View Full Version : What is the best kind of Skid Steer Out There?

Matt .B
12-13-2001, 01:26 AM
I was wondering what was the best kind of skid steer out on the market? (new holland, bobcat, gehl, cat,case...etc) The heaviest thing it would have to lift would be pallets of fertilizer(2500lbs) once in a while. I have a Boomer compact tractor now. I luv it. It works real slick. But it just doesn't have the power that i need. Especally the break out force.

12-13-2001, 10:40 AM
Welcome to Lawnsite, there are many knowledgable individuals who have invaluable opinions on this very subject. Unfortunately, this subject has been explored in depth and to death. Do a search on "skidsteer" and you'll have more info than you can read in a sitting. Just remember to do a search before you ask a new question and that will keep you out of hot water with the Lawnsite crowd. My $.02 is new holland, lx180, bigger skids and smaller tractors.


12-13-2001, 10:48 AM
Welcome !

And follow SCL's instructions and you'll be well on your way.

But I can't imagine how someone from Wisconsin could be looking at anything but a Gehl.... :)

Randy Scott
12-14-2001, 10:10 PM
I just bought a new John Deere 250, pretty happy with it so far. Went off a friends recommendation that has alot of experience with a wide variety of brands and also some of his workers that have tried different machines and as a whole they all liked the JD the best. I suppose it will be alot like vehicles and personal preference will play a part. Like I said, he set me up with his salesman and the guy was great to work with, was fair, did side by side comparisons without bashing other machines. He just pointed out what JD had to offer compared to some others, real professional like. I had a CASE dealer meet me out in the field and stood there for 20 minutes bashing every other brand around. If CASE was the best in the world I wouldn't buy from that jacka$$!
As far as lift capacity, my 250 has the weight kit and can lift 2000 lbs. safely, (1750 capacity without weight kit) I haven't tried to pick up a pallet of fertilizer yet but I have picked up pallets of sod, which held 50 rolls. I am assuming that has got to be over 2000 lbs, not sure though. It did make it a little tippy but I only moved it on level ground not too far.
I would say to talk to dealers to get ideas on what they cost and get specs. off the internet on all the machines to do an apple to apple comparison on features and cost. There are so many and thus resulting in so many choices, they are all going to have their pro's and con's. Good luck.

Remo Sid
12-28-2001, 10:54 PM
I would recomend anything but a Ghel. The city I work for has one and it is one more un-controllable piece of equiptment.

01-16-2002, 10:51 AM
I just saw Remo's post.....

Remo, you know what they say about the craftsman who blames his tools? ;)

General Grounds
02-06-2002, 11:01 PM
:blob3: CAT CAT CAT, great skid steer, very easy to use and manuver. pistal grips no foot pedals and alot of room on the floor. i have my cat almost a year without any problems, just added a weight kit and can easily pick-up a pallet of fert. dealer support is outsatnding and finacing was a piece of cake. not a bad name behind you also. T

02-06-2002, 11:28 PM
in my opinion when it comes to equipment every brand has its pros and cons. what a purchaser must do is decide which brand has less cons that will effect what u will use it for and the most pros for what u will use it for. best thing to do is to DEMO no better way to decide then to use it! i also agree with stonehenge, its all up to the user :-)

02-15-2002, 02:29 AM
how do the pistol grips work? I like the idea of no foot controls, on our LS 190, they are stiff (by design it only has 150 hours) and I have a hard time controlling the machine. But i don't have many hours

Wilburn Parks
02-22-2002, 02:08 PM
Everybody likes to tell every new person to do a search. I for one don't mind seeing the same questions asked every now and then, because there are new members with new information or new models are out from last time question was asked with new options or better equipment. Besides, I bet there are not to many new questions that can be asked on this site. Questions that are asked about how much to charge for this lot or this job are kinda stupid to ask as every job is unique and every area of the country is different. Maybe questions should be asked for helpful hints, what tools or equipment can I use for this type of job? This is a good site but I know you can' please everyone

03-23-2002, 09:08 AM
CAT IS THE WAY TO GO....... I just bought a CAT 246 TURBO its a great machine. I looked all around at Bobcat, New Holland, Case, John Deere but let me tell you there is nothing better than a CAT. Two of my friends have CATS, they love them. You spend 30 minutes with the joy stick controls and you are loving life. My CAT can pick up a pallet of fert, pavers no problem. I was very impressed by the CAT team regarding service, sales & financing. I am so glad my friends showed my way.

05-19-2002, 10:32 PM
I have a New Holland LS170. I love it. its awesome..

05-19-2002, 11:50 PM
the best skid steer for you may not be the best skid steer for me. It all depends on how often you will use it, what type of work you will use it for, how deep your pockets are, etc.

We looked at many different skid steers before finally deciding not to buy a skid steer, and buy a power-trac, with numerous attachments instead. we already have a massey ferguson tractor(loads mulch and dirt, and sometimes used to put debris in dumpster), and towmotor(pallets of salt) for at the warehouse.

you just have to try out as many as you can ,and decide which one will best suit your needs.

05-24-2002, 11:05 PM
I have a Cat 248 that I love! As mentioned, the controls are a dream and very easy to adapt to coming out of a wheel loader or Hydro dozer. The controls and the fact that I'm 10 minutes from the Cat dealer is what sold me. I had demoed Case and John Deere, rented a Bobcat and have used my buddies new New Holland (a disapointment). I still believe the Cat is a friendlier machine.

I've had mine for 3 years and have only greased and changed the oil. No other repairs, other than a hydro hose I pinched on one of the attachments. I regularly off load 3500 lbs. pallets of brick from my trucks although the machine is only rated for 2000.

One other machine that has caught my attention is the new dual steer machine by Bobcat. At the flip of a switch, you go from 4 wheel crab style steering to standard skid steer. This should save a lot of wear on the tires and turf. I'd like to demo one, and as I understand, Bobcat is now offering Cat style controls.

One more note: If you haven't tried one, I highly recommend a 4 way bucket. You wouldn't believe the amount of labor one of these will save you. Once you get the hang of it, you can clean up a pile of dirt leaving behind only a few shovels full. It's very versitle as well, the clamping feature has hundreds of uses. This attachment will pay for itself in no time!