Nicholas Fluhart

November 28, 2009

John Deere 850B Long-Track Dozer

Filed under: Day to Day,Trucks & Equipment — Nicholas Fluhart @ 10:32 pm

Here’s a nice machine I recently sold. This one was owned by a logger and was also used to do some dozer contracting.

1987 John Deere 850B Bulldozer

I actually sold two of these. The first one was a parts dozer, a 1986 model, and this one was a 1987 model which was a good running machine. The 850 is large enough to do substantial work. The guy who owned this one also has a late model Caterpillar D6N and he indicated the old 850 would actually out-perform the Cat in some situations. The 850B utilizes a 6 cylinder turbo charged John Deere diesel engine producing 165 hp. The operating weight is just shy of 40,000 lbs. Check out all the specs here.

Now lets see it in action! I took a short video clip to demonstrate how it operates.

As indicated in the video, the hydrostatic drive enables easy and swift operation. The engine is also very powerful. Below I’ve posted a couple of pics of an 850B engine. It’s the engine from the ’86 parts dozer after it was just rebuilt.

The winch on this machine is a 60,000 lbs Hyster with 1 inch diameter cable. It was installed to winch out log skidders when they got stuck in the mud.

60,000 lbs Hyster Winch

How about some pros and cons? Well, I’m by no means an 850B expert, so this is solely from the information I’ve gotten from operators who have used and/or owned these machines. It’s funny that one of the main pro’s is also considered by some to be the major con, and that is the hydrostatic drive. This drive system is much smoother than a powershift system and eliminates the need for steering clutches and steering brakes. It also allows for dual-path operation which means the tracks can turn in opposite direction from each other making it turn 360° in one spot, great for working in tight areas. The main drawback of the system however, is that apparently it is prone to failure after about 10,000 hours of service, or so they say, at which time the hydrostat units require rebuilding or replacing which is a very costly procedure. For this reason, the 850 has earned a bad name in certain circles of the construction industry. Aside from that, they appear to be very good, solid machines. If you’re setup to do repairs yourself you can definitely save a lot of money, but it’s a major undertaking nonetheless. Alternatively, if you buy one that’s just had the hydrostat units rebuilt or replaced (like the one I sold), you’ve got a good machine with lots of service life.

September 23, 2009

Another TCB Post

Filed under: Day to Day — Nicholas Fluhart @ 10:40 pm

Just thought I’d put up a quick post showing one of the many things I do at my company, OmniSales International. Part of the daily ‘taking care of business’ (TCB). One of my customers contacted me about a clean Honda 300EX ATV he had purchased for resale. Knowing that I deal on the internet, he knew that I could make him a quick sale for a nominal fee. So how do I go about doing just that?

First I immediately begin conducting research to see what similar ATV’s have sold for over the last 30 days and the location of the sales. This gives me an idea of the current market and the specific regions where our potential buyers will be located. It also gives me an idea of the price for which we will be able to sell the ATV which tells me whether or not my service is the best alternative for the customer. In other words, it tells me if the ATV will sell for enough money to get my customer the amount he needs after my commission is deducted.

I then choose the sites I will use, i.e. eBay, Craigslist, online classifieds, etc. and I develop the representation of the item with a competent, informative description and exceptional photos. In this particular case, I used eBay and this is how I setup the listing. I use a variety of full bike shots and closeups at different angles and sequences depending on what I’m trying to accomplish.

A small example of some lower quality pics, but you get the point:

EX-1 EX-2
EX-3 EX-4
EX-5 EX-6

Then I top off the fantastic description and photos with a video to best show the item’s condition, meaning I show the ATV starting, idling, operating, etc. It’s important to realize that when a buyer is buying something from a remote location, sight unseen, the video really makes the sale. They get to not only hear the machine run, but also see it operate.

Here’s the clip I used:

And that’s pretty much how it goes. I sold this one quickly and my customer and the buyer were both happy.

Until next time…

August 11, 2009

TCB at OmniSales

Filed under: Day to Day — Nicholas Fluhart @ 11:46 pm

I recently purchased a 1975 Honda CB750 for a part-out machine. It had been setting in the weather non-running since 1997. These bikes are very heavy, so to get it from the yard to the shop I employed the Omni Recovery ATV (I know…big surprise) to bring the bike to the chopping block.

Pulling the CB750

The most valuable part on this particular motorcycle was the engine. Typically, we disassemble engines and sell the parts, but in this case the engine was worth more whole which also saves me on labor costs. But before removing the engine, I wanted to see if we could get it running. If it would run I could get a video clip of it running for our remote buyers to see. I had my mechanic go through the carburetors and re-work the ignition points.

Will it Run?

Were we successful in getting this bike running after having set in the weather for over 15 years? Well, check out the clip below and see for yourself.

Of course we got it running, we’re professionals…or at least that’s what we like to call ourselves. Anyway, I was able to sell the engine to a buyer in West Virginia. So now the next step upon removing it was to weigh it for shipping.

Weighing Engine

Now it was time to prep it for shipping and crate it up. I didn’t have a suitable crate so we decided to build one.

Making Measurements

In the Crate

Capping it Off

Sealing it Up

Finished Product

Now it’s time to fill out the papers, arrange the shipping, print and apply the labels, and arrange the pickup.

Ready to Go

On it’s way to West Virginia to a happy buyer!

On it's Way!

All in a day’s work here at OmniSales International.

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