Fat Truck Utility Vehicle

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peakbagger

Minister of Fire
Jul 11, 2008
6,349
Northern NH
There has been a lot of electric utility upgrades over the last two years on the main transmission system in my area. I think the big stuff got down last fall but tow of these popped up in town towed by some 4 seat Dodge pickups. Not sure what they are doing but they have a bunch of Hubble crates in the lot. Its Canadian copy of a Russian vehicle . They are around $150K each (there is demo for sale in CA for $135K. They float, the funny thing is there really are no places along the powerline that they really need them. There are two of them .
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ABMax24

Minister of Fire
We have a company here that rents them as well. They don't seem to get used as much as one might think, they are really only good at being personnel carriers. In which case we can often get cheaper and easier access using an ATV or SxS. Usually when we need remote access to service sites we need a picker or other equipment, so use a tracked Nodwell to get in. Lots of local companies have pickers on their Nodwells, and the open deck lends a lot of versatility for different jobs.

The FatTrucks are kinda like the argo we had as kids, jack of all trades, master of none. Slow and rough.

Machines like these used to be a lot more common around here, when seismic exploration was still happening for the oil and gas industry. The area has been long since mapped, and I haven't seen a seismic crew in close to 15 years.
 
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SpaceBus

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Nov 18, 2018
5,948
Downeast Maine
I wondered about the target audience myself when I saw the Russian videos a while back.
 

peakbagger

Minister of Fire
Jul 11, 2008
6,349
Northern NH
In theory its got a low soil pressure so its probably good in boggy areas and wetlands. I dont know how well they will work in my area as there are fair share of boulders mixed in with the wetlands. Even if its good for wetlands, environmental regulations usually make it very difficult to work in them unless soil mats are used. There is local dealer of the Russian units and on occasion he pops up on the news trying to justify then for rescue vehicles but my guess is the big buyers are buying toys. One of the big rap stars was in the news who owns a large block of land in Colorado that has a fleet of them to play with. I guess the good thing is with them is that they are probably safer than an ATV as there are no arms legs and heads sticking out although the new style of ATVs seem to have dealt with that aspect.

Then again this is coming from a Unimog owner;)
 
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bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
24,455
central pa
In theory its got a low soil pressure so its probably good in boggy areas and wetlands. I dont know how well they will work in my area as there are fair share of boulders mixed in with the wetlands. Even if its good for wetlands, environmental regulations usually make it very difficult to work in them unless soil mats are used. There is local dealer of the Russian units and on occasion he pops up on the news trying to justify then for rescue vehicles but my guess is the big buyers are buying toys. One of the big rap stars was in the news who owns a large block of land in Colorado that has a fleet of them to play with. I guess the good thing is with them is that they are probably safer than an ATV as there are no arms legs and heads sticking out although the new style of ATVs seem to have dealt with that aspect.

Then again this is coming from a Unimog owner;)
The side-by-sides are better but only if people are smart enough to strap them selves in. An old friend of mine is now paralyzed because he didn't.
 
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SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
5,948
Downeast Maine
The side-by-sides are better but only if people are smart enough to strap them selves in. An old friend of mine is now paralyzed because he didn't.
I've wrecked a few quads, so I know how easy it is. Most people simply refuse to wear safety gear. I'll never understand why people think it is "cool" to be unsafe.
 
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peakbagger

Minister of Fire
Jul 11, 2008
6,349
Northern NH
My area of NH is the ATV capital of the Northeast (look up Ride the Wilds) . Every weekend folks are getting hauled out with serious injuries and on occasion in a body bag from ATV accidents. The worst part is folks with zero experience can rent ATVs and with minimal instruction head out for the day. There are lots of accidents attributed to those rental units but the owners of the businesses make a bundle off of it and somehow manage to avoid being sued.
 

EatenByLimestone

Minister of Fire
When there's $150k left in the budget and you need to use it or lose it.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
88,225
South Puget Sound, WA
The Russian videos of people racing around bogs with Sherps are impressive, though not too friendly to the wildlife.