The two main sections of an excavator are the undercarriage and the house. The undercarriage includes the blade (if fitted), tracks, track frame, and final drives, which have a hydraulic motor and gearing providing the drive to the individual tracks. The house includes the operator cab, counterweight, engine, fuel and hydraulic oil tanks. The house attaches to the undercarriage by way of a center pin. High pressure oil is supplied to the tracks' hydraulic motors through a hydraulic swivel at the axis of the pin, allowing the machine to slew 360° unhindered.
I called my pal, Kyle, who runs Van Galder Family Farms in Alpine, New York, and my friend and mechanic Bill Phelps, of Phelps Auto in Lansing, New York. I told them what I was up to and they gave me a punch list of things to look at. Kyle, I found out, would be at the auction and could kick tires with me. That night before the auction, I typed out the accompanying checklist of things to look at before the bidding started.
For sale is a 2006 Kubota M8540 Tractor, 4WD, Kubota LA1353 Front Loader w/ Skid Steer mount bucket and 3rd function hydraulics, 8 Speed Shuttle Shift Transmission, 3 Rear Remotes, 85HP Kubota Diesel PRE EMISSIONS Engine, 5,246 Hours. Cranks right up and runs strong, lifts strong, Brakes are good. Has dents/dings/scratches and cosmetic imperfections but runs good! Has a lot of options and size for the price range!!.