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LHlandscaping
03-07-2004, 08:33 PM
Anyone out there ever use a Gehl advantage mini-loader. I want a skidsteer but saw this new loader and think it may be the way to go. It's only 40 in' wide and is articulated so it won't destroy turf like a traditional skidsteer. Also does anyone know the going price on these yet? Any feedback is appreciated.

Harry0
03-08-2004, 07:47 AM
sounds good-I have 2 Gehl skid loaders I have had 1 for 15 years and 1 for4 years-Gehls are well built loaders-Let us know more about this loader and if you get one-Harry

ipm
03-08-2004, 09:21 AM
We use Gehl loaders... Have not had a problem.

Strawbridge Lawn
03-08-2004, 09:40 AM
That was my 2n choice. But because Polaris was offering such a deal on ASV's RC-30 called the ASL300 (15K) I could not pass it up. The Gehl looks like a real nice machine.

LHlandscaping
03-09-2004, 12:20 AM
Strawbridge,
I looked up the ASV and wow, I like that idea alot more than the Gehl. I like the Gehl but that ASV looks quite nice. Did you say (15k)? What do you use it for and how do you like it so far. Thanks for the input...Bill

Strawbridge Lawn
03-09-2004, 08:51 AM
LH Landscaping: I could have got mine with the base bucket out the door for 15K incl tax. I have considerable more into mine for a couple reasons.
-I added the $500.00 Universal Quick Attach from ASV. This enables me to step down and use all the UQA attachments for the RC-30, AND step up to UQA Bobcat attachments. The extra plate allows this.
- ALso, I bought a 54" ATI bucket with a Grapple attachment .
The bucket is a farm tractor bucket that has a slightly increased capacity over the standard Bucket. I can take the grapple attachment on/off in about 5 minutes (8 bolts). This bucket is great for mulch, digging and material transport.
One thing to always keep in mind is the weight you have out front. The The extra ASV plate abd Grapple decrease lift capacuty so it was also part of my plan from the get go to add weight to the rear. I had a local welder fabricate a receiver hitch weight
plate (280#'s). Cost me $250 vice the ASV $400.00. So i have about $16,5 in it know. I would recommend a rear weight
to optimize everything you do out front.
Machine is very capable and is a awesome time/money saver.
Working on a 3rd job know. EX: I dug out a 55 Ft path 3" deep in clay and sod for a rock poath (had to be neat) Dug and deposited material in 2 hours no damage to surrounding turf.
Be happy to share any info with you. Send me a private e-mail
r Gary

emjay
03-09-2004, 09:16 AM
Strawbridge, could you please show a better view and provide some details of your counterweight to a fellow ASL owner.
Thank you.

Strawbridge Lawn
03-09-2004, 09:32 AM
Base plate has a solid steel tube that fits directly into the receiver hitch on the machine. 1/2 " Steel Weighs about 95 LBS. The second plate is placed on the 4 bolts as are the others of varying thickness to allow for weight changes or removal.
The Owners manual noted that routine lifting of weights over 5K LBS is not good for the machine so doing the match I think300#'s
OW w/ bucket approx 3350 lbs. + Weight 275 = 3625.
5000 minus 3600 = approx 1,400 lbs as max routine lift.
Picture from rear.

Strawbridge Lawn
03-09-2004, 09:39 AM
Plates are 20.5" X 12" and extend back 4" from the machine.
Base of plate is 13.5" above ground. Machine axles are 10" which is the effective ground clearance.
Have 2 1" steel plates and 2 1/2" inch steel plates.

Hope this helps

Strawbridge Lawn
03-09-2004, 09:46 AM
One drawback of this machine is the Dump height. 80.25". I think the Gehl is 95" ?? If you are loading a truck with high sides the RC-30 will not be a good choice IMHO. My future plans are for a tow dunp trailer so as to not be effected in that area.

LHlandscaping
03-09-2004, 08:42 PM
I called my nearest ASV dealer and they quoted me $22k for an RC-30. Was your a leftover from 2003 or did they offer an incentive. That machine looks so cool, I want to be the first kid on the block to have one now. Forget the Gehl idea.

Strawbridge Lawn
03-09-2004, 09:09 PM
Same 22K machine, but says Polaris ASL 300. Go to a Polaris Professional Series dealer or a farm tractor dealer who sells Polaris products. Again it is the RC-30 except the
decals and 7K less price tag. Mine arrived with 6 hours
on it titled 2004.

LHlandscaping
03-10-2004, 01:08 PM
Strawbridge,
Thanks for the idea that machine is the coolest thing I saw in a long time. I want one...bad. What was your dealers name, and phone number? Thanks again....Bill

Strawbridge Lawn
03-10-2004, 02:35 PM
LH: I got mine from Rappahannock Tractor down here in SE VA. I would call your local Polaris Dealer to get one.
Troy was my Dealer 804-435-3161

Most Dealers do not know what they are nor have they ever seen one so be sure and make them search. It is part of their Professional Series Line. I called 3 down here before I found one that knew how to get one. Not sure how long the good prices will hold. Good Luck.

emjay
03-10-2004, 10:36 PM
LH, check the dealer locator @ www.go-polaris.com
I found eleven dealers within 200 mi. of Johnstown. Good luck.
Can't wait for spring so we can move more than snow with ours.

emjay
03-10-2004, 10:42 PM
Strawbridge, Thanks for the counterweight info.
We will need it when we start placing 500-1000 lb. stones for our retaining wall.

rambo10
03-11-2004, 12:04 PM
Hi everyone!

I just had a demo this morning of an ASL 300. The machine is outstanding for the size. It dug very well with the standard dirt bucket. ( I would probably add teeth to bucket for rocky or clay, but otherwise it was excellent. No turf damage and the controls are great.

I did a demo last week of the Gehl Advantage. The machine would not dig. Not enough power. The articulation is OK, but trying to dig, it was just spinning wheels. Price is about $16,800.

I am going to buy the ASL 300 for $14K. (New)

I was quoted $21K for the ASV RC30.

I was also told by the Polaris dealer (who is now an ASV dealer) that once the Polaris models are gone, that will be it. Only ASV will have and sell these machines, of course for more money.

mag360
12-06-2006, 01:14 PM
Strawbridge, how's it holding up?

rambo10
12-06-2006, 04:28 PM
It's holding up great!!!

The machine is unbelievable!!

I have about 250hrs on it, have had it for 2.5 yrs and only had to replace the battery. It only lifts about 800lbs, but it pushes like a dozer.

I might be selling it next year. I will no longer need it. I am an LCO and I do pavers on the side, but my lawn business is growing, so I will not do paver work anymore.

Interested??

gene gls
12-06-2006, 09:52 PM
It's holding up great!!!

The machine is unbelievable!!

I have about 250hrs on it, have had it for 2.5 yrs and only had to replace the battery. It only lifts about 800lbs, but it pushes like a dozer.

I might be selling it next year. I will no longer need it. I am an LCO and I do pavers on the side, but my lawn business is growing, so I will not do paver work anymore.

Interested??

I might be interested....Let me know if you decide to sell..