#884 How to Operate an Excavator, Including Controls, Blade Position and More

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Outdoors With The Morgans

2 ай мурун

How to run and excavator! Today I share what I know about running an excavator. This is the the Kubota KX-080 Excavator with Hydraulic Thumb and Angle Blade. We go over blade positioning, controls, methods and more.
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Brian Mc Donnell
Brian Mc Donnell Ай мурун
Videos are great. Im new to your site. Loads to learn. Im in Lancaster county, Pa. What video equipment do you use. Its so clear. I will be spending hours watching your videos. Great job.
Steven Hindman
Steven Hindman Ай мурун
GREAT job!!! very helpful
Larry Weaver
Larry Weaver Ай мурун
I found your excavator work interesting. I ran several from 1975 to 1985 including a Bantam C-451, John Deere 690B and a CAT 215 LC. I also helped dig out a pond that was full of silt from the Illinois farm fields. It amazes me how quiet todays excavators are.
Heavy Metal Learning
Heavy Metal Learning Ай мурун
Great vid! Just let us know if you need any help with other pieces of equipment.
Dan Schneider
Dan Schneider Ай мурун
As always, good stuff Mike.
Charles Cranford
Charles Cranford Ай мурун
That is a sweeeet machine!
Laughing Hawg
Laughing Hawg Ай мурун
Mike, you should do this little exercise with the tractor(s) if you haven't already............. "you really should...."
srmyoutub
srmyoutub Ай мурун
Awesome video Mike thanks, your a great instructor.
Peacefield Farm_MN
Peacefield Farm_MN Ай мурун
Nicely done, Mike. It was just what I was hoping for! Cheers!
Richard Forrest
Richard Forrest Ай мурун
Excellent video...learned alot !
Jeffrey Lane
Jeffrey Lane Ай мурун
Mike, geez you make it look so easy!! Great tutorial for us!! Have a day!!
L.W. Petersen
L.W. Petersen Ай мурун
What about the overflow down at the pond? Are you doing that with your tractor and Baco or with this big one before returning it?
Charles Stafford
Charles Stafford Ай мурун
Thanks for the clear tutorial! Great intro for someone like me who has never used one.
Mark Waddey
Mark Waddey Ай мурун
maybe you should be an equipment instructor. the only thing i did not hear you address was overhead obstructions and power lines. good job explaining the control systems.
Ayile Enenga
Ayile Enenga Ай мурун
thanks a lot for the teaching. its so simple to understand. i dont own or work in construction site but its great to learn how to operate such a great piece of equipment!
Roger bamatutz
Roger bamatutz Ай мурун
I really liked this video Mike. I've never seen how a machine like that works from the operators perspective. I can see that it's comfortable in there too. Thanks!
Tom Phillips
Tom Phillips Ай мурун
I appreciate your time of instruction, showing and explaining how to operate this excavator. You and your family have a good Labor Day weekend.
FARRELL FOY
FARRELL FOY Ай мурун
Mike, If you will use the machine quite a bit why not try to gave Kubota provide one for you.
Júnior Cesar
Júnior Cesar Ай мурун
Mida ún ma eu trecizo
Mitala Aleka
Mitala Aleka Ай мурун
Am just happy that u took your time to demonstrate to people like me how a machine like this works especially its controls, u are a very good teacher, thank u Mike.
Tim James
Tim James Ай мурун
Something for you to try before you give up that lovely machine. Muster up 2 good saw operators, get a bunch of logs for firewood stockpiled, than use the machine to grab and hold the logs at a comfortable height for the dudes on the saws, so they don't have to bend over as much when bucking them up. Saw up to the bucket, drop it, and grab another log. When your done, grab your "drops" by the end and cut them up. When you get it right, its stupid fast!! As always, Excellent video, keep up the good work!!
Keith Nevils
Keith Nevils Ай мурун
This was perfect - exactly what I hoped for. I’ve watched lots of videos that show the joystick function and then just show out the window while working. Thanks for taking the time to film and edit the picture in picture. It really helped showing the compound movements with both joysticks. Perfect timing too. I have a mini reserved for the weekend after next to get some work done. Will be my first time running one. 🙂
Michael s
Michael s Ай мурун
Hi Mike I had the opportunity to try out a small excavator for the first time. I had a 10 inch field tile that broke on me in my front yard. It went under the road and then into my front yard and went down to a 20 inch. I needed to fix about 12 feet and everyone that did that kind of work in my area was busy, so I rented a small excavator and was shown how to use it. By watching you I got the hang of it real fast. Boy was it fun. I wish I had more to do.
