Mini Excavator For Birthday - PowerFab 125 WTD

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Donn DIY

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Over a year ago I received this made in Great-Britain PowerFAB 125 WTD MINI, or I would even go so far that I'd say a MICRO excavator as a birthday present from my father who rescued it from being hauled into the scrap steel company. It is clapped out and not very well maintained, but hey, it cost 150€ which is a reasonable price for something like that in the condition that it is in right now. The plan with this machine is to re-bore and recondition all the moving joints while checking the operation of the zerk fittings and the condition of some of the welding that has been done on this excavator to bring it back to a proper working order. I expect it to be a great helper on the homestead and just as big as needed. Okay, it could be always bigger but hey, it'll do the job IMHO. I also want to make tracks for it because as you can see in the video it gets a lot of wheel spin. I didn't stretch the boom out to get it nose heavy, that's true, but still, it could use some more grip and replacing those front paws with a single blade would be an idea so I could level the dirt after it has been excavated, too. But let's see how that'll work out. Thanks for watching and see you next time! Cheers!
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Женя Остап
Женя Остап 19 päeva tagasi
Ты крутой парень. Лайк. В конце ролика лада 2101?
Donn DIY
Donn DIY 18 päeva tagasi
D West
D West 2 місяці tagasi
It looks like you live/work on a movie set. Beautiful place
Tom Raider
Tom Raider 4 місяці tagasi
Can't wait to see you refurbish it.
Anton Ahlström
Anton Ahlström 5 місяців tagasi
Do you still have it? are you gonna make another video with this soon? :)
Donn DIY
Donn DIY 5 місяців tagasi
I still have it. No plan of getting rid of it. I haven't had the need to use it so I haven't spent any time on it tinkering. But I will in the future. I wanna see what this thing is capable of. 😀
Charles Christianson II
Charles Christianson II 6 місяців tagasi
Love to see you get back to this project, hopefully you’ll be getting to it soon!!!!
James Blackwell
James Blackwell 7 місяців tagasi
When’s the rebuild coming? Loving the channel!
Donn DIY
Donn DIY 7 місяців tagasi
Don't know. But it's in my to-do list.
Glen King
Glen King 7 місяців tagasi
You should mount that digger to your track rig.
Donn DIY
Donn DIY 7 місяців tagasi
Jamie Clarke
Jamie Clarke 7 місяців tagasi
Can’t wait for the rebuild on this donn
Jerry PEAL
Jerry PEAL 10 місяців tagasi
Theweescot Aasta tagasi
Hey Donn, I think you should modify this and use it as the crane on your log trailer instead of the winch. You could weld or bolt the front of the trailer to the rear of the digger and then tow the complete thing with your Quad. Might be stronger, better and more stable than the winch crane. Just a thought.
priit m
priit m Aasta tagasi
Tuttav kopp, parempoolse kangi tegin kunagi lühemaks. Mootor on tal muide korra vahetatud uue vastu.
Dan Currier
Dan Currier Aasta tagasi
Why would someone want to scrap something so nice and so useful. I would have bought that machine without an engine and even if all the hydraulic were not working! What make and model is that?
1fastedd1 Aasta tagasi
Love to see a update in this later 👍 // from sweden
thomas.s Aasta tagasi
excellent machine! I would like have it
УАЗ Без комментариев
УАЗ Без комментариев Aasta tagasi
Хорошее видео!
Kaur Mik
Kaur Mik Aasta tagasi
Kui kõrgele poomi ots maast tõuseb? Mul omal samasugune masin , aga probleem selles, et masti maksimum kõrgus on nii, et saab selle ülevalhoidmise pulga ette panna! Muidu on igati väärt riistapuu!
Kaur Mik
Kaur Mik Aasta tagasi
@Donn DIY ikka allapoole, aga rohkem mast ei tõuse! silindri alumine kõrv on korduvalt murdunud ja keevitatud, kardan, et see pole õiges kohas enam. videost tundus, et mast läheb lukustusasendist tunduvalt kõrgemale?
