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  • The joy of a little boy on his favorite toy is captured and time. For over 20 years, a picture of Ryan Kettenburg, operating the popular "little digger" backhoe as a kindergartener claimed a spot on his parents fridge. Turns out the cherished picture was also a snapshot of Ryan's future.

This kid-size backhoe has been a staple in downtown Spokane for decades. The past year the little digger, which has been at the Mobius Kids Children's Museum (@mobiuskids) since 2005, started showing its age. After thousands and thousands of rides, the hydraulics were in need of repair and a new motor was in order.

Sent off to L&M Truck Sales Inc., the little digger was outfitted with new hydraulic cylinders. That however, didn't solve the motor issue. The little digger was made in Europe in the 1970s and with no owners manual, replacement parts or part numbers, replacing the motor became a big mystery. That's when Avista volunteered to take on the project.

When the little digger arrived at the mechanical and structural shop at Avista, Ryan was surprised to have a piece of his childhood right there at work. "I told the guys I have a picture of me playing with this on my parents fridge. They didn't believe me at first," added Ryan. "My mom would take me down to the children's museum and I would play until the timer went off. I'd hop off and get right back in line. It was my passion as a kid, trying to be like my dad," said Ryan. "Whoever built this didn't want anyone to know how to repair it," added Dick Garrison, a mechanical structural journeyman with Avista. But a team of the best employees brainstormed ways to get the little digger back up and running. It came down to replacing the old motor with a new 110-volt AC motor and designing a new electrical control panel. "It's been cool to bring it back to life," said Trevor Little who worked with Brandon Arkle, on the new electrical control panel. "The little digger is as realistic as it gets. It's a neat project knowing it's for the kids," said Ryan.

#Avista #AvistaCares #AvistaUtilities #LittleDigger #MobiusKidsMuseum #Downtown #FBF #MobiusKidsChildrensMuseum #Backhoe #Spokane #CreatedIn2005 #SpokaneWashington #lmtrucksales The joy of a little boy on his favorite toy is captured and time. For over 20 years, a picture of Ryan Kettenburg, operating the popular "little digger" backhoe as a kindergartener claimed a spot on his parents fridge. Turns out the cherished picture was also a snapshot of Ryan's future. This kid-size backhoe has been a staple in downtown Spokane for decades. The past year the little digger, which has been at the Mobius Kids Children's Museum (@mobiuskids) since 2005, started showing its age. After thousands and thousands of rides, the hydraulics were in need of repair and a new motor was in order. Sent off to L&M Truck Sales Inc., the little digger was outfitted with new hydraulic cylinders. That however, didn't solve the motor issue. The little digger was made in Europe in the 1970s and with no owners manual, replacement parts or part numbers, replacing the motor became a big mystery. That's when Avista volunteered to take on the project. When the little digger arrived at the mechanical and structural shop at Avista, Ryan was surprised to have a piece of his childhood right there at work. "I told the guys I have a picture of me playing with this on my parents fridge. They didn't believe me at first," added Ryan. "My mom would take me down to the children's museum and I would play until the timer went off. I'd hop off and get right back in line. It was my passion as a kid, trying to be like my dad," said Ryan. "Whoever built this didn't want anyone to know how to repair it," added Dick Garrison, a mechanical structural journeyman with Avista. But a team of the best employees brainstormed ways to get the little digger back up and running. It came down to replacing the old motor with a new 110-volt AC motor and designing a new electrical control panel. "It's been cool to bring it back to life," said Trevor Little who worked with Brandon Arkle, on the new electrical control panel. "The little digger is as realistic as it gets. It's a neat project knowing it's for the kids," said Ryan. #avista #avistacares #avistautilities #littledigger #mobiuskidsmuseum #downtown #fbf #mobiuskidschildrensmuseum #backhoe #spokane #createdin2005 #spokanewashington #lmtrucksales
  • The joy of a little boy on his favorite toy is captured and time. For over 20 years, a picture of Ryan Kettenburg, operating the popular "little digger" backhoe as a kindergartener claimed a spot on his parents fridge. Turns out the cherished picture was also a snapshot of Ryan's future. This kid-size backhoe has been a staple in downtown Spokane for decades. The past year the little digger, which has been at the Mobius Kids Children's Museum (@mobiuskids) since 2005, started showing its age. After thousands and thousands of rides, the hydraulics were in need of repair and a new motor was in order. Sent off to L&M Truck Sales Inc., the little digger was outfitted with new hydraulic cylinders. That however, didn't solve the motor issue. The little digger was made in Europe in the 1970s and with no owners manual, replacement parts or part numbers, replacing the motor became a big mystery. That's when Avista volunteered to take on the project. When the little digger arrived at the mechanical and structural shop at Avista, Ryan was surprised to have a piece of his childhood right there at work. "I told the guys I have a picture of me playing with this on my parents fridge. They didn't believe me at first," added Ryan. "My mom would take me down to the children's museum and I would play until the timer went off. I'd hop off and get right back in line. It was my passion as a kid, trying to be like my dad," said Ryan. "Whoever built this didn't want anyone to know how to repair it," added Dick Garrison, a mechanical structural journeyman with Avista. But a team of the best employees brainstormed ways to get the little digger back up and running. It came down to replacing the old motor with a new 110-volt AC motor and designing a new electrical control panel. "It's been cool to bring it back to life," said Trevor Little who worked with Brandon Arkle, on the new electrical control panel. "The little digger is as realistic as it gets. It's a neat project knowing it's for the kids," said Ryan. #avista #avistacares #avistautilities #littledigger #mobiuskidsmuseum #downtown #fbf #mobiuskidschildrensmuseum #backhoe #spokane #createdin2005 #spokanewashington #lmtrucksales
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