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Old 06-25-2014, 09:16 AM
Doug M Doug M is offline
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Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Angier NC
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Originally Posted by TPendagast View Post

What blew up on you? Final drive? Undercarriage? Engine?
257B runs like smooth butter…but is also as durable as smooth butter!

tier 4 engine is what is easting up all your money on this baby.

IMHO Id look for a used one with a tier 3 engine from a rental fleet or the like.

Your most likely NOT big enough to get federal tax discounts or be federally mandated to use, or have jobs that require percentages of your fleet to be tier 4 compliant.

With that in mind, a lot of the larger companies and bigger rental fleets (CAT Store, United Rentals etc) have to dump their tier 3's for just that reason.
Which means you could find a machine with maybe 900-1000 hours on it for 50% of that price or better.

Are you sure you want to pay for a 4 in 1 bucket? Are you actually going to use it?
I would get a regular bucket and save some $$ , so many people rarely if ever actually use the 4 in 1

If you have extremely rocky soil you work in regularly I would not get a 259/279/299 they have a weakness thats hard for me to explain, but found it quickly during a demo.

Look into a Case or Bobcat CTL
My machine is still running strong at 2500 hours but it is starting to nickel and dime me. I'm going to keep it for around the shop and as a backup. I'm looking at either a T590/650 also but....with the other Cat equipment I've got they have always done me right. I've demoed all three machines mentioned and I really like the Bobcat but their service department is small (1 man) and I can't afford to be down a machine for extended periods if something were to happen. Price wise with all machines spec'd out about the same the 590 is in line with Cat and the 650 is $71k.

We do both residential/commercial new install and without a 4n1 it would be miserable and labor intensive. I've got a spare bucket but for me that is $3500 well spent.

Thanks for the info on the tier 3/4 stuff.
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