Excavator thumbs

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  • Published: 12 March 2019
  • 0:00 into to excavator thumbs
    2:05 Demonstrating a Geith thumb on a Hitach ex100 excavator
    5:38 Demonstrating a Homemade? thumb on a Komatso PC15 excavator
    10:14 Demonstrating a thumb on a Yanmar B50 excavator
    12:53 Demonstrating a hydraulic thumb on a Kubota KX121-3 excavator
    16:09 Installing a EA thumb on a Yanmar B37 excavator
    22:34 Demonstrating the newly installed thumb on the B37 and comparing with the a hydraulic
    29:03 Demonstrating why the thumb needs to be the correct length
    31:24 Talking about adding thumbs to backhoe tractors
    36:30 Track pad pieces available
    37:59 video ending

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Comments • 1 422

  • What The heck
    What The heck  5 hours back

    Love how he just digs in is yard to educate others

    • jason white
      jason white  2 days back

      Informative and now I am very interested in the pieces of track that both you and Levi signed

      • TRL Z
        TRL Z  4 days back

        You should paint that komatsu, the poor guy looks ugly

        • Freedom Rider
          Freedom Rider  6 days back

          "We got it." Rock drops and rolls into excavator, "Well, it's OK, we got it." Classic.

          • David Travis
            David Travis  6 days back

            Man U got an bunch of excavators

            • Charles Murphy
              Charles Murphy  1 weeks back

              Shouldn’t the thumb teeth mesh between the bucket teeth?

              • Gar Bear
                Gar Bear  1 weeks back

                Andrew C. I came across your channel looking at Dodge dashes. I watched 30 hours worth of you videos from construction to repairing jet skis, best channel on YouTube ever seen. So good in fact it should be on network tv. Thanks!

                • UTubeGlennAR
                  UTubeGlennAR  1 weeks back

                  >^. .^< Thumbs Up Mr. C.............. Another nice fly in and out, thank You......

                  • CRNA Man
                    CRNA Man  1 weeks back

                    I also use my Kx91-2 for firewood bucking, very satisfying.

                    • Sandy Galbraith
                      Sandy Galbraith  2 weeks back

                      Soooooooooooooooo hilarious about making a rubber stamp of Levi's paw print...who wudda thunk it. Brilliant!!!! Love the channel...its sooo addicting!!

                      • mark spannar
                        mark spannar  2 weeks back

                        No backing plate on the dipper? Also the idea you had about using your swing pedal for the thumb might work but you need to turn down the pressure in that Circuit. If not the thumb would slam back and forth. I see a lot of people just go out and buy thumbs for their excavators w/o knowing if their machine is equipped w/aux that is bi-directional. This is very important especially for the bigger machines .

                        • contestor7
                          contestor7  2 weeks back

                          Very informative video indeed but please fix the wobbly exhaust pipe on the John Deere backhoe. I've noticed it in other videos and it drives me nuts.

                          • Charles Rose
                            Charles Rose  2 weeks back

                            Great review!

                            • Robert Cirincione
                              Robert Cirincione  2 weeks back

                              I don't know if it was mentioned regarding your comment about the backhoe bucket. A curb/sidewalk company that was hired on a project we are trucking out of has a brand new 410 John Deere with a clam rear backhoe bucket. I was very impressed watching him pick up broken curb with it.

                              • Robert Lindblom
                                Robert Lindblom  2 weeks back

                                Add a 6/2 valve on the boom swing circuit. A simple electric switch will then control if you are gonna use the boomswing or the thumb or whatever you connect on that valve. I have that function as standard on my Volvo EC35C. Boom swing is on a springloaded slide button on the right lever. A button right next to it changes function from boom swing to tilt head in my case.

                                • Robert Lindblom
                                  Robert Lindblom  2 weeks back

                                  @Andrew Camarata Yes. And... Thanks a lot for your videos. They are great and down to earth. Keep it up. Great for excavator rookies like me. 👍

                                • Andrew Camarata
                                  Andrew Camarata   2 weeks back

                                  Good idea.

                              • Josh B
                                Josh B  2 weeks back

                                I've been surprised with my Kubota Kubota u35-4 and its thumb. My bucket hydraulics wont over power it.

                                • Manny Pickard
                                  Manny Pickard  2 weeks back

                                  making the thumb work is easy, you can use the line from the impac put hyd spool value it can be operated hydrauily electricaly or mannuely. cheap and easy and two way cyclinder no problem.

                                  • lee minnis
                                    lee minnis  2 weeks back

                                    I give this 5 "thumbs" up

                                    • Frodrick Fronkensteen
                                      Frodrick Fronkensteen  3 weeks back

                                      Alright... I'll check my man card (for a few seconds)...

                                      Andrew, you're a lovable guy and a damn fine teacher. No BS, real world, straight facts. No bloviating pontifications about how much you know. You have the equivalent of a medium-size city watching, who appreciate these qualities.

                                      Reality show, corporate sponsors, the wrong girl ... all are looming real threats in your future ... please fight to keep it real. Keep up the good work.

                                      • Frodrick Fronkensteen
                                        Frodrick Fronkensteen  3 weeks back

                                        @Andrew Camarata Amen. Keep up the good work.
                                        So far as the girls ... you're a younger man with your whole life ahead of you. You're getting more out of life than many who watch you. Keep doing great things ... the right girl usually shows up when you're not looking.

                                      • Andrew Camarata
                                        Andrew Camarata   3 weeks back

                                        I am ignoring the TV show and sponsor requests, and will continue to do so. I am trying to get girls around, not having much with that though.

