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treemover
12-19-2012, 11:56 PM
Any body running them? how do you like them? thinking of adding one or maybe a 7-8k track loader. Have a bobcat mt 50 located for 4k with 1200 hours. Tired of hauling around a 12000 lb machine all of the time.

SRT8
12-20-2012, 12:17 AM
Any body running them? how do you like them? thinking of adding one or maybe a 7-8k track loader. Have a bobcat mt 50 located for 4k with 1200 hours. Tired of hauling around a 12000 lb machine all of the time.

We run an MT52, it is a great machine. We have the trencher and tiller attachments.
I heard that the MT50's have problems? I have never ran one but thats what i heard. You should do more research on them.
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S-205
12-20-2012, 12:39 AM
The bobcats do require their own mounting plate and attachments as far as I know, which can be a downfall when renting attachments. The 52 is definitely a refined version of the 50, it had issues like all machines do

DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING
12-20-2012, 06:35 AM
We purchased a Vermeer 600 tx diesel about 6 months ago and have used it quite a bit now. We like it because it is compact, powerful and we throw it on our single axle 5*10 trailer.
They are a good investment in my opinion
Good luck
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Digdeep
12-20-2012, 08:10 AM
You may also want to look at a Terex PT30. It's a little wider than most walk behinds (48"), but offers characteristics similar to a track loader. I've used both Bobcats, Dingos and a PT30 and unless you really need a width narrow than 48" or have issues with getting in and out of a cab, the PT30 outworked the walk behinds- traction, speed, ground clearance, lift height, flotation, bucket breakout, and it has a heated enclosed cab for cold or wet weather ( a big plus here in WI considering we're in blizzard conditions here right now!).

S-205
12-20-2012, 11:28 AM
I utilized my ramrod in many situations that a pt30 wouldn't fit. If you plan on using it in between gates, for sod installs and such get a walk behind unit or stand on. It sounds like you have more skid steer style work though. A pt30 still weighs over 3k pounds, so you can't put it on a single axle like you could an mt52. The work you're doing with it will determine your route

Digdeep
12-20-2012, 12:30 PM
I utilized my ramrod in many situations that a pt30 wouldn't fit. If you plan on using it in between gates, for sod installs and such get a walk behind unit or stand on. It sounds like you have more skid steer style work though. A pt30 still weighs over 3k pounds, so you can't put it on a single axle like you could an mt52. The work you're doing with it will determine your route

Well said, if width and getting in and out of a machine are problems than a walk behind is a better choice. Towing 3,300lbs around these days isn't that difficult though. My fiancé's Honda Ridgeline can do that easily.

bobcat_ron
12-20-2012, 03:41 PM
The MT52's are a ton of fun to run. I get the chance to use one with a client and it amazes me what it can do.
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SRT8
12-20-2012, 04:09 PM
The MT52's are a ton of fun to run. I get the chance to use one with a client and it amazes me what it can do.
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They are real money makers if you have the work for them.
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treemover
12-20-2012, 09:26 PM
I am wanting the smaller size since we already run large track loaders. I could not find to much bad about the 50, tracks come off a little easy, maintenance items are hard to access. Anybody run into any major problems?

Premier Landscaping
12-20-2012, 09:44 PM
I am wanting the smaller size since we already run large track loaders. I could not find to much bad about the 50, tracks come off a little easy, maintenance items are hard to access. Anybody run into any major problems?


We have had a MT50 for five or six years now bought it with 450 hours has around 1400 now I think. We have not had any major issues with it. One of the lift valves needed to be replaced arms didn't want to go down, and we have had to change the sprocket (wheel) seals, and one of the bearings on the axles housing. Other than that just regular maintenance. Oil changes, and hydraulic oil changes are a PITA, but usually just one a year service so not that big of a deal.

S-205
12-20-2012, 11:21 PM
Depending on the scope of work you have, you could attempt to find a ramrod taskmaster with wheels. My amount of work for a miniloader was not huge so I couldn't justify a tracked machine. I bought wheeled ramrod of a friend for like 2800 bucks. It ran great, leaked a bit of hydro oil, and was kinda rough. I painted it and used it for the season and sold it for 3500. It made work alot easier, it wasn't as capable as a mt 52 is, but it works. May be an option for you.