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    Default So...I bought a Motor Grader... WHY??

    I'll explain more later but for now....this happened this morning and was dropped (by my transport operator) in my warehouse.

    I'm still trying to figure out why I do this....BUT....
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    Familiar looking injection pump. This stuff is like a stray kitten, can't just turn it away, have to find a home for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NDT View Post
    Familiar looking injection pump. This stuff is like a stray kitten, can't just turn it away, have to find a home for it.
    You're right Sir, but there's a little more to this story so here goes....(as best I can remember it).

    SO.... Around 12 years ago I saw this puppy sitting in Kudzu vines about covering it completely but I could make out the basic lines. It belonged to a friend of mine that actually used it about 30 years ago and after some time it just wasn't needed anymore and was backed into a corner and forgotten.

    At the time I "re-discovered it" in my friend's compound we had our little CAMO Military Museum and I thought the grader would make a good companion for my 1947 Marine Trencher (we called the "digger thingy) so I arranged to bring the grader to the Museum where we got the rotten tires to hold air (with new tubes) and proceeded to sandblast the beast and then paint it WWII OD Green. It was quite well received by all who saw it but we never spent any time trying to get it running/operating.

    About 18 months later, we lost our lease on the truck shop housing our little museum and the trucking company that was leasing the adjoining lot moved out and I leased the entire compound to move my wrecker service to. My friend asked me to bring the grader back to his compound as he had just hired an "old school" diesel mechanic and he wanted to try and get the grader running....so back it went.

    THEN...unfortunately my friend (more like a Brother), Korea and Vietnam Veteran passed away from agent orange related cancer.

    The grader sat in a different corner and was again taken over by weeds/kudzu.

    Tuesday of this week the son of my friend called and asked what I would charge him to haul the grader to the scrapper who was going to pay him 500 bucks.

    I said well, let's do this...it would normally cost about 200 bucks to haul it to the scrapper so how about I pick it up and give you 300 bucks....he agreed and thanked me...he just needed the space for the business.

    So....that gives you all the short version of how we got to where we are. Now I just have to figure out how to get where we need to be!!+


    Found this video of an early 1950's unit that looks like mine...but mine has the root rake forward of the blade:

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    Papabear we ALL KNOW WHY its just a little hard to explain to some folks who are not like all of us! I think it looks great!!!!

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    Papabear you need to come to the Georgia Rally and bring the grader with you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by papabear View Post
    I'm still trying to figure out why I do this....BUT....
    Because you can

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    Palm buster, I can remember about 25 years ago when the last time I used one. I will say that it sure beats the Western Wheel horse drawn grader that I have.
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    Not to many hands know how to use road graders. Kind of a lost art form. The last grader I seen working was a Cat 14G that was GPS operated. A very complex machine that in capable hands can accomplish many tasks.
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