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Lawnut101
04-15-2010, 08:45 PM
I am looking at getting either a skid steere or a tractor of some sort. What do you guys prefer and why? I will be doing landscape installs, moving materials and snow removal with it.

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Crash
04-15-2010, 09:07 PM
Both,

But if I could only have one, probably the skid for what you're doing.

JB1
04-15-2010, 09:23 PM
both works great for us also.

Lawnut101
04-16-2010, 12:14 AM
Hmm... Well, I can't buy both right now lol

I am thinking a small tractor would be great for getting into yards with. It seems like it would cause the least amount of turf damage.

shooterm
04-16-2010, 11:47 AM
2 Speed Tracked Skidloader. Only thing better a tractor will do is run a PTO or mow larger jobs to which your tractor is no longer manuverable.

FLCthes4:11-12
04-16-2010, 09:20 PM
Get the skidsteer and get one big enough to handle pallets of everything. The thing is useless if you cant unload a truck or move full pallets of materials around. But I still love to run a tractor if im plowing or mowing

Jb3NH
04-18-2010, 11:11 AM
I've ran a tractor for a few years now. Its worked out great, though there have been a couple times where I'd wished i'd had a skidsteer. If i do, it'll have rubber tracks. For what your doing skid is probably the way to go.

Lawnut101
04-18-2010, 12:07 PM
What size horsepower should I be looking for in a skid steere?

Superior L & L
04-18-2010, 12:17 PM
get a used Bobcat T-190 or similar. Strong enough to lift a pallet but not to big that it destroys everything it drives over. A skid is way more useful.

Lawnut101
04-18-2010, 12:40 PM
get a used Bobcat T-190 or similar. Strong enough to lift a pallet but not to big that it destroys everything it drives over. A skid is way more useful.

Thanks. I will look into one of those. How many hours are alright on a used one?

CALandscapes
04-18-2010, 05:03 PM
We have a Bobcat T-190. Next time we'll get a T-250 (or equivalent from other manf.) or larger.

ajslands
04-18-2010, 05:08 PM
A skid tears up the grass unless it's tracked and a tractor can but dosent as much. I think skids can usually lift a little higher, depending on which one you get, some tractors can't take pallet forks, skid ster has WAY more attachments,
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FLCthes4:11-12
04-18-2010, 10:34 PM
I think i would rather have a new skid with tires than a well used one on tracks. It doesnt tear up much if you operate it right. Pull in, back out and long sweeping turns. Then get a set of metal track for jobs where you are grading and muddy and off pavement.

Lawnut101
04-20-2010, 01:27 AM
I am thinking about buying a skid. There is a Case 1840 around me for pretty cheap. Is that an alright model?