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Old 03-14-2010, 01:46 PM
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Some may have seen my FRF after hours post Friday. Back story of the trip

Friday 3am woke up to head to work. worked 11.5 hours. Find out at 2:00pm need to leave for Davenport Iowa by 4pm. Need to then be at a facility at 7am sharp to repair some kill switches for tractors.

So it was a long day Friday. Pulled into Bettendorf Iowa at 1:30am. It had been raining for 5 hours or so. My wipers were exhausted the rain X was even starting to give up.

I had to be up at 6am so I could get to the facility and do the work. I hit the bed and it seemed the alarm went off. I found the facility and then went to a mcdonalds down the road. They didn't even have dr. pepper there.

Make my way over to the place to work. Meet up with a Jason and guy that works at Quad City freight. Which is just a 500K sq ft warehouse that holds John Deere inventory.

It is still raining at this point and Jason says well the weather said it would stop raining around 8am. I said well I will be inside doing this right? He says no it is all outside. and Points outside to all the ones needing looked at.

He ask for the serial numbers and stuff I was suppose to have. I kinda laugh and say you are suppose to know the numbers. Neither one of us had a clue what ones to look at.

So 2 hours of phone calls and standing around BSing we finally got a list of tractors needing looked at.

I thought it was gonna be a all day deal. They said that the seat had to be removed to check the kill switch. Who ever decided that was making thigs way to hard. All I had to do was lift the seat up and disconnect the harness and put the meter on there and test it by then pushing on the seat to verify it was working.

What it really boils down to is the company in North Carolina outsourced these switched from India. I still am not 100% convinced it is the switch.
I think it is location of the switch. If you sit on the seat the switch is located in between your legs and there is no pressure on it. They need to move them back more so your weight is on it more.

On to the pictures sorry for the long post

cool 5 speed gator that the transmission was going out in


I had the option to take a bike to where I was gonna be working or the gator. I picked the gator





Good ole' American product with foreign crap on it


Here is the switch all I did was pull the connector and then test it. Made it faster not having to pull the whole freaking seat off


Not pressing on the seat


Pressing on the seat and the switch working




Never did find one single switch that was not working. Cant complain though I made close to 2 weeks worth of money doing 2 hours of actual work.

Truck avg. 20.8 mpg the whole way
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Old 03-14-2010, 03:06 PM
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Wow buddy thats a haul! At least you made some money out of the deal. You were out in my old stomping grounds. I grew up in the Quad Cities and moved to Des Moines with my family when i was 16. How was the river looking out that way?
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Old 03-14-2010, 03:24 PM
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River was HIGH

it was still raining when I left. Guy I was with said they had like 112" of snow this winter. He said with what was melting had caused some good flooding in the area
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Old 03-14-2010, 03:44 PM
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john deere and Fluke meters FTMFW! lol
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Old 03-14-2010, 03:49 PM
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Sounds exhausting!!!

You gotta love it when your mind is in one place. Thinking how f'd up the situation is. Thinking how long it's gonna take to do all the work, and how you got yourself psyched out for a shit storm, and it boils down to a whole lot of pay for a little bit of work.

I'm an Electrician myself, and realize those Indian's over seas don't know there ass from third base about most of the stuff there doing.
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Old 03-14-2010, 03:54 PM
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Sounds exhausting!!!

You gotta love it when your mind is in one place. Thinking how f'd up the situation is. Thinking how long it's gonna take to do all the work, and how you got yourself psyched out for a shit storm, and it boils down to a whole lot of pay for a little bit of work.

I'm an Electrician myself, and realize those Indian's over seas don't know there ass from third base about most of the stuff there doing.
Ya I was excited when I figured out I was not gonna have to take off the seat like the john deere engineer had done to set uo the rework procedure.
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Old 03-14-2010, 05:16 PM
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Sounds like one heck of a trip. Glad you got some good compensation for it.
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I'm an Electrician myself, and realize those Indian's over seas don't know there ass from third base about most of the stuff there doing.
But they make some good doctors....When schooled in America that is.
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Old 03-14-2010, 10:49 PM
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Sounds like fun to me. Get paid to drive your own truck 1000 miles for a couple hours of work and getting two week's pay for it. Where do I sign up?
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Old 03-15-2010, 05:08 AM
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I agree cole.
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