Robert Brown
Robert Brown Ай мурун
How about your stump?? Did someone come get it?
Ak Douglas
Ak Douglas Ай мурун
Thanks Mike you operate that machine like a professional.
James Parsons
James Parsons Ай мурун
Great job- great video for teaching.
Sherpa
Sherpa Ай мурун
Perfect timing, I am renting the 4 ton version next week, is there a follow up test, I will call you if I put the machine in the lake😜 Thanks Mike (and family), always enjoy the channel😀
William Gregor
William Gregor Ай мурун
Mike: I found this to be a detailed description of how to operate this device with all the coaching about how to put the machine on stable ground and why! To how it feels when you are getting comfortable with the machine. Thank you Mike I enjoyed it entertaining and educational, the perfect balance. I will be sorry to see it go as well. Bill p.s. see my picture with a Kubota Excavator in your gmail.
JD Stump
JD Stump Ай мурун
Mike has “mad” operator skills! I bet HE can rub his tummy and pat his head at the same time! Enjoyed the tutorial brother.
CJM
CJM Ай мурун
Great little class, Mike. I love this kind of video. I have never used an excavator, but I am considering getting one as a retirement gift to myself. Or at the least, renting one. Thanks for walking us through the basics.
Tim Ziegler
Tim Ziegler Ай мурун
Great video! Thank you Mike. Best wishes
Tom Fillmore
Tom Fillmore Ай мурун
good video very good instructions have a great day
Ed Lucas
Ed Lucas Ай мурун
Brilliant. Thank you so much for the walk-through!
Lee Belliveau
Lee Belliveau Ай мурун
Mike, I may have missed it, but I didn't hear you address engine speed, and why.
bobblenuts
bobblenuts Ай мурун
Great How To Vid, things sure have changed since my 1st day on a hoe 55 years ago!!! We didn't have a cab or even a cushion seat LOL Had to remember to flip the seat over or get wet jeans the next morning! 🍺🥨🍺
Bill Sitter
Bill Sitter Ай мурун
Hi MIke; this was a great video. Thanks for taking the time to give us an inside look at what you do to make these machines perform so meticulously, which is clearly demonstrated by the scrutiny allowed when the camera is on high speed. It must have amazed Melissa when you first met & over your years together to watch you acquire & deploy these skills.
Mark Eggenberger
Mark Eggenberger Ай мурун
Mike, you make running that excavator look so easy! It's like an extension of yourself. I especially like it when you do the fast forward scenes. It's like that machine is alive! Thanks for all of the great information!
Bruce Benson
Bruce Benson Ай мурун
It will be a sad day when this piece of equipment leaves the Morgan's 😟
Daniel Djr
Daniel Djr Ай мурун
I have to think if a person is hood at video games that have joy sticks they would probably pick running one of those toys pretty quick. I'm not at all I to video games so I would probably have that machine upside down and down the hole I was digging.🤣😅😆😆 But I enjoyed your knowledge of running it .you r ruly do have a nack for running machinery . I have a brother in law that ran the big excavators for a construction company in Pennsylvania. Hes now a supervisor teaching younger guys to run them.but he got in to some really nerve racking situations with them before but we all think he's 90% crazy so those situations didn't affect him much. Right now there probably not far from yall north of pittsburg putting in pipe lines. He and there crew have been there for over a yr now. I wish i had the opportunity to learn that trade when I was young.i wouldn't be all messed up physically like I am if I sat in one of those toys for the same 40 yrs that I beat myself to death in furniture manufacturing. I bet yall get that thing all shined back up again for its return to the rental shop. Thanks that was fun to watch.
Bruce Benson
Bruce Benson Ай мурун
Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing this. I would have asked my 10 year old daughter with all her gaming experience. She set up my iPhone 10Pro and fixes my laptop. If I rent one she and I might fight over it.
