June 15, 2010

Global Economy

Posted by Cjunk at June 15, 2010 11:28 AM

Finally a Russkie video that is actually watchable!

Posted by: KPD at June 15, 2010 11:37 AM

so which one is the USA?

Posted by: bobinski at June 15, 2010 11:43 AM

Well, the Dodge got stuck and the Ford got stuck then the Chev got stuck . . .

Posted by: grok at June 15, 2010 11:48 AM

The SUV is Greece.

The tractor is the EU.

The monster tractor is the US, but only once the crypto-commie Bam Bam regime is kicked out.

Great video.

Posted by: Colin from Mission B.C. at June 15, 2010 11:49 AM

I bet a winch would have cost a lot less than those pretty wheels on that "SUV."

Posted by: tim in vermont at June 15, 2010 12:06 PM

I didn't see anything to winch to, Tim.

I wonder who gets to clean up the mess?

Is the moral of the story, they should have left the SUV to it's own devices?

Posted by: dp at June 15, 2010 12:19 PM

All it cost the Nissan driver was a couple bottles vodka.

Posted by: Alienated at June 15, 2010 12:28 PM

Well, you can winch to a parked car on dry ground.

Posted by: tim in vermont at June 15, 2010 12:32 PM

But what about those awful CO2's being emitted. I felt crushed at the abuse Gaia was being subjected to (cough, cough).

Posted by: John B at June 15, 2010 12:39 PM

Let the SUV guys dig it out with shovels by hand and let them cut branches and gather planks to line the track so that they learn the cost of driving in places their vehicle isn't designed to go.
Otherwise next weekend the f###ing socialist pricks will just repeat it again and again trying to find the perfect utopian picnic spot near the lake to sip their wine while everyone else is busy working their asses off.

Posted by: richfisher at June 15, 2010 12:41 PM

The driver of the SUV had better have deep pockets after that little fiasco.

Posted by: Pat at June 15, 2010 12:52 PM

I just saw this show on Sunday, it happened to me when the fairway mower decided not to climb out the far side of the ditch. Which was conveniently flooded.

I got it out with the pickup truck, solo, -without- ripping huge ruts in the front lawn or even the ditch. You'd think farm guys would know not to keep pulling after she starts to dig in...

... but not in Europe, I guess. They are soooo lucky that bulldozer thing didn't stick too, it was right on the skinny edge of it. Since when do tractors and bulldozers come without locking diffs? Russian engineering?

Say, isn't there a song about this? Grok, hum a few bars there for me. :)

Posted by: The Phantom at June 15, 2010 1:15 PM

Colin from Mission B.C. at June 15, 2010 11:49 AM
"The SUV is Greece.

The tractor is the EU.

The monster tractor is the US, but only once the crypto-commie Bam Bam regime is kicked out."

How about this:

The SUV = Japan - dabbling on the brink of disaster for the past 15-20 years

The tractor = USA - overinflated, following in the same tracks as Japan

The crawler = China - the blade is their manufacturing, the running gears/tracks are the general population(smoking-hot, overworked labour) and the rear counterbalance/groundbreaker is their vast gold reserves which can open up the ground for investment and freedom.

Posted by: glacierman at June 15, 2010 1:47 PM

obscure little clip made relevant by the words Global Economy.

Posted by: Jeff K at June 15, 2010 2:00 PM

Cue Corb Lund.

Posted by: Thomas_L...... at June 15, 2010 2:02 PM

I think it's more a comment on how bailing someone out gets you in trouble as well.

With a special note, these people are morons! That "SUV" doesn't even belong on the side of a soccer field. Notice how one wheel at a time spins? It's probably a weak AWD system, no lockers whatsoever.

And same goes for the tractor as well. Many times in that video only one wheel is spinning.

Posted by: allan at June 15, 2010 2:05 PM

I have to admit, I was fully amazed that the welds holding the rings for the chains held. I mean, nothing on either of the rescue vehicles looked solidly attached.

Posted by: lily ledbetter at June 15, 2010 2:09 PM

Kind of reminds me of a little tune by Corb Lund.

Posted by: a different bob at June 15, 2010 2:22 PM

Better yet - here's the video.

Posted by: a different bob at June 15, 2010 2:24 PM

Why did they not try the tractor from the front to begin with, as the SUV nose was facing slightly away from the water.

Most of the traction power in the Ukraine and Russia is still of this vintage.

