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Neighbor George borrowed a back hoe from somebody; he wanted to take down some trees, exand his backyard and he got a few loads of dirt to level his backyard for a swimming pool. This morning I was waiting for my uncle to get to my house, and I heard the chainsaw... so I went over to supervise. I went over there and he already had one tree down, working on the second. I stopped him and showed him what he was doing wrong; first thing was is that he was using the saw at face level. I showed him a proper face notch and back cut, then put marks on the next tree so he could see where he had to cut it. The next one I did the same. After that, I let him make cuts where he thought they belonged, and they where perfect.There where 8 trees, the last 3 where to big for his 16" bar, so I had to go home and get my saw. I did not trust him, and was not comfortable with him using the larger and more powerful saw, so I took them down. My uncle got to my house just as I was taking down the last tree, so I left. By the time my uncle left he only had one tree cut up, and I headed over with my saw to give him a hand. At first he was making fun of me for wearing chaps, but he stopped once I accidentally kissed them in the knee area with the chain! 4 of the trees where over the embankment, so he tried to use the backhoe to pull one out, and when he could not do it I took over. I was able to get it pretty easily. :D

We got the trees cut up and moved the billets out of the way. Once they where out of the way, he started to clear out the rock wall on the side of his yard; just like before, he could not do it... so I took over again. :D It was not long before I was the only one using the backhoe, while he watched, gave me signals on clearance, or did the grunt work.

I had my sister come out and take some pictures for you guys.

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The machine is pretty old, and does not have near as much power as it should, and it was making it very difficult to dig out the tree stumps, but I got them out. One thing that stood out was the play in the right joystick for the rear bucket; there was a lot of play in it, and sometimes it was hard to get it to make the movement I wanted it to make. I got used to it eventually.

EDIT: Before this, I had not driven a backhoe larger then a small rental termite. I knew all of the controls, it was just that I had never done it. Bossman Harry stopped by to pick something up while I was operating, and came over when he saw I was in the cab. He said he will have to get me in his backhoe (larger then this one) so I can get some real experience. I can't wait until that happens! :D
 

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Ryan, You are far ahead of your years and I only wish that all your upcoming surprises remain in the positive. Also getting certification for as many of these things you master with ease, should serve you well. You're a great advocate for safety 1st and that's major too.

:thumbs: :thumbs: :thumbs: :rocker2: Keep it up!
 

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You are indeed a great neighbor. Good for you. You will soon be a great heavy equipment operator.

Go Ryan Go!
 
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A win/win situation for you and your neighbor. You helped him out and got to run a full size hoe. You have an obvious talent and aptitude for running and maintaining machinery Ryan. It's great to discover this at a young age and be able to build a career and possibly a business on it.
 

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Way to go, Ryan! I think you will find that each machine works a bit differently and takes a bit to get used to it. Some are slower, some faster.
 
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Congratulations on getting the seat time Ryan!! You are developing into an equipment oporator at a young age.

It is developing those skills that will serve you well in the future. I suspect there will be a shortage of equipment oporators in the future Too Many of the Good ones are aproaching retirement)and good young oporators will be in great demand. I noticed the local Construction Community had heavy equipment at a Job Fair last week and were allowing High School kids to oporate to generate interest,
 
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