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neversatisfiedj
03-14-2006, 12:50 PM
I am going to buy a skid steer this weekend (used) Looking at
Bobcat 773 or better
Cat 226 or better
New Holland LS170
John Deere 240

thepawnshop
03-14-2006, 01:54 PM
I like the deere.

Digdeep
03-14-2006, 02:40 PM
What are you going to do with it? The application range will factor heavily into the type of machie you buy, i.e. truck loading (ROC, wheel base length, two speed, dump reach, etc.) excavating (hp, radial or vertical preference, ROC, cab height for basements), landscaping (wheel base, ROC, aux hyd.). It's hard to narrowly define the type of machine you should buy without first identifying what you plan to do with it.

Signature Landscaping1
03-14-2006, 02:48 PM
Cat 226, 246

Scag48
03-14-2006, 03:03 PM
I like the deere.

Yeah I bet you do!

In all reality, if you can get by Bobcat's control system and lousy visibility I'm sure you'll be fine. Deere is about the same way, although Deere's visibility is good when the boom arms are down, but it's not so good when they are partially raised. I do like Deere's lift off panels to service the engine, that's a nice feature.

Now, if you've read the excavator purchasing threads we've been having, you're aware of the Cat arguments on pricing. I can tell you one thing I know absolutely for sure and that is that Cat is EXTREMELY competitive in their skid steer pricing. When we bought our machine 216 Bobcat wanted another $2k for a similiarly equipped S130.

neversatisfiedj
03-14-2006, 04:39 PM
Will I be fine with a CAT 226 for hardscapes. Excavating patios and walls (residential) Are they all self leveling ?

Scag48
03-14-2006, 04:48 PM
Self levelling? As in bucket levelling? It's an option, we have it on our machine, but I never use it. It's pretty much as waste of time unless you're doing a ton of truck loading and even then I don't use it.

As far as a 226 for hardscapes, it might not be enough machine for you. If you're having to off-load pallets of stone, pavers, etc. you will need a bigger machine.

ksss
03-14-2006, 06:15 PM
I found the self leveling feature about equally worthless. I ordered one machine with it and I never used it either. If your any kind of operator you level it manually and usually the way the pallet or bucket of dirt needs to be positioned isn't always the way the machine is thinking it should be done.

Scag48
03-14-2006, 10:19 PM
Good point Kaiser. You can't heap the bucket with self levelling without it spilling everywhere. Self levelling is for very inexperienced or "lazy" operators. IMO, you don't need it.

7 IRON
03-15-2006, 02:25 PM
Go With The Deere.Just Make Sure The Dealer PIPs Were All Completed.They
Made Some Improvements To The Machine which the Dealer took Care Of.

Tigerotor77W
03-15-2006, 07:50 PM
7 IRON, for future reference, you posts may look a little clearer if you don't type with all caps on. The boards automatically set all caps to first-letter caps only.

7 IRON
03-16-2006, 10:04 AM
Thanks Tigerotor77w.Being a newbie,still learning the ropes.:)

thepawnshop
03-16-2006, 10:53 AM
Just Make Sure The Dealer PIPs Were All Completed.

I'll bite....what are "Dealer PIPS"

7 IRON
03-16-2006, 10:59 AM
"Product Improvement Programs".Basically,Deere's way of fixing there
booboo's.:usflag:

Tigerotor77W
03-16-2006, 04:48 PM
Not a problem 7 Iron. Welcome to the boards. :)

Do you work for a Deere dealer?

7 IRON
03-16-2006, 10:38 PM
Not a problem 7 Iron. Welcome to the boards. :)

Do you work for a Deere dealer?



Will anyone hold it against me?:laugh: I actually have been in the business
for about ten years.Love John Deere,But not closed minded!There is a lot of
very good competition out there and enjoy listening to everyone's experiences:clapping:

AintNoFun
03-16-2006, 11:05 PM
ive had a new holland ls170 and now have a cat 246. i loved the new holland great machine no problems, etc. but the cat is like a mercedes compared to the new holland.. i'd never buy anythign but cat again although its pricey..

Tigerotor77W
03-17-2006, 02:06 AM
Will anyone hold it against me?:laugh: I actually have been in the business
for about ten years.Love John Deere,But not closed minded!There is a lot of
very good competition out there and enjoy listening to everyone's experiences:clapping:

Absolutely not! Glad to have you here... man, is this board growing!