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xtreem3d
07-05-2010, 03:22 PM
wanting opinions about which mini track loader is the best and anything i need to consider so i am not sorry later..will probably be a used unit.
TIA
Steve

DVS Hardscaper
07-05-2010, 04:48 PM
This is what I tell people:


We have a local rental company that has like 5 or 6 locations in MD and VA.

They used to have Dingos and got rid of them. They were experiencing excessive, expensive mechanical problems after they get some hours on 'em.

They switched to Ditchwitch and have been content ever since......





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Steiner
07-05-2010, 05:12 PM
I have used the toro 425 and the DW500. My preference was the DW500 by far. Search for that thread, the other guys posted a ton of great info.

4 seasons lawn&land
07-05-2010, 05:12 PM
I want an ASV RC 30 so bad! I wouldnt get a walk behind. Ive rented them quite a bit because all I had was a single axle trailer. They are a drag compared to a sit in. Only alternative to the ASV is the little wheeled bobcat 70 or a walk behind.

zedosix
07-05-2010, 08:52 PM
I find they are clumsy and tiring to use. I would agree with 4 season and at least try out a tracked skidsteer like the asv.

4 seasons lawn&land
07-05-2010, 09:16 PM
the ASV is a real track loader!

xtreem3d
07-05-2010, 09:44 PM
Thanks for the replies...i currently own 4 skid steers and am liking the idea of a small walk behind track machine as long as it can dig and lift with reasonable productivity, i don't expect it to out work my fullsize machines, it also seems like a walkbehind version would be quite manuverable in small spaces
Steve
PS do all attachments interchange like full size skids?

4 seasons lawn&land
07-05-2010, 10:28 PM
pretty sure the WB's will only run their own attachments. Not 100%.

dnltractor
07-05-2010, 11:48 PM
I have a 05 asv rc30 and about 4 attachments in excellent condition , I have had it since about 700 hrs im the second owner and now have almost 1400 hours on it , I do primarily grading type work and construction site clean ups and this machine is worth its weight in gold , I love it and am planning on purchasing either a takeuchi tl 220 or 230 this year to go with it , I get so much work with it just because of its small size and ability to fit in those tight areas , I am the only one in my area with this size skid and have pretty much captured this corner of the market in my area , people are always amazed at the things I can do with this machine , pound for pound its a real workhorse

ppl
07-06-2010, 12:20 AM
I have run several different walk behinds track loaders. I have found that the MT 55 is the best one that I have used. It has a high track setup and is shorter then most. It has a 550 lifting cap. The other ones digo and dw have an inline track with drive motor and they seem to pop tracks off alot. The controls on the MT are easy to work over the DW. Plus the MT is diesel. The only thing that I do not like is reverse is very slow.

STL Ponds and Waterfalls
07-06-2010, 05:41 PM
Thanks for the replies...i currently own 4 skid steers and am liking the idea of a small walk behind track machine as long as it can dig and lift with reasonable productivity, i don't expect it to out work my fullsize machines, it also seems like a walkbehind version would be quite manuverable in small spaces
Steve
PS do all attachments interchange like full size skids?

All I see running around here are MT55's. I never see any Dingo's or DW's but this area is swamped with Bobcat brand tractors.

P.Services
07-06-2010, 06:09 PM
Hands down by leaps and bounds the best track machine is the ditch witch sk650. Nothing else is even close. You MUST run one before you buy a different brand. I could talk about the machine for an hour, instead I will just say go demo one. And I saw a lightly used one the other day for 14k. New I think they are 26-28
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xtreem3d
07-06-2010, 08:48 PM
Hands down by leaps and bounds the best track machine is the ditch witch sk650. Nothing else is even close. You MUST run one before you buy a different brand. I could talk about the machine for an hour, instead I will just say go demo one. And I saw a lightly used one the other day for 14k. New I think they are 26-28
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i think i will do that..i was contacted by a rep today who saw my post..

STL Pond...what do you use to dig ponds in backyards?
steve

P.Services
07-06-2010, 09:16 PM
That's funny, that's how ditch witch got ahold of me also. They saw my post on lawnsite and called me out of the blue.
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Littlea
07-07-2010, 08:05 AM
Thanks for the replies...i currently own 4 skid steers and am liking the idea of a small walk behind track machine as long as it can dig and lift with reasonable productivity, i don't expect it to out work my fullsize machines, it also seems like a walkbehind version would be quite manuverable in small spaces
Steve
PS do all attachments interchange like full size skids?

OK, Allow me.

No not all attachments are interchangeable. Bobcat uses the bobtach mount plate, thus restricting you to only bobcat attachments.. Kanga and Gravely (only made a few) can have the old Kanga style mount plate, you need to question. You are looking for a mini-skid with a universal mount plate. Vermeer, DW, BOXER, and Dingo all use the universal mount plate.

I do business with cpecdirect.com. They have a ton of used mini-skids and they stand behind them with a fleet of 200 service techs across the US. They were offering 7000 off some new BOXERs. Diesels to be exact.

pikewillis1
07-07-2010, 05:04 PM
This is what I tell people:


We have a local rental company that has like 5 or 6 locations in MD and VA.

They used to have Dingos and got rid of them. They were experiencing excessive, expensive mechanical problems after they get some hours on 'em.

They switched to Ditchwitch and have been content ever since......





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What rental company was it in MD VA?

STL Ponds and Waterfalls
07-07-2010, 05:54 PM
i think i will do that..i was contacted by a rep today who saw my post..

STL Pond...what do you use to dig ponds in backyards?
steve

Most of the time a shovel. If the job is big or I'm doing a patio/wall work I sub it out to my buddy which he uses a Bobcat 332E trackhoe or his T190. Most of the time I rent a MT55 to move base rock around and backfilling, but I work more than I need to since I'm cheap and a one man band for the most part. Although I'm pushing 40 and I need a diesel truck and a skiddy SOON!

fl-landscapes
07-07-2010, 06:34 PM
OK, Allow me.

No not all attachments are interchangeable. Bobcat uses the bobtach mount plate, thus restricting you to only bobcat attachments.. Kanga and Gravely (only made a few) can have the old Kanga style mount plate, you need to question. You are looking for a mini-skid with a universal mount plate. Vermeer, DW, BOXER, and Dingo all use the universal mount plate.

I do business with cpecdirect.com. They have a ton of used mini-skids and they stand behind them with a fleet of 200 service techs across the US. They were offering 7000 off some new BOXERs. Diesels to be exact.

cpcdirect is a great company. I just bought a 425D and they were great to deal with. 7000 off was a great deal as well. One track had a deep cut in it when I took shipment. They sent a tech out with in a few days and replaced the track....no questions asked. Great company and a great machine.