This video reminds of the time a few years ago when a Hutterite colony had a big 4wd John Deere tractor and air seeder sunk to the axles. A few weeks later it was still there, but by the end of summer they had it out.

Posted by: Ken (Kulak) at June 15, 2010 2:26 PM

Smooth operators.


Posted by: syncrodox at June 15, 2010 3:10 PM

Nylon tow strap, VW on dry ground, 10 foot run, whomp, out comes suv. There is a moral in there somewhere.

Posted by: bruce wayne riley at June 15, 2010 3:12 PM


The tractor hooked up by the easiest point, the back hitch, and pulled sideways rather than straight out. Had he hooked up to the front he likely would have been successful.

But, erm, had they used a long enough chain to get out of the slop and pulled from a firm footing, the crawler tractor wouldn't have been needed at all.

Yeah. I've been stuck.

Posted by: razorbacker at June 15, 2010 3:34 PM

I've seen a crawler tractor, a much larger one than in the video, dug in the muck so deep that the driver dismounted to level ground even with his cab height. I don't know how they got it out.
In another case, a crawler was parked overnight. When the operators came back to begin work the next morning, all that was visible was a dirty spot on the grassy clearing.

Posted by: Gunney99 at June 15, 2010 3:45 PM

The moral I got was that trying to bailout the big guy didn't work, until they got the little guy some relief.

Posted by: Kyla at June 15, 2010 4:00 PM

I actually saw a scene like this in my teenage years. A couple of friends got pied (that is what we call it in Sask.) with their 2wd truck so we called a tow truck, which subsequently was buried. He called dispatch and they sent another tow truck which ALSO got stuck. So out comes the farmer with a team of two Clydesdale heavy horses. Attaches to tow truck #2 and yanks him out. Attaches to tow truck #1 and yanks him out. Then he yanks my friend's truck out. Amazing animals. The key is (a) hooking up, which the horses can do amazingly well and (b) angle of attack.

Posted by: Richard at June 15, 2010 4:23 PM

Kyla, the moral is "Don't be a leadfoot."

Tractor guy there looks like he put it in third gear and hammered it. "Vrooom digdigdig oh crap!"

The Lazy Phantom method is: First gear in low range and eeeeeasy on the power, then reset on fresh ground if she starts to spin. Because I have to rescue whatever it is that I get stuck -by myself- and I hate digging.

Just seeing it has me thinking of a nice big winch. Mmmm, wiiiiinch!

Posted by: The Phantom at June 15, 2010 4:31 PM

Great video and even better title. Only one improvement I'd like to see: when the dozer approached the SUV he should have pushed rather than pulled.

Posted by: glasnost at June 15, 2010 4:38 PM

GreenPeacers would have a sh*t hemorrhage at the destruction of the lake, bog, air, etc., etc..

Posted by: larben at June 15, 2010 4:59 PM

...truck got stuck!!!

Posted by: MarkW at June 15, 2010 5:12 PM

In the real world they will run out of tractors before they get it fixed.

Posted by: Kevin at June 15, 2010 5:12 PM


Posted by: MarkW at June 15, 2010 5:16 PM

The moral of this sad story is that nobody was thinking. Stop.

The pinhead that drove the SUV was only the start.


Posted by: syncrodox at June 15, 2010 5:16 PM

MarkW - I posted the same video a couple hours ago but mine got caught in the filter. Go figure.

Posted by: a different bob at June 15, 2010 5:30 PM

Kyla at June 15, 2010 4:00 PM
Good one.
Is the mud; taxes, debt, or government overspending?

Posted by: Oz at June 15, 2010 5:41 PM

"I've seen a crawler tractor, a much larger one than in the video, dug in the muck so deep that the driver dismounted to level ground even with his cab height."

Find a big log, or two and chain the tracks to it, crawl the thing up onto the log. Disengage the chains and drive the thing out - just don't turn or you'll cut a new hole with the tracks and have to do it again. Yukon permafrost - 1988. Cat D-4.

Skidder stuck in Northern Saskatchewan bog, right up to the seat in mud - 1979. Eight men, three days, shovels. Trench 100 meters long, drove it out to dry ground. The winch line either cut through or uprooted the trees we tried to use.

Posted by: Olly the Cat Skinner at June 15, 2010 5:49 PM

Is the mud; taxes, debt, or government overspending?

It's gumbo.

