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Question: How do you use your Cletrac/Oliver?  (Voting closed: June 19, 2002, 04:35:55 PM)
Excavating - 8 (14.8%)
Logging - 2 (3.7%)
Farming - 2 (3.7%)
Just around the yard - 14 (25.9%)
Take it to shows - 9 (16.7%)
It's in a museum - 0 (0%)
Still restoring it - 19 (35.2%)
Just for parts - 0 (0%)
Total Voters: 15

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« on: June 19, 2002, 04:35:55 PM »

Do you guys use your Cletrac or Oliver crawler? Tell us what you do with it...
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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2002, 04:27:55 PM »

i mainly use my cletrac to take up extra time and money.but once in a while i get the enjoy ment of plowing my field,compared to my cat 22, the cletrac is a dream to operate.  tim
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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2002, 06:35:44 AM »

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compared to my cat 22, the cletrac is a dream to operate.


Ain't that the truth!! I used to have a couple Cat 10's. They're fun, but the Cletracs were way ahead and easier to run. They'd run circles around the Cats easily!:P
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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2002, 10:33:45 PM »

Right now I'm using my FDE to grade up around my new house. I have an AG3 with a winch that I use to rescue dead mechines. They're mostly just big toys that I play with. Mike
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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2002, 06:40:01 AM »

Wow! An FDE is a mighty big toy! That's great!
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« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2002, 12:11:10 PM »

I use my AG-6 now for light landscaping duties, and trail work around the treefarm.  It took a bit of work to "bring it back" over the past 5 years.  On some of  my other vehicles, I'd say I'm doing a "rolling restoration", here I definitely can say it is a "crawling restoration"...
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« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2002, 05:53:24 PM »

I use mine for fun mostly but it can do many things I can't with my pick-up.
Gernarlly pulling, seeing that I have yet to get it stuck the truck has not faired well in this repect.
The other which is posted in the photo album  is good for plowing dirt and moving smaller boulders.
Both are runners but not what I would call restored, although I have spent alot of time puting right
past sins of the farmer mostly which was to weld in stead of fixing it properly.
The fun part is club events and grass pulls ocationally.
I participated in a Chirstmas Parade last year and it was very enjoyible.
This year I hope to bring it to the Big fair in my area, the Deerfield Fair, in Deerfield NH.
The club I belong to is planning to have corn shelling races(?)
Maybe the PTO will be of some use finally.
GG
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« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2002, 07:34:11 AM »

Mostly I just "play".  Restoration hasn't really started yet.  
I do use it for pulling logs and occasionally a trailer.  Since all my implements are mounted, it is a little limited in what I can do with it---other than play;)WinkCheesy
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« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2002, 09:56:37 PM »

i bought mine to use aruond hunting cabin and property. going to cut some trees this winter to get sawed into lumber for addon to cabin. going to clear some spots for food plots. and make trails to hard to get to hunting spots.
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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2002, 02:19:58 PM »

Ozzy, I sent you a U2U message - check it out. Upper right corner of your main message page.

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« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2002, 09:47:18 PM »

I use my Cletrac BD for clearing fencelines, digging stones, and just around the yard. Someday I will restore it and take it to shows. Its a great stress releiver!

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« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2002, 03:11:51 PM »

my partner and i are useing " ollie " for dozing ,land clearing, logging, and loading the small sawmill, for an old timer hes not ready for retirement just yet. we also have a 1946 alles- chalmers hd14 with full hydraulics that isnt seeing any resthomes in the near future . but i suspect there is a pension in future for them         jeff
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« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2003, 04:40:47 PM »

We don't use our cletracs/oliver at all. We take them to shows is about all. Our first dozer was an Oliver HG. Rebushed most of it, rebuilt the engine and tried to use it..... Our John Deere compact backhoe could push, and pull more. As for our K-20 it is too nice to use now. Took a good 6 months to be able to drive it around. Just "show tractors". We use our Komatsu D21 dozer for real work.
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« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2003, 01:38:53 AM »

Ibought my ddh 3 years ago in taree nsw .I got it too work with :ie:clearing and logen I put in small dams in Icharge $65perh and get it no worries its very hard too find parts  like at the moment i have a axle problem .you just cann't walk in to the nearest tractor shop and bye a axle. I payed $8000. aus for it but its not as it was it has d4d hyd and has d4 chaines  :cool:
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« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2006, 07:39:40 PM »

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 Posted: Jan 05 2006 05:13 pm    Post subject: My Cletracs    

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Hello folks, Carl B. from da U.P. here. The DGH Cletrac I have now, so far I have only used it on the family compound, but in the spring I may use it to bulldoze down a sand pit that I work out of, it's gettin' kind of high and dangerous. The trouble is, I have noticed that it is quite a gas guzzler, and with 2 John Deere diesel crawlers it is more cost effective to use them.[455E loader & 450D LGP dozer] I guess it all depends on how busy I am. The old Cletrac is fun to putz around with though, and I painted it up nice back in sept. [05]. A few years ago, I had an AG6 that I used to spread topsoil with on a couple of jobs, but money got a little tight that winter and I had to peddle it. We had put a nice coat of paint on that one too. That machine was an ex DNR fire fighter with fairly low hours on it. they used to sit parked on International flatbed trucks ready to roll in a moment's notice. When I was a boy my Dad went to a DNR auction and came home with 4 or 5 of them [ NO BULL] they were all the same as the one I had. At first I thought mine might have been one of them as my Mother had sold them off after Dad died, but a little bit of checking found that mine had came from downstate, apparently the MI. DNR had quite a few of them! Well built tractors, but as I recall, the AG6 was tough to operate without riding the clutch, simply because there was no other place to put your foot! Oh well, lots of fun! Thanks Carl B.
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