Machines now are becoming so competative in the Skid Steer market, the first thing we look at is service. Can I breakdown and be up and running in a short time or have a rental show up as they pick up my machine for repairs? After service, I look at job application and creature comforts. I like to start clean, end clean, and have good tunes inbetween.....it never works that way, but it sounds good.....I always end up dirty, but an enclosed cab helps.
I use gehl skids, gehl track hoes.....although I am currently looking at BobCats new A300 with their new wheeled steering system.