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Kato container picker idea
« on: December 07, 2012, 05:58:35 PM »
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http://www.katousa.com/N/Unitrack/pics/Container-Picker-1.jpg



You all know of that rubbered tired street running freight car mover . Well I bet this Kato container picker can be de-clawed and couplers added to be a modern version , what with the duel wheels for smooth parallel rail running in the street and add traction it would be a believable prototype modification IMO . Thoughts ?
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Re: Kato container picker idea
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2012, 06:15:32 PM »
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I plan to get a couple and "reverse claw" it and make a log loader. Need some different claws Though.

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Re: Kato container picker idea
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2012, 07:22:04 PM »
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http://www.katousa.com/N/Unitrack/pics/Container-Picker-1.jpg



You all know of that rubbered tired street running freight car mover . Well I bet this Kato container picker can be de-clawed and couplers added to be a modern version , what with the duel wheels for smooth parallel rail running in the street and add traction it would be a believable prototype modification IMO . Thoughts ?


Sounds interesting do you have any prototype pics of what youre talking about, I'd like to see one.

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Re: Kato container picker idea
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2012, 08:45:50 PM »
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I plan to get a couple and "reverse claw" it and make a log loader. Need some different claws Though.

Good idea.
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Re: Kato container picker idea
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2012, 09:16:11 PM »
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If you declaw it don't let it get outside where it can't defend itself.

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Re: Kato container picker idea
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2012, 10:51:45 PM »
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You all know of that rubbered tired street running freight car mover . ...

We all know of this prototype?  I don't think I do.  Picture?

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Re: Kato container picker idea
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2012, 02:42:00 AM »
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Re: Kato container picker idea
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2012, 03:25:21 AM »
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And this

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Re: Kato container picker idea
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2012, 07:09:06 AM »
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Here's one of the Letourneau logger... Small version... this one is good for 35 ton or so. The big ones that used to unload me were good for 60 ton  :o

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Re: Kato container picker idea
« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2012, 02:07:06 PM »
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The Letourneau logger looks similar to the Wheels of Time Piggy Packer so maybe that would be a better starting point.

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Re: Kato container picker idea
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2012, 03:18:30 PM »
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I wouldn't be surprised if the Piggy Packer was developed from a log loader, or vice-versa, as the two are almost identical mechanically.
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Re: Kato container picker idea
« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2012, 03:19:09 PM »
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Did a little more reasearch and found the "big" 60 ton machine.... turns out it's not a Letourneau after all but a Wagner L90!

And sdodge is absolutely right... the Wheels of Time machine would be a much better starting point.



Good view of the grapple too

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Re: Kato container picker idea
« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2012, 11:35:39 AM »
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A little more information.... The logger pictured above is an "L-90" built by Wagner. The Wheels of Time Piggy Packer is a "PC-90" built by... wait for it... WAGNER.

Comparing photos, it looks like both units are identical other than the grapple attachment. More than likely the reason for the different prefix (I'm thinking "L" for logs and "PC" for Piggyback/Container).
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Re: Kato container picker idea
« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2012, 03:10:48 PM »
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Then WOT could offer a new model, and sell to a new customer base, just by making the log grapple.  Same tractor, so most of the tooling is the same, reducing development costs considerably.  I have no use for a Piggy Packer, but could use three log handlers.

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Re: Kato container picker idea
« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2012, 03:50:09 PM »
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I want the log handling version also.
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