Originally Posted by Ramairfreak98ss
we have D series machines, 2010, one of the first ones to get to the dealer in Feb 2010 to 2012s... Where does the RIPS touch the footwell?
Our one 2010 unit, leaked a tiny bit around the top of the door, usually if it rained against the front of the machine, but its usually inside. Some clear silicone around the gasket, fixed that though.
Main issue on them is the handles/latches., what a major PITA, three of the machines are always NOT perfect in the latch assembly. Our one machine literally, the guy was stuck inside. We're now experts at knowing how and what to hit with the screw driver to pop the latch open from inside. Deere replaced or fixed them each time,but sucks to have to drop off at the dealer for service just for a door lock/latch.
the other issue especially after 1-3 years, is the window seal film/felt stuff between the two slider windows. I noticed on our 2012s, that its been replaced with a one piece, maybe it will fall off in 1-2yrs too, so not sure.
I need to order the updated material for the 2010 model because as soon as it becomes lose, or falls off, you have a gap there where air blows in.. and you'll notice it big time when its 15 degrees out and windy while doing some snow work.. heater and AC work great though.
Only have 393hrs on our 2010 unit so far and thats the highest hour machine, so can't say that they'll run flawlessly for 2000hrs..
For the engine comments, Deere has multiple variants of the engine avail. You can get higher tier rated engines of the same engine, so they do make them, and its unlikely they stop putting an engine they already produce into the machine only to have to buy someone else's engine to put into them. I bought these over the CAT units because they were a hair cheaper and had USA engines, and at that, proven engines where all of the skids, 4 and 5 cylinders, are essentially the same maintenance wise.
They made changes to the front door to help correct the stubbern latch issues.
Talk to your dealer about the side windows as Deere may help out making your old side window assy replaced with new side window assy that have the newer seal design.
As for as engines go, no one in the skid steer market will be running a USA engine later this year going forward. Cat's engine was a Perkins and that is a European built engine. They are going to Kubota engines to meet emissions. Bobcat will be leaving Kubota and coming out with a new engine built by their parent company Doosan.
Deere's relationship with Yanmar goes all the way back into the 70's. The machines are designed, cut out, welded and assembled in Dubuque IA by a parent Company that is still one of the few oldest USA companies in existence. Besides Cat that's it in this business. Everyone else is foreign owned.