View Full Version : What is considered high hours for a skidsteer
11-07-2007, 10:59 AM
I know the question is very vague. But, I'm just curious if in general 1,000 hours is high or is it 2000 hours or more.
11-07-2007, 12:21 PM
It all depends on the maintenence used and abuse thruout the life of the machine ,Example I had a case 1845C with well over 9000 hers on it and it was still running like a champ ,that machine went over board twice ,well submerge in salt water but it was quickly pulled out and rinsed out properly ,but on a side note I will ad that as much as i desliked the tippsy nature of that machine imho is that the 1845C it's going to go down on history as the toughest and most reliable skidsteer ever built ,I might be exagerating a bit here but Im sure Im going to be close ,so to answer your question provably around 4000 hrs will be high hrs.
11-07-2007, 01:03 PM
its a pretty subjective question. I've seen machines that went and looked like junk at 1-2000 hours and other rigs that looked and operated excellent with 5-9 thousand hours. As far as I'm concerned, the only thing hour meters effect is resale value. Doesn't mean a whole lot to me.
I've heard of a bobcat with 24,000 hours:dizzy: :dizzy: Thats alot of hours
11-07-2007, 02:09 PM
any smaller machine with over 3500 is getting into unknown territory...anything over 5000 i would say stay away from...but then again we have loader we have owned from new with over 10,000 and it still runs alright, with a complete overhaul 2 years ago
11-07-2007, 02:35 PM
I've found that on average anything above 2,000 hours, in a skid steer, is pushing high hours. There will be exceptions to this rule, I've seen nice skid steers with 3,500 hours on them and I've seen junk skid swith 1,200 hours on them. I'd say 2,000-2,500 hours is typically a worn out skid steer. It also depends on the model too. Usually the larger machines will hold together better with higher hours.
11-07-2007, 06:20 PM
I still think hours are over rated.
11-07-2007, 08:07 PM
My dad never kept a skid steer any longer than 2000 hrs, all the hours were babied. His old ('91 & '92) Komatsu PC-60 excavators are heading towards 8500 and 9200 hrs and the only problems are the odd busted hydraulic line or leaky seal, but the buckets are self leveling, all bushings are worn out.
It all depends on the maintenance, if you see alot of black residue from around the pins, you'll know if it was greased alot, if it squeaks like a mouse and it's not even moving-RUN!
11-08-2007, 06:38 PM
Smaller skid steer loaders can be worn out with 1500 hours, even less with poor maintenance. As the size of the skid steer increases the average hours will increase. Because, as the skid steer gets larger so do all of the components, pins and bushings, engine, drive chains, axles and steel thickness. I have seen the larger skid steers, JD 270, Case 95XT with 6,000 and 7,000 hours. As 2109 Stang said, the 1845C was a great skid steer, partially because it was equipped with a huge engine that didn't have to work hard. Case used the same engine to power the full size backhoe loader. I don't like to see small engines in skid steer loaders that have to be run at full throttle to do the job, that will lead to a shorter engine and component life. In case anyone is interested I just posted some more cracked Bobcat loader arm pictures on my sponsor forum.
11-08-2007, 06:44 PM
that machine went over board twice ,well submerge in salt water but it was quickly pulled out and rinsed out properly
did anyone else notice this?...haha, what the heck happened there? Transporting it on a barge in rough seas or did one of your guys just fall asleep?
11-08-2007, 09:46 PM
Dirt Digger2;2026592]did anyone else notice this?...haha, what the heck happened there? Transporting it on a barge in rough seas or did one of your guys just fall asleep
Well you might not know ,but I live in an island where most houses have canals in the back and we do a lot of rip rap work and a lot of that work is done with ssl and most canals are deep enough to cover any ssl , also accidents happen, luckily nobody got hurt and the machine was quickly recovered.
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