View Full Version : The best skid steer for the money?

10-02-2012, 11:19 AM
Hi guys, and thanks for taking a peek at my post..

I am interested in buying a skid steer in the near future.. I get so many calls from customers inquiring about "Bobcat work" and I don't even have that service listed on any of my ads..

So my question is, what is a good skid steer for the money? I run a small lawn care maintenance operation and will be using the skid steer for light work, i guess.. Mainly grading lots to prep them for sod installation, etc.

What's the best one to have? Also, which is better, tracks or wheels? In GA, we have NO snow! Will be used on dirty and mud only!

Thanks in advance.

10-02-2012, 05:28 PM
Kubota all the way!! I have used alot of different skid steers/compact track loaders and Kubota beats them all we have the SVL90, possibly larger than what you want but I am confident you would not be dissapointed in a Kubota SVL75 or SVL90

10-02-2012, 10:21 PM
Rentals all the way man, just add the rental fee into the estimate.

10-02-2012, 11:28 PM
What is your budget?

10-02-2012, 11:42 PM
My gehl is a pretty good bang for the buck. 2007 5640 with 6xx hrs. No problems and still on the original tires
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10-03-2012, 12:00 AM
Thanks for the input guys! I have a $10K budget. Looking to buy a used one obviously. I looked for a Kabuta skid steer, and found none used locally.. Only farm tractors.. I see everyone around here using Bobcat and Deere brand. I will look into Gehl.

Also, what difference does the HP make? I see some at 45 hp while others at 75+ hp. Does it make it lift heavier loads or push dirty more?

10-03-2012, 12:15 AM
As mentioned above, I would suggest renting different skids. This will allow you to figure out what size of skid you need for the jobs you will typically use it for and also what features you need/want.

10-03-2012, 08:09 AM
I you're doin sod get a machine that can lift 2500 lbs. i think mine is about 60 hp
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10-03-2012, 08:16 AM
I am in Ga as well and we run a New Holland Ls 180 with metal tracks. Great machine imo. You can find them used pretty easy. Rubber tracks will have lower impact on the ground but they are more expensive and you only get about a thousand hours on a set. Tires are cheaper. I was a mechanic for a local Caterpillar dealer a few years back and i like the cat skid steers but most of them are problematic. The only ones any good are 216 and 226 a and b models. Thats all i have experience with. Where in Ga are you?

10-03-2012, 08:23 AM
I second the gehl. Have a 4835 and it's very comfortable plus you can't beat the control setup

10-03-2012, 12:56 PM
There are a couple things to take into consideration when purchasing a Skidsteer:

-What dealers are around that can service or repair your machine?
If you buy a Gehl and there dealer is 3 hours away and say Bobcat dealers wont work on those machines, thats going to be a hassle.
Find out where you can get the machine you wish to puchase repaired or maintained.

-Try to buy a Skidsteer with low hours. I personally wouldn't buy anything with over 3000 hours. They can be very exensive to fix.
We had a drive motor go out on our Bobcat T250 track loader, and that cost us $5,500.

-With a $10,000 budget I dont think you can buy a decent Track loader. Bobcat T-190's that are decent start at like $15k and if its for sale for $10k there has to be something wrong with it.

-But for the light work you will be doing almost any skidsteer will work.
New Holland,Gehl, Bobcat. They are all good skidsteers we just happen to buy Bobcats because the dealer is practically in my backyard, and IMO they are one of the best brands out there.

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10-06-2012, 09:39 PM
I run johndeere. For 10 grand you need to rent. I just spent half that on tracks. And to the above post. I got 400 hrs on my last set of tracks. All depends on how much asphalt you are on. But remember this on owning a skid steer. Every time you get worked on. Plan on spending a few hundred dollars. If you rent it and it breaks they fix it.

10-06-2012, 10:23 PM
Here's my opinion....First off, how many calls are you actually getting and more importantly how many jobs have you landed. If your only talking a few here and there then rent one until you have consistent work for it and by consistent work I mean actually using it a bunch of times a season. For 10k your probably going to find something very old and in the 50'ish horse power range but old doesn't mean bad all the time, these things are made to run a long time if cared for. Ours is a 99 (I think) New Holland LX665 turbo and so far we've put about 3k into it but its made me 20 times that back! Just be prepared, when things break they can get very expensive. I dont like BobCats, I think they are too short and bounce everywhere, CAT's are pricey no matter their age, Case, NewHolland and JD seem to be work horses and keep running and can usually find them and parts for them relatively easy. Check in your area to see what dealers you have close by, there's no sense buying a NH or Case if there's no dealer close by or at least check with them to see if they can or would be willing to work on another brand. I've taken my NH to the BobCat dealer many times.

01-18-2013, 12:49 AM
i highly recommend the ASV/Terex line of skid steers, they have the lowest ground pressure and are incredibly easy to get used to, we have two of them, a older ASV RC30 and the new terex version (terex bought out ASV) both are 30 horse power and run amazing. we can spread a tandem tandem load of topsoil in 20 min tops with one machine, they work amazing, put 300 hours on the new one last summer and never had any problems with it