View Full Version : Deere 320 or Cat 248

08-29-2012, 01:45 AM
Hello all,

Hoping to tap into the valuable wealth of experience here.

Im looking to buy one of 2 machines, hoping to get some opinions on which way to go.

2006 Deere 320 $14000
2000 hours
bucket and forks
open cab

2003 Cat 248 $15000
high flow
72 bucket
2200 hours
closed cab and heat

to be used for gravel drive maintenance and snow removal on my acreage as well as snow removal on a couple commercial lots, just for stacking as my buddy is doing the plowing in his truck. The snow will be 5-10 days a year max.

looking for opinions on price, hours, stability, vertical vs radial lift, cab vs no cab etc.
Thanks in advance.

08-29-2012, 09:30 AM
I'm asssuming that it is a B series since it has high flow. I would go with the 248. You're getting 12 net hp more, a good high flow system and an enclosed cab for $1000 more. I wouldn't want to do any snow work with an open cab so the heat would be nice and dry, the high flow will offer you some increased options in the future (maybe a snowblower??) and it will help the resale. Good luck with your choice.

08-29-2012, 09:37 AM
Cat. If you are a portly gentleman, you will appreciate the easier entry and exit of the larger cab opening. And the visibility is better too when the loader arms are up slightly, and another bonus, the loader on the Cat isn't goofy.
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08-29-2012, 09:38 AM
Thx for the reply Digdeep!
Btw, I may mistaken, but I'm pretty sure it is not a B series. I'm basing this on a serial number lookup and year made, plus the decals simply say "248", but it definitely has high flow.
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08-29-2012, 12:16 PM
Thx Ron,

What do you mean by goofy?
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08-29-2012, 01:28 PM
I hate their loaders, lots of farmers here complain about the booms and view to the wheels compared to Bobcat and Cat's vertical path loaders.
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08-29-2012, 01:40 PM
Oh I see. I though the 248 had a radial loader?
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08-29-2012, 01:44 PM
Yes. And for the record, there is a Deere sales rep that is driving around our area trying like hell to sell a 318D, the last place it was dropped off at, our customer said they hated it with a passion. Terrible pilot control and when they carry round bales, they can't see a damn thing with the loader blocking the side view, so they end up going backwards with only tunnel vision on the rear. Piss poor design.
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08-29-2012, 02:39 PM
Good to know !
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09-08-2012, 12:04 PM
Machine is back on the market. Guy said only leaks were at the aux hydraulics. Seems obvious by the photos here. Anything else i should be leery of, esp since the last deal fell through?

09-08-2012, 04:11 PM
It needs a bath and are those solid tires? If so, watch out for leaking axle seals and worn out bearings..

09-08-2012, 05:29 PM
yup they are solid tires.... is that a deal breaker?

Ive used skid steers plenty in the past, but not an expert by any stretch, and definitely not a mechanic.

This guy seems like a straight shooter (farmer), but i can't really afford what my local place wants for a full inspection, so i have to give it a good once over myself.

lots of other good machines out there, newer, less hours, mostly deeres, and a few bobcats, but this is the only entry at this price line for a machine with enclosed cab and heat.

09-09-2012, 11:32 PM
LOL just went out to this guys farm to buy the 248. Turns out I've been talking to his wife, trying to sell the machine via email. Turns out the guy actually did sell it last week. Son in law broke the news to her while i was there.. She says to him "well, where's the money?" lol priceless !