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Old 02-12-2007, 08:53 PM
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Best machine for a supply yard?

What is the best machine to load materials at a supply yard? And why? I will need to buy a new machine to load and I was wondering what everybody else uses.
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Old 02-13-2007, 02:04 PM
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Depends on how big the yard, how much product you need to move, what your surface is like, what you will be loading (truck size, height, etc)
lots of options
What do you use now?
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Old 02-13-2007, 04:45 PM
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Right now I use a skid steer. I am looking at all my options before a new purchase. The surface is just crushed stone. Loading is mostly pickup trucks and one ton dumps. Product is mulch and stone.
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Old 02-13-2007, 08:08 PM
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Look at the Kubota articulated loaders...
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Old 02-13-2007, 10:00 PM
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How much are you looking to spend?? The kubota articulated ones are nice but over 50k I believe. A decent backhoe loader or landscape loader is often the next best thing.
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Old 02-14-2007, 03:34 PM
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Skid steers work well but will eventually tear up your surface.
For the money and multiple uses a skid steer is a great machine.
One of our customers use nothing but skids but they are on concrete 75% of the time. They buy and resell over 125 tractor trailer loads of mulch from us per year. Downside is the wear and tear on tires and lot. We use articulating loaders since we are on compacted gravel also.
Volvo makes some nice smaller loaders along with Deere and Cat.
Bobcat has a machine called a Versa handler (kind of like a Lull with a bucket)
Downside is when stepping up to articulated loaders they jump to the 50's for new. Have to look at dealer support strongly. You can't make money if it is down, especially on a sunny spring day.
All in all, a articulated loader over the long run will outlast and give you less wear and tear, but it is easy to spend someone elses money.
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Old 02-17-2007, 02:11 PM
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I am thinking maybe a backhoe loader. Then I could also put a snow blade on the front of it and use it in the winter for plowing a parking lot. At least that would support the payment all year long.
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Old 02-18-2007, 01:54 PM
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You could just go with a regular tractor with a 1 yard bucket. Probably the cheapest way to go. Otherwise you're looking at an articulated loader. Guys around here use machines with anywhere from 1 yard buckets to 4 yard buckets.
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Old 02-19-2007, 11:49 AM
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I am a landscape contractor with a full service garden center. Currently we keep a CAT 236 Skid Steer in the store with a set of forks and a bucket. It works good for what we need. We can move mulch bulk or palletized, unload all of our trucks with the forks, and the machine is always there for regrading the main part of the nursery when it is slow. The only downfall is that we are getting into wholesaling Techo-bloc pavers and wall material, and the weight limitations on the machine are a problem.
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Old 03-24-2007, 01:37 AM
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I am no expert but I messed with a CAT 904B articulated at a trade show last year. One neat thing is it accepts all their large skid attchments as well as the regular compact articulated attachments. Depending on the size of your yard and your budget you might want to give it a look. I believe the CAT rep said the MSRP is right around $54k brand new.
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