How to Get 14-Ton Doosan Digger off of a Silage Pit

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When making a silage pit, you typically want to build a ramp up to the top so you can easily go up and down. I guess this guy didn’t get that memo, and now his Doosan excavator is stuck on top of a pile of silage about 10 feet tall. You wonder how he even got up there in the first place. Whatever led to this predicament, at least he’s found a solution to get down. He has built a homemade ramp of sorts by stacking up a couple of rows of tires. It’s a potentially dangerous solution, but it will have to do.

How to Get 14-Ton Doosan Digger off of a Silage Pit

The Silage Process

Silage can be made of many different crops, including alfalfa, grass, oats, clovers, maize, and even weeds. Crops that don’t have enough moisture content aren’t suitable for ensilage. The purpose of this process is to make cost-effective feed for sheep and cattle by preserving a crop harvest so it doesn’t spoil.

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You may be wondering how silage like this is made and how it gets so dense that you can drive an excavator on top of it. Basically, rolling over a pile of silage with a tractor pushes the oxygen out, and it becomes much more tightly packed. After being rolled, the pile is then wrapped in a plastic cover to trap oxygen in and keep moisture out.

About 48 hours after a silo or pit is filled, the silage will begin consuming the trapped oxygen and fermenting. More closely packed silage will result in sour silage, while the result is sweet silage when it’s more loosely packed. The resulting product is something like what you’ll see below.

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