at the farm full time right now I hate to leave anything out in the open.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Terramite pics for FarmerZeb Reply to specific post Reply with quote

In another life I ran an equipment rental business, primarily construction equipment. We ordered a couple of Terramites to see if they could make money and within 6 months we ordered 10 more of them. Awesome little machine, lots of power in a small package. Yes we had a couple get destroyed (people can and will destroy anything that isn't theirs) but overall they were a fantastic investment for us.
I really like the thumb on yours, I'm guessing your using that added weight for ballast for the load you have in the FEL.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Terramite pics for FarmerZeb Reply to specific post Reply with quote

downsouth,
The log in the hook is for ballast. Enough to lift the front wheels off the ground.
George
 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Terramite pics for FarmerZeb Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Paul,
Not sure what the lifting height is, over 7 feet. I have a 10k dump trailer and it works well with the terramite. One time I needed a little more height, so I parked the trailer along the edge of the road and the yard was a few feet higher.

In the spring of 2011 had a bad wind storm. I had 22 loads of bursh to hall off. Here is what the little guy can lift.
George

 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Terramite pics for FarmerZeb Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Leased, then bought '84 model rental unit in '87. Only do "keep-it-running" maintenance for home use about 100-120 hrs./year. Excellent machine, thinks it's a "real" backhoe. BTW hydraulic cylinder seals and packing can be bought from McMaster-Carr at extremely reasonable prices.
George, like your thumb, any royalties if I copy it?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Terramite pics for FarmerZeb Reply to specific post Reply with quote

smallercrawler,
I've had my toy for 5 years. It's a 2004, had 435 hours on it, I have about 1500 hr on it now. I have rental property. Use it for yard work. Love it. Wish I had it years ago, perhaps my back would be in better shape.

I get my cylinder parts from Terramite, $30-40 to rebuild depending on which cylinder. Never heard of McMaster-Carr. I'll google it. How do I know what part number to ask for? When I talk to Terramite, I give them my model number, tell them which cylinder and they send it. Takes a day or two if it's in stock.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Terramite pics for FarmerZeb Reply to specific post Reply with quote

smallercrawler,
I went to McMaster-Carr and couldn't find the cylinder parts. If you have the part #'s for the different cylinders I would appriciate it.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Terramite pics for FarmerZeb Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Terramites are built not too far from where I live. I have been by the factory many times. The first one was built by a fellow in his basement many years ago and has been improved over the years. They are a great little machine and I have worked on several of them over the years. They don't give much trouble if they are not severely abused.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 3:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Terramite pics for FarmerZeb Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Welding man.
I purchased mine from a guy in Kentucky, 300 miles away, ebay.

It has a 20 Hp Kohler commando. The left cylinder spark plug was carboned up. Only hitting on one cylinder. Changed plug. The left cylinder wouldn't burn cleanly. There is only one carb with no adjustments. It took me a while to figure out the carb was dirty. There are 3 tiny holes in the venture. I took compressed air. Blew out the holes and it runs very cleanly, white plugs. Every time it runs a little rough, I blow the carb out without taking anything apart, just have to remove air filter.

I do my own repairs, however if I run into something I can't handle I call Terramite. They are very helpful. So if they can't help, I'll give you a shout.

I change the oil in the engine every 75 hours and the hydraulics every 300 hours. The hydraulic oil looks like new. The engine oil needs changed.

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George
 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Terramite pics for FarmerZeb Reply to specific post Reply with quote

George- I aint got no termites, just a go-for! Just bought it today, figgered I already have a rubbertrack loader, so I don't need that half. Anyway, here's
the go for link

 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 5:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Terramite pics for FarmerZeb Reply to specific post Reply with quote

George make very sure that you are using the correct oil in the hydraulic system and it is NOT R and O hydraulic. Friend of mine that runs a plumbing business blew a hose and refilled it with R and O. Wasnt't but a short time I had to comletely rebuild the Hydrostat unit-not cheap.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 9:41 am    Post subject: Re: Terramite pics for FarmerZeb Reply to specific post Reply with quote

George, sorry, I do not have any specific cross references; just measured old and went to McM lists. The shaft wipers and piston "cups" are listed under the subsection "mechanical seals".
Good luck!
 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 3:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Terramite pics for FarmerZeb Reply to specific post Reply with quote

welding man,
There is a sticker on terramite that says use only 10w30 or 10w40 in hydraulics, anything else will damage it. I change it every 300 hrs like the book says. Thanks,
George
 
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