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14 years 10 months ago #342 by beaver-flat
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I'm about to push my old D6 into the shop so I can start working on it. Rookie question: will the grousers damage the concrete floor? If so, what have you guys used to protect it?
I have some 1" oak boards that I was thinking about putting down to roll it in on.:cool:

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14 years 10 months ago #343 by Catmatt
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Depends what kind of concrete your floor is made of. If it is high strength concrete, you'll be fine. Oak boards would never hurt though. have fun!

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14 years 10 months ago #346 by ccjersey
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I would use the boards especially if you are having to shove it in or turn it on the floor at all. Straight in and back out under power will most likely still leave marks in the floor, so it depends how nice the floor is to start with.

D2-5J's, D6-9U's, D318 and D333 power units, 12E-99E grader, 922B & 944A wheel loaders, D330C generator set, DW20 water tanker and a bunch of Jersey cows to take care of in my spare time:D

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14 years 10 months ago #348 by Kelly
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I’d use the wood as well, or if you had some short pieces of old crasher conveyor belting would work also…we used it for crossing the Hi-ways years a ago and work well.
The thing is, the slightest nick in a fine finished floor will give your creeper trouble in getting around. I have seen some floors where you needed “Four Wheel Drive” on your creeper. :(

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14 years 10 months ago #351 by gwhdiesel75
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I've used ordinary plywood sheets to cushion the impact of the grousers on the bare concrete. Doesn't have to be thick. GWH

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14 years 10 months ago #356 by Jim Sixty
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I'd use the boards even if you don't care so much about the floor, it seems like the machines don't sweat so much if they have wood or rubber separating them from the concrete.
Jim

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14 years 10 months ago #360 by Rodney R
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Yeah, just use some boards. I used some 1/2 oak that we had cut, and it was extra/scraps. The grousers broke it here and there, but the floor is still OK..... also, if you need to cross an area where there is some sort of 'lip' - I'd set an extra board on each side of the lip, so the grousers won't hit that as well, or it'll chip off.

Rodney

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14 years 10 months ago #369 by SpragueM
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I use 2x8 or 2x10 and my d4 hardly dents it. Alot easier to replace than any floor. Even park on wood when in my dirt floored sheds. Keeps them cleaner.

Matt

RD4,RD6 ,D73T, #11 Grader, 977F

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14 years 10 months ago #370 by Jim A
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At work we got truck tire retread stock to run on in the shop, rolls up when you don't need it.
Jim

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14 years 10 months ago #374 by RKO
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I just use old tires. The bigger machines I use Truck or Pickup tires. The smaller machines I use car or garden tractor tires. They cost nothing and will give to the shape of the floor and tracks. Can use the same tires over and over.

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