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Gravel Rat
09-27-2008, 03:14 PM
Like the title says I was looking at one yesterday. I can see why you guys like the them they look pretty sturdily built. This one has steel tracks and it looks equivilant to a 161 Kubota. It looks a little better built compared to the Kubota. The Cat has a coffin cab thou I would have to run it with the front window open if the door is closed.

I won't beable to try it out because I don't know the operator or company.

bobcat_ron
09-27-2008, 09:02 PM
I have sat in both a Kubota 121 and a Cat 304, I still liked the Cat better, there's a little more steel in the boom and the swing boom and thumb were on the pilots with corresponding rocker/slider switches.

forestfireguy
09-27-2008, 11:43 PM
I've run a 305, it's a nice machine, really smooth, good power for a machine it's size, it had a hydraulic thumb, big big plus........

P.Services
09-27-2008, 11:49 PM
the 305 i have is growing on me. i wish they had a size between a 305 and a 308. im going to look at a deere 60 75 or 85

Planet Landscaping
09-28-2008, 07:39 AM
Hows the price compare to the Kubota???

bobcat_ron
09-28-2008, 11:05 AM
the 305 i have is growing on me. i wish they had a size between a 305 and a 308. im going to look at a deere 60 75 or 85


Don't go for a Deere 60, it's a nice size, but the cab will really feel smaller than the Cat, if you want Deere/Hitachi, I'd say go for the 75, it's cab is huge compared to the 27-60 sizes.

P.Services
09-28-2008, 12:10 PM
yeah the cab on a 50d is kinda small. just a bit smaller then the cat so i figure the 60 cab will be the same as the 50.

bobcat_ron
09-28-2008, 01:54 PM
yeah the cab on a 50d is kinda small. just a bit smaller then the cat so i figure the 60 cab will be the same as the 50.

They use the same platform cab on the 60 as the 50's, it was to make more room for the engine and get the tail end for better balance, sometimes as an excavator manufacturer, you need to sacrifice cab space for other more important items, and they save money by not making an entirely new cab just for one size of machine.

Scag48
09-28-2008, 02:44 PM
The 60D sure does sound appealing, what a great size. However like mentioned, Deere mini cabs are incredibly small. Do you have a Komatsu dealer near you Picasso? Komatsu hoes are starting to grow on me and their mini cabs are HUGE.

bobcat_ron
09-28-2008, 02:53 PM
Look at the Komatsu, they are doing a Kansas City Shuffle to their medium excavator lines.

ksss
09-28-2008, 03:23 PM
The 60D sure does sound appealing, what a great size. However like mentioned, Deere mini cabs are incredibly small. Do you have a Komatsu dealer near you Picasso? Komatsu hoes are starting to grow on me and their mini cabs are HUGE.


The Deere salesman called on Friday. I told him when they get a 60 in to call me. I really liked the looks of that machine at Conexpo. I did not that the cab was too bad. I liked the beefiness of the machine. Much better built than the 50 which is just too light. I really like the idea of a machine in the 14K weight class. Only Deere and IHI have a machine in this class that I know of.

coopers
09-28-2008, 04:20 PM
So KSSS, did they have the 60D in?

ksss
09-28-2008, 04:25 PM
So KSSS, did they have the 60D in?

No they don't. I have not seen one since ConExpo. I would really like to run one. They roughly priced it at around 70 loaded, which if that gets a coupler, thumb and a couple buckets would be competative.

coopers
09-28-2008, 04:29 PM
Huh, interesting. I wonder if our Deere guys have them in yet? Do you need a machine in that class?

ksss
09-28-2008, 04:41 PM
Huh, interesting. I wonder if our Deere guys have them in yet? Do you need a machine in that class?

I would consider one when the TK is ready to be replaced which will be a while yet.