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Old 05-13-2012, 03:24 PM
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Beginner skid steer?

throwing around the idea of getting a skid steer/ bobcat for loading trucks at the shop as well as assisting in doing landscape tear outs and general work. not looking for something with all the bells and whistles but one that is reliable, easy to maintain, and readily available to find used. i am not tied to any brands. any suggestions would be helpful.
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Old 05-13-2012, 03:36 PM
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Case 1845. There's lots of them around, you can usually find a good price on them, the parts are plentiful and there easy to work on. I'm sure you will get as many different answers as posts but there's a start
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Old 05-13-2012, 03:41 PM
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ok thanks for the response
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Old 05-13-2012, 03:53 PM
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How much are you willing to spend? Are you mechanically handy? What size trucks do you want to load? If you're not loading triaxle trucks or can build a ramp of sorts in your yard if the need arises, a Case 1845 or Bobcat 751/753/763 is a great choice.
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Old 05-13-2012, 03:49 PM
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also, what is considered alot of hours? for a skid that ill be using intermitently what is an acceptable amount of hours?
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Old 05-13-2012, 04:05 PM
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i will be loading my dump trailer with high sides (6' or so high total), and my pickup trucks. i am somewhat mechanically inclined. i was thinking about getting a tractor and building a ramp but a skid is looking like a better option.
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Old 05-13-2012, 04:17 PM
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In that case, any skidsteer will load your trailer. You can buy decent machines for $10-12K these days, may need a couple little things here and there but for the most part, that price point will get you a reliable machine.
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Old 05-13-2012, 04:23 PM
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ok... any idea on what kind of hours are within reason?
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Old 05-13-2012, 05:21 PM
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If you are going to just be using it intermittently then you could get a higher hour machine for cheaper then a low hour machine. The hours to year ratio is completely up to you. And the hrs to price ratio is again up to you. Now if it was me, anything that's got 5 digits showing on the meeter,,I would walk from
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Old 05-13-2012, 05:25 PM
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well i know that 5 digits on the hour meter is too much haha..... i as kind of gaming for one with around 1300-1500 hours since i want to work it still and not have to wrench on it all the time.
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