Theodore DuGranrut
Theodore DuGranrut Ай мурун
Thanks Mike, I have used different backhoes since the 80s. Always wondered about the bigger machines. That "ISO/SAE" switch is a new thing to me very cool Central California watching
Wayne Schnare
Wayne Schnare Ай мурун
Thank you !!! I need to rent a smaller unit , but now I have what I need to look at to do the job right !!! Big Hello to Hunter !!!
Slowdancing
Slowdancing Ай мурун
I have never ran an excavator but have ran 80 ton crawler crane, 80 ton rail crane, 60 ton rail crane
Michael Mijatovich
Michael Mijatovich Ай мурун
Mike thanks for finally showing me how the excavator works ,I am about to rent one and I've never used one. I have to dig up some of my front yard do to sewer problems I can no longer avoid its not a big dig but I am unable to hand dig it, I just can't handle it not a kid anymore thanks and stay safe and I hope you got a kick out of kuboto lego
Ben C
Ben C Ай мурун
Mike, I have 35 timbered acres here in Idaho, would you recommend a excavator over the mx5400 for overall management of roads and timber?
Ben C
Ben C Ай мурун
Rimrock300, thanks for the input. I’m out in the central Idaho mountains with fairly steep terrain. I’ll be making roads, piling slash and maintaining/establishing drainage for the road system. This will eventually be my first tractor purchase so I want to be wise with the investment. Thanks again!
Rimrock300
Rimrock300 Ай мурун
Not that I am Mike) but just my opinion; A tractor with a front loader and a winch will be the most important equimpment to handle the timber and maintain roads I would say. If one got relative 'gentle' terrain like Mike got, not too rocky and some flat fine ground many places (compared to what I am used to) one would likely get a long way making roads in the first place with something like the MX5400. With more steep and rocky terrain a excavator will be more handy and quicker. One can rent one to make the main roads, or get a used one. would not put too much money into a excavator for 35 acres of timber, but they are sure handy to have around at a property. Would go for a Japanese brand myself)
Tom Eckermann
Tom Eckermann Ай мурун
Good day from NW Ohio. That was a great video, Mike. After the basic instruction, when you put everything together, I was grinning like a Cheshire Cat. I’ll be watching this one over and over. Thanks a bunch.
Jerry Ficke
Jerry Ficke Ай мурун
Mike, I thought you were going to use it to put the overflow pipe in the dam. Or did you do that and I missed it?
Randy Brown
Randy Brown Ай мурун
Mike you are good teacher , thx for the tour
Roger Dickerson
Roger Dickerson Ай мурун
Got 5+ inches of rain yesterday all day last night and this morning. Flower Mound tx. Keep up the good videos
John N
John N Ай мурун
Great tutorial video Mike! Thank you, I think I'm gonna need to rent one soon, and this will help.
Joe Ford
Joe Ford Ай мурун
Very good demo Mike!
Reahard & Associates
Reahard & Associates Ай мурун
R! from Soddy Daisy, TN Mike- Love your videos! Have a KX040-4, and hope to someday become as smooth with it as you are. I noticed your "combuster" pit was quite deep. My burn pit is only a couple of feet deep. Does the deeper pit make a difference when it comes to burning stumps? Thanks for your help and expertise!
marty saul
marty saul Ай мурун
3 points of contact.. unless you're grabbing ahold of something that's been sitting in the sun for hours then it becomes a game of hot potato+3 points of contact.
Mike D
Mike D Ай мурун
I always loved watching these excavators dig! Thanks Mike for showing us how to operate the controls. Very informative!
Troy Stone
Troy Stone Ай мурун
Thanks, Mike! Much appreciated!
Ed Shafer
Ed Shafer Ай мурун
Hey Mike, just moved onto 10 acres.. great setting near state park in MD.. want to clear some land and clean up some dying ash trees.. "ash bore bettles".. rocky ground..leveling work.. thinking I'll need an excatator and skid loader.. appreciating the "how to operate" videos.. show us how to use the controls to "rake" the ground level.. do you tilt the bucket when you pull in with the boom and stick?
Sun Seeker
Sun Seeker Ай мурун
Mike...........plz rent more power equipment. That was awesome
Otto Honkala
Otto Honkala Ай мурун
Drive motors are (ideally) ALWAYS at the back....it will work the other way too.....but its techically incorrect.