                                    • slip0n0fall
                                      slip0n0fall  3 weeks back

                                      Felt like 'This Old House' on excavator thumbs (a compliment :) )

                                      • Eric Oscarson
                                        Eric Oscarson  3 weeks back

                                        Here's a interesting site, very expensive toys... RC trucks, excavators that weigh over 20 kl https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiEqmyQy5AlAEo3kE4G-1sw

                                        • John Franklin
                                          John Franklin  3 weeks back

                                          8:29, that extra washer welded above the thumb is where you put the other bolt so it's not lost either :)

                                          • David Chidester
                                            David Chidester  3 weeks back

                                            Thanks Andrew.
                                            I have become an Andrew Camarata binge watcher! I have a Case 580E backhoe and recently rented a mini excavator for a job. I never realized how versatile they are. I may end up selling the Case and getting an excavator. They are also lighter and I can move them around without a dump truck.


                                            Thanks again. Keep going!

                                            • Rebecca Wilson
                                              Rebecca Wilson  3 weeks back

                                              sloppy lose machines in bad condition I have a skr 135 Kobelco with 6 thousand hours still extremely tight, clean,tidy, paint work still new looking. Always gets constant maintenance

                                              • Rebecca Wilson
                                                Rebecca Wilson  3 weeks back

                                                rough operator

                                                • Thurman Bright
                                                  Thurman Bright  3 weeks back

                                                  On A Backhoe You Can Hang Weights On The Bucket

                                                  • Thurman Bright
                                                    Thurman Bright  3 weeks back

                                                    They Look Like A Dinosaurs Mouth

                                                    • Ronald Coleman
                                                      Ronald Coleman  3 weeks back

                                                      Great show. Very enjoyable.

                                                      • Jacobus Johannes Caspers

                                                        👍👍👍up, yet a great video. I learn so much,about things a don’t need to learn . But I keep on learning. Thanks, I have got a new hobby. Greetings from Norway Koos

                                                        • corebin54
                                                          corebin54  3 weeks back

                                                          with all the tree work you do you have any plans for a chipper?

                                                          • Tony Santana
                                                            Tony Santana  3 weeks back

                                                            Dude another awesome video, you are very talented in your line of work! I'm thinking of doing some videos I sent you a personal message on messenger would like to ask a question. Thanks.

                                                            • Albert Huffman
                                                              Albert Huffman  4 weeks back

                                                              Wow glad I watched I now know what that extra thing was on my hands now I'm grabbing everything! So much more handy

                                                              • iBkickinit
                                                                iBkickinit  4 weeks back

                                                                Anyone see the irony that the rating system is THUMBS up or down? Seems like thumbs DOWN would be a positive rating in this case :)

                                                                • David J
                                                                  David J  4 weeks back

                                                                  Dogs lower jaw is his thumb.

                                                                  • Kenneth James
                                                                    Kenneth James  4 weeks back

                                                                    just in case you own an excavator and don't know how to use it... lol Andrew. Shaming the dog for not having thumbs, totally wrong.

                                                                    • Bo Zo
                                                                      Bo Zo  4 weeks back

                                                                      When I watch Andrew's videos, I can't help thinking about all the poor suckers with Liberal Arts degrees and $100,000 student loans working at Starbucks or Mc'Donalds, who can't even fix their own bicycles.

                                                                      • estudiom142
                                                                        estudiom142  4 weeks back

                                                                        Loce your videos!!.. Cheers from Mendoza Argentina !!!

                                                                        • Jorge Antonio Romero Espinola

                                                                          35:50 cargando algo en la pala frontal, va a funcionar como contrapeso...
                                                                          Para que ya no se suba el frente, y va a tener dirección...

                                                                          • Mud Puddle
                                                                            Mud Puddle  4 weeks back

                                                                            It must be your youthful energy that gets you to go into such detail and great lengths to show us how these things work. Awesome vid!

                                                                            • muhammad hamzah
                                                                              muhammad hamzah  4 weeks back

                                                                              I feel bad for Levi, he doesn't have a thumbs..

                                                                              • Dr. Fastestinthewest
                                                                                Dr. Fastestinthewest  4 weeks back

                                                                                I went to all those university classes a long time ago and got a bunch of fancy degrees. My first anthropology professor talked about thumbs. The professor said, as you indicated, that humans stand out because of the prehensile thumb. So we have a prehensile mechanical thumb. Eaglegards...

                                                                                • Tedro Peders
                                                                                  Tedro Peders  4 weeks back

                                                                                  Excavators and jet skis! All day. Kenny f*cking powers 👍

                                                                                  • Joop Terwijn
                                                                                    Joop Terwijn  4 weeks back

                                                                                    Good strait forward explanation! Thx

                                                                                    • Random Guy
                                                                                      Random Guy  1 months back

                                                                                      We have a Grapple Bucket for our front loader tractors at the place I work, it's nice for loading up brush, and even leafs when the vacuum blower is else where.

                                                                                      • Marcelo Blaskiewicz
                                                                                        Marcelo Blaskiewicz  1 months back

                                                                                        Perfect. Great video.

                                                                                        • Joorin4711
                                                                                          Joorin4711  1 months back

                                                                                          *diddi dadda diddi dadda BOOM diddi dadda diddi dadda BOOM* Look, a doggy!

                                                                                          • mike johnson
                                                                                            mike johnson  1 months back

                                                                                            Did you learn all this on your own or did someone teach you, your very handy with all aspects of the job

                                                                                            • Sharkie1717
                                                                                              Sharkie1717  1 months back

                                                                                              Amazing demonstration! Really appreciate your time and efforts putting this together. Video production, sound quality, music, drone footage, all brilliant. Keep it up! Cheers