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PerfiCut L&L
10-08-2008, 09:37 PM
We are looking to pick up a skid loader which can lift pallets of stone 2000-3000#. Many of the manufacturers list their unit specs as Operating Capacities, most in the 1700-2300 range. Some list their tipping capacities, again, varying from 2700# - 4500#.

Obviously we wouldnt want to use a machine with the lower end ratings, but I figure a mid to upper end model would suffice. I would like to pick up a JCB, but am willing to consider just about any make or model. Personaly, I would like to stay away from the bobcats (personal experience reasons) .

Just looking to see what unit(s) and models everyone is using and what their real life limitations are.

ksss
10-08-2008, 09:52 PM
I have a CASE 465 that we do our heavy lifting with. Very stable at full ROC. I would try and find a machine in the Over 3000 ROC range. This would be CASE 95XT/465, Gehl 7200 series, Deere 328, and NH L190. These are all wheeled machines. If you are looking for a CTL there are others. JCB does not have a machine in this class.

bobcat_ron
10-08-2008, 09:53 PM
Bobcat S250-330
Cat 256C-272C

Those are the wheeled ones I know of.

mrsops
10-08-2008, 10:11 PM
BOBCAT S330 :weightlifter:

Canon Landscaping
10-08-2008, 10:31 PM
My deere ct 322 will unload 3500lb pallets easy.

Hollowellreid
10-08-2008, 11:05 PM
I unload 3500# + pallets of pavers, bluestone, etc with a 1845c regularly. It's tippy as can be and kind of scary, but basically gets the job done...

I think they are only rated for 1700 lbs or so.

MRBsx2
10-08-2008, 11:14 PM
I run a deere 250 and it lifts any stone pallet fine takes off of trucks and can load back on truck the only pallets it has trouble with are the 85lb heavy wall block pallets other then that the machine is strong...Next time i get a new skid though i am going to get the bigger model prolly the 325. i do a lot of natural stone work and block and brick and the skid lifts those pallets fine

pieperlc
10-08-2008, 11:40 PM
Our 252B cat will lift 3000 lbs on and off trucks easily. I think its ROC is 2500 lbs. I know it won't lift two pallets weighing 2600 lbs. each. I tried the other day just to see if it could do it. I could slide them around but not lift the far end off the ground.

stuvecorp
10-08-2008, 11:59 PM
I unload 3500# + pallets of pavers, bluestone, etc with a 1845c regularly. It's tippy as can be and kind of scary, but basically gets the job done...

I think they are only rated for 1700 lbs or so.

How many weights are hanging on the back? There is alot in town with tractor weights bolted to the rear door(jd green is not complimentary).

My 70XT with VTS picks stuff big time.

Gravel Rat
10-09-2008, 12:07 AM
What about buying a dedicated offroad forklift if all your doing is unloading skids of paving stones.

stuvecorp
10-09-2008, 12:20 AM
What about buying a dedicated offroad forklift if all your doing is unloading skids of paving stones.

If the machine is staying in the yard that is a good option. I would love to have a forklift that stays at the shop.

Gravel Rat
10-09-2008, 12:33 AM
You can get one of those moffit mounty forklifts they lift 5000lbs or a Waldon forklift.


http://www.waldonequipment.com/5100_forklift.asp

http://www.waldonequipment.com/6000c_forklift.asp

Backyard Depot
10-09-2008, 10:52 AM
We have a JD 280 with 3 weights on each side. I carefully pull 4000 lb pallets off a semi. 3000 lb retaining block or paver pallets no problem. I've moved 4600 lb pallets around the yard.

PerfiCut L&L
10-09-2008, 08:39 PM
we need the multi function role of a skid otherwise we would consider a forklift.

Thanks for the feedback. THis gives me an idea as to real world abilities vs brochure specs.

Mr. Rain
10-09-2008, 10:57 PM
If heavy lifting and pallet work are primary functions for your machine, I would definitely rule out any radial lift machine. The Deere and New Holland lift geometry is arguably the best for all out lifting power, with the Deere being a little beefier to handle the hydraulic capability.

Gravel Rat
10-09-2008, 11:11 PM
Here is another option it converts a skid to a conventional forklift it may cost a little more money but its a good option.

http://www.skidsteersolutions.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=TELE%2DFORK%2D42&Show=TechSpecs

Backyard Depot
10-10-2008, 09:30 AM
If heavy lifting and pallet work are primary functions for your machine, I would definitely rule out any radial lift machine. The Deere and New Holland lift geometry is arguably the best for all out lifting power, with the Deere being a little beefier to handle the hydraulic capability.

I agree,sold our New Holland LX985 after we bought the JD 280. No complaints about either one. The Deere seems to be a little more stable with the heaviest pallets but the 985 was a great machine also for what we needed. Basically came down to a tax situation/time to trade. I would like a set of VTS tracks for the JD 280. You DON'T go on soft ground with it without tracks. Ours is on gravel at the store, but on residential or wet condition construction jobs I have to rent a track job if I need a large loader.

AWJ Services
10-10-2008, 10:30 AM
My Tl140 Has a roc of 2000 pounds and I unload most anything with it.
It has no counterweights.

bobcat_ron
10-10-2008, 10:32 AM
Here is another option it converts a skid to a conventional forklift it may cost a little more money but its a good option.

http://www.skidsteersolutions.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=TELE%2DFORK%2D42&Show=TechSpecs

That's a better system IMO, it still keeps the load down low and keeps the loader arms down while lifting.

Gravel Rat
10-10-2008, 03:47 PM
Even a undersized skid steer would beable to lift heavy pallets off because your not lifting the arms. You could hang some counterweight off the back.

Nothing beats a forkift for unloading trucks I should know I have been running forklift since I was 14. Running forklifts with no brakes or ones that are maxed to capacity.