October 13, 2016 at 2:30 am #2874
I recently purchased a used RS1000 with the dozer blade, material bucket, hitch adapter, and a ripper claw and part of what looks like the mount for the rake. I think it would be a good idea to share tips and tidbits with other owners, and this is the perfect venue to do so. Here are some (probably obvious) “tidbits” I’ve discovered in the few weeks I’ve owned it.
I’ve learned that if I have to move heavy chunks of cement (like 2 foot by 2 foot by six inch slabs), the material bucket does a great job – but you have to put it in the up position first. It won’t lift them (at least with the manual front hitch), but once it’s in the up position, moving over a hundred pounds of concrete chunks is easy.
Sod is a problem, but if you can dig below the sod where you begin, the dozer blade will push stuff up and dig pretty well.
The grousers are great for traction, but they tear up the lawn. They also are great for mangling dense tall weeds – like when clearing a field. The dozer blade doesn’t do too good with weeds (tends to just push them over), the material bucket isn’t any better. I’m working on a couple of ideas to improve that situation (including a special blade just for busting brush). The grousers also tend to pick up stuff like wire or pieces of metal and pull them into the track. If you are cleaning up an area (like I am – after a fire), check the tracks regularly and often for metal, bunched up weeds, and so on.
I don’t see much mentioned about the rake attachment. I made up my own (generally based on the drawings for the Struck model and using the parts that came with the Magnatrac) and it’s awesome. I have a pile of mixed “trash” (burned electronics, half melted plastics, burned wire, concrete chunks, and so on mixed up with dirt, grass, leaves, and vines) and the rake does a great job separating out the stuff that goes to the dump, vs the dirt which doesn’t. Think a garden rake on steroids that’s almost effortless to use… it solved one major headache we have. It also digs really well! I don’t remember the rake attachment being mentioned in the Struck videos – it should be. (If you have a jungle of vines – it REALLY rips them loose!)
I mounted the ripper claw that came with the RS1000 on heavy 2 inch square tubing which goes in the hitch adapter (the tubing is L shaped, and I use a bit of the short end of the L to mount the ripper). Be careful if you set it up this way and use it – I learned real quick that if you hit a (BIG) buried stump, you can shear a 1/2 inch bolt in the blink of an eye. The ripper claw has no problems breaking and ripping up roots to about four inches in diameter. It also makes digging with the blade or the material bucket a lot easier – breaking up the sod and ground first.
Next mod I’m thinking of – going from bolts to hitch pins on the dozer blade and material bucket. Bolts work well, but they get muck and mud in the threads and get a bit difficult to loosen. It’s a bit irritating having to lay in the dirt and struggle with a recalcitrant nut.
Another idea I’m thinking about – a pull behind trenching blade. Something that can dig a trench a few inches wide and several inches deep. Made right, you could dig a trench four to six inches wide and 18-24 inches deep – just right for laying water pipes or buried electrical wiring, by making multiple passes over the same path.
Possible other future projects – electric power hitch (lift/lower/lock) for front and rear, Tire based track shoes, and I have some ideas for other attachments.
August 28, 2017 at 6:18 pm #4865
- This topic was modified 1 year, 11 months ago by Robert Bowers.
Thanks for the blog posts Robert! I wanted to reply just to keep you active. I will be getting an RS1000 or maybe the MH8000 in October so I hope you are still around to swap stories with. These tidbits are very helpful. Do you have any more?
I like the RS1000 since I can use my present trailer with it. But I am concerned that it is too light. I need to maintain mountain roads left over from the loggers. Fix the gullies and spread gravel. I think mostly loader work with some dozer. the RS1000 combo blade is nice to be able to use both at the same time, if perhaps doing neither real well. Your opinion is appreciated.
I would need to get a new trailer for the MH8000, but have much fewer doubts about it. I really like the speed hitch front loader. Then of course it is twice the cost.
Hope you are still checking the site.
see you around
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