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Lil Giants
10-21-2008, 11:29 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_chN0-go0Tc WDC 966 loading the WDC 740[/url] 966 loading 740

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TasZc6tL3-A Stahl922 loading WDC 740[/url] 922 loading 740

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOElnaVDbMw Stock piling with the 740[/url] 740 stock piling

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXaDfU6VS6U 740 climbing out of the hole with a load on[/url] 740 climbing out of the hole

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7amwNn-7bY Stahl 742 Liebherr dozer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvyPLxotMRQ Dozer 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa1Mab8Uddw GL - steep climb with locker axles[/url] GL - steep climb with locker axles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYvjz-zSYMw GL- shoot for the moon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vG29CqcW-oA The original dirt lump crusher

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mpbf8FXj_0 Hoe stock piling

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_w__9Psovyk 922 loading bottom dump trl

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFMTrtyierE 632 track loader loading the 740

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFnbIOquUXc screener

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3p-rtSHe9Nk 966 pushing up the pile

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXHNbiMxsak new dirt lump crusher

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8nAgLNM7p0 Top view of new crusher

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhUE76Z6NQI 632 loading 740 from the ground

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZEpxNqcpZ0 632 loading KH

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2_K0Emv7-k 632 laoding KH pup

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyWH0L45TfM 922 driving off a ledge

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ua1_Ymk8mcM pup dumping into conveyer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTzujeun2Fk Road demolition

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rthW9-znH0 Road Demolition 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mdj6tme75lI 922 loading KH

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWL_pp-AjGM Holding Bin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7gARuC1kzE Coveyer on Crusher

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Krqze4xn5N8 Too much rain... quarry flood

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWFnOzXgBik Floor Dry 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ryHowmTS4s Leveling out the floor dry

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXuQ2EdDgXQ 6wd GL stuck

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IB1u1johUSA Try again

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SaFxEIY1BU 922 cleaning up the floor dry

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2WBzhg7mE8 Dumping floor dry into 5ga bucket

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jscbcuEpBVk dozing up the floor dry

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGzgBvkz09Y Digging deep

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdUC0eRkR5Q Loading out from the crusher with the 966

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdzQDezfr-w Leimbach 5 stage telescope

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYYBneOutCs Stahl's Komatsu WA500 loading out from the crusher

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YALPDS7Itmw Mining down the wall

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZlF0Q0gr3g Scaling the wall with the KH

Off-Road Ranger
10-21-2008, 12:57 PM
i came home with you:nice:
very cool man i love those truck and always wished to have one

10-21-2008, 02:07 PM
very cool!!

10-21-2008, 02:18 PM
I can watch your vids over and over Joe. I almost hope you'll never get done with your basement:crazy:

10-21-2008, 05:03 PM
Now that just makes me jealous. Or in love. Or both. Absolutely awesome!

defender experience
10-21-2008, 05:49 PM
I cant believe what im watching!

The trucks are amazing, the machinery is amazing, but the sound and atmosphere created is beyond me!

Best vids ever.

10-21-2008, 06:56 PM
:omg: cool videos!:chug:

10-21-2008, 08:49 PM
So do you build these all from scratch? Do I want to know how much it would cost to build an excavator? That's awesome!

10-21-2008, 09:02 PM
That is just plain awesome... Im sorry if it was explained in a video i havent watched yet.. But are you doing ALL the work you can with the scale equipment? Or just having a little fun with it along the way? Either way, that is exrememly cool...

10-21-2008, 09:02 PM
nice vids also seen them over on garden trucking:nice:

Lil Giants
10-21-2008, 10:32 PM
Great replies everyone, thank you! :chug:

Ole, I should be able to drag it out for a few more yrs yet, several cubic yards to go from the south wall and then there's 20 inches to take from the floor. ^_^

Jim511, most every video states who made the model, be it Wedico or Stahl or Tamiya. The only model built completely from scratch is the bottom dumper B train with some parts taken from the Tamiya flatbed trl kits. My excavators are eight yrs old, they were alot cheaper then than they are now, but then the model excavators of today are alot more detailed with better working parts. My next track hoe will be a Wedico & it's "rumored" to be a Caterpillar 345. :banana:

SebringMGB, I never did any talking or script in the vids. There is a purpose to all this maddness :crazy: and it has been ask & answered a few times before, so I'll just copy & paste from another forum. ;) And yes, I try to do as much as I can with the scale equipment.

Early August of 02 it rained 8" in 7 days and I had forgot to replace the eave extension on the NE corner of the house after cutting my grass the wk or so before. Alot of moisture soaked up in the NE corner of the basement & a month or so later a big chunk of the dirt wall fell off & was strewn acoss the floor, partially blocking the entry way into my water well.

I got started in this radio controlled heavy commercial hobby in the Spring of 97 with a Tamiya King Hauler & flatbed trl. By the time of this "cave in" in 02 I had aquired a bulldozer & trackhoe rc models from Germany & worked away at cleaning up this mess with them during the winter months when things are slow on the farm. I trucked the dirt to another corner of the basement, out of the way.

I found it to be great entertainment & after getting all of it cleared away.... well.... then there was just another mess in the other corner of the basement. LOL I had to do something with it & I also thought I'd better crib the walls with wood to prevent any future cave-ins that could affect the foundation. While I was at it, I thought I'd make the area down there a little larger too by trimming back the dirt walls a couple of feet & when it's finnished a couple of yrs from now, then I'll pour a cement floor too.

It's been a great hobby thus far, dreaming up - building all sorts of different minature equipment from kits or from scratch for this "mining" project. If it wasn't for this mining project I probably would have lost of interest in this hobby by now b/c once the models are built - the novelty of how they work & perform would wear off with no task to be accomplished them.

I have a yellow dump trk (Tamiya Mammoth) and I trucked dirt out of the basement, approx 2 cu yds the summer of 05, up a wooden ramp 16" wide, most of that dirt being what had originally fell off the wall to begin this excavation.

The summer of 06 I built a 4" belt conveyor & moved out over twice that amount. And so far I've only accomplished mining the east wall. The south wall (longer part of the house) has nearly twice the material to be mined away. I won't be finnishing this "project" anytime soon.

If you wish to know about each model in the fleet, I have a thread on the Garden with over 800 pics and lots of script of what I have been doing for the last four yrs in the basement. Hauling Dirt out of my Basement (http://www.gardentrucking.com/Yabb/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=7;action=display;num=1199668368) Some ppl have commented recently that it has taken them over 4hrs to get through it all. :chug:

10-24-2008, 03:09 PM
Just got throug that epic thread after almost constantly reading the last days. Beyond words!

Sweet Pete Wrecker
10-27-2008, 02:33 PM
Joe i have been meaning to reply but it takes a while to get through all of those video's. Great Job as always.

Thats what they call a work in Progress.:chug:

10-27-2008, 03:42 PM
[QUOTE=protrker;343470] My next track hoe will be a Wedico & it's "rumored" to be a Caterpillar 345.

I think I can change that status from rumor to confirmed. See below for e-mail reply I received from Wedico.

Hi Ole,

yes we are thinking about an excavator, but we have to wait for the planed facelifting of the original CAT 345.

I think we will not have it before end of 2009.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen / best regards

Ralf Bierenfeld

WEDICO Truck + Construction Models GmbH, Wartburgstr. 21, 42285 Wuppertal
Sitz Wuppertal, HRB 18792
Geschäftsführer: Rainer Johann auf der Heide

Lil Giants
10-29-2008, 08:09 PM
Good to hear you found the thread interesting DODweb. :chug:

Thanx for the kind words Jimmy, appreciated. :chug:

That is good news Ole, thanx for looking into that for me. :chug: But not so good that the 345 may not be in production for more than a yr yet. An excavator is certainly a much less complicated model to design than their previous two offerings, I thought it would have come to the consumer sooner. :(

I betcha a hi-drive dozer will be next?! :firedevil:

Lil Giants
10-31-2008, 07:28 PM

I'm liking this loader alot! :nice:

It's almost painful now to operate that slow moving Wedico 966 loader. :crazy:

note: the wdc 966 I have is three yrs old, #327. Recent Wedico loaders with a production # greater than 500 will function as quick as this Stahl Komatsu loader I have now... just to be fair about my prefered loader at this time. ;)

11-01-2008, 09:55 PM
awesome videos. i got to get my hands on a loader.

Lil Giants
11-06-2008, 12:12 AM
:chug: cosine

I dusted off the Mammoth and made a movie. ;D

It's probably more than two yrs since I used it last, but I just dropped in a battery and away it went! It's always been a strong runner, very reliable. 8)


11-07-2008, 10:56 AM
Great thread Joe

I still get a kick out of the White Cab Over concuring the steap climb :)

11-15-2008, 09:14 PM
This reminds me of when I was a kid and I used to clean my room with my tonka trucks except infinitely cooler!

Bravo sir! I'm still watching your vids! I'll probably subscribe to your youtube account.

Again, AWESOME!:chug:

Lil Giants
11-29-2008, 01:51 PM
Thank you Glenn and Elvis for your kind remarks. :chug:

A couple of new vids.



Lil Giants
11-29-2008, 07:57 PM
The 'pictured' video doesn't appear no more? :huh: :thinking:

Lil Giants
12-11-2008, 11:24 AM
A friend requested to see me handle the radio while operating the excavator... here it is.


12-11-2008, 12:43 PM
i admire your talent, ideas and patience.
i am off to go spend a few hours at the garden :sht:

thanks for sharing, please post more.
here's the direct link

12-12-2008, 11:55 PM
Awsome i Am thinking of getting a loader myself and starting a "project" in my backyard

Lil Giants
12-15-2008, 10:51 PM
Wonderful words of encouragement, thank you crunky. :chug:

Either the Stahl or Wedico loaders are good working models d.k.v., get at 'er! :nice:

Well, it's not all fun and games in the Lil Giants quarry... it's 35 below outside, so no more excavating dirt outside the basement for awhile! Time to get my 740 ADT back in service for stock piling processed earth for next summer's export. ;)

I have to rebuild all three axles with new drive axles & hubs and replace the top shaft in the transmission.

It took longer to load the photos on photobucket than it did to take apart :blink:... ofcourse putting it back together will take a lil longer. :lol:






Lil Giants
12-30-2008, 11:04 PM
I made a couple runs up the wall a few days ago with the 740 hauling rocks... I got quite a big pile of rocks gathered under the stairs during last couple yrs of mining. I don't know what the weight would be, but 740 handled it well.



Lil Giants
12-31-2008, 04:06 PM

Komatsu Loading 740

12-31-2008, 04:26 PM
i always look forward to updates.
i even keep eyeballing my dirt floor in the basement.

your aptience and skills are outstanding.
keep up the great work.

