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Old 03-07-2014, 12:02 PM   #1
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I have a set of photos of a Kaiser walking excavator climbing into a waterway in Mumbai, India, and clearing some of the muck and garbage out of it. These pictures were taken by some friends of mine that were demonstrating the capabilities of the machine to sell it to the government for this type of work.

Apparently, it is customary to throw your garbage in the waterway to get rid of it. It is also customary to pipe sewage directly into the waterways. The stench was said to be stifling and overwhelming. For the sales demonstration crew who was from the Swiss Alps and used to beautiful clean streams and mountain lakes, it was eye-opening.

And now, the scenic waterways of Mumbai, complete with real shantys alongside some of the waterways.







































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that thing is badass!
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Dude, I want one. When I win the lottery. I miss operating.
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Haha! I was thinking the conditions in India would be most interesting to you guys, but I forgot that most of you don't see Kaisers every day. I just delivered another one about a week and a half ago.

Yeah, they are a lot of fun. They'll walk in about 7 feet of water without getting your feet wet in the cabin. I'll see if I can dig up a few more interesting pics of the machine for you guys.
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Here's one asserting its dominance over a competitor on our Tampa yard.




And here's one playing in a lake.






And then clearing the shoreline of vegetation:



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Haha! I was thinking the conditions in India would be most interesting to you guys, but I forgot that most of you don't see Kaisers every day. I just delivered another one about a week and a half ago.

Yeah, they are a lot of fun. They'll walk in about 7 feet of water without getting your feet wet in the cabin. I'll see if I can dig up a few more interesting pics of the machine for you guys.
I had nothing nice to say about the conditions of India, so I said nothing.

Are the front feet standard, or only on some models? Do some have feet on all 4 corners in addition to tires? That thing would have made life SO much easier back when I worked installing drainage systems for businesses, industrial parks, shopping centers, ect. A lot of work was on steep banks, and trying to level out to dig on a standard tracked excavator was a bitch, even with a blade on the front to lift one end up. It helped ,but not nearly as easy as that thing would have been.
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Picking up rip-rap boulders from over a sea wall in Tampa Bay.



It had to straddle the guardrail and reach over the handrail.








Terrorizing the streets:



Ripping out small trees:



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I had nothing nice to say about the conditions of India, so I said nothing.

Are the front feet standard, or only on some models? Do some have feet on all 4 corners in addition to tires? That thing would have made life SO much easier back when I worked installing drainage systems for businesses, industrial parks, shopping centers, ect. A lot of work was on steep banks, and trying to level out to dig on a standard tracked excavator was a bitch, even with a blade on the front to lift one end up. It helped ,but not nearly as easy as that thing would have been.

The ones used in mountainous terrain use claw feet on one side and traction tires on the other.





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#1 Stunna? Stuntin' n' ****.

What powers these badass little things?
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You know all of those people were thinking "sweet, plenty more space to throw my crap now"
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What powers these badass little things?
Four cylinder Perkins diesel, 157hp.


I found more stunting from that series:

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Why have I never seen/heard of one of these things before?

Effing BA

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And this one was a surprise. I wasn't expecting him to go that direction.

They do tumble hundreds of yards down mountainsides sometimes, in case you were wondering.

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If I won the lottery, I'd pick one up and occasionally take on specialty contract work for fun. They really are a blast to run but the pucker factor can be pretty high if the ground gives way or the machine slips. We've had customers that have slipped a tire off of a head wall and turned the machine over in a canal putting the cabin and engine underwater. Luckily the operator got out okay. There is a jack handle in the cabin that doubles as a window breaking tool.

It weighs about 25,000lbs, or about 11 Miatas.

Here's one climbing a loose slope at a ski resort.

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Whats the deal with the one with only two tires? Do you just walk it around the job site? I also didn't realize that thing could... whatever axis that would be. Yaw the bucket? Roll the bucket? Pitch the bucket? The extra one that most excavators don't have. That's awesome. Is there a foot pedal for that control? Or a toggle on the stick or something?
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Mumbai, India is the dirtiest place I've ever been. An incredible and overwhelming cultural experience. We were there for a wedding and it was unbelievable the contrast between the opulence of an Indian wedding and the poverty just 5 feet outside the front door.

I've been to Mexico City; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Lusaka, Zambia and Miami, florida (hehe) and it was soooo far and away the filthiest place.

Oi.

that excavator thing is neat.
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Whats the deal with the one with only two tires? Do you just walk it around the job site? I also didn't realize that thing could... whatever axis that would be. Yaw the bucket? Roll the bucket? Pitch the bucket? The extra one that most excavators don't have. That's awesome. Is there a foot pedal for that control? Or a toggle on the stick or something?
Two tires - yes you walk it alternating the bucket and claws. The boom is used as the fifth leg. It work just like going up and down the slope.

Bucket tilt mechanism - made by a company called Helac and controlled by a trigger button on the front of each joystick. One goes left and the other right.

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This was parked just down the street from my office some time early last year. I never saw where they had it in use, lots of marsh around so it probably was used to dig in that.
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Yep. That's one of ours. We are the dealer for the whole United States.
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