Originally Posted by AWJ Services
I operate it about 80% of the time. The tracks would have went longer if not for another operator running the track off and then try too run it back on and tore the whole inside of the track off. Thats also where it finally broke.
As far as more productive than a wheel machine thats not really a far comparrison. CTLs do minimal damage too lawns, never too wet too work, Grade better and no flat tires. I rarely bill my machine out by the hour so productivity is really good as far as income generated per hour of machine time. I have no interest in having too spend 8 too 10 hours a day on a skid steer too make a living which makes my use not applicable too most other contractors. It is a tool just like a chainsaw too me. All my equipment is used globally too accomplish each job in the most efficient manner. I have several contractors with wheeled machines that hire me too help them rather than use there machines due too productivity and low ground pressure of my machine. A wheeled machine has it's place obviously and they excell in areas that CTL's don't which is why many have both.
Where I was going with this, is that $2.17 per hour is easily made up in your extra production. Even for me, the only reason I want tires is for snow work but since there is no money in it anymore I might as well just go to the dark side full time.