12-31-2008, 09:01 PM
Joe, This is the first time I've seen your work.
I have spent my life's work involved in commercial construction.
I'm now in my 60s although I myself have never operated equipment I sure have watched my share of heavy equipment at work for the last 44 years.
I must say the videos of your scale project just amazed me. Your skills with which you operate your different pieces so smoothly and efficiently is truly professional. You got all the moves and timing that I have seen 1000s of times in the field with 1:1 earth movers.
I had to save your thread to show my construction buddies at work some of them operators themselves your work and project. I'm sure they will be as entertained and amazed as I was myself.
This is one of the most interesting things I've ever seen done with RC vehicles working in a scale environment with a definite purpose and scope.
Keep up the good work and have a safe project. :nice:

Lil Giants
01-02-2009, 12:35 PM
Thank you again Crunky :chug: and thank you Norm for your great words of encouragement, it's always a special treat to me to hear from ppl who work in the construction industry. :chug:

I feel quite fortunate to have stumbled onto this basement excavation idea, it's been a great past time to date dreaming up new ideas to tackle different projects along the way.

Here's another vid with the 922 clearing dirt away from the wall.


01-03-2009, 08:49 PM
Hello Joe, I'm working for a Norwegian Construction Company myself, www.dagsmaskin.no, where we use komatsu excavators, and looking at your Liebherr scale excavators, how smooth they operate, and how well you operate them is amazing. Its almost like looking at the 1:1 versions. I'm currently looking for Komatsu excavators on the net, but there only seems to be Cat and Liebherr models. Anyways, I'll have to save alot of money and buy myself one of these.. THIS LOOKS FUN :D Thanks for sharing your images and videos. Regards, Petter.

Lil Giants
01-04-2009, 09:42 AM
Thank you Petter, please to meet you, lots of interesting equip at your company. What piece of equip do you operate regularly & what sorts of jobs are you working at recently? I don't know of any rc Komatsu excavs for commercial sale, although I believe I've seen pics somewhere of some one who built one from scratch... maybe not so difficult to convert a Stahl 922 Liebherr to a Komatsu?

Here's another vid I made last night, showing the process of backfilling the completed east cribbed wall (presently mining away the south wall).


01-04-2009, 10:04 AM
i know its kind of strange to ask, but do you have any footage of any mishaps or carnage ?
i did see the one vid of the truck backing in to the area where the ground gave way, and the truck got stuck.
any others ?


01-04-2009, 10:05 AM
Hello again. We are a rather small company, 10 people, but when I have created the new webpage It will have even more pictures of our rigs. I'm currently driving the Scania R500 6x4 with 3 axle dump trailer, pic on the frontpage. I also drove a Moxy MT30R ADT and for some years a Komatsu WA320 wheelloader. I'm still often driving our WA470 to load my truck, and last year I plowed some industrial areas in the winter with the WA250PT wheelloader. I'm just starting to drive the Komatsu PC210 excavator. Going to take my "fagbrev", thats papers, like school, that I'm capable driving excavators and trucks... don't know the english word for it. Hopefully, I will be able to create some of these models. I'm looking into buying a lathe and mill for the sommer, and start some custom handmade project, but I know its going to take som time to learn everything. For now, I have just started with the Tamiya R470 kit, and I think I will buy a dump trailer. Don't know if I will be using our company colors, or if I should make my own :) Keep those entertaining vids coming... ;)

- Petter

01-04-2009, 03:33 PM
like that great video, nice work.

Lil Giants
01-04-2009, 03:50 PM
"fagbrev" = operator training, bookwork & practical. ;)

There's a couple of cdn friends of mine from the west coast on the garden who have built most of their fleet from scratch. Check out their threads in the construction forum, one guy is Logger and the other is tracksntreadslou. They've each built a dozer (D8 hi-track Cat & TD-25 International) and now each one is building an articulated dump trk. Logger built his own excav (Cat) without a functional undercarriage, but that'll come later. Lou got a Damitz & a Stahl excavs, the Stahl has been converted to a John Deere forestry hoe with a hyd thumb. He added a thumb to the Damitz as well.

I'm looking forward to seeing your fine projects in the near future.

The only carnage (nothing on video) was from a broken a driveshaft on the KH dump trk last winter, I was nearly at the top of the 1st long ramp when I heard this grind, then the trk took off backwards (fully loaded)!I nearly ripped a fingernail off when I tried to catch it! The trk almost made it to the bottom before striking the wall.... broke alot of shyt!!! Pictures of it all to be seen here. (http://www.gardentrucking.com/yabb/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1199668368/570)

Another time, I broke a driveshaft on my KH tractor pulling the bd trl while travelling up a different ramp not quite as steep. I went backwards quickly for 12 feet or so where I jack knifed at the bottom... didn't break anything. Lucky!

Thanx Def4x4 :chug:

01-05-2009, 03:58 PM
Hello again Joe. I've been thinking about a king hauler project after I read some of your posts on the "post all king haulers" thread... Would You be kind and post some here? Don't know if this is of topic, but I liked the rought look of your 2 and 3 axle tractors.. Is it 4x4 and 6x6 ? I like the large terrain-tires ;) What engine are you using? Will the tranny tolerate a LPR TruckPuller2 7.2 volt, with load, without breaking... It sure looks like that when watching your videos, but then again, I don't know if you run stock transmission... I'm reading your MAMMOTH GIANT thread at gardentrucking, but it will take some time though, since English is my second language only hehe.. Interesting read though ;)

- Petter

Lil Giants
01-05-2009, 05:24 PM

All your questions will be answered in the garden thread. But just a couple of quicks answers... I use the stock tranny & twin 12v motors with the wdc dual motor coupler. I've never had a tranny fail.

The 4x4 KH (the 1st pic in the thread you mentioned) was a short lived experiment, I had added to the front of the bottom output shaft on the trans to power the front axle... however the driveline angles were too severe! I used the hi lift tires on that trk.

My two current GL tractors are 6wd, but one of them will soon be another dump trk, like the KH, so I will have to build another 6wd tractor... preferably will the same wheelbase as the white one, much easier for maneuverability.

None of my 900+ photos are organized in photobucket and it takes forever for me to load each page... terribly short sighted of me... read the garden thread and don't hesitate to ask any questions. ;)

Lil Giants
01-06-2009, 11:41 PM
You're in luck Petter, my white GL broke down tonite! :crazy:

I was climbing the ramp with the bd trl in tow loaded when I start to hear a "click click grind"! My 1st thought was maybe I blew a pinion on the lead axle (not that it has ever happened before), but it turned out that the spider cross disenegrated! That's a 1st! :lol:

This differential is a modified lockable unit from Doc Gear of Germany. It quit working last summer, I think the problem may have been some dirt got in there between the locking ring & crown gear so it wasn't fully engaging. Solution is to pack more grease within the housing to keep the dirt out. ;) Also the three little bolts holding the diff case together were quite loose... likely another reason why the locking mechanism was not engaging.

The rear lockable axle quit working too, probably the same problem. Take it apart, clean it up & fill it grease as well. ;)





I found a number of loose bolts and screws securing the trans & suspension... it probably wouldn't been long before whole compenents would have started jumping out of the trk, all that torque twisting up the chassis constantly. Time to add some locktite.



01-08-2009, 09:42 PM
Hi there Joe,

Sounds like it might have been a good thing that the Globe quit on you so you could take the time to tighten all the screws and bolts so she wouldn't fall apart on you!

01-09-2009, 06:37 PM
Hello Joe, thanks for the update... I've been reading your giant gardentrucking thread, and I have leard alot... these GL updates were also nice :) Its so cool to see these small-big rigs put at work, and I want an rc excavator so bad :D I also enjoy pictures of your crusher hehe, since we also have a rock quary(?) "steinbrudd" in Norwegian. We have a Norwegian made crusher, named Haahjem. I was unloading the crusher yesterday, and I was going to take pictures for you, but had forgotten my camera :banghead:

Anyway, it was the Komatsu PC350LC (38tonn) loading the crusher, me unloading the crushed piles of stones in a Komatsu WA470 (26tonn), and a Komatsu PC210LC (23tonn) picking out stones to be used for building stone-fences, I don't know what its called in English. The Komatsu PC240LC (26tonn) where using a hydraulic rock hammer (?) to crush to large stones to get through the crusher.

I hope I to can have an model of anyone of these machines... that would be nice hehe :excited:

- Petter

Sorry if this is untopic ;)

01-10-2009, 07:07 PM
I am truely speachless about what you are/have been doing!
This is taking Rc's to the next level! A practicle use for them and one that the missus cant grumble about:lol:

Hats off to you Joe, you are doing a sterling job, i admire your patiants and determination..
I will watch all your videos, its a little early/late here at the mo though, so the rest i will save for tomorrow:)

Keep up the excellent work, and just a thought, but when your done you could start on some RC helicopters and make yourself that extension you always wanted:rofl:

One thing i would like to know though, the most important question that people here are to ashamed to admit that they would like to know also!
Wheres the rig that brings you coffee's/ food and spare battery's?:rolling:

Lil Giants
01-10-2009, 08:15 PM
Hello Gary, I'm not sure what would have happened if that tranny popped out of place... no doubt it would have happened near the top of ramp though! http://www.modelltruck.net/images/smilies/mama.gif

No worries of going off topic Petter, as I'm sure you discovered reading the garden thread. :ph43r: Yes please, take your camera to work. :excited:

:chug: Ian.

"RC helicopters and make yourself that extension you always wanted"
Huh? :thinking:

"Wheres the rig that brings you coffee's/ food and spare battery's?"

She left a couple yrs ago... she hit me with the ultimatum of either her or those silly toys :rant:... half way down the stairs to the basement I heard a door slam! Haven't seen her since...^_^

01-11-2009, 01:16 AM

I stumbled across a youtube video of a wdc 966 a while back while searching rc videos. I have since been doing a lot of searching and reading about all the hyd rc models out there and needless to say have become borderline obsessed with the prospect of owning one or two of everything myself. :D I found the garden trucking forum and have read nearly every thread in the construction equipment section and have been following your project. I am truly impressed with your work, and you and lou and logger and everyones knowledge and talent. I made several attempts to create an account so I could talk to you guys and pick your brains but I couldn't get it to work. :cryin:

Anyway, I was glad to see I could get an account going here so i could drop you a line and tell you how very impressed and jealous I am. I am an equipment operator for a pipeline contractor in the gas field on the western slope of Colorado, and would love to have some scale models of the machines I run every day. I am saving to buy a hoe (would love to have a damitz), but it probably won't happen any time soon, so I guess for now I'll just live vicariously through others like you with such awesome fleets and the talent to build, operate, and maintain them. Sorry for rambling on for so long, if you have any questions about the 1:1 machines i'd be more than happy to offer up any knowledge that I have.

Take care and keep up the awesome work,


Lil Giants
01-11-2009, 02:02 AM
Good to hear from you Marty. :chug:

The garden forums were updated a month ago to deal with the enormous amount spam the forums were getting, but now the forums are riddled with errors & now it's next to impossible to use them properly. I've had to manually change new member's password and forward it to them before they could log on the 1st time... providing they were able to find PMD's e-addy first to notify of the problem... PMD's webmaster is MIA! ...can't fix anything without him. :wacko:

If you're really wanting a Damitz hoe, then you should put your order in for one now! I hear the waiting list is about a yr to get one... small company - lots of orders. They bill you when they're ready to ship your model, you pay them via bank wire transfer.

Damitz's new excavator (http://www.dermodellbagger.de/)

01-11-2009, 02:11 PM
Thats too bad about the garden forum, i'd really love to be able to tap the wealth of information and knowledge all the guys over there have.

