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Title: bobcat in my yard
Post by: tschmidlin on December 15, 2010, 09:08:36 PM
If you had one of these sitting in your front yard for the next 18 hours or so, what would you do with it?


(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_j-Iuc3I_JMk/TQktziAia9I/AAAAAAAAAGs/xxQRQuk7-yI/IMG00031-20101215-1257.jpg)

I'm leaning toward leaving it alone so I don't hurt myself :)
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: tumarkin on December 15, 2010, 09:10:34 PM
aw, come on Tom, it's got a roll cage..... have fun!  ;D  currently, the yard at my house is too small to do much with it. sigh
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: tschmidlin on December 15, 2010, 09:23:38 PM
The only place it would be really useful is in the back.  There are two ways to get there, the way I want to go is blocked by forms and rebar and stuff where they'll pour a slab when the weather allows it.  The other way would require driving across my septic drainage field, and based on how it churned up and compacted the yard that seems like a terrible idea.  I really want to do something with it, I just can't think of anything.  Maybe I'll see if the neighbors need anything done :)
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: blatz on December 15, 2010, 09:29:58 PM
funny, I assumed the four legged kind when I saw the title.

this is much cooler.

too bad you're on the other side of the continent - I'd let you knock down some trees for free  ;)
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: corkybstewart on December 15, 2010, 09:49:56 PM
My boss bought one of these for his farm.  I wasn't there to witness his inaugural attempt to scoop manure from the cattle pens but nobody showed him how to stop the bucket once he started up with a nice big load.  His wife and daughter tell me the bucket went all the way up and dumped the entire load of manure on his head.  I guess the next day he got out the instruction manual and did a few "dry" runs until he got the hang of it.
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: blatz on December 15, 2010, 09:51:33 PM
The other way would require driving across my septic drainage field, and based on how it churned up and compacted the yard that seems like a terrible idea. 

why not? it was hilarious in Meet the Parents.
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: gordonstrong on December 15, 2010, 10:06:49 PM
Something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3mWzKdv3g4
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: SiameseMoose on December 15, 2010, 10:31:29 PM
I might need it here tomorrow, based on the snow forecast :-[ If it were summer, I'd use it to remove some honeysuckle. A lot of honeysuckle.

I have seen one used to haul spent grain to the compost heap. Took multiple trips, too.
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: Mark G on December 15, 2010, 10:56:42 PM
Well, you can't just leave it there. Those things are way too much fun. Drive it down to the liquor store. And bring the beer back in the bucket.
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: majorvices on December 15, 2010, 11:04:18 PM
Ha! I thought you were going to talk about the furry type of bobcats, which I have had in my yard. As far as what would I do with it - I could think of about a dozen projects that is would be handy for on my property.
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: chrisinestes on December 15, 2010, 11:35:11 PM
I think you should give this a try... and get video!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orHGAlTDdGg
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: weazletoe on December 15, 2010, 11:48:30 PM
If you had one of these sitting in your front yard for the next 18 hours or so, what would you do with it?

Not 100% sure what I would do, but I am 100% sure, whatever it was, the neighbors would be REALLY pissed!  ;D
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: bluesman on December 16, 2010, 01:38:26 AM
I needed one of them there bobcats last year when I was digging fence post holes with a two-man auger. They can be equipped with an auger attachment that will easily dig holes.

What exactly are you planning to do with that bad boy...or did I miss that part?
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: MrNate on December 16, 2010, 01:52:07 AM
If you had one of these sitting in your front yard for the next 18 hours or so, what would you do with it?

Save money on lawyers.
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: Hokerer on December 16, 2010, 02:16:22 AM
Got a woodstove?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeanPDO-D6M (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeanPDO-D6M)
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: bluesman on December 16, 2010, 02:29:34 AM
Got a woodstove?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeanPDO-D6M (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeanPDO-D6M)

Now that is one really awesome bobcat attachment!

Gotta love that one.
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: tschmidlin on December 16, 2010, 03:36:32 AM
What exactly are you planning to do with that bad boy...or did I miss that part?
We're having a concrete slab poured.  They didn't want to grade it by hand, so they used that.  Now they just need to wait for good weather to pour it, hopefully sometime before May. :)

Got a woodstove?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeanPDO-D6M (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeanPDO-D6M)
That thing is awesome!
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: pinnah on December 16, 2010, 03:56:46 AM
That is tempting, hydraulics just sitting out front just waiting to be used.

I have one of those, I can't even use a wheelbarrow anymore :-\

If you can get a straight shot to the back yard, and not turn...they don't hurt too bad,
I say head off across that septic to the back yard and use it up!

Nice green BTW.
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: Mikey on December 16, 2010, 03:59:28 AM
Did you check to see if they left the key in it?
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: tschmidlin on December 16, 2010, 04:02:20 AM
The key is totally in it (it took me a while to find it, I didn't think to look up), but now it's dark anyway.  Someone will be by sometime in the morning to get it.  Opportunity wasted, although I did let the kids sit in it :)
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: oscarvan on December 16, 2010, 04:07:29 AM
Eh, I suggest you leave the keys in it, and then take the wife out for dinner...... on me. In fact I'll stop by and drop off the money. Just ignore the flatbed trailer behind my truck....... ;D Oh and act surprised when you get home and it's gone......
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: tschmidlin on December 16, 2010, 05:05:56 AM
The keys are in it, it's not rented in my name, and I have no responsibility for it.  If you think you and your trailer can make it to Washington in the next 12 hours or so, I won't do anything to stop you from taking it.  But I don't think you'll even get to St. Louis in that time, and towing the trailer even Indy might be pushing it.  ;D
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: beersk on December 16, 2010, 04:29:13 PM
funny, I assumed the four legged kind when I saw the title.

this is much cooler.

too bad you're on the other side of the continent - I'd let you knock down some trees for free  ;)

Disagree!  Real Bobcats are badass!

