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Old 10-31-2012, 06:17 PM
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mini skid steer and ZTR or ventrac?

So the question is pretty simple, would a 31 hp ventrac replace my 26hp diesel kubtoa ztr and a 25hpish diesel mini skid steer or not?
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:36 PM
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eh a little but nothing replaces a skid steer really. The machine is just too dynamic.
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:38 PM
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What do you think it won't be able to do besides fit though a 36inch gate?
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:41 PM
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In comparison to a Ditch Witch or Vermeer, it won't have the dump height, or the speed and maneuverability.

Not sure about the attachments for a Ventrac either. With a mini skid, the attachments are almost endless. My favorite is the back-hoe attachment. Keeps me from having to rent a mini-ex.

Does the ventrac even have a loader?

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Old 10-31-2012, 10:45 PM
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In comparison to a Ditch Witch or Vermeer, it won't have the dump height, or the speed and maneuverability.

Not sure about the attachments for a Ventrac either. With a mini skid, the attachments are almost endless. My favorite is the back-hoe attachment. Keeps me from having to rent a mini-ex.

Does the ventrac even have a loader?

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Yes, it has 90 percent of everything a mini has, it can go faster same hydrolics but not sure on the gmp but they have a stump grinder that runs off of it. You could adapt the loader and run any mini attachment and run the aux lines to the bucket to run whatever. Also the loader has more reach I'm pretty sure.
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:00 PM
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The only thing I could find on the Ventrac web-site is a slip-scoop loader. Really it's just for transporting material and not really loading material.

Here's why I would buy a Ventrac.

1.) If I had massive slopes to mow.
2.) If I had a large acreage to mow.
3.) If I didn't mind being slower than a snail when moving material.

The Ventrac has it's limitations, but is still a good machine. A mini skid is way more productive though in the end.

As for attachments, you can find all the same for a mini skid, including the the stump grinder. Plus you could use a trencher or auger drive.

Hauling a ventrac looks cumbersome also. I can load my mini skid and have it chained down in about 8 minutes.

The dump height is where the mini skid shines, along with maneuvering wayyyyyyyy faster. In one day I move 35 tons of material with my mini. I seriously doubt a ventrac can do that.


EDIT, did just see the versa-loader and trencher attachment. I'm still not sold on it's productivity for producing in high volume work though.

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Old 10-31-2012, 11:17 PM
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Hing Pin Height is 80" on the Vermeer S650TX

Hing Pin Height on the Ditch Witch is 81".

So your looking at a 60"+ dump height with both machines. With a 4 in 1 bucket, then you would be close to 80".


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8 minutes to chain that down white--seems like a long time

we strap the ditch witch and can have it secured in three to four minutes

and to the OP the mini skid will own the ventrac in the more earth moving type applications

ventrac would be good for mowing large and/or steep acreage and frankly would make a heck of a sidewalk machine for snow removal
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8 minutes to chain that down white--seems like a long time

we strap the ditch witch and can have it secured in three to four minutes
I was being conservative.

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I was being conservative.

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your guys are slow haha I could do it in 60 seconds or less with 2 straps.
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