Thats crazy the wait time on the damitz, I don't have nearly the patience to wait a year, it'd drive me insane to wait that long for my hoe.:crazy:

I've been reading the mention of this wdc cat 345 and would also be very interested in that machine, but is sounds as if it's quite a ways out yet also. And from what i've read, I'm not sure I'd want a first generation wdc model either. But my financial situation won't permit the purchase of one of these models any time soon anyway...:(

I've put some thought to the hydraulic bruder conversions also, as thats something I could spend on a little at a time as I could afford to, but then my lack of hydraulic/electronic knowledge would come into play. I will ultimately some day far into the future have the tools to do my own scratch builds, like gabrielles D11 build, but thats a long long ways off for me.

I guess long into short, owning any machine any time soon is just a pipe dream for me. :( But like I said before, I'll just keep reading and watching the videos and living vicariously through you and others with all these great models. And I must say of all that I've seen, your fleet is by far my favorite, many kudos my friend.


Metal Militia
01-11-2009, 05:52 PM
where do you get your hydrolics from

01-11-2009, 08:20 PM

http://cgi.ebay.com/Wedico-Caterpillar-740-Articulated-Truck-Dumper-Pocher_W0QQitemZ220342584719QQihZ012QQcategoryZ440 29QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1742.m153.l12 62

http://cgi.ebay.com/Wedico-Caterpillar-966G-II-Truck-Model-Kit-Pocher_W0QQitemZ220219540130QQcmdZViewItemQQptZRad io_Control_Vehicles?_trksid=p3286.m20.l1116

01-12-2009, 11:20 AM
simply amazing joe,like the kid inside of me wants to play in dirt,as a grown-up id gladly do this all day long!
ive been wanting rc construction equipment for many years,just couldnt afford it!
i worked construction for 6 years,love the dozer and excavator....i want a old 245 cat!

i just want to thank you joe....you gave my wife a new reason to b**** all day long!
i want a excavator!

01-16-2009, 08:43 PM
holy geesh...
i have to say i have watched the couple of hours of vids, and read through the entire post over at teh garden and never did i see any price on these things.
it wasnt until the link that was posted up a few more ahead of me that gave a link to them on evilbay.

now that's baller status :)
great fleet you got there buddy.

01-17-2009, 03:53 AM
Hey Joe :wave::wave:

Glad to see you are continuing your thread on scale4x4.
I got fed up with the Garden forum and untill they fix their
problems I"ll be giving them a miss also.


01-17-2009, 11:38 AM
hey joe found what you need for doing the flore wonce you get your wall finshed off. just take off the box on the old 740 and put a 5wheel on it. you might have to add some weaght.

Lil Giants
01-18-2009, 07:53 AM
The hydraulics come from Leimbach of Germany, although this company from California (http://shopping.netsuite.com/s.nl;jsessionid=0a0107431f430fca8603978b461c947c8a c2e8a875b1.e3eTaxiPc3mTe34Pa38Ta38Nc3z0?c=ACCT1035 31&sc=1) is currently working on designing a 15bar hyd pump for our hobby. Leimbach is probably the best choice for compact control valves and can be bought from gardentrucking.com. And the cylinders (Leimbach) can also be purchased from garden trucking or one can use air cylinders from clippard.com or mcmasters.com at lesser cost.

Thanx igotit. :chug:
Lots of ppl have built their own from scratch for considerably less cost, then bought the necessary hyds & electrics to make them work. ;)

The models cost what they cost, I buy what interests me, I don't have much interest in anything else for a past time. I work/pay taxes/run a household everyday just like everybody else here, so don't hassle me how I choose to spend my own earned money. :)

Hi Sludge :wave: :wave: (your name is Joe too, isn't it?)... yeah, the garden was a good home to talk about the hobby at one time... oh well, here is a good place to continue on. :chug:

Somebody told me that they thought they saw your 992 loader on a german forum, I've looked for it but never found it... perhaps you could bring us up to speed with what you posted in the past to get to your present stage of the build? Got a special forum here now for it, start a thread. ;) :)

I wouldn't use the 740 to do that job Martin, the wdc model is much too fragile to work it like that! The single motor barely has enough power to carry a load on it's back... not too mention those spindly little driveshafts throughout would disenegrate in no time. I think the Stahl Volvo A25 adt with it's 6 motors would be a prime canidate for such a beast. Thanx for the vid, the hamster may have a stroke! :lolbeat:

Lil Giants
01-18-2009, 08:25 AM
Earlier in the week when I was backfilling the east wall, the kh climbing the ramp suddenly skipped out of gear & took off backwards... I was only a few feet away and caught it, but I dropped the radio & broke the tip of the antenna off.


The problem seemed to be coming from the trans, so I pulled it from the trk.




All the gears were fine and though this trans uses all factory brass bushings within it, the shafts had no movement... it kinda seemed that the shift forks had a bit too much play in the shift discs (whatever you call those parts?). I dunno... I had new trans on hand, fully ball bearing'd, so I put that in. ;)

I just made a new vid this morning of my 740 dumping inside the wall... after about 4 trips, the model on the dirt floor near the crusher started acting squirrelly! shutting off/ starting, glitching... wtf?! :thinking:

I have two Polk radios with all my trks programed into both of them, one radio runs out charge, grab the other & continue on. Good plan, eh? Well, I hear thru grapevine a few yrs ago that these radios, which were originally designed for the airplanes, had a bad habbit of loosing signal between with their receivers thus causing a plane crash! It didn't take long for Polk's reputation to turn to mud! I don't think these radios are produced anymore. :thinking:

Soooo, knowing that, I wonder if my near crash with the KH slipping out of gear earlier in the week & now the 740 acting up is the result of one these Polk's going bad? ...time for some new radios. :)

Here's the video.


01-18-2009, 04:00 PM
Hi joe-since there has been nothing new at the "garden" for quite a while I thought I would check in here and see what is going on. I see you are still hard at work in the basement.That's great! R/C fun with a purpose. How lucky you are to have that much dirt to move! I am making progress on my shovel but it still doesn't look like anything. It's just parts and pieces but hopefully soon it will start taking shape. Keep up the good work. One more thing-I really like the way videos are posted here. Just click on it without going to YT. That is a better system...

Lil Giants
01-18-2009, 10:59 PM
Hello Tom :wave:, good to see you here. :chug:
Yep! still poking away at it. Here is what I have mined since building the 1st eight feet of crib wall on the south side last Fall.



And here's the pile of dirt I chiseled away last night & today. Time to roll in with the equip again and start hauling & crushing.


Adding the small screen vids within the thread is a pretty cool feature here, but double clicking the screen to go to the YT site is better so you can click the "full screen" button on lower right of YT player. ;)

I'm looking forward to seeing pics of your shovel one day Tom. :)

01-19-2009, 01:34 AM
Hi Joe.:wave::wave:

Yeah you're right I've started a thread on Modell Baustelle.de. I was born and grew up in germany,
speak read and write german which is a real bonus
when browsing the forums there. Man...do they build some
good models there.

I'll be posting more on the loader when the dumper is done.

Too many Joes around the forums....thought I'd
go undercover.......DRATS.....did'nt work. :whip::whip::whip:

Cheers....Sludge... or Joe... or whatever :rant::rant::rant::rant::rant:

01-19-2009, 01:43 AM
Oh...forgot to mention, it's great to be able to see your pictures again.....finaly. (suffered from withdrawal symptoms over on the garden not beeing able to see what's happening
in your basement) LOL......:beer&buddy::beer&buddy:


01-19-2009, 11:23 AM
Hello again Joe, finally, I've managed to get through all 73 pages at the gardentrucking forum... I only hope updates are regular here? ;) I've decided to one day own a excavator, but for the moment I will have to focus on my trucks. Would it be to much to ask a busy Joe, if I could please have fotos, or a lineup of all your trucks? If you don't have pictures, how many do you have, and did I spot a "Knight Hauler" in your house? Why haven't the white GL got company colors? ;)

Sorry for all the questions hehe

- Petter

Lil Giants
01-19-2009, 04:26 PM
Hello Petter :wave: :wave:

Did you have trouble with pictures appearing in the GT thread too?

Here's a photo of the equip line up. The only model missing is the Komatsu WA500.


I do have a Knight Hauler, built it several yrs ago with the MFU installed. It sits in my living room, I bring it out when ppl come to visit my hobby... lights & sounds... wow the crowd! :excited: It's probably greater than a yr since I turned it on last. Long/low wheelbase wouldn't travel thru the basement without high centering.

The white cab GL was suppose to tempory, I have another cab painted in company colors, but needs to be decaled & clear coated yet. ;)

Sludge :wave: :wave: ... born & raised in Germany, it all makes sense now, your patience/skills as a fine craftsman. I've been translating german for 8-9yrs now, I'm just not getting it... I guess I'm getting too old to learn new things. :p

The updates here will be regular for another a month or so, then the circus fires up again for a 3 - 4 month stretch. :crazy:

01-20-2009, 10:29 AM
Did you have trouble with pictures appearing in the GT thread too?


Here's a photo of the equip line up. The only model missing is the Komatsu WA500.


Hi, well some of the photos were missing, but not all of them... But I do like this forum better, the pagenumbers on the garden forum was tiiiiiiny on my computer :blink:

Well, I'm also missing the short King Hauler from the pictures :confused:

Anyway, its a nice collection of RC construction units you have there :nice: :excited:

- Petter

01-20-2009, 11:21 AM
hi Joe

Isn't the pup trailer missing from that pic??

Lil Giants
01-20-2009, 12:09 PM
Petter, the frame rails from the short KH are what the white GL is using.

madfish, the pup's tongue is too long & low to use in the basement. Since completing that trl in '00, it's seen maybe a dozen loads.







01-20-2009, 01:14 PM
Ok, my bad, still its a nice collection. I only hope my economy will be better in March, maybe I'll be able to finally buy a King Hauler for my birthday hehehe ;)

- Petter

01-24-2009, 08:26 PM
lookin good keep diggin

01-24-2009, 10:54 PM
how much have you removed now?

Lil Giants
01-27-2009, 11:04 PM
That's a good place to start Petter. ;)

Thanx hugybear, I chip away at it lil by lil.

How much dirt to date? maybe 8 or 9 cu yd.

A personal matter happened earlier this month and I haven't had much time for the hobby lately. Perhaps in a week or two I'll have something to share.

Tamiya Cowboy
02-01-2009, 12:16 AM
Joe it is looking good far cry from a few years ago..Would be cool to get up and see you some day and get my tri axle dirty pullen pups up the ramp...Hope all is well and nothing real serious happened to you or the family... :wave:
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Lil Giants
02-06-2009, 12:32 AM
Thanx Paul. :wave: Come in the Fall, after harvest I have lots of time for visitors. :chug:

Something I've been tinkering with the last few nights...

Sweeper motor output is 200rpm



For/Rev motor is 40rpm, which is a bit slower than a 6000rpm 12v motor & Tam 3spd/4:1 in 1st, that's what the KH dump trk has.

And a plastic box to house the 12v batt & electrics.

I slipped a KH body over it to give some perspective of it's size. I'd have to hack the left side of the body in order for the lift to work... probably won't worry about making any "operator station", function before beauty. :lol:



All that's left is wiring in the esc's & radio system, then try it out in the basement... the basement excavation has been stalled all this week b/c the ramps have been too slippery to climb with the trks.