Donn DIY
Donn DIY Aasta tagasi
Kas saan õigesti aru, et sa saad lukustuspulga mastile peale poole ette panna?
WrenchBrewery Aasta tagasi
that's what I call birthday present....nice little machine
Gigi Adrian Mager
Gigi Adrian Mager Aasta tagasi
What a nice landscape are you having there! Y think is inspiring you! anyway,like for you,from România!
Paul John
Paul John Aasta tagasi
That's an early 125WTD built around 1985. You had to transfer the drive wheels and motors to the rear wheel position to tow it. They were quite heavy. In 1986 they had motors that would free wheel and allowed you to tow the machine with the drive motors in place. A brilliant machine at the time.
glenn goodale
glenn goodale Aasta tagasi
great video
Vofka Aasta tagasi
прикольный трактор ,а в конце ролика то ваз 2101? можеш её показать?
thespeeddemon2 Aasta tagasi
Need more videos of this I like to see the out come a specially with tracks
Ben Marshall
Ben Marshall Aasta tagasi
Here in the UK used Powerfab machines go for a lot of money so seeing someone scrapping a unit that works is madness! Check the prices on ebay uk to see what I mean. They are pretty well built and sought after machines.
Vitor Madeira
Vitor Madeira Aasta tagasi
I need one of those! I WANT one of those!!! Really neat little device. That would be the perfect help for anyone who has a farm. I LOVED this video. Thank you.
Donn DIY
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I absolutely agree - it's small but effective. :D
Michael McClure
Michael McClure Aasta tagasi
My question is , with so many projects you've got, when do you find time to work ? Great gift , glad you saved it from the scrap yard. I was given a south bend C model lathe once to keep her from the Chinese metal monsters.
TERRORoftheLORD 2 місяці tagasi
This is his work 😉
Tom Caines
Tom Caines Aasta tagasi
This could be a nice log mover if it were properly redesigned
Alex Chief
Alex Chief Aasta tagasi
Palju õnne! Tõeline kingitus. Edu sulle!
Tractors Trucks and Pups
Tractors Trucks and Pups Aasta tagasi
That is the coolest birthday present ever. I love machinery
J Farming
J Farming 2 aastat tagasi
I’ll give a €300-€400 or it
J Farming
J Farming 2 aastat tagasi
What price
Donn DIY
Donn DIY 2 aastat tagasi
Not gonna happen. :D
DIYDAD 2 aastat tagasi
wow you get mini excavator for your birthday and i got underwear lol. great stuff 👍
ultimafreak 2 aastat tagasi
The 29 dislike must be scrapyard owners lol
Donn DIY
Donn DIY 2 aastat tagasi
Yes. :D
Chris Gray
Chris Gray 2 aastat tagasi
Tow hitch fitted below the boom for your log trailer and you've got a forwarder 👍
lesd40 2 aastat tagasi
I wish I had one. Should be very handy.
Random Things
Random Things 2 aastat tagasi
Maybe you can do something that he can go faster?
Chris Boek
Chris Boek 2 aastat tagasi
Don't forget a roll bar an can't wait for ur videos when u do the improvements on her sir
Richard England
Richard England 2 aastat tagasi
I like the design. Good luck with it.
Herbie Mitchell
Herbie Mitchell 2 aastat tagasi
These were a great little machine made in Tredegar in Wales before the advent of the tracked mini excavator. This one was a later model with powered drive at the front wheels. The earlier model was walked around with the bucket on the narrow rear wheels. They were available with a variety of bucket widths as well as a special grave digging bucket which was able to dig a much squarer hole for coffins to rest comfortably. The company that built these used to do sub-contract steel fabrication for Hitachi and when that contract ended they developed their own little machines.
V8PropaneBurner 2 aastat tagasi
That company is still going in Tredegar! You can still buy Powerfab machines, although i don't know how many they sell.