Otto Honkala
Otto Honkala Ай мурун
Backwards around puts the stress and jarring directly on the drive motors and reduces their lifespan (which you may be fine with) - even if it works better for you. IMHO
Gene Graham
Gene Graham Ай мурун
I want a excavator! I have no use for it, but I still want one ! LoL
Mike Perry
Mike Perry Ай мурун
Now that you are about done, How many hours have you but on the machine?
Jacques Papillon
Jacques Papillon Ай мурун
Hello Mike and Melissa, real good explanations Mike. My son owned a Kubota dig machine 040 and explained to me the both ajustements but I usually take thé grapple with the trailer for the logs and this loader operate like a backhoe, so I continue to use the trailers and the Kubota tractor or the IH for carrying wood logs and it's like a day off for me. I'm watching All your vids everytime they appear and thanks à lot for all what you do. A french speaking guy living in the south of Quebec city near Maine border. Have fun Mike and take care friends Tyrrs.
Robert Black1911
Robert Black1911 Ай мурун
Thanks Mike. Great instructions. How about track controls demo and using the bucket to lift the front to swing around with minimal ground damage?
Bruce Alvarez
Bruce Alvarez Ай мурун
So if you can run a backhoe you are almost halfway to being able to run an excavator. I expect it takes some time to get used to the front not necessarily being where you are facing between the tracks. Maybe Kubota would add that machine to your "package agreement" :D
Jason Crowley
Jason Crowley Ай мурун
Fuel. How many gallons did you consume? Are they efficient yes based on work. How do they calculate consumption
Steve Kennedy
Steve Kennedy Ай мурун
I am sure a lot of People enjoy watching your Vlogs Mike. As you and Melissa take the time to explain what your doing each time. And it is Great to see how You Live in a Country, that is Similar to Australia in so Many ways.
Hungarian
Hungarian Ай мурун
Mike, you are a really great teacher. I wish you were my uncle...
Peter Mavus
Peter Mavus Ай мурун
Mike you must be a" smooth operator"...you got Melissa to marry you
Lee Klemetti
Lee Klemetti Ай мурун
Great instruction. I always wondered what the controls did. You play the excavator like a Stradivarius.
Jeff Smith
Jeff Smith Ай мурун
Really enjoyed that lesson Mike! Haven't had an opportunity to operate an excavator yet but have operated several back hoes before, would love to try one sometime! The only thing you missed in my opinion is a video letting Melissa run that bad boy before it goes! Maybe set her up for a trial on Morgans off the leash?? I'm sure she could run it & sport a huge smile while doing so!! Say hello to Hunter for me!!
Bill Pownell
Bill Pownell Ай мурун
Are you going to fix the pond outlet before the excavator leaves?
Wendy Shubeck
Wendy Shubeck Ай мурун
Great video!! We are thinking about renting one to clear a wooded lot on our property. What size bucket is on the KX080 ?
Doug Smith
Doug Smith Ай мурун
I think u are a teacher. Very informative video mike thanks
Larry Iowa/Texas Rooster
Larry Iowa/Texas Rooster Ай мурун
What U are Mike is a man with a whole lot of common sense! Your responsibility is to share and pass it on. We all know U share it and pretty sure U are passing it on! Good video on running excavator, bet we see it on the Kubota site(s). Take care, stay safe and take the time to enjoy the the family👍🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🗽🙏🏻
Edgar Milson
Edgar Milson Ай мурун
Mike, did you stop reading the comments? Edgar
Outdoors With The Morgans
Outdoors With The Morgans Ай мурун
Nope
Spencer McMaster
Spencer McMaster Ай мурун
I was born without a dance gene! Coordinating feet & hands at the same time is a tall order!
Ted Brown Jr
Ted Brown Jr Ай мурун
Tfhanks.
Garbage Can Fried Spam
Garbage Can Fried Spam Ай мурун
Thanks for the lesson. How did you know the shale was under all that dirt? Great video.
robert tucker
robert tucker Ай мурун
Have you did the spillway on the Dam. I know you dug out the one end with all the slit. Looking forward to the new building getting started.
jmwilson614
jmwilson614 Ай мурун
ISO/John Deere Control’s for me. SAE/Cat Control’s have never felt natural. My mind works backwards I guess.