02-06-2009, 02:42 AM
Hi Joe, good to see you're back on deck. :wave::wave:

So, you gonna make some serious dust storms in your
basement, eh?? ( hope you've got your dust mask handy)

Should be interesting....:burnout::burnout:


02-06-2009, 11:44 AM
Lookin Good Joe ;)

If that project works out for you maybe you should start on a sweeper you can just hook up and pull with a truck :chug:



02-06-2009, 10:51 PM
Glad to see you're back to schemin on some new purpose-built basement rigs Joe, the threads have been pretty dead here and at the garden. You're project and build ideas are my main source of entertainment. :excited:

02-07-2009, 08:54 AM
looks good my buddy. can't wate to see the dust fly are thoese txt tires? you bean injoying the nice wether that one has bean geting.

Lil Giants
02-07-2009, 11:42 PM
The dirt didn't fly as well I hoped Sludge, need to do some more tweaking. It's not worthy of any video yet.

Interesting idea Greg, though it might be difficult to maneuver such rig on the edge of the ramps... that's why I junked the idea of using my 966. If this thing falls off the edge, so what. :lol:

Thanx Marty, I have a couple more weeks of winter holiday left, then I'll be busy again for a few months. I got another idea I'll begin working at this wk, maybe have something to show by next wkend. ;)

They're TLT-1 tires Martin. I had to switch them for dualed HiLift tires filled with BB's for much needed traction on such a steep grade. Yes the weather has been pretty awesome in recent wks, it's gonna be a shock if winter returns like it was in December... tonnes of snow around yet.

Thanx for the comments. :)

My little sister & her family visited last wk and my little nephew's jaw about hit the floor when he saw "MY TOYS" in the basement. :excited: :woohoo:

(photos taken with my B-I-L's blackberry)


02-10-2009, 09:51 AM
very cool pics again.
i esp liked the fleet lineup pic, very impressive.

have you ever thought of coating the ramps with that aggresive " rhino liner " style coating ?

Lil Giants
02-10-2009, 11:30 AM
I screw asphalt shingles to the wooden ramps, which works great, until they fill up with dirt.

02-10-2009, 02:31 PM
try the all weather anti-skid stuff they use on wheelchair ramps, you should be able to get it at the depot or lowes or any hardware store.

02-13-2009, 09:23 AM
Amazing work as always Joe.
Glad to see you settled in here on scale4x4:nice:

Lil Giants
02-15-2009, 11:15 AM
Thanx Ole :chug:

Well my Junk 740 is on the workbench again, this time the front axle is toast! The front pinion and crown gear are skipping, the diff case is full of filings. All the torque to all three axles is put thru this front pinion.

This model is such a DUD! I've got less than 15hrs run time on it in 1.5yrs... it'll likely be as long 4 months waiting for a replacement as I have to return this axle through PMD to get any service for it.

I'm looking at the Stahl Volvo dumper, with it's six individual motors in the axles, to replace this piece of crap 740... during the 1.5yr past the release date of this 740 model, I was contemplating cancelling my pre-order sub & getting the Stahl dumper, now I'm wishing I had done that!

There were quite a few german hobbyists who called it early on that this transmission/differential axles idea would be a failed idea in this model... the 740 is a good looking model, but anything more than running around on a hard flat surface and this drivetrain will disengrate!



02-15-2009, 09:49 PM
sorry to hear about the bad news so you can get wonrty or is this out of your poket? have to do a retor fit with some grear motors

02-16-2009, 03:40 AM
The way I see it Joe -Wedico, and a few other company's should recognize the wast amount of free testing you have done/are doing for them.

Somebody should get you on a plane, and have a major sit down with you at the company HQ. Picking your brain about what this long term, extensive use/testing of they're products have revealed of pro/cons. And translate that information into future upgrades.

Better still - they should come to your basement, so you dont have to put your project (which we are addicted to) on hold:nice:

At the very least, they should upgrade you to THE Alfa tester, and keep you in stock with free spare parts!!!

Wedico have been very good to me, dealing with the minor problems I've had. That said - my 966 GII will prolly never see the kind of hours you have on some of your equipment.

I'm sure you'll get the 740 up and running again, but as we all know: unplanned down time is a PITA:lol:

Lil Giants
02-16-2009, 01:56 PM
Don't know Martin, hope so... although quite a bit of time has past since purchased. I talked to Ric today, he told me to take pics (although my camera was unable to show the damage with any clarity) and he'll forward them to Wedico Germany so that maybe they'll send out a replacement pronto. I'll dropped this axle in the mail tomorrow, back to PMD.

How you flatter me Ole. :wave: :chug: :rofl:
I've made a few comments on one particular german forum of some of the flaws of this 740 and I heard back on what I said from Ric (PMD) of what Rainer thought... Rainer was not impressed with my insight. That said, I won't be buying anymore wdc for a very long time, if ever!

Harald Stahl & Klaus Leimbach have been very good to me over the yrs, dealing directly with me on some of the problems I've had with their models, and very minor problems at that.

Yrs ago, after nearly 4yrs of intense labor of my 922, one side of the boom broke & Leimbach sent me new pieces free of charge, including shipping. 4 months ago, Harald Stahl cut me new motor pinion gears for my dozer track motors & sent the parts free of charge within two days of my email inquiry.

Both gentlemen have answered many of questions I've had and have provided me great service during the last decade that I have boughten from them.

Ppl complain that their models lack alot of detail (compared to other manufacturers in the marketplace), but the performance of their models are second to no one! I've had thousands hrs of enjoyment from the half dozen models of their's that I own and I'm looking at adding two more models to my collection in the near future.

My WA500, I've put numerous batt packs thru it this winter & it's still going strong with not one problem! I luv this loader, it works xllnt!!! The right amount of balance of power & ability. :nice:

02-17-2009, 01:22 AM
Hi Joe

Its good to see your thread continue over over here pity it had to come to this:dunno:

Pity to see the 740 like that !! Its a pity that wedico are so pig headed as to not see the flaws in these models and look to improve them. I'm truly amazed when you consider the cost :smackbutt:

Hows your winter been anyway???


Lil Giants
02-17-2009, 07:31 PM
Hello Daniel :wave:

Yeah, I miss the Garden too, I've got thousands of hrs into that place, but since the Update last December I can not get it to work, the pics will not appear within the threads for me... and I seem to be in the minority with this problem, so no one has a clue to what could be wrong. :thinking:

Oh well, Scale 4x4 is an awesome forum to use with many great builders here with volumes of knowledge to be sourced for this hobby. :nice:

Wedico... their pot metal models are too weak for me! In my experience, Wedico is more about accuracy in scaled looks rather than performance & durability... a glorified diescast model would be an accurate description. :rofl:

I'll get the 740 fixed and put it up on the shelf I guess... till I decide whether to sell it or not.

The winter started out pretty harsh with blizzards & -40 temps everyday for 5 wks, but the last month has been quite mild with just below freezing temps & no snow... I hope it continues as I am about a wk or so away from newborn calves hitting the ground. Winter holiday almost over. :(

Nothing new to show of the basement, same ol' same ol'... mine from the wall, haul it to the crusher, stock pile in the corner for next summer's export. I spend a couple hrs every night working at it. :)

02-17-2009, 09:16 PM
Sorry to here about the 740 Joe . Sounds like it might be time to pull the motor out and strap 6 motors on that bad boy :whip:

It shouldn't be to hard to do....

Lil Giants
02-17-2009, 10:01 PM
Hmmm, that might be a viable solution Greg, I'll have to give it some thought as how to best do it without butchering the model at all from it's stock form. :thinking: :nice:

02-18-2009, 12:51 AM
I'm not a knowledgeable source for info on the subject by any means, but I thought Gregs axles he built for his ADT looked pretty good and it seems to me that they'll function quite well. They may not be "perfect" in terms of scale appearance, but the axles aren't a focal point of the machine anyway, and I think they would be fairly simple to build and would probably hold up and function great, not to mention produce great power compared to the single motor setup of the Wedico design. And you could have a very powerful and functional truck for not a great deal of cost as opposed to shelfing the WDC and buying a Stahl Volvo. And you'd have to consider the wait to get a new model and build time as opposed to buying some parts and retrofitting the WDC. (not sure which way would be quicker)

But thats just my tarnished two pennies on the subject, good luck with whatever you decide to do Joe, and keep the dirt flyin!!:burnout:


02-18-2009, 03:42 AM
Joe have you had major issues with the 966 loader I know you made a few modifications but over all I thought you were fairly happy with it till the bigger faster and more powerful WA500-3 turned up

Do you think its just the dump truck and the first run they did ???????:confused:

Or is it just Wedico and their ignorance :censor: :mad: that people actually wan to use these models as well as have the detail ????

Any news on the Damitz pumps that would be a good place for your next excavator purchase I'll like to see how it handles your basement:excited:


Lil Giants
02-19-2009, 09:20 PM
Overall, the 966 has worked reasonably well, I knew about the hinge point problem prior to building the model, so I corrected that before it ruined many other parts of the model, like steering cyls and driveshafts that other pre #500 owners had to repair after little use. It was not until after 500 loader kits sold before Wedico corrected that major oversight! And now pre #500 owners have to "pay" for this upgrade... that's pretty poor business ethics...

...and the same short sighted planning spills over into this 740 model. Weak drivetrain, not enough gearing or power for this brute of a model, this ADT is really heavy with no load on it. I'm just really disappointed, I can't keep this junk 740 running for more than a few hrs at a time, and if I can't fix the problem myself, I'm waiting months for replacement parts.

Within the first twenty loads I snapped the eye off of one of the lift cylinders. I explained the reason why it happened thoroughly (and politely) on a german forum, that the angle on the rod eye changes from down on the chassis to fully extended and a possible solution to correct it and Wedico (Rainer) makes a reply through a third party that I didn't read the instructions correctly & installed it wrong... what would some dumb hick from Canada know about model engineering... no, they didn't say that, but I'm sure they were thinking it.

...well I just aint gonna spend big bucks to buy their junk anymore and correct their problems out of my pocket to boot. ;)

Tamiya Cowboy
02-19-2009, 09:59 PM
Overall, the 966 has worked reasonably well, I knew about the hinge point problem prior to building the model, so I corrected that before it ruined many other parts of the model, like steering cyls and driveshafts that other pre #500 owners had to repair after little use. It was not until after 500 loader kits sold before Wedico corrected that major oversight! And now pre #500 owners have to "pay" for this upgrade... that's pretty poor business ethics...

...and the same short sighted planning spills over into this 740 model. Weak drivetrain, not enough gearing or power for this brute of a model, this ADT is really heavy with no load on it. I'm just really disappointed, I can't keep this junk 740 running for more than a few hrs at a time, and if I can't fix the problem myself, I'm waiting months for replacement parts.

Within the first twenty loads I snapped the eye off of one of the lift cylinders. I explained the reason why it happened thoroughly (and politely) on a german forum, that the angle on the rod eye changes from down on the chassis to fully extended and a possible solution to correct it and Wedico (Rainer) makes a reply through a third party that I didn't read the instructions correctly & installed it wrong... what would some dumb hick from Canada know about model engineering... no, they didn't say that, but I'm sure they were thinking it.

