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 04-11-2003, 10:09 Post: 52984
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I have a 6x4 diesel Gator I bought new in 2000 and now have more than 800 hours on. I work it but not that hard and I have changed the oil/filter every 100 hrs and the air/fuel filters as required. Other than 2 new hoist motors (stupid plastic gear!), loose chains and split seats -- So far, so good.

Does anyone have any experience with higher time Gators? What can I expect in the future? Do they truly age well?

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John






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 04-11-2003, 11:01 Post: 52985
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They are truly abused where I work by railway carman,none of them are diesel,but they are rarely shut off,carry more weight that their built for,smashed etc run at full throttle or idle & not maintained by even a third of what you do. 2 of them have over 3000 hrs on them & they still run!!.They put one up for bid recently with 5000 hrs on it & got $200.00 Canadian for it & the guy was happy who bought it






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 04-23-2003, 21:17 Post: 53665
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The 101st Airborne Division uses this model in the Trail Gator & Military Gator version. There have been instances where these machines where used in Afghanistan; they went there new and had over 1200 hrs. put on them with no services what so ever except for fuel and adding oil if needed. No filters, oil changes, or any other services. They came back pretty trashed out, but still running and after being serviced properly were back in use. They are currently being used in Iraq and the only calls for help I have recieved for my unit's Gators is one cooling fan motor. If the soldiers have a hard time tearing them up, I am sure you will be VERY happy with yours since you take good care of it.






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 04-24-2003, 09:05 Post: 53687
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Chief, speaking of aging issues..... was it hard to be on the sidelines and watch your buddies on the news every night?






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 04-24-2003, 13:04 Post: 53701
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Yeah, it sure is........the pilot Mark (had the brain surgery scar on his head)who was on TV last night, is a friend. I have worked with him off and on for several years.

I was medically grounded about a year or so back due to a pineal tumor (brain tumor) and can no longer fly. It causes many other symptoms as well. Tomorrow is my final out from the Army. I am being medically retired after about 21 years.






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 04-24-2003, 14:01 Post: 53704
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I know what a gut wrenching experience it is to go when you are not quite ready.... it does get better over time.
Life has a tendency to normalize on its own terms.






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 04-24-2003, 17:52 Post: 53714
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Mark,

To be honest, I had a lot of fun and did some very rewarding work the last year working logistics projects like the John Deere tractors and several other things. It turned out to be a welcome change. The tumor is beneign and aside from some really severe headache's and a few other whacky symptoms, I count myself very fortunate. The doc prescribes me some drugs that help alot. Over all, it was probably time for me to go. No hard feelings and I can look back at my time in the Army with pride and little "what the heck was I thinking!" Laughing out loud!

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