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#21226 - 01/29/03 04:37 PM excavator sparky?
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My partner and I own a small excavator, when we part ways, I can get a super deal on it. It has made us some money at times. Not only for electrical,I have dug footings,gutter drains,septic systems and the like with it.I know some of you will raise eyebrows but any ideas or suggestions?

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#21227 - 01/29/03 05:02 PM Re: excavator sparky?
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Registered: 04/03/02
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Ga. Sparky56:
I think the formula is:
Time w/no "sparky work" + excavator machine = $$$ in your pocket (or bank account)

Hey, if it makes you a living, it's gotta be good.
John
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#21228 - 01/29/03 05:05 PM Re: excavator sparky?
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Registered: 10/14/02
Posts: 211
Loc: Massachusetts
What are you looking for suggestions on?

I have fantasized about the idea of buying a mine excavator so I can do my own trenching and not be at the mercy of someone elses schedule. In the end, the numbers have not added up for me. I am not confident that I would use it enough to get my return. I am also busy enough doing electical work without havign to try and be an excavator too.

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#21229 - 01/29/03 05:24 PM Re: excavator sparky?
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Call before you dig!

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#21230 - 01/29/03 05:37 PM Re: excavator sparky?
ga.sparky56 Offline
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TG I once dug into a service lateral that was marked as being 12' from where I was digging. The locating co. bought us an 800.00 bucket!

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#21231 - 01/29/03 07:05 PM Re: excavator sparky?
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Loc: Fullerton, CA USA
I spent about 3 yrs. of "downtime" running machines.
Running a hoe for any reason at all doesn't make you a turncoat. It just whets your skills...S

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#21232 - 01/30/03 03:01 AM Re: excavator sparky?
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Registered: 03/15/02
Posts: 364
Loc: Strasburg,PA,USA
Go for it.

Just make sure that your insurance agent knows that you are doing your own digging. I always look forward to doing my own digging around here. The railroad owns it's own backhoe, so I get to root around sometimes with it. One more skill to add to the list.

What kind of excavator? skid steer, one of those little trackhoe's, one of those big trackhoe's.
TW

edited to add question

[This message has been edited by Trainwire (edited 01-30-2003).]

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#21233 - 01/30/03 03:31 AM Re: excavator sparky?
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ga.sparky56,
it's hard to find an excavator for small jobs here, you'd be in demand should you pursue this market (here at least)

whatever keeps the roof overhead, and bread on the table flys.

i can dig it....

~S

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#21234 - 01/30/03 04:32 AM Re: excavator sparky?
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Thanks for the input guys! Train,its a takeuchi mini excavator, weighs about 8000 lbs,rubber tracks, got a blade in front,(trackhoe), and is a great handling machine. I enjoy days when I get to use it, its something different and it can generate a good cash flow if you can get work.

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#21235 - 01/30/03 05:21 AM Re: excavator sparky?
Trainwire Offline
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Registered: 03/15/02
Posts: 364
Loc: Strasburg,PA,USA
GA56, want some free labor? I'll spend an afternoon playing with one of those

seriously, there is a few places were only one of those will work. And they are not so high that you get tangled up in the primaries all of the time.

TW

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