...well I just aint gonna spend big bucks to buy their junk anymore and correct their problems out of my pocket to boot. ;)


I watched Greg talk to Mr. wedico at Indy last year and when Gregs back was turned the same things seamed to have been said about him..Running it to hard did not put it together right BLAH BLAH BLAH case and point there stuff is junk! and they do not take care of there coustomers..Look at the greaman boards i see more other brands of loaders and haulers then I do Wedico..Watch the vids on You Tube of the shows in German and you see more other brands then Wedico??? Why is That??? Hmmmmm :sht: Dont tell no one.....

Lil Giants
02-19-2009, 10:48 PM
...but I thought Gregs axles he built for his ADT looked pretty good and it seems to me that they'll function quite well. They may not be "perfect" in terms of scale appearance, but the axles aren't a focal point of the machine anyway

When I say "butcher", I mean I don't want to alter any of the WDC parts to fit axle tubes with gear motors. If you notice in the above picture with the front axle removed, a 1.8 inch (approx) tube is not likely to fit in that small area without some serious modification so the wheel/tire is properly centered within the wheel well/fender... not to mention getting the model to sit level with tandem tubes in the rear and still have some axle articulation. I don't want to do any drilling on this model.

It won't be a simple "add-on" modification, I am certain of that. ;) I'll do some figuring next winter.

Lil Giants
02-19-2009, 11:26 PM
10-4 Paul :nice:

I've heard alot of 2nd hand information from others that wdc Germany thinks us north american owners of their models are substandard builders who are the sole cause of the problems we're having. Supposibly, when the 345 comes to market in a yr or so, it will be shipped to the USA as a pre-built model only... for an added cost no doubt. If that is indeed true, then 100% positively I'll never buy one!

Yeah, I've noticed that too! It's rare that you'll ever see any wdc construction models of owners "from" Germany. But you'll always see some Stahl excavs or dozers or loaders though, and I doubt that it's for the sole reason that Stahl has been around longer. ;)

Tamiya Cowboy
02-20-2009, 07:30 AM
10-4 Paul :nice:

I've heard a lot of 2nd hand information from others that wdc Germany thinks us north American owners of their models are substandard builders who are the sole cause of the problems we're having. Supposedly, when the 345 comes to market in a yr or so, it will be shipped to the USA as a pre-built model only... for an added cost no doubt. If that is indeed true, then 100% positively I'll never buy one!

Yeah, I've noticed that too! It's rare that you'll ever see any wdc construction models of owners "from" Germany. But you'll always see some Stahl excavs or dozers or loaders though, and I doubt that it's for the sole reason that Stahl has been around longer. ;)

Yeah there stuff looks good but that is really where it ends. I ran both of Ric loaders at Indy and they were nice the Hydros were to slow for me but I ran Lee's converted Hanomag and that thing would run circles around them wedico and at near half the price..

02-21-2009, 10:47 PM
Hi Joe

Did you sort out your radio glitches that you were having ????? it was the 740 wasn't it was it the polka radio or something else ??


Lil Giants
02-22-2009, 10:10 AM
Hello Daniel

No, never had enough time to sort it out before the 740 quit again. Both Polk radios continue to work fine with the other trks that are programmed into them. Even the radio that I thought glitched when the KH dump trk was climbing the wall.

I live in an eighty yr old house, the wiring was done in the mid sixties, who knows what effect that may have on radio interenece at times? :thinking:

Lil Giants
03-01-2009, 12:02 PM
Something new...





My good friend Joe Ayrs from NY, USA built this scraper for me. Thanx buddy! :nice:

The 1st one he built for himself to pull with his 1/16th 4wd tractors didn't look that big in tow, his tractors must be huge!

I need to remove the ripper from the lead dozer & build a hitch; add another valve and then it will be good to go! :excited:

Look for a video sometime this summer of this trio tearing up the garden! :lolbeat:

Tamiya Cowboy
03-01-2009, 12:10 PM

That scraper is a MONSTER really great looking...Now time for some weathering the fun way working it hard!! :chug:

03-01-2009, 07:09 PM
Hey Joe the scraper looks good behind the dozer! I was starting to get worried when it wasn't showing up as fast as I thought it would have, I hope it works out for ya......

Lil Giants
03-01-2009, 07:29 PM
Yes indeed Paul! :whip:

No worries Joe, Customs (union workers) is always the holdup! I'm looking forward to the torture test this summer, we'll see if these two dozers are stout enough to crumple up this implement. :lolbeat:

03-02-2009, 12:14 AM
The scraper looks sweet Joe, many cudos to your buddy on the build. Is the JD dozer a new addition to the collection, or did I just miss it in the pics and videos somewhere? Anyway thats a great looking dozer, looks to have quite a bit of work done to give it the authentic JD look...

Also, how do you plan to run both the dozers at the same time?

Lil Giants
03-03-2009, 06:28 AM
I got that JD dozer from Mitch last April, it's shown in the GT thread. It's a work of ART!

The rear dozer has the "ratchet" on the radio stick to set the throttle.

I have a servo splitter electronic device which I'll install into the JD dozer to keep all the hyd controls working on the right stick. One side of the splitter operates the blade up/down & tilt - flip a switch on the radio to go to the other side of splitter to operate the scraper with the right stick again.

It's a nifty device I picked up from Leimbach yrs ago to operate the tracks with the sticks on my excav with a regular 6ch radio. Then I discovered the Robbe F14 radios with the proportional sliders and now I can walk up a hill using all 6chs at once... though it's a little difficult to perform (wish I had foot pedals to plug into the radio). :lol:

03-03-2009, 03:16 PM
That is avery nice dozer, I'll have to go find it on GT and take a look.:drool:

Thats quite a handy device to run the scraper, and should work quite well considering you shouldn't need to run the blade and the scraper at the same time. :banghead: hopefully anyway...

I bet that is a trick to run the sliders and the boom and crowd all at the same time. Could you do a little plastic surgery and put the sliders on the bottom or front of your tx so you could run them with free fingers?

03-05-2009, 11:21 AM
i see that you got a scrapper now joe i gess i will have to come and drive the poush dozer for you cus well i don't think you can drive both at once. looks grate behind the jd.

Lil Giants
03-07-2009, 08:02 PM
Yes you can Martin, I'll lyk when it's ready to roll. :cool:

I have the darnedest luck when it comes to electronics, especially these sensitive Leimbach speed controls... I blew the dirt off the dozer with pressurized air before bringing it upstairs for pictures with the scraper, even gave it a bit of blast under the cab and hood... all clean.

A few days later I take it back to the basement and the model won't work properly. Push the stick forward and one track goes forward & the other goes backwards, I can't get it to work right. I take the cab floor off so I can get to the 3 adjusting pots, I can't correct the problem. :thinking: I changed it out today with a spare one I had on hand.

There's no other reason I can think of for it going haywire... if there was any moisture in the pressurized air, it was days before turning it on again, so it shouldn't have short circuited. This esc was the original that came with the model in 02, so I guess I got my money's worth out of it anyway... but still. :'(

03-07-2009, 10:41 PM
Lookin forward to see the scraper in action Joe :D

With all the iron you have now Joe, you better start looking for a full time mechanic and a farm hand..;)


03-10-2009, 05:15 PM
Have you seen the news release Joe? You can get that 345 with all the great Wedico quality for the mere cost of $6300 rtr, YAY!!! I bet you've already placed your pre-order, haven't you??? HAHAHA

Lil Giants
03-10-2009, 11:52 PM
You looking for a career change Greg? :lolbeat:

Marty, considering the cdn dollar is 77 cents US, that equals approx $8180 for me... plus the added costs of all the shipping involved.

And also considering all the problems I've had with the 740 and only accumulating maybe 10 to 15hrs actual run time in 1.5yrs between breakdowns... well, I won't be rushing to buy anymore wdc junk anytime soon. ;)

03-13-2009, 03:43 AM
Hi Joe

Speaking of new machines what do you think of the track loader that Carson are bringing out ???

Whats been going on of late???????


Lil Giants
03-13-2009, 07:51 AM
Hello Daniel,

Don't know, haven't seen much info on the Carson tl and I don't have much experience with electric actuator models. I prefer my models to run on hydraulics, more power & smoother - quicker function.

Not much with the hobby lately, busy with newborn calves & -35 temps... the weather today has finally reached the + temps, I sure hope Spring has arrived! With the cold temps & constant checking for newborns, I've spent some time tinkering in the shop to build a new screener... maybe I'll get it done this wkend and have pics to show.

03-13-2009, 12:19 PM
sounds like you got your hands full. got any twins this year? now i know why it's bean so cold as of late it's cus your trying to calve. it allway got cold when it's calving season.

Lil Giants
03-13-2009, 12:48 PM
Ohhh, the previous three yrs have been really mild from early March onward, so I guess we're due for a yr of below average temps. I've had three sets so far, transplanted one to another cow who lost her's, one twin got laid on and one from the thrid set from Saturday nite got abandoned by her mother Sunday afternoon, so I've been pail feeding it since Monday morning. Fun & games... :rolleyes:

Tamiya Cowboy
03-13-2009, 07:50 PM
Hey Joe when is your new wedico EX going to show I see PMD has he new picks up... :lolbeat:

Lil Giants
03-13-2009, 09:29 PM
Question asked & answered already Paul. :whip:

Tamiya Cowboy
03-13-2009, 10:12 PM
Question asked & answered already Paul. :whip:

Crap I miss all the fun Joe :smackbutt: Sorry:(

03-15-2009, 10:49 PM
Hey Joe
Hope you are getting some rest during calving time . You are right about the John Deere, left you a personnel message on the garden....:blink:


03-16-2009, 11:21 PM
Hi Joe,

It's Nathan (Espeefan) from the GT message board. I've pretty much given up hope on ever viewing photos posted there too. Seems you and I are one of the few who have this problem. Anyway, I've been hanging out here for some time now, having joined here before I ever got into the trucks and other equipment. I never really read this thread until tonight. Even loaded a couple videos - the shorter ones - on dial-up still. I've been thinking about upgrading to a wireless internet card someday, if I ever buy a lap top. It would be worth it to watch all the videos on the internet that I can't really watch now. Anyway, just saying Hi and letting you know you're not the only mis-fit garden trucker hanging out here. :nice:

03-17-2009, 07:18 PM
Hi Joe

First - Sorry for being off topic here.
There's a thread on the norwegian RC truck forum, titled:

"A tribute to a "crazy" canadian" :lol:

If you wonder....Yes, it's about you and your epic project. Well deserved!!!
If you can find the time, please drop by and say hello.

Here's the link:


Lil Giants
03-19-2009, 09:50 PM
Hello Nathan, :wave:
I knew your username here, afterall you're the one who told me of this forum a few yrs ago. ;) My Xplornet connection has been giving me alot of grief the last yr & it's likely the major cause to my problems with the Garden... it could be other things too... I got another year on my contract with them and then I'll be looking for something else more reliable.

Hello Ole, :chug:
I checked out your thread on your forum using google translate, and I registered. But I'm having difficulty posting a reply... perhaps I'll have time to figure it out tomorrow, I gotta go snore, the days have been averaging 14-16hrs. But please do thank your Norwegian friends for their praise of my basement project, dearly noted & much appreciated! :nice:

03-22-2009, 02:44 AM
VERY cool!!

