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Old April 19th, 2012, 08:41 PM
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Had to take down one of the old ratty pines today to let some sun and air in for the Holly and Spruces I planted last fall. Loaded the back of the 90 with the saws and recovery and brought her out back - figured I could put a line around the tree to help it fall in the right spot - it was pretty tight.

A month prior we used the 90 to pull down a bigger pine that we cut the roots on so it would take the whole thing as we were putting 12 spruces in and the balls were 3ft deep. Didn't get any pics of that.

Also, have popped a wheelbarrow, shovels and rakes in the back to help the local woods on trail maintenance days.

Or the time I had to transport a basketball hoop as it was too tall to get in the back of the Burban.

Any way - how have you all used the Defender for work. And not Neil's type of "work"

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Old April 19th, 2012, 08:59 PM
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That's great.

The first day I took ownership of my truck I used it to help move some trees around. I could have used the Nissan but I couldn't resist driving the "new" truck.
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Old April 19th, 2012, 09:03 PM
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VERY NICE, DON! After we had the freak snow right before Halloween in 2011, I used the Defender and some straps to take some of the fallen trees out of my girlfriend's parents' driveway so that they could get to the store and work, etc. It wasn't that the trees and branches were too heavy (although some certainly were), it was that they were all completely frozen together as basically a single mass. I don't think I have photos of it, but man if that wasn't an important day with the gf's dad, I don't know what was! haha. Since then, the Defender is no longer, just "that truck". It was fun, too!
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Old April 19th, 2012, 09:05 PM
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Had my 3 husqy saws in it too, but i lost that pic:
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Old April 19th, 2012, 10:18 PM
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I never know how much I miss trees and grass until I see pictures. This place is dismal. Great pics by the way.
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Had to take down one of the old ratty pines today to let some sun and air in for the Holly and Spruces I planted last fall. Loaded the back of the 90 with the saws and recovery and brought her out back - figured I could put a line around the tree to help it fall in the right spot - it was pretty tight.

A month prior we used the 90 to pull down a bigger pine that we cut the roots on so it would take the whole thing as we were putting 12 spruces in and the balls were 3ft deep. Didn't get any pics of that.

Also, have popped a wheelbarrow, shovels and rakes in the back to help the local woods on trail maintenance days.

Or the time I had to transport a basketball hoop as it was too tall to get in the back of the Burban.

Any way - how have you all used the Defender for work. And not Neil's type of "work"

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Old April 19th, 2012, 10:42 PM
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Pulled chain link fence posts from the ground years ago with the 90
Airborne equipment/tools for airborne field exercises with the 90
30plus bags of mulch(multiple trips) from Gasko's more times then I can count in 90
40plus bags of mulch(multiple trips) from Gasko's more times then I can count in 109 sw w/HD military springs makes it sag
Pulled very large trees around the culdesac that my folks live in when they fell years ago
Hauled butt loads of wood flooring in the 109.
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Old April 20th, 2012, 07:16 AM
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Actually drug a shed at work about a hundred yards, and recently used the winch to remove shrubs at my new house. The neighbors were quite amused...
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Old April 20th, 2012, 09:51 AM
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Don, good thread and nice Stihl!

I wish I snapped a shot of my 110 loaded with 8-sheets of cement board and (10) 96" 2x4s on the old roof rack (before I had my SD cage).
Barely flexed, sagging only about 1-2" under the load with the HD springs. Normal ride height is about 1" above stock NAS trucks I've seen (about 51" to top of capping on rear tub). No sway bars in front or rear, but dual shocks kept everything surprisingly stable even at speed. THe weight actually helped the ride (which is normally stiff like driving an unloaded dually).

Since I sold my roof rack and went with the SD exo-cage I haven't put anything but sheetrock or plywood on the roof. I miss the roof rack and also, my 110 was originally a SV truck and has a rear bulkhead that remains firmly in the way of loading longer items in the back. Rear bulkhead is great for keeping dogs and kids in the back but definately limits load capacity.

I'm contemplating sticking the rack attachment off of the receiver hitch that holds a full size motorcycle and using it to haul around a KTM 200XC, now that's what I call the right kind of work for a D!
I fantasize about building a roof rail rack system to haul around two bikes on the roof ('Crusty 2' style) but obviously that is a ridiculous idea.
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Old April 20th, 2012, 10:05 AM
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Not my truck, but worth appreciating that this guy I know uses his various 109s and 110 exclusively as his fleet of work trucks. I'm talking every day. Although I think he has a worker or sub-contractor that uses a van, he is on the job every day with a rover of some type. 40-50 miles in downtown Boston traffic, stuffing it in tiny spaces on Beacon Hill etc.... Now that's a "working" truck.
http://www.buttonwoodrenovations.com/current.html

Just saying, that's impressive!
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Old April 24th, 2012, 11:51 AM
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I've been working with the 90 lately too. Most recently some off roading to get to some mountain bike trails I've been building- what a blast in the rain, the Defender loaded up with tools etc.


Here is a quick video of me pulling down some branches at home that we put into a woodchipper.


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Old April 26th, 2012, 11:09 AM
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Great stuff guys! IDK, I think it's pretty cool to use this vehicles in a way that they were designed for and not just getting tea at the deli (which is fun too).

Wade - love hearing that you are bringing the 90 out to cut MTB trail. Please post pics of your work. I'd love to have a bunch of land with elevation and build some fun ass mtn trail. Something like the stuff Strait and McCaul are riding here: http://www.pinkbike.com/video/252277/

Jackie - love the link of the guy using his Rover for renovation work - looks like the Landy goes great with the type of work he is doing. One of my "would be cool" ideas is have a small landscaping company using a 110 pickup and call it "Lawn Rover" or something corny.
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Old April 26th, 2012, 11:56 AM
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My 90 lately is a makeshift engine parts table and tool box due to lack of a garage. It's also when my wife comes out and gives me that "will you be able to put it back together look."
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