I also thought he was talking about the animal when I saw the title...
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: Slowbrew on December 16, 2010, 05:27:57 PM
I too thought I was going to looking at a nature scene.

Your probably better off having not used it for anything.  If you've never run one, the first thing you learn is you have no rear visibility.  Any thing or anyone shorter than the engine will be invisible to you.  When/if you do run one, lock the kids (if they are small) in the house.  A friend of mine accidentally backed into tree just as his nephew ran around the tree on the farm.  Farm equipment is too dangerous to just play with.

There have been many times I would have loved to have one available for projects.  They work very well.  Just be careful with them.

Paul
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: euge on December 16, 2010, 06:09:05 PM
Around here something like a Bobcat unsecured with the keys in it would be gone in a matter of hours.
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: Mikey on December 16, 2010, 06:56:22 PM
Too bad you didn't take it for a spin. I'll be they're fun to drive, but yes, as with anything, I'm sure they can be dangerous.
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: MrNate on December 16, 2010, 11:53:28 PM
First think I learned about bobcats was where the key was. Second thing I learned is that they wouldn't start without the restraint bar thingy locked down. Third thing I learned was how jerky they were if you don't keep a light touch on the sticks. Fourth thing I learned is they tip over forwards faster than my uncles at an open bar reception.

They're cool and all, but I always felt they were persnickity little things for no good reason. Seems like a front end loader on a tractor would be better for most applications.
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: Mikey on December 17, 2010, 12:02:17 AM
The problem with a front end loader on a tractor is that you can't see it like you can on a Bobcat.That visual advantage is probably what makes them easy to tip over.
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: MrNate on December 17, 2010, 12:25:18 AM
I've never operated one, to be honest. I've used bobcats and front-end loaders, but all of my tractor experience was from behind on the hay wagon.

Wait, that sounds wrong when I put it that way.
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: Mikey on December 17, 2010, 12:27:51 AM
Now that would depend on who was with you in the hay wagon.

Aw fond memories. :D  :D  :D
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: capozzoli on December 17, 2010, 12:41:17 AM
I worked nights a few years back as a bobcat operator. Doing snow removal in mall parking lots and what not. I loved it. Though some of those nights got long and I was amazed at how I could operate that machine with only one eye, while the other one was sleeping.
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: Hokerer on December 17, 2010, 02:10:09 AM
Now that would depend on who was with you in the hay wagon.

"You vant to roll is ze hay ?"

(http://www.brinkleys.org/users/tsl/Files/RollintheHay.jpg)
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: Mikey on December 17, 2010, 02:13:26 AM
Now that would depend on who was with you in the hay wagon.

"You vant to roll is ze hay ?"

(http://www.brinkleys.org/users/tsl/Files/RollintheHay.jpg)

That would work. :D
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: majorvices on December 17, 2010, 02:24:02 AM
Now that would depend on who was with you in the hay wagon.

"You vant to roll is ze hay ?"

(http://www.brinkleys.org/users/tsl/Files/RollintheHay.jpg)

One of my favorite movies. Damn, Terry Gar was cute as hell.
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: Mikey on December 17, 2010, 02:25:53 AM
She was definitely cute, but has the brain of a yeast cell. However, when you're rolling in the hay, who cares?

But yes, great movie.
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: tschmidlin on December 17, 2010, 07:12:32 AM
Anyone on their way?  It's still here, keys still in it.  I think the rental company is using me for free storage until they need to deliver it somewhere else.  I put my kids in it and took pictures like they were driving it. ;D
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: MrNate on December 17, 2010, 02:15:01 PM
I actually could use one... There's a spot in front of my house that needs to be graded, and I can't fit anything else in there. Redmond is a bit of a haul, though.
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: blatz on December 17, 2010, 02:24:38 PM
I just had 40 trucks of fill dumped on my lot - get over here - I'll pay you in cash and beer to grade it!  ;D
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: Mikey on December 17, 2010, 02:28:18 PM
Headlines read:

Intoxicated Homebrewer Arrested for Driving Stolen Bobcat
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: Slowbrew on December 17, 2010, 02:32:38 PM
Bobcats were a great addition to the Saturday morning hog barn cleaning session.  Saved a ton of pitch fork time.  The tractor with a loader could only fit down the center of the building, the Bobcat could fit in the side isles.

The first Bobcats was built as a walk behind unit by a couple of guys who needed a small loader to do a particular job on their farm.  Necessity is the mother of invention.  Even with all the wheel waits in place they can get top heavy with the bucket all the way up.

I spent a lot of time on hay wagons growing up.  Bailing paid $8.50/hr, bean woalking only paid $6.50/hr.  I look back at how hard we worked on those jobs but I think it was easier than corporate IT.  Oh well, Merry Christmas!!!

Paul
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: tschmidlin on December 17, 2010, 06:04:15 PM
Congratulations to whoever grabbed it around 7 this morning :)  I heard it but didn't look out the window, so as far as I know the rental company picked it up and I don't need to report it stolen. ;D
Title: Re: bobcat in my yard
Post by: Podo on December 18, 2010, 12:18:21 AM
Hopefully nobody will make you do a scavenger hunt to recover it ;D