View Full Version : backhoe or skid steer

travis strecker
05-19-2004, 02:48 PM
what would be the best backhoe or skid steer for digging trees hauling mulch and unloading grass and grading the lawn

05-19-2004, 11:55 PM
Backhoe....skidsteers make a big mess, are rocky.


05-21-2004, 10:01 PM
What kind of backhoe are you talking about? A full size backhoe or a compact tractor with loader and backhoe? If you're talking about a compact tractor with a backhoe it depends. The backhoe is good when you need it, but they just get in the way when you don't need it. For digging trees or whatever a backhoe is going to do that better, but just remember, you can always buy a backhoe attachment for your skid steer, which really would be the best choice.

05-22-2004, 04:54 PM
How big are the lots you're working on?

travis strecker
05-27-2004, 11:34 PM
fair size lots and their are about three trees to plant each lot

05-30-2004, 12:24 PM
If you have plenty of room to manuver, a backhoe will be more powerful. You'll be able to dig faster than with a skid; however, if the lots are between houses or on the side of a busy road, seriously look into a heavier skid. You'll be able to manuver a lot better. If the trees are huge (eg 6000 lb+), you'll need something burlier than a skid -- even though many have tipping loads of ~6000 lbs, I wouldn't trust them going over curbs or on an incline. Better to be safe than sorry.