Lil Giants
03-22-2009, 12:56 PM
Thanx! :nice:

So where do you live?

I'm in the southwest corner @Shaunavon.

Lil Giants
03-25-2009, 09:58 PM
A sneak peak at the new piece of equip for the LGCC mine... now to get it down the stairs without breaking my neck! :p


03-26-2009, 08:20 AM
i'm looking for a job, are you hiring for your long term basement construction ? ...and i can helpyou to bring that down..
i'm kidding..

03-26-2009, 12:29 PM
is that going to be a sorting bin like at the elevators where you can dump in to different pits. then send it out on one convaer.

Lil Giants
03-26-2009, 05:43 PM
It's hard to see in the picture, that silver colored object in the background is perferated screen (1/8" hole size), the same as what I used on my other screener. The center two hoppers hold the "fines" and the outer two the coarser material to be put thru the crusher again.

As the trk dumps it's load, I watch for small rocks that tripped the crusher gates causing the excessive amount of coarse material.

The finer the dirt, the better it goes up the conveyer or packs into the wall again. ;)

03-27-2009, 08:48 AM

I was busy wrenching on the truck, when I heard what sounded like a Pro truck ripping down the track.... I looked up just in time to hear it catch 1 more gear & the lights went 7.xxx ...I said out loud "holy ****...that was a stick shift!!!!

Lil Giants
03-28-2009, 01:47 AM
I finally found the time (and ambition) yesterday afternoon to test out my new screener and low & behold the hyd pump in my bd trl quits! Oil has been seeping past the input shaft of the pump drive, into the electric motor till the motor finally burned out. I had another pump that failed a yr ago where the drive gear stripped on the shaft, so... I used the pump body from one and driveshaft & gears from the other and scrounged up another motor... walla -> functional pump again... couple of hrs of downtime.


So anyway, back into position with a load of coarse and fines to be sorted and then dump...




Eight loads later...


Back under the coarse hopper and pull the slide...




And it's off to the crusher to run it thru again to fine it up some more.

Back under the hopper for the fines... and then dump it in the holding bin.



Not much there for fines this time b/c I used most of it to do a little bit of road rebuilding over copper fuel line last night. Water the surface, sprinkle on the fines, water it again, smooth it out and then put a 20 inch fan with a heater behind it blowing for 18hrs so the surface sets up like concrete. That should be good for another yr before it wears out again and the copper line is exposed.

03-28-2009, 03:06 AM
You're gona have to get on and get your basment dug out bigger or you'll have no more room for any equipment :lol:

Nice to see you're also keeping an eye on the garden trucking forum as well Joe.

03-28-2009, 10:09 AM
look at the beefy cylinder you have for the silver dump trailer, is it still available on the maket ?

Lil Giants
03-28-2009, 12:27 PM
Yes, it is getting crowded down there madfish, but I have already gained 3feet from the east wall and working on taking 4feet from the south wall. ;)

That's a Leimbach 5 stage and they have been out of production probably 5yrs now. They didn't make them for very long, don't know why? Tonnes of lifting power!

I was running dual wdc telescopes on this trl before, it worked ok till one telescope popped apart on the 2nd joint and then the two together wouldn't retract without sticking on one of the stages.

03-28-2009, 08:09 PM
glad to see you got your new hopper working good mabey this summer i can get a truck up to bacement "speck" and come hall for a weekend.

03-28-2009, 10:10 PM
Good idea Joe :nice:
I see this setup does not need any electrical power, do you find some of the fine goes through to the course ?:thinking:


Lil Giants
03-29-2009, 09:09 AM
Sounds good Martin. :nice:

I suppose some dust would Greg. I trickle the load off to watch for & pick out rocks. 2nd time thru the crusher the material is like scale gravel, not quite as fine as I would like to see, but close enough.


03-29-2009, 10:04 AM
JOE, the loeader in the video is it komasu W500 or W600 ?

Lil Giants
03-29-2009, 11:42 AM
Stahl-Modellbau Komatsu WA500, that's the only series offered to the consumer.

I've seen one WA600 in 1/14th & one in 1:12th, both entirely scratchbuilt.

03-30-2009, 12:40 AM

Looooove your pictures, a pleasure to follow your
thread......as always.

Sludge ^_^^_^

ae racer
03-30-2009, 05:01 PM
ive got to say that that is pretty awesome...

Lil Giants
03-30-2009, 09:42 PM
Thanx Sludge :chug: I'm looking forward to you starting a thread in this forum of your enormous 992 loader... how much longer are ya gonna keep me in suspense?

Cheers ae racer :chug:

03-31-2009, 02:28 AM
Joe,.....I'll be getting stuck into the loader as soon
as my dumper is done. Should'nt be too long.

Cheers Sludge....:banana::banana:

04-01-2009, 06:42 PM
Joe - Izzy here - finally found where you've been. Wow you have expanded your fleet! And the machines are all just so scale-realistic. We hope the work load isn't killin ya!
Thanks for continuing on!

Lil Giants
04-01-2009, 08:01 PM
Cheers Izzy :chug: good to see you here. :nice:

04-25-2009, 12:06 AM
How about a backhoe or a skid steer???

With the skid steer you could run the sweeper on the front to clean the roads.



Anyway you have an amazing fleet and an amazing project. I look forward to seeing more.

04-25-2009, 01:24 AM
wish i had the diff locked and time to come out there and have some fun!!

Lil Giants
04-25-2009, 09:47 PM
Thanx countryboy. :nice:

I had the sweeper on the track loader & with the broom angled, it was pushing the tl sideways. The tl is 12.5lbs. The skidsteer would have to have some weight to it to stay on course. The sweeper needs alot of refinement yet... tinker with it next winter.

You and Martin should go for a booze cruze some time this summer & stop on by. ;)

I started planting crop today... weatherman is talking flurries again tomorrow (it snowed last Thursday)... fricking weather this yr, winter just won't quit.

04-26-2009, 04:45 AM
By the sounds of it - you'll be tinkering witht he sweeper next week LOL ....sorry about the weather dude

04-26-2009, 07:44 AM
by the time we get there we would in no shape at all to drive lol but i will say booze cruzeing fun ;) i could not do it till end of june july. would really like to get my truck and trailer done so i could help lol

04-26-2009, 09:22 AM
ya last thursday i think we were up around Heward area and it was a miserable day then some sprinkles of rain, then a slam of wet snow. didn't last or anything but its so wet out here that no-one has started seeding yet. lol i got some pics to of what happens when the front wheels of a pull seeder break off and it hits the highway ^_^

ya i need to get the rear diff locked still. but i got a trip coming up in the other direction unfortunately.

edit: found it lol. black parts on highway are patches from the harrows and seeder heads hitting the ground. literally tore up the asphalt.

Lil Giants
04-26-2009, 11:16 AM
What a mess... it was probably being pulled behind a 3ton trk @35mph. :lolbeat:

I had noticed the slop in my front/center casters (Flexicoil drill as well) this Spring when I jacked up the wheels to check wheel bearings... I hope I don't have that happen this yr! Definitely have to pull that apart this summer/fall or maybe I'll hit a winfall with yields & prices and buy a new one... I'd like to get a bigger tank, now that I'm by myself on the farm.

04-26-2009, 12:13 PM
lol basement comes first :P

04-26-2009, 02:08 PM
dot was in the prosess of pulling him over when it droped and from what i heard he had it behind a 4wd feld trator.if D O T would just left him alone he would have be fine lol

04-26-2009, 02:31 PM
Just love the Lil' Giants mining operation Joe it's a pleasure to see your videos. :nice:

04-26-2009, 11:31 PM
ya any updates on the excavation? or new toys? ^_^

04-27-2009, 06:20 PM
your back havent seen you on here for a wile what have you been up to

04-27-2009, 06:25 PM
It's planting season - best to be patient I think?

Lil Giants
04-27-2009, 06:52 PM
I haven't been to the basement for a couple weeks (calving, feeding cows, branding, fencing, prepping equip for seeding, seeding, shipped out b-trains of mustard, arguing with processor for grading unfairly)... woke up @5am to 8" of slush this morning, just took the pic now, pretty wet out there. This weather is suppose to carry on for a few days yet, I guess I'll have some time now to go to the quarry & tinker a bit... escape reality for a few days. :crazy: :crazy: :crazy:


04-27-2009, 09:51 PM
hey Joe love your working in progress you call a basement. wish my miss's would let me do that :) hope the whole wheather thing figures it self out for yeah :)

04-27-2009, 10:00 PM
ya its been raining in this half of the province to. but the seeders and tractors are lining up for when it is dry enough out. (probably all the other farmers are working on their basements to :P )

Lil Giants
04-28-2009, 07:29 AM
Is this Phill from Hank's Truck Pictures forum?

Yeah, the weather is always at odds it seems, from one extreme to the other. The last 3yrs being excessively dry to now saturated... it's early yet, as long as I get my planting done before the 1st of June, then everything should work out alright. It's just always nice to be done early. :)

04-28-2009, 06:31 PM
Joe- thanks for sharing the pic - real pretty around there.

04-28-2009, 07:32 PM
hey joe,
i am one and the same.

we can hope hte weather will work for you but we do live in canada :P

Lil Giants
04-29-2009, 01:23 PM
Good to see you found your way here Phill. :nice:

Yeah, it's pretty here Chris... pretty dayum cold for this time of yr, white stuff still falling today. :'(

The Stuff, what's your 1st name? All the other farmers are probably at the coffee shop... like I have been every morning the last three days. I've gleaned lots of useful info for my real job which will hopefully add some $$$$ to my toy budget this winter. :cool:

Thanx again Norm! :nice: I suspect your recent comment was made in hopes to get this thread back on topic, eh? :lolbeat: ....so I made this vid last nite 'specially for you.


Sun comes out tomorrow, hopefully you won't see me round here for the next month.

04-29-2009, 04:41 PM
Absolutly amazing control on that excavator, smooth and natural !

Great video Joe, thanks !

04-29-2009, 04:53 PM
Joe - Dean's the name. ya, it is pretty wet here today!! 15-20mm or more of rain today. odd snow flake in that to! no clue when I can make it out there now. As of May 1st I am self-employed and then next Wednesday I am heading south to Chicago for a week.

04-30-2009, 09:07 AM
once again Joe your skills are something that i can dream of having. I hope the weather improves for you over there, I know the sort of feeling of not being able to get things done (due to being involved in agriculture here in the UK).

Lil Giants
04-30-2009, 01:11 PM
Thank you Dimitri & madfish. :cool:

04-30-2009, 02:45 PM
Great video as always Joe :drool:

Lil Giants
04-30-2009, 10:02 PM
Cheers Jeremy :chug:

05-01-2009, 08:14 AM
HEY JOE,I tried your e-mail and I get a web page with a bunch of not you.I know I suck on computor,I must be doing something wrong.Or is one of these sites yours?Please help! FGD

05-01-2009, 10:02 AM
again m8, your skill and dedication amaze me.
great work. :update:

Lil Giants
05-01-2009, 10:08 PM
Thanx again crunky. :chug:

Freddy, I sent you a mail using the addy you have listed with this forum earlier today. Is it a junk account you use for joining forums? Check it. ;)

My e-addy I listed on the other thread, you could just copy & paste directly to your email browser. ;)

05-02-2009, 05:10 AM
HEY JOE,I got your e-mail,BINGO!It's a good thing one of us knows what he's doing & IT AINT ME!!!! What you mean junk address? When wiffey get up i'll ask her to help me figure it out. I'll find ya.Can't you but the herd on power feed for two days? Or do you have milkers? How many head do you have? what breed? My wifes family roots(her mother) was born & raised in ALBERTA.She has a rather large piece of land up there & we are coming up there sometime for family visit. I don't know when. How far are you from ALBERTA?