Ryan W F
Ryan W F 2 aastat tagasi
It should have a deisel engine swap
Patriottoo2 2 aastat tagasi
I, recently, discovered your channel, and would rather watch your DIY videos than football. How did you acquire your excellent use of English?
Garrison Goth
Garrison Goth 2 aastat tagasi
Now you can make a dirt bike track around your homestead :D!
Mostly OUTDOORS 2 aastat tagasi
Cool new toy Donn!! Cant wait for episode 2 😎😎
Kieran 6215
Kieran 6215 2 aastat tagasi
Your going to have some fun with this thing
Nils Kall
Nils Kall 2 aastat tagasi
When you put a heavy bucket on the stick you will get better traction. And it doesn’t seem to have too much play in the bushings. One real upgrade on the powerfab machines is a double hydraulic pump. It is much easier to use if you have that. If you put tracs on it you won’t be able to transport it on the tow bar of your ATV as easily. My neighbor has a powerfab on tracs that I used some this summer, here is a link to some film. Regards Nils.
Nils Kall
Nils Kall 2 aastat tagasi
Donn DIY The tires did look overinflated, perhaps lower the pressure and ad som window washing fluid to ad weight. Wheel weights (a easy project for you) could make a big difference too. As someone said, use it as it was supposed to work and then make changes to it. I often find that what I think needs to be “fixed” is not the biggest problem when I start using a machine. Best regards Nils
Donn DIY
Donn DIY 2 aastat tagasi
I was thinking the same thing. Also the tires in the front are pumped up too much I think, should let some air out to create a bigger contact patch to the ground.
Nils Kall
Nils Kall 2 aastat tagasi
HAJOLA65 2 aastat tagasi
die Zukunft fängt Morgen an. Also leg los. the future begins tomorrow. So get started.
AFH Projects
AFH Projects 2 aastat tagasi
That's a little wicked thing :D Who are those people who haul this kind things into the scrap steel? I need to open a scrap steel company :D
AFH Projects
AFH Projects 2 aastat tagasi
Yep, I have seen these things too. Last year we took some cylinders from an old tracktor in scrap yard. There was some new parts mounted to this tractor before.
Donn DIY
Donn DIY 2 aastat tagasi
I don't know but I'm happy my father got a hold of it. I've read in the Estonian forums that seeing fully operational lathes, motorcycles, stationary engines and such from time to time is a common scene in the scrap yards in these days. People just don't care about'em I guess.
RANDALLOLOGY 2 aastat tagasi
It's crazy what some people would send to the scrapper's. That's a great find and gift.
paperkiller25 2 aastat tagasi
Winter Project?
Donn DIY
Donn DIY 2 aastat tagasi
The amphibious vehicle build will be a winter project probably. Depending on how cold it gets in the barn. :D
Steve Bruinsma
Steve Bruinsma 2 aastat tagasi
handy rig Don
m 2 aastat tagasi
those back tires need to be on a swivel, make turning a lot easier. but yea i agree it needs tracks instead of tires. an a seat LOL.
Dominik Schneider
Dominik Schneider 2 aastat tagasi
Hallo ich habe den gleichen Bagger kannst du mir die Marke sagen
Donn DIY
Donn DIY 2 aastat tagasi
PowerFab 125 WTD
fabricator 2 aastat tagasi
It would be a LOT easier to just clean the pin bores out with a reamer and make new larger pins.
worldtraveler 2 aastat tagasi
Put the bucket on it and let's dig some dirt!
Lloyd Prunier
Lloyd Prunier 2 aastat tagasi
The way it fits through the door the WT must mean Wide Track?
Donn DIY
Donn DIY 2 aastat tagasi
It might. WTD - Wide Track Digger? :D
prancstaman 2 aastat tagasi
Aw wow, Happy Birthday!! Whoever got it is real cool to give you that for a present.
