Rope-Pusher wrote:InlinePaul wrote:When I was on that urban forestry job I once drove the F350 dump truck (cool truck with 4 speed floor shift and creeper gear) a few miles in traffic with the wood chipper on a pintle hook that was wide open and the chains not hooked up.
Cudda bean the New Process Gear A435 - You could find them in Fords, Chevys & GMCs and UPS trucks to name a few.
http://www.novak-adapt.com/knowledge/tr ... nual/np435
That transmission with shifter is a beauty, suitable for framing. If I were a bachelor I'd have stuff like that hanging on my walls.
Well the F350 dump did have that big long bent lever in it, so that probably was the transmission I drove. It was a mid 1980s truck. I can't remember what shifter was in the Hi-Ranger truck as I only drove it a couple times but do remember it had a stick. Seems it might also have been that long bent lever setup and it was a creeper first too. When one of the regular crew was out sick I would ride in it with the trimmer guy. On rainy days we would drive around town all day looking at trees that we needed to someday cut. On garbage day we might do a little garbage picking too.
Once the tree trimmer decided I should try out the bucket and parked at the edge of the parking lot. Not sure why he parked directly under a streetlamp, and sure enough I did not have my hard hat on. I had no idea how sensitive the controls were and when I hit the up button/lever I flew up very fast and managed to let go in time that my head came within a foot of taking out the bulb in the street lamp (or should I say bulb nearly took out my head). Needless to say, I did not get any more training on the bucket after that. Was fine with me, I am not fond of heights.