Lil Giants
05-02-2009, 06:53 AM
You received my email Freddy? Good, now reply to it so I can get your e-addy and send the article to you and we'll chit chat privately about the other things you mentioned too. ;)

Sending you an email thru these forums, I can't see your email address till after you respond to my email to you.

05-10-2009, 07:10 PM
whats going on any thing fun or all work

05-11-2009, 05:09 AM
g'day joe i have been reading your thread right back from gardin trucking and i think what you are doing is living proof of what these "toys" can go though

makes us farmers look even smarter and handy on what we can do with a hacksaw a hammer and a lot of duck tape

keep up the great work kristian an aussie farmer

Lil Giants
06-01-2009, 12:47 PM
Cheers Mullow from western Canada. How's the weather on your side of the globe... they're talking frost here tonite ---> in June no less! :thinking:

I got the crop in a few days ago and can now look forward to a summer's worth of Sundays in the basement. :banana:

Made a video yesterday showing what I am working at these days... cleaning up the pile of processed earth stockpiled during the cold winter months, to be put thru the screener, then the crusher again, then the elevated out of the basement.


06-01-2009, 02:51 PM
You have the coolest playground. nice work. im gonna have to convert my basement.
Scott :kick:

06-01-2009, 03:22 PM
nice to see you're getting time back in your basement now. I know the things that farming brings.
Getting a bit of play in that excavators arm now isn't there :lolbeat:
Glad your crops are in, as you're getting a cold snap over here we've had some rather warm weather, but turning a bit cooler by the end of the week.

Keep that basement moving :lolbeat:

06-01-2009, 07:14 PM
HI JOE! Hope all went smooth w/planting. Thanks for the advice on the excavator! When oil change comes due will use 3in1 oil. It must be rough having your year round sandbox under your house :nice: I WANT ONE!!!!!
If you were to take a guess,How many yrds of dirt do you think excavator has moved so far?? Glad to see you have time to move dirt & post vids.
MAYBE if I KISS my ole-ladies butt (REAL NICE) she might let me bring some dirt in the basement & set up my own sandbox. YEA RIGHT :(

06-01-2009, 08:01 PM
FGD - if I were to try and bring dirt in - I'd have to find a new house to live in - and the dog would get my side of the bed to boot.

06-01-2009, 10:32 PM
fgd and enginerd, I wish u luck on that temptation, No one is telling me no about having rubber stuff in the basement and it's great.

joe are u to the halfway mark on the basement project?

06-02-2009, 03:56 AM
HI Joe

Good to see you've got all your farm work under control and are able to find time to get back in the basement !!

Frost in June ???? how unusual is that :confused::confused:

AS for the weather on the east coast of OZ slightly north of where i live has had 3 100 year flood events in the last 8 months!! where I am is pretty wet not as bad as some and as of yet not even cold though long term does not sound great late winter even later spring :(

Look forward to seeing what you get up to in the summer


by the way did you get my e mail with the roadtrain video link ??

06-02-2009, 04:56 AM
[QUOTE=protrker;472389]Cheers Mullow from western Canada. How's the weather on your side of the globe... they're talking frost here tonite ---> in June no less!

were nice and "hot" and kinda wet well our last rain was only 1mm.
seeding is going great almost 1/2 way ^_^

06-04-2009, 01:07 AM
can you put up some picks of your king hauler please


Lil Giants
06-05-2009, 08:53 PM
It was sleeting this morning, melting as soon as it hit the ground, but they're talking about 5cm overnite... this is June Kriest sakes!!! :thinking: ...but good to see the moisture, the crops were beginning to stress a bit.

madfish: yes, quite a bit of wobble between the boom/stick & stick/bucket. This hoe is eight yrs old & has moved alot of dirt.

Freddy: how many yds? Don't know! ...maybe 30, maybe 50. :thinking:

Scott: I'm just about half done the south wall, then there's a foot or a bit more to take from the floor. I've been eyeballing digging out from under my west porch, the plumbing to the washer/dryer and the bathroom is under there. 1st thing I'll need to do is dig a really deep hole, pour a pile & then put in screw jack to support the cement foundation... maybe later this winter start on that.



Daniel: email? what email?

dkv: which king hauler?

Thanx for comments & compliments everyone. :cool:

06-06-2009, 10:14 AM
bout half done? well thats good then! means you still have plenty of play time left!!

I heard yesterday that cypris hills area got snow.. dunno how much. Also that northern sask got dumped on to. And well with today being only +6 out and supposed to rain later, i wouldnt doubt its coming...

still gotta make it out there one of these days... one of these days... but i need to lock that rear diff still. the one dually spinning out is annoying on sand!!

06-13-2009, 04:19 AM
the green one with the dump bed on it with the matching trailer

Lil Giants
06-18-2009, 10:19 PM
dkv - pictures of the KH & pup on page five & some others on the Garden thread. I don't use the pup in the basement at all b/c the tongue/hitch is too low & it would high center constantly.

Here's a couple new vids I shot Sunday.



06-19-2009, 08:21 AM
hehe, i saw that pop up on youtube and watched them already!

btw, i got the diff locked and got the wheels weighted ^_^

06-26-2009, 07:47 PM
nice videos

Lil Giants
06-27-2009, 10:08 PM
I can't believe it happened again already?! Another busted spider cross on the middle axle (same trk)... I looked back to pg 3 to see that this one only lasted 6 months & I hardly drove the trk for 3 months while busy with Spring work. :crazy:

I think I've used the lock up mechanism maybe twice in this time.



06-27-2009, 11:27 PM
glad to see your back :D

06-28-2009, 01:27 AM
hmm. i locked mine by just moving a spider gear over. seems okay.

06-28-2009, 06:28 AM
I thought the spider gears were pretty well trapped. - Too much clearance - do we need to shim them? Not comon to have the cross break - the gear takes all the abuse. Or is it different with those lockers?

Any thoughts?

06-28-2009, 07:08 AM
Hey Joe, Your not by any chance hauling over recommended gvw:D Looks Like you really load that truck heavy & pull some steep grades,Might have to come up with stronger axles. the only problem is there so narrow.I think PMD now has rims to put tamiya wheels on Wedico diffs. Isn't the Wedico steel diff suppost to be real strong? Also can lock & unlock w/servo. or maybe lever on outside of case,Not sure.Might be worth looking into.
What are you running for motor?what ever It is I must have one!
Good luck on diff quest!

Lil Giants
06-28-2009, 09:37 AM
Yeah, I'm back... back to breaking stuff Todd! :crazy:

The crown side of the diff case is modded a bit, but the rest is Tamiya stock Chris.

The wdc diffs are quite narrow Freddy, and the mod parts from PMD are for the trl axles. Besides, I was told the "all metal" wdc trans was bulletproof, but I blew up one them in my 740. I don't hold out much hope that their axles are any stronger than Tamiya.

I use dual 12v Buhler motors with the wdc dual motor combiner to power all my trks (I'd show a pic, but photobucket isn't currently working for me)... I suppose the avg gvw for this trk/bd trl is 45lbs going up 12 degree slopes to the crusher. I guess I'm gonna have to get a box full of crosses & short dogshafts from RCJoe. ;)

06-28-2009, 01:37 PM
Joe, did the belt give out in the bullet proof wedico transmission or something else?

Lil Giants
06-28-2009, 03:22 PM
The plastic gear for 3rd... I tried welding the metal gear to the shaft & a little too much heat warped the top shaft... had to put a new top shaft in. I shredded a belt a short time after that as well.

07-04-2009, 04:54 AM
The plastic gear for 3rd... I tried welding the metal gear to the shaft & a little too much heat warped the top shaft... had to put a new top shaft in. I shredded a belt a short time after that as well.
HI JOE,Won't ask (HOWS THINGS)? Have you ever used parts from RC4WD?
They carry some stout tranys! They have a two speed w/twin output shafts Which i've used a few of them & more than happy with them! I've stripped one counter shaft out of one,But that was my own fault! Didn't know when to quit! R/c4wd gave me all the parts to fix trany for free! They also have a 3 spd but can't vouch for that one,never used one. The 2 spd has been plenty good enough for me,never use 3rd anyways. If you get a chance check them out,RC4WD.
Good luck!
BTW,Truck was dragging over 50 pounds on carpet on a board chained to truck when trany went! IT was working fine till I went for second.:lolbeat:

Lil Giants
07-07-2009, 08:40 AM
Hello Freddy, I have never got anything from RC4WD, but I have seen on this forum alot of his products used by others. All of RC4WD's products look pretty stout & worth the money! Thanx for the insight, the next tranny that lets go & can't warranty parts anymore for free, then I'll make the upgrade. ;)

We got blasted here last night with rain, I was down in the quarry working when I heard this "pop"... sounded like a lightbulb... and sure enough it was. All that wind with the rain, the rain was coming down sideways & my low sloped porch roof let in a bit of water which dripped on the porch light.

I was upstairs no more than 10 minutes cleaning up that mess & then returned to see this...



...and getting bigger by the second!!! It was literally a torrent river rushing down from the west wall, had to organize the equipment to contain the flood... I had a load sitting on the end dump trl


But b/c of the large piston on the end dump trl goes up & down so slow, the 740 was up to bat. I had some dirt handy in the screener...




And got the rest from the opposite corner, the 922 loading the 740 as quick as I could.


Then the 742 levelled everything out.




This corner is gonna be forever drying out, no sunlight down there... I may try setting up a radiant heater, that might work. If not, then I'll just cover the area with shingles to drive on for awhile.



...sunny today, then more rain forcasted on Wedsday... this yr seems to be a yr of "extremes"! Excessive cold with frosts until early June, then very hot (nearly 30C) & dry with less than 2" rain for the rest of June; now last night nearly 3" in two hrs with more on the way... wicked weather this yr... I guess I should go buy some hail insurance this yr, that's probably next on the list for weird weather. :rolleyes:

07-07-2009, 04:41 PM

07-07-2009, 04:42 PM
looks like a lot rain

Lil Giants
07-07-2009, 07:48 PM
I think this is the 1st time I have ever had a use for the ripper... worked pretty good to expose the wet soil underneath. I'll let it bake for a couple hrs and then bring in the track hoe to scrape the dry soil back. Let it bake some more, rip it, track hoe and so on till it's clean up. ^_^






07-07-2009, 08:18 PM
I'm so jealous!!! Every time I check on you, you're having fun.

07-08-2009, 10:08 PM
well glad to see you could keep that flod under control. good thing you got fast with the 922

Lil Giants
07-09-2009, 08:55 PM
Yes it is fun ddtuass, a great way to escape reality for a few hrs everyday. :boxin:

The radiant heater was the perfect solution to drying up this area quickly. I cleaned up the last of the flood control today with the Komatsu & KH dump trk.