Wes 2 aastat tagasi
Nice!! I see a mini skidder in your future!
Dennis Cronk
Dennis Cronk 2 aastat tagasi
Happy Birthday, my kindred soul! One word...plans!!!! Actually, three words...plans, beverage holder!!! I, instantantly, thought of a million uses for this little dream machine. The most important one is spending three times the cost to build one myself instead of actually buying one just to aggravate my beautiful bride when I tell her I "need" it to finish all the chores she has for me on her "honey do" list.
Donn DIY
Donn DIY 2 aastat tagasi
Yes, we're on the same wave length. I do that too. :D
Roboticus Prime RC
Roboticus Prime RC 2 aastat tagasi
I bet you could turn that thing into a sweet mini log forwarder!
Mr Innovator Wayne
Mr Innovator Wayne 2 aastat tagasi
When I saw you unload it off the trailer I immediately thought he will make this into a serious working machine. Just a Suggestion though, as good as the 11hp Honda engine is it’s under powered for what you’ll probably design it into. Maybe a good used Volvo 4 cylinder engine and lengthen the frame to accommodate all the existing components.
Donn DIY
Donn DIY 2 aastat tagasi
There's no replacement for displacement. :D
PacoWang 2 aastat tagasi
Happy Birthday!
dcrypter87 2 aastat tagasi
a more ergonomic engine/seat housing would be good... also does the engine have enough power to turn with tracks? seemed like it was having a hard time turning with only the wheels =) @Donn DIY
Barton Robinson
Barton Robinson 2 aastat tagasi
Very cool, you should give your Dad several years worth of pats on the back. Look forward to the entertaining videos on the Machine rebuild/repairs.
Rodrigo dos Santos Araujo
Rodrigo dos Santos Araujo 2 aastat tagasi
Make a mini trike Plaine for you flying
Andrew Browner
Andrew Browner 2 aastat tagasi
wheels are driven by a couple of hydraulic motors? thats a cool design if so should get a bucket on there and a seat try it out digging/working before investing time/money fixing the pins/bores and making tracks for it
Donn DIY
Donn DIY 2 aastat tagasi
Yup, I have the bucket. It just has to bee attached to the boom. That's all. :D
Wayne Crews
Wayne Crews 2 aastat tagasi
Adding tracks will be a great idea but you might need a wider door on the shed for it then. I can just imagine the ideas in your head for the future of your “excavator”. Maybe even the possibility that it might still dig dirt.
Donn DIY
Donn DIY 2 aastat tagasi
I can set the front wheels narrower. There's a removable pin system on the front which makes it able to change the axle track.
Marion Makarewicz
Marion Makarewicz 2 aastat tagasi
Re-purpose hydraulics for log handling on the mill? I used a Terramite once and it was lots of fun. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with this.
stray fiftynine
stray fiftynine 2 aastat tagasi
I suggest that you fix it up without the tracks. Then use it for a while. Unless you have a need for tracks you my find you will do well without them. How do you propose to do the tracks. Is there an easy way to put tracks on it?
I'm an Idiot, but
I'm an Idiot, but 2 aastat tagasi
Could easily extend the dummy axle (Rear) and get some mining belt and wrap it around the tires with some guides (so it doesn't come off) like the older farm tractors
2007dalin 2 aastat tagasi
put swivel wheels on the back and forget the tracks.. also unless you are bored its not worth spending the time to redo the joints if you only plan to use it a dozen times a year.. but thats just my 2 cents
john doe
john doe 2 aastat tagasi
The rebuild will be a good series of videos. Awesome little machine.
L Shep
L Shep 2 aastat tagasi
Fun times ahead!
