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.
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.
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.
The Excavator Operator’s Secret Weapon
So now you at least know more about how silage is made, even though we still don’t really know how this excavator ended up on top of a pile with no way to get down. For any other machine, it would almost be impossible to get down. But if you have watched a lot of excavator videos, you know that they have a special characteristic that allows them to get down from high places. That trait is the arm and attached bucket, which can be used to prop up the base so that it can come down slowly off of a vertical surface. Doing this definitely isn’t recommended, but it has helped many excavator operators get out of jams like this one.
Doosan 140 LCV Excavator Specs
The excavator that this guy is trying to get down is a Daewoo 140 LCV. It weighs in at about 14 tons, which means that it’s going to crush those tires down pretty good when it falls. Here are some of this machines other measurements:
- About 25 feet long
- Max reach along ground of 25.2 feet
- A little over 9 feet to top of cab
- 10-foot track length
- 1.3 feet of ground clearance
- 8.5-foot width to outside of tracks
- 7.2-foot tail swing radius
And in case you are wondering, here are some of this versatile machine’s key performance specs:
- 6-cylinder turbocharged engine
- 95-horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque
- Max travel speed of 2.9 miles per hour
- Swing mechanism speed of 10.7 rpm
- Fuel capacity of 70 gallons
How Much Does It Cost?
Although it might be fun for us to see, the last thing this guy wants to do is damage this expensive piece of machinery, as a new excavator like this costs well over $100,000. This Doosan is likely about 7 or 8 years old, so it would be worth more in the $40,000 to $90,000 range depending on how many hours of use it as. If the operator doesn’t have those tires set up right, he could easily do some serious damage to this pricey machine.
While it’s not the safest way to get a 14-ton excavator off of a pile of silage, using an apparatus made of rubber tires is a pretty good idea. As long as his tracks hit them right, they should provide enough cushion to avoid any damage. Luckily, this silage pit looks like it’s right next to a tire yard, so they had no trouble finding some and rolling them over a short distance. How convenient is that?
With the arm and bucket propping the excavator up, it’s ready for a controlled fall onto the rubber below. Take a look and see how the weight of the machine crushes the rubber tires.