November 13th, 2009
Helping operate heavy machinery
Posted by Francesca
We heard Martha talking to Mike, the property manager, about when the tub grinder was going to arrive, and then finally, we heard that it was here. A tub grinder is an enormous machine that grinds up branches and logs and of course, we just had to take a look. We took the Kawasaki back to the compost yard, where we met Dan, working his excavator. He was moving piles around, getting them ready for the tub grinder and, of course, we wanted to help.
1 This is Martha's compost yard and there's been some talk about grinding up all that wood over there.
2 Franny and I always like being in on the action and here we are in the cab of the big excavating machine.
3 Dan, the operator, was so nice to let us help him out.
4 Hey Dan, is this the joystick that controls the claw?
5 Oh, I see - depending on how I move these levers, the machine will go forward or backward.
6 Wow! I'm really getting the hang of this now!
7 Very good, Sharkey! You are handling this thing with great precision!
8 Egads! Look at the size of these tire tracks. There must be another big machine around here.
9 You're right, Franny. Those tracks were probably made by that huge tub grinder over there. That's what grinds up all the wood.
10 Let's climb up and take a look.
11 You go on, Sharkey - I think I'll stay right here.
12 Well look at that English bulldog logo! That must mean this is a Mack Truck. Pretty cool, but I think they should have used a French bulldog, instead.
13 You know, Franny, it's always an adventure learning about new things, but from what I recall, this tub grinder makes a lot of noise and I don't think we want to be here when it's operating.
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