Posted by: glasnost at June 15, 2010 5:53 PM

This video isn't an exact parallel to the world economy.

If it were, a Keynesian bulldozer driver would "assist" by pushing both vehicles farther into the water, to a point at which his own machine becomes helplessly mired in the lake. Then he would recommend "stimulating" the economy by hiring a giant crane to lift all the vehicles out one day and then put them all back in the next day.

Posted by: Dennis at June 15, 2010 6:03 PM

That Belarus tractor was not that big....but hp wise much bigger than that dozer.
The guy with the Belarus was an idiot. When he spun out on the first jerk....quit....that's the best pull....unhook and get a long chain...much longer....don't sit there like an idiot and bury the sucker.
It would take some serious pull to unstick that Belarus---like a Komatsu or a Cat D8---then ya might pull the old Belarus apart.
I recall having a combine stop going ahead in a corn-field....I put it in rewind to get out---stopped after 15 ft....I quit. Dad came along and pulled me out with a 4X4 pickup....he didn't spin his wheels---just pulled.

Posted by: sasquatch at June 15, 2010 6:50 PM


Exactly. Any farm boy worth a pinch of salt knows that was a gong show.


Posted by: syncrodox at June 15, 2010 7:14 PM

@Richard at June 15, 2010 4:23 PM

"The key is (a) hooking up, which the horses can do amazingly well and (b) angle of attack."

Bolding mine.

Posted by: PiperPaul at June 15, 2010 7:42 PM

Tanks don't go where bullrushes grow. I remember seeing a daisy chain of three Centurion tanks pulling out a fourth which had got stuck in marshy ground -- hellavu mess! The driver of the SUV is a pin head and the driver of the track is d@#$#d lucky he didn't join them.

Posted by: DrD at June 15, 2010 9:05 PM

I would say the moral of this video in terms of the global economy, is that we will see more of the same videos.

Posted by: Knacker at June 15, 2010 9:39 PM

True dat.


Posted by: syncrodox at June 15, 2010 9:53 PM

I always drive a RWD pickup by choice. Why? Because it helps me stay within my limits: if I get stuck on back roads, but can't get out myself with some shovel work and a come-along, a carefully driven 4WD can pull it out.

If I just drove a 4WD and got it stuck, what does it take to get that out? A skidder. What does it take to get a stuck skidder out? Lots of money...

Posted by: 2wdriver at June 15, 2010 11:55 PM

Reminds me out on Sable island off the East Coast years ago, a twin engine 10 seater was coming to pick us up after we finished a job. The beach was too soft and the plane got stuck in the sand. Farm tractors (the mode of transportation on the island) were into the sand up to the hubs while the plane was at full throttle with both engines trying to get free. After a few hours of this they were able to get the plane's wheels onto sheets of plywood and then they got it to firmer sand so it could take off leaving us behind for a couple of days until the beach conditions improved. The only place where people are fenced in and the horses run free.

Posted by: LEDA at June 16, 2010 12:52 AM

2wdriver - I go one better. I drive a 4-wheel half ton and start out in 2-wheel. If I get stuck in 2w - I then make it into the 4w and get myself out. Seasoned 4w drivers know that.

Posted by: a different bob at June 16, 2010 8:59 AM

When i worked in fort McMurrey back in 75 I got there in september and there was a Cattipiler stuck up to the floor boards in the mud. i was told it had been in there for at least a couple of months and they were waiting for the ground to freeze to get it out. first week in December i think they came in with a couple of backhoes and just dug down 10-15 feet around it, (did I say it was a huge Cat?) and had a ramp at the front end. Some mechanics worked on it for a few days and drove it out up the ramp. It was quite a site!

Posted by: Harry at June 16, 2010 10:53 AM

As an alegory ... not bad .... as a study in poor judgement and ignorance ..... priceless.

Posted by: OMMAG at June 16, 2010 11:09 AM

Harry, you must pull from a position of strength while on solid ground.

Whoops, did I just make an allegorical kinda statement?

Posted by: PiperPaul at June 16, 2010 12:05 PM

I had the privilege of hand digging out a US Army Tank Recovery Vehicle. Why we couldn't of used any of the gazillion back hoes around the post escapes me.

It didn't supersuck until after we started. Then we know what we were into. Then the four stages of US Armyism. Disbelief, negotiation, rage then acceptance.

Posted by: Paul at June 16, 2010 12:55 PM


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