View Full Version : skid steer wanted for small jobs

05-17-2006, 12:46 PM
:) Hi I am looking for a small skid steer to move stuff around my yard. Dirt, Rocks, concrete, wood etc. I have been looking on ebay. I am interested in something that someone is trading in. I am a home user and do not have a ton of money. I have 3000.00 to spend on it. I do need it to be in good shape because I am not mechanically inclined. Bobcat, Cat etc. Thanks Joe Arminio 732-840-4186

05-17-2006, 01:45 PM
For $3,000 you could hire a guy with a skid loader for 30 to 40 hours, or, you could rent one for 15 times for a day rental.

If you buy a machine for $3,000 you will put $$ in it to keep it going, plus your time, and more time if you are not an experienced operator.

05-17-2006, 04:08 PM
You won't get much machine for $3,000. It takes at least $10-12K for a decent older, high hour machine and even those have their quirks. I'd suggest renting as needed.

gammon landscaping
05-18-2006, 01:03 AM
i think that could only be a down payment....if you buy one in that price range you are going to have some really nice lawn art in a few weeks

05-18-2006, 12:11 PM
$3000 will get you a wore out expensive machine requiring lots of repairs for a litttle use. Maybe save up another 2000 and get a older tractor and loader. It shouldn't rip up the lawn as bad as a skid loader.

05-21-2006, 01:55 PM
My advice is to think of a skid loader as an investment. You will have to spend at least 8,000 for a "in good shape because I am not mechanically inclined" kind of machine. My advice would be to buy one for a while then resell when needed. Alternatively you could get a machine for next to nothing BUT you had better learn to be a mechanic or have a really good friend who can help. I got my first skid steer at the age of 20 as a trade for a pile of trailer tires and spent the next year on and off rebuilding it. The machine is still used by me at home but requires periodic maintenance. I use it at the most twice a month and sometimes if it sits longer it needs more attention. Parts can be expensive unless you know where to go and are creative. Skid loaders are a lot of fun but can leave some pretty long lasting tracks in your lawn. Your choice comes down to work or money. Pay more money, get a machine with little trouble, get a cheap (or even free) machine and expect to put 100-300 hours into it as well as 2,000 or more in parts, especially on a newer hydrostatic machine. Maybe there's someone like you who bought a machine for his yard and has it sitting, and would do the work for you at minimmum cost just to get some experience using his "baby". Look around, you may be surprised who you meet!

05-21-2006, 02:05 PM
i dont think you could even find an abused dingo for 3g... renting might seem the way to go..

05-21-2006, 06:08 PM
I would rent. The Cat guy here wants $850 a day with bucket and paalet forks. If you need it shippied it could be as much as $200 dollars more but if you rent localy it will be like $50

05-22-2006, 02:05 PM
A skid steer is $850 a day? I can rent a 345BL for that.

05-24-2006, 10:02 AM
A skid steer is $850 a day? I can rent a 345BL for that.

Maybe he meant per week :confused:

05-24-2006, 10:34 AM
I hope so;)

05-24-2006, 01:12 PM
Maybe he meant per week :confused:
yep thats what I meant.

06-04-2006, 04:12 PM
It is possible to find a decent running skid steer for less than 3K BUT it will take some luck and looking in the local penysaver magazines....E bay may be another source BUT lots of competition there will more than likely keep the prces up...I bought a Gehl 4400 LH skid steer (older 4 cyl gas liquid cooled) machine for $2500 locally....I had one lift cylinder repacked for $180 (It still worked but I hate leaking fluids)....I spent a little on manuals (about $150) and replaced the fluids myself (easy to do even for those not too mechanically inclined)....I replaced the battery for $40....All together about $3K for a working and servicable machine....Good luck and keep looking...they are out there....