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boys and their toys.... though mel i'm sure you have a tow vehicle to yank it out. ;)
 

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Mel are you making dinosaur footprints or D 9 fossils?
 

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Nice old 9H.... but what are you doing with that heavyweight narrow tracked tractor on soft ground? Just kidding.... nice ride...
 

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In 1969, Caterpillar introduced this new SxS D9G. In 1974, the improved 410 hp (310 kW) D9H was introduced to replace the D9G. The D9H is still the most powerful conventional track-type tractor in company history. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caterpillar_D9

 

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Figured as much, Mel.
So any pictures of the recovery?
Dig the rear out with a bigger piece of equipment then pull the dozer out?
I have driven by a site where each day another bigger piece of rental equipment shows up and gets stuck trying to extricate the previous day's rental recovery equipment. Eventually two cranes, & two crawlers were on the clock in attempt to pull out a backhoe sunk in a soggy clay pit no reasonable contractor should have approached.
 

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HA! After the USN and I started working I rented a small house with a dirt/gravel driveway in late March. A week or so later the spring rains arrived and melted all the snow and thawed the ground frost. I went out to go to work in the morning and my car was sunk in the driveway right up to the doors so I could not even open them. Looked just like the D9. In November the owner had new rain gutters installed and the water was routed to go into a drain pipe under the driveway that was crushed causing the sink hole my car was stuck in. It took 2 wreckers to yank the car out and the mud up under the car immediately froze solid because the temps went down in the teens after the rains. My car was dead for almost a week until the temps went up and I was able to spay the mud from under it. I missed 3 days of work and almost got fired. If the car had just sunk a little further and the mud and water went inside the insurance would have totaled it.

So, tell us Mel, how much does it cost to get a D9 towed out of a hole?

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Hopefully client paid enough for Mel and his crew to relax afterwards and enjoy a Pina Skullada or two.

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I did not stick this Cat. This is the way I found when they called me to
remove it.
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Shouldn't have been to bad getting out with that big four barrelled ripper and the blade for jacks. We used to jack up ripper cats like that often.
 

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That Cat was sitting on about 9 feet of pure soup/soft mud. The rippers just mashed every thing under them right down into the mud. They had tried that with many pieces of large lumber. I also could not get within about 400 feet of the machine with another machine. I put a large (15"x15") I beam about 30 feet long behind the tracks, then attached it to the tracks with cable lashing. when I reversed it sucked the beam in until the tractor climbed up on top of the beam. I had placed beams 5 feet apart for some distance until it was on solid ground.
Removal price: 2800.00
 

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The old jack it up and put wood under the tires trick but on a large scale and with out the jack. Did you just have those I beams laying around? Nicely done BTW.
 

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Welcome to the forum!! :D
Funny, nothing could pull it out and you show up and drive it out. The Cat Whisperer.


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