The white GL was on the workbench again just now, broke the Jugg driveshaft between trans & middle diff. It let go on the level when I was backing under the screener, go figure... usually I'm near the top of the ramp when I break a shaft & have a "run-a-way.....CRASH!!!" :lolbeat:



07-11-2009, 01:59 AM
aww you have all the fun down there!!

mog and i still need to plan a weekend getaway to the west corner of sask lol.

I need to mod my truck some still. gotta ditch the flaps (when backing up they catch and press against the tires then it just digs its own holes..) and I need to re-locate the battery. was thinking on a side in place of a skirt. I get high centered too easy with it under the truck in the stock location... ya mog, i still havent done that lol!

07-12-2009, 07:01 AM
Joe,Your really blowing through the drive line parts! Good thing you have some back up units! Man at the rate your going,your going to need a full time mechanic. I'M JEALOUS!! Wish I could get enough time to wear out my toys.
Glad to see you handled flood w/no problems.Keep up the good work.
Come next winter I will have dirt in my basement!One way or the other! :D

07-12-2009, 11:48 PM
Good job with the flood Joe. Has that wheel loader givin you any problems ?


07-13-2009, 08:09 PM
ahhhhhhhh - the dam broke - the dam broke - get to the trucks - let's go - let's go - let's go.......

The sounds come alive on this one - gonna be a good nights dream tonight!

Thanks Joe for Sharing - always brings a smile ....

09-05-2009, 06:39 AM
was just wondering if anything more has been done? read the entire thread on garden trucking then this entire therad and im hooked!!!

its a damn good thing i live in a flat other wise i would be single cause of trying to build my self a basement!!!!!

09-05-2009, 02:06 PM
Hey Joe i noticed you have not posted much lately. Is it harvesting time for you?

Lil Giants
09-05-2009, 02:29 PM
It's been a few weeks since I was last down there, busy with Fall harvest... nearing the halfway mark. Tried some durum wht this morning, not quite ready... maybe mid wk get back 'er. ...off to town, pick up the hire hand & go check out the wildlife at the local pub tonite. ^_^

Still chipping away at the south wall, haven't knocked down enough dirt yet to build the next 8 feet of crib wall... maybe by xmas... figure out a wkend for mog & Stuff to visit so they can do that for me... pay their dues before playing with my toys. hahaha :lol:

Later October I'll have more free time to make regular updates to this thread once again. ;)

Hey Greg, I haven't touched a wrench to the Komatsu since taking it to the quarry Oct 08. Awesome loader, it's moved alot dirt!

Thank you everyone for your interest. :nice:

09-07-2009, 05:54 PM
lol pay our dues!

Im still workin on my truck. Its going double rear drive and gonna eventually get that 3.something to 1 in there and hope she isnt too low to play down there!

09-08-2009, 03:06 AM
Hey Joe,

Nice to read some news, I wish you strength for the fall harvest :nice:
Of course, like everyone else, I cant wait to read your basement stories ...

Lil Giants
10-05-2009, 05:59 AM
Thanx Dimitri, finished harvest a wk ago... just in time as it's been cold & rainy ever since, which is perfect excuse to stay indoors and tinker with the hobby for a nice change.

How much dirt in the last 9 months? ...judging from the pics taken mid January till this pic today, maybe close to 2cuyd. A few more months of digging/processing and then I should be ready to build the next eight feet of crib wall, then start backfilling again.




I added a two inch extension to my bd trl for a bit more capacity. It's quite noticeable how much more grunt the trk/trl has to put out to climb the ramp and the trl wobbles alot more too going across the floor.


A few more pics of the dozer pushing lumps over to the loading pit.






10-05-2009, 09:54 AM
yay an update!! looks like your getting quite a bit more done!

10-05-2009, 04:04 PM
great pictures there Joe !

Looks like I'll be hooked to your stories during the next months...

Lil Giants
10-06-2009, 09:50 AM

Lil Giants
10-06-2009, 10:05 PM
I made a bigger bucket from 20 guage steel, width 125mm (old one was 75mm). Now it'll move some dirt & the next vid won't be 5 1/2 minutes to load the rock trk.


10-07-2009, 05:27 AM
All I can say is WOW THATS ALOT OF MONEY in that basement but very nice rigs you got I bow to you,Thats a nice set up.

10-07-2009, 07:36 AM
Flippin amazing!! That scale scene is Fantastic!!! :chug: Wish i could play :( :lol:

10-07-2009, 08:24 AM
nice bucket! now you will be getting almost double in there! let us know how it goes?

10-07-2009, 11:58 AM
my girlfriend is going to hate that your back around on here and im going to get in lots of trouble but cant wait love this thread!!!

10-07-2009, 12:39 PM
Glad your back Joe, the new hoe is beautiful !!

Lil Giants
10-08-2009, 10:49 AM
Thanx for the welcome back fellas, I'm here to entertain you for the next 5 months before the circus begins again. :lolbeat: I have lots of new ideas for equipment & activities that I dreamt up through the summer.

Here's the bigger bucket, works much better! The bd trl is almost twice the capacity of the 740.


10-08-2009, 12:19 PM
I watched it on youtube this morning. looks more suiting for the new guy!

10-08-2009, 12:57 PM
the trailer really growns under that wieght right at teh end!

10-10-2009, 01:30 AM
Wow Joe what I wouldent give ta join in on all that fun. That how I daydream of working my trucks, PAYED BY THE TON !!!

10-10-2009, 04:55 AM

in the video with the old bucket, I thought it was someone else in controls....1 rock felt out of the bucket, you hitted the dumper ....wow...:):):)

Now in control with the new bucket this is the Joe I know !
New bucket looks like you will double the fun in the basement :)

Lil Giants
10-10-2009, 01:14 PM

in the video with the old bucket, I thought it was someone else in controls....1 rock felt out of the bucket, you hitted the dumper ....wow...:):):)

HAH!:crazy: I wondered if anyone might comment when I made that blunder... it happens sometimes... I guess you're the only one that noticed. :lol:

10-10-2009, 02:07 PM
i just keep wondering if i ever get the change to operate one of those if i would be any good at all with them lol

10-10-2009, 03:01 PM
Joe, I may have missed it, but who makes the "New Generation Excavator"?
and what exactly makes it New Generation?
Thanks for enlightening a newbie!

Jim B.
Colorado Springs

Lil Giants
10-10-2009, 04:46 PM
Perhaps I'll see you in St Louis Ralph and keep ya hauling steady. :beer&buddy:

I started with the excavator in my living room, transfering durum wht from one box to another, lots of give in the wht should I move the wrong control... like the swing while the bucket is in the wht. Many many hrs of practice there Dean. :boxin:

Spliffy, I should probably check my trl axle bearings, they may be expired.

Jim, it's Stahl's Liebherr 922, it's new as of last Febuary with all the latest upgrades from over the yrs, Stahl makes changes every yr. My other two hoes are nine & eleven yrs old. The three most noteable differences are the mono boom, spring tensioned tracks & higher flow hydraulics.

Lil Giants
10-11-2009, 06:28 AM
I'm thinking this is probably too slow. The rpm of the motor is 50 and the pulleys are 2:1.

How fast does the real one spin?


10-11-2009, 09:36 AM
That looks about right to me Joe, im sure a little bit faster wouldnt hurt though.
Dont wanna go too fast or it'll sling all of it in circles instead of sift it haha.

10-11-2009, 11:50 AM
Joe, so with the trommel screen and the sorting bins you are collecting the fines to go back into the wall...what happens to the lumps and larger material?

Do you have a crushing plant? and if so, what type? (ball, cone, or ? )

10-11-2009, 12:02 PM
Joe crushes the lumps so the material can be used..
Heres a vid of his crusher, if he still uses the same one ?

Lil Giants
10-11-2009, 07:25 PM
The finer the dirt, the better it travels up the conveyer and out of the basement without rolling back or falling off. The long conveyer is at a 17 degree incline, quite steep.

I put mostly quarter sized lumps back into the wall with some fines.

I made a bit more progress today on the trommel screen, getting it mounted to the conveyer. What's left: hopper below the screen, loading hopper at the front of screen and mount a motor to power the conveyer.

Then we'll see if the speed of the drum is correct ScalerLover. ;)



10-11-2009, 08:24 PM
Looks good Joe. Cant wait for the test :)

10-12-2009, 02:42 AM
I noticed you added on some custom parts on the end of the conveyor. whats with that?

Lil Giants
10-12-2009, 12:06 PM
I had an oops when drilling out the holes at that end of the conveyer, I started with too big of bit, it hooked into the plastic too aggressively & tore the end off. I machined a block of spruce to fit in it's place, wish I had some oak on hand.

10-12-2009, 03:22 PM
ah. putting a better roller in it?

Lil Giants
10-15-2009, 02:44 AM
I used the same rollers, just drilled out the centers of them, installed 5mm steel shafts and added 5x11 bearings.

Well, I tried it out tonite for about ten minutes... needs alot more refinement yet... such as faster motors. Both motors are 50 rpm. If I can remember where I got these Swiss motors... I'd like to get the same ones so I don't have to remake the mounts, try 150rpm, then 200 & maybe 250. These Swiss planetary drive motors are incredibly powerful, efficient & quiet.

When I get the rest of my Bruder order from the LHS in Estevan (hopefully it has arrived when I visit you & Martin at the Model Engineering show) I will add a 2nd conveyer to the rear to carry away the lumps and a 3rd conveyer to load the front of the screen. The bucket on my excavator is way too big, I'd have to remake the hopper to be twice the size it is now. Also, with the 3rd conveyer, the Komatsu will remain employed... gotta keep everybody busy! :banana:




10-15-2009, 10:19 AM
ya wow thats this weekend isnt it! time has flied!

i think they have a couple of them in their stock hiding around. if not i got mine that i still havent done anything with lol.

guess I know what I am doing this weekend!

Lil Giants
10-16-2009, 07:46 AM
I found some 16mm dia gh motors @24v, 350rpm from this company (http://www.islproducts.com/prod/gear_motors.htm). Probably take a month or so to get them.

So I tried another screener idea. It works pretty good, but very noisy!


10-16-2009, 12:01 PM
yeah! it sounded like it was!

10-16-2009, 12:45 PM
see you put the trailer back to origanal??? any reason for that??? just been noisy???

:edit: also i noticed the name bruder around the forum alot is that another type of rc kit or something else???

10-16-2009, 01:54 PM
Thats some sweet stuff you're building. Looks like great fun.
But that vibra screen is really noisy indeed.:huh:


Bruder is a german toy manufacturer. They make plastic toys in 1:14 to 1:16 scale. Mostly tractors trucks and construction equipment. Take a look at their website. Click. (http://www.bruder.de/en) They can be RC'ed very easily.

Lil Giants
10-16-2009, 06:07 PM
That 2" extension on the bd trl, it just sits on there, it's not secured to the trl. I took it off so the bd trl would fit under the vibra screen.

I'm going to flatten the angle of the screen as much as possible to slow down the material going across it. Then maybe I can add the 2" extension for added capacity. Then I'll tinker with the counter weight on the 12v 5000rpm motor to see if it'll quiet down.

Cheers CGras :chug:

10-16-2009, 07:15 PM