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firecapt13
03-09-2006, 08:25 PM
I have a lawn maintenance business and am venturing into landscaping. I am trying to find out if i should buy a tractor or a skid steer. i have had numerous customers ask me about doing renovations for them and i think it would be a smart move. i have someone to cut my lawns for me. what is the best way to go about this direction without going overboard or overwhelmed. any comments from people who have done this please give your thoughts.

NEPSJay
03-09-2006, 08:48 PM
skid steer is way more productive than a compact tractor, hands down, no questions asked. Dont forget, you can always rent one or the other to figure out which one you like better and see which one suits your needs better. I'd rent for a while till your monthly rental bill is more than what a monthly loan payment would be on the machine. Then go buy a machine and rent speciality attachments as needed. good luck!

ynvvbr
03-09-2006, 08:55 PM
Jason,

are you doing maintenance up there?? Want some work???

Mike

NEPSJay
03-09-2006, 09:05 PM
yeah sure!!!! gimme a call mike.... u still got my number?

amvega
03-09-2006, 10:36 PM
A skid loader is faster and easier to manuver.

CAG
03-09-2006, 10:58 PM
it depends on what kind of jobs your doing.. light landscaping a little tractor, bigger jobs skid.. Watch out the skid will do a lot of ground damage..

lawnspecialties
03-09-2006, 11:51 PM
it depends on what kind of jobs your doing.. light landscaping a little tractor, bigger jobs skid.. Watch out the skid will do a lot of ground damage..

I'm with CAG. My New Holland TC33DA has been awesome for the landscape work I've been doing. Installs, light grading, etc. and I also use it for my mulch work, aeration, spreading, and such. If you're doing BIG stuff, get the skid, but if it's lighter stuff, the tractor is the way for me.

By the way, Raleigh firefighter here.:)

drsogr
03-10-2006, 09:11 AM
tc33 is a great little tractor. If you are just doing smaller jobs like what they are saying it is a great tractor. I rent them all the time

start2finish
03-10-2006, 10:33 PM
another positive is, attachments are cheaper for the tractor. I started with a tractor and have grown in to larger equipment, but we still run the tractor everyday. If I had to only have one, I would probably own the tractor. I would be a tough decision though.

Tim Wright
03-10-2006, 11:07 PM
I went with the tractor (NH TC35DA) for the ground damage control, because I am using it to finish grade lawns and don't want to have to fix ruts created by skid steer. I will rent skid steer when I need it.

Tim

captaingreen
03-12-2006, 10:07 AM
Your in the same boat I was in a few years ago. I would reccomend renting a mini track loader, such as Bobcat mt55, toro tx425 or ditch witch sk500 depending on what rental yards have there, that would give you a good feel for what you like. Mini tracks are highly productive for the kind of work your describing, they have worked great for me.

CNYScapes
03-12-2006, 06:34 PM
We put in about 30 paver walks last summer and probably dug out 27 of those by hand. Me and my helper can usually dig out a 3X30 walkway in about 1hr to 1.5hr. Seems to me like most of the time its not worth the time to load up the bobcat and haul it to the job. Obviously on bigger jobs it is worth the time to bring the machine with you.



Hook up to bobcat trailer
Load bobcat on trailer and strap down
Unstrap and unload bobcat at jobsite
Reload and Strap down bobcat on trailer
Unstrap and unload bobcat back at shop
Unhook trailer

OR

Dig out with shovel

jreiff
03-12-2006, 06:38 PM
Bobcat to excavate and move around base material and pavers or dig out by hand and wheelbarrow base material and pavers?????? I would use a Bobcat, save a back or two.

jreiff
03-12-2006, 06:41 PM
If a Bobcat is too big, you could always check out a Dingo or other mini skidsteers....

start2finish
03-12-2006, 09:07 PM
CNYScapes. we leave out a few of those steps.

Raise hood and check oil (should do anyway)
check tire pressure (should do anyway)

leave for job. We use our equipment almost everyday. It is still on the trailer from the day before.

firecapt13
03-16-2006, 10:01 PM
thanks for the comments. I think ill rent both and see what i like