D Vega
D Vega Ай мурун
I like your videos you did not show the rocker switch on the left handle can you please show us that one you show the one on the right for the hydraulic thumb thank you
Edgar Milson
Edgar Milson Ай мурун
Does this machine have a level on it like a crane?
Ma Ma
Ma Ma Ай мурун
Much harder to operate than it looks. A real operator makes it look easy.
Fukyoindigo blossoming
Fukyoindigo blossoming Ай мурун
Don’t forget to redig your burn pit now that it has all those ashes before you turn that excavator back in!
Ohio Farmer
Ohio Farmer Ай мурун
Having just had a KX77 on rent for a week from your buddy at M&R my only complaint with the kubota excavator is the location of the patter selector switch. it seemed like 2 or 3 times a day i would hit it with my foot and change it
Robert Den Dooven
Robert Den Dooven Ай мурун
Are you going to get a chance to work on that area of the trail system that is cut into a hill and cut it back to widen the trail?
Tina Chambers
Tina Chambers Ай мурун
Hi ppl is he digging a hole or square dancing lol have a great day love from TEXAS
Dwight Arnold
Dwight Arnold Ай мурун
I can see the Air ls On! Keep Cool!
DENNIS MCNAMARA
DENNIS MCNAMARA Ай мурун
Mike: I’m humbled. I always considered flying an airplane with 3-axis controls employing hands, feet and thumbs, to be a complex skill that takes LOTS of practice to master, but your smooth maneuvering of the excavator is awesome.
Joel Huntress
Joel Huntress Ай мурун
I’ve never run one of these but you’re doing it all wrong! Just kidding lol. Great video. I think you’d be well served to swap the MX for the KX. The KX and the BX would be a great combo.
Big John at Finally Farm, Ohio
Big John at Finally Farm, Ohio Ай мурун
Great video Mike. Looks like I might fit in a KX080. I definitely don't fit in a mini. 😉
Tim Hands
Tim Hands Ай мурун
Mike how long did you rent the Excavator for
Jim Spittler
Jim Spittler Ай мурун
Thanks for showing the controls on the machine but what about the overflow drain for the pond? did you get to do that yet?
senseidadproductions
senseidadproductions Ай мурун
Great Video! I've always wanted to play with a big toy - I mean tool - like that ;) !
Frank Cadillac
Frank Cadillac Ай мурун
I have found the most powerful function is bucket curl. Digging out stumps get the bucket under the stump and curl.
Larry Long
Larry Long Ай мурун
Thanks for doing the How To video. I would say you are a pretty good teacher. Pretty slick! Still amazed at the the way the shale layers separate in slices almost.
Larry Garner
Larry Garner Ай мурун
Great video as always. Thanks for sharing.
John Bradley
John Bradley Ай мурун
Mike: For a guy who usually prefaces all of his demonstrations by saying he is not a professional or an expert, I simply don't believe it anymore! You are phenomenally skilled in these areas. Your humility is admirable, but Mike, you are truly a great teacher and have had a wealth of experience. Now, when I say that I'm not an expert or a professional in an area, it is usually true! Lol! Thank you for sharing all of your years of knowledge and experience!👏👏👏
Terry Potter
Terry Potter Ай мурун
Mike I was always told to dig over the idler's in case you drug something into the cab and it hit your travel sticks it would walk away from the object. I knew of a guy that was working on a pipe laying job (steel gas pipe) and he walked the hoe over the ditch to clean out the ditch after a weekend rain. The pipe was propped up and he drug himself into the pipe, it came into the cab and hit the sticks (he was over the drive"s) and walked the machine toward the pipe and shoved him out the back of the cab through the glass. He was hurt pretty bad.
Phil Anderson
Phil Anderson Ай мурун
very interesting! I rented a tractor with a backhoe to do a retaining wall. I rented it for the bucket, but then thought to dig a footing and was fun. Your backhoe would be a whole new experience.
Carmine Iadeluca
Carmine Iadeluca Ай мурун
Another Morgan Educational Video ... Pay Attention there's a test on this later 😉🎓🚜
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