Rain Coast
Rain Coast 2 aastat tagasi
Happy B day! Some repair and assembly required. Still its pretty good.
michaelovitch 2 aastat tagasi
If you widen the rear axle,you can even fit rubber tracks from whatever popular machine,like a bobcat or a mini excavator.(so no need to build them and cheap used ones avaible...) Or simply goes maneuverability and agility :
Juha Erkkila
Juha Erkkila 2 aastat tagasi
Best present ever! :)
Donn DIY
Donn DIY 2 aastat tagasi
Absolutely! ;)
nick d
nick d 2 aastat tagasi
Nice! Can’t wait to see the rebuild. The days of using a manual shovel are damn near gone!!
mwilliamshs 2 aastat tagasi
That's a trencher, not an excavator.
Raleigh Sexton
Raleigh Sexton 2 aastat tagasi
They do call it ans excavator and digger. They don't call it a trencher, because a trencher is different type of machine. Excavators move dirt with a shovel (digging). Trenchers dont do that, they use a chain or wheel with teeth to cut a trench. Not the same. Besides, that guy was being a butt to another guy who was trying to compliment you. He deserves correction.
Donn DIY
Donn DIY 2 aastat tagasi
Looks like their not concerned about the name as much as you are: They call it both excavator and digger on their site
mwilliamshs 2 aastat tagasi
@Raleigh Sexton Powerfab, the manufacturer of this machine, their model 125 WTD, calls it a towable trencher/digger.
Raleigh Sexton
Raleigh Sexton 2 aastat tagasi
Wojciech Chmielewski
Wojciech Chmielewski 2 aastat tagasi
The best gift ever ;)
moogie38 2 aastat tagasi
Very nice. Happy birthday.
OLD DAWG DREAMING 2 aastat tagasi
What a great birthday present. Your Dad did good, you’ll make it work for you! Thanks for sharing.
Allen W
Allen W 2 aastat tagasi
Best birthday present ever, father too a son. Looking forward to the rebuilding. Happy birthday Donny
MessyGreasy Hand
MessyGreasy Hand 2 aastat tagasi
Great looking mini excavator, can't wait to see the final look
Big Bill at Iron Garage
Big Bill at Iron Garage 2 aastat tagasi
That is a awesome little machine.
Kuikuuu 2 aastat tagasi
Väga vinge riistapuu!
Titan Studios
Titan Studios 2 aastat tagasi
Great video as always keep up the great content 👍🏻!!!!
Yaroslav Pipash
Yaroslav Pipash 2 aastat tagasi
Greetings from Ukraine))))
Yaroslav Pipash
Yaroslav Pipash 2 aastat tagasi
vaz 2106 12:00?
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Donn DIY
Donn DIY 2 aastat tagasi
Fava Fava
Fava Fava 2 aastat tagasi
Now thats the sort of restoration I like to see , personally I would have that running and moving like a swiss watch , doing all the work myself , and it would be earning its keep , not sitting around pristine to be admired . Excellent mini excavator . Looking forward to viewing the rebuild . And re-use .
Larry Downes
Larry Downes 2 aastat tagasi
Pretty cool little machine sure beats digging by hand
Donn DIY
Donn DIY 2 aastat tagasi
Definitely. That's why it's locally called a "motorized spade/shovel". :)
oldreliable303 Justin Scott
oldreliable303 Justin Scott 2 aastat tagasi
Just widen the back axle to match the front then wrap your tracks around the tires. In was scraped becouse these are so small/weak they are notting more than a toy.
Donn DIY
Donn DIY 2 aastat tagasi
I've looked at the footage of this thing working - it is doing a pretty okay job. Better to have this around than nothing I guess.
Jusb1066 2 aastat tagasi
heated seat too , how nice
JARR head
JARR head Aasta tagasi
Lol. Nothing like a Honda spooling underneath your tush to keep it warm.
