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Gd10r
Posted: Monday, February 04, 2019 1:57:58 PM

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Very well done!

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Basketball Man
Posted: Monday, February 04, 2019 8:08:12 PM

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Nice work! Now you need that fleet of 651E's for those beautiful D11N's

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Antho
Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2019 1:00:44 AM

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Absolutely beautiful! Makes me wish I knew how to work with brass.
rlmc
Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2019 5:54:22 PM
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Outstanding work there Dex. Robert
Dex
Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2019 8:58:53 PM

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Thanks everyone!

Ethan, I was eyeballing your 651e build, I'll definitely haveto try my hand at one in the future. So many projects in the wish list. I have a 631e build on the short list though, but I'm sure a D11n would be overkill as a pusher for it.
Dex
Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2019 9:00:44 PM

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Antho wrote:
Absolutely beautiful! Makes me wish I knew how to work with brass.


Give it a try! I find it easier to work with than poly. Its the soldering that's the hard part.
Brad
Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2019 9:12:05 PM
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Question for the experts. Did Cat ever build a D11 in the pusher configuration?
JTL
Posted: Wednesday, February 06, 2019 12:27:04 AM

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Brad wrote:
Question for the experts. Did Cat ever build a D11 in the pusher configuration?


Not sure if a true pusher has left Peoria since the last Quad 9’s were built. Balderson, and I’m sure other aftermarket companies built lots of pushin’ chushin’s over the years and local dealers and contractors installed them on their machines.
I seen a D11R for sale a few years ago with a push blade, and saw a ratted out N sitting in an old pit in Wyoming with a push blade on it.

If you Google d11 pushing scrapers there’s some videos of 11R’s and 11T’s with push blades punching 651’s.

Are you an enviromentist, or do you work for a living?
Dex
Posted: Wednesday, February 06, 2019 1:16:59 AM

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My 1989 Caterpillar Performance Handbook has the cushion blade listed as an option for the D11N, but I don't think it left the factory in that configuration. There are a few N pushcat conversions that I found on Google after I decided on the project. My pushcat is mostly an exercise in creative freedom. Teeth
Brad
Posted: Wednesday, February 06, 2019 6:44:10 PM
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Dex wrote:
My 1989 Caterpillar Performance Handbook has the cushion blade listed as an option for the D11N, but I don't think it left the factory in that configuration. There are a few N pushcat conversions that I found on Google after I decided on the project. My pushcat is mostly an exercise in creative freedom. Teeth
. Thanks for reply. Just curious if Cat actually ever did a inside frame on that monster. Have no problem with the imagineering. After all Cat never did any diecast either
max
Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 1:10:41 AM
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Dex,
I am totally amazed by your talent.....
The fact you took the time to drill to "open" the upper part of the blade on the dozer tells a lot about your talent and your patience.....very reallistic and well done!!!!Applause Whistle
Best regards.
Max.

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I am looking for industrial auction brochures from Ritchie Bros, Miller & Miller, Forke Bros, First Team Auction, Max Rouse, etc from the 70's, 80's and 90's.I am a collector and heavy equipment enthusiast and these pamphlets are loaded with nice pictures of cleaned and freshly painted equipment.Thet don't have much value once the sale is over but they are a great help to me in preserving the memory of machines that are no longer being built.Please, help my hobby by looking in your old storage boxes and file folders for these old auction sale brochures.Your help is much appreciated.
Mr. Scholz
Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 9:39:48 AM
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Dex, this is art.

Looked many times to this set of customized D11s befor replying. I especially enjoy the cab interiors. The U-blad D11N is just like they were used in Germany for quarry work so much. There was often the opinion that you have to use a SU-blade in a quarry, because its shorter and has better penetration. But the quarry guys favoured a U-blade over an SU-blade so often.

The pushcat D11N is just yelling "California!". I can remember seeing a cushionend pushblade for the D10 in the according sdales brochure (including a special narrow gauge variant for travelling inside the cut of the scraper), so Im pretty sure a cushioned blade was offered for the D11N, too. But what about this typical californian open-air cab with sunroof? Is this a local built item or of the shelve by Caterpillar?

As a German, it is somewhat crazy to see a machine that is considered a big gun in our quarries... to do agricultural deep ripping in another place on the world like California. In my eyes, your D11N is just so typical for such an ag use, too: The push dozer is can remain on the tractor for road transport but still offers some counterweight for a slip plow behind.


Best regards,
Max
Dex
Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2019 2:08:52 AM

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Mr Scholz,

It's my understanding these open cabs were meant as a low budget aftermarket fix for enclosed cabs that didn't have A/C. Windowed cabs, without A/C in the SoCal heat during summer is a tortuous place to be, even with the doors open.
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