Originally Posted by ShrimpBrime
On that note Lady, exactly what kind of car/s/trucks do you drive/own? (If you don't mind me asking?)
I currently own and drive a little F-150 Screw (Super Crew). I was going to replace her with an F-250 next year but decided it would be cheaper to keep 'er (it also let me use part of the money to buy a stable of SSDs: 21 4TB and four 500GB 850 EVOs).
The "largest" vehicles I ever owned was 30 passenger school bus (I was going to make an RV out of it but sold it when I got divorced), a '63 F-300 crew cab and a '69 E-300. Ironically, my little 1/2 ton is physically larger than the F-300 and the E300 were. The F-300 was rated at 10,000lb. gross but was registered at 9800lb to keep the cost of tags and insurance down. It had less payload capacity than my F-150, which is also rated at 9800lb gross because the F-300 weighed more dry (it was built like a tank and looked like it saw combat). I've also owned various passenger cars, three station wagons, an Isuzu Rodeo, and a couple of Ford Rangers (the little ones that still had the Twin I-beam front suspension).
At work, I drove trucks up to class 7, mostly on company property. I occasionally drove them over the road until AZ started requiring a CDL for anything larger than a class 4 truck (ironically, the class 4 operators license I maintained up to then let me drive anything without endorsements). The largest one was a Class 7 Ford tractor with a lowboy outfitted with racks for up to three 96" steel reels on the bed and a rack for a 60" wood reel on the upper deck. I had to drive it to our yard after the line crews knocked off for the day (or before they started their shift, depending on the time of the year) to load reels on it and often take it up to the garage for PM or repairs after loading (or retrieve it from the garage for loading). I drove deuce and a half line trucks with twin axle reel trailers both during my brief stint on a line crew and when working line warehouses to load them. When I was foreperson for one of the warehouses, I had to work either the early or late shift even though that wasn't when the foreperson normally worked because I was the only one who could get certified for backing the line trucks and trailers up to our dock where they were parked after we loaded reels onto the trailers. I also occasionally had to move our class 7 tractors that has 35' flat racks for loading. Before CDLs were required I sometimes took the bigger trucks on the road when Transportation was short on drivers.
I drove a large variety of electric, gas, and diesel forklifts ranging from 2,000lb. to 20,000lb. One of the 20,000lb. forks was a Pettibone Cary-Lift that had 8' forks and grapples that we used for loading and unloading wood poles up to 90' and single legged towers (steel poles) up to 120'. Transmissions ranged from partial automatics (manual with a fluid coupling instead of a clutch) to full automatics to some hydrostatics (continuously variable hydraulic trannies that were controlled with a foot pedal). One 8,000lb. I drove had double reach forks (a fork carriage that could be extended out to reach pallets at the back of double deep pallet racks).
The mobile cranes we had were all 20,000 pounders. All had non-swinging, telescoping booms with some of them also having forks on the end of the booms.
I had to get certified on a boom truck so I could use its 10,000lb. boom to load reels on its reel racks when our Grove mobile crane was in the shop (it was an antique).
Our Reclamation yard had a couple of skid steers (look like Bobcats but were John Deere). We had forks, a bucket, a bucket with grapples, and even a lot sweeper to use with them. Those were fun to drive. You steered them like a tank but they were zippy and could turn on a dime and give you a 10¢ refund.
I also was certified on some pendant cranes but I don't remember their capacity.Edited by Lady Fitzgerald - 5/2/17 at 2:32am