Dan Harold
Dan Harold 2 aastat tagasi
I have a Dirt Master toe behind back hoe and have learned a few things that maybe helpful. Mine is a heavier built unit that can lift about 500lbs. No idea what yours will do but it is going to want to pivot on the front. The font pads will help. Maybe some weight on the back but the unit is not designed for heavy lifting. Also avoid side forces, this is the weakest axis and you could bend the boom. Simple pins like diggers use need frequent greasing. Mine is supposed to be greased every 8 hours. If I had to do it over again I would grease it more frequently. While the joints are not totally worn out they are much closer to it that I would have expected at 200 hours. Occasionally I use mine as a shop crane. It is the absolute best for moving hot tubs.
Grant Rozwalka
Grant Rozwalka 2 aastat tagasi
How awesome is that 😀😀👍
cali man
cali man 2 aastat tagasi
Very nice need free turning wheels in the back
Donn DIY
Donn DIY 2 aastat tagasi
It is designed like that w.o. the free turning wheels - makes it more stable I guess. It is sort of a skid steer excavator. :D
Vaios Kaliakoudas
Vaios Kaliakoudas 2 aastat tagasi
I suggest you to restore it to it's original condition like it was brand new
Donn DIY
Donn DIY 2 aastat tagasi
That's what I was thinking, too. But I could add tracks without any modifications to the frame itself so the originality remains except the bolt-on addition in the form of tracks. I only need to make a new rear axle for it and slide the front wheels more inward (it has that possibility with removable pins and sliding front axles).
Marack Obama
Marack Obama 2 aastat tagasi
What a wonderful thing! Waiting for new set of videos about repairing it.
Eye Toldyoosso
Eye Toldyoosso 2 aastat tagasi
It will come in handy . i was thinking lifting logs onto the bandsaw mill as 1 , but so many uses for it in diy on a small farm....Thanks for sharing...them Honda motors as so good...;-p
Donn DIY
Donn DIY 2 aastat tagasi
I've been thinking about several things when looking at it. I also thought that maybe I can use its powerplant and boom to somehow power the timber trailer and make the log loading onto the trailer more comfortable. :D But we'll see.
gs242 2 aastat tagasi
That is awesome! I can really see in front of me how you builds a log gripper and other equipment for it. Send a message if you want help with any cad, drawings dfx or dwg for example lasercut parts. Keep doing what you are doing, regards Gustav in sweden
Jason Vos
Jason Vos 2 aastat tagasi
That thing is a real gem. Will be a great channel project redoing the worn out areas and bringing it back to its former glory. Looks to be in great operating shape. Good base line to start a rebuild on.
Donn DIY
Donn DIY 2 aastat tagasi
Absolutely. I just hope I'm up to the task of doing all that.
ozdatman 2 aastat tagasi
I can't understand why someone would scrap that. They must have too much money.
Tom Raider
Tom Raider 3 місяці tagasi
Sadly we live in a throw away society... I've found many completely serviceable items in the scrap heap.
Donn DIY
Donn DIY 2 aastat tagasi
It was used commercially when digging electric cable trenches. But the workers only dug and probably never actually maintained this digger in the company it was bought from. And usually when the exploitation period (around 5 years) is over these things are sold "as is" and gotten rid of ASAP to make room for new diggers.
calvingreene90 2 aastat tagasi
To pay for the repairs that need to be done would have cost more than it is worth. Donn doing the work himself changes the equation a little and he clearly likes doing the work and will make a little money on the side from the videos.
Joe Shaffer
Joe Shaffer 2 aastat tagasi
Hard to believe someone would send something like that off for scrap. Great rescue. Maybe a little back fill dozer blade on the rear ground anchor/stabilizer? Can’t wait to see this thing evolve.
Donn DIY
Donn DIY 2 aastat tagasi
Dozer blade would be cool. And to have on the rear is even better I guess. Needs less mods to achieve the desired result.
soo woo
soo woo 2 aastat tagasi
Machine looks very nice, cant belive someone would have hauled it off for scrap. Cant wait to see you repair the joints and make it like new again.
Anthony Carroll Fixing Stuff
Anthony Carroll Fixing Stuff 2 aastat tagasi
yep it needs tracks.
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