A friend of mine bought a 1989 Bobcat/Clark 443 model with around 2800 hours on the meter and a 18 hp Kubota and paid $3500 for it.
It does run great but he has had to replace the lift cylinders twice due to overloading the lift capacity of the unit which cost him $500 each time.
The Bobcat dealer came up with a idea to put a pressure relief valve in the hydrolic lifting system to eliminate the bending anymore. You might want to check to see if the 453 has the relief valve and if not see if your local Bobcat dealer can fab one up for you. Just a thought.
But that does not sound like a bad deal at all to me and they are great for tight areas but there will be times when you wish that you had one bigger but that happens most of the time we buy something rite.
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