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Old 05-02-2006, 11:07 AM
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Thinking of buying a skid and need some help

Currently, my partners and I are considering purchasing a skid coming up very soon. We are trying to start up a lot/land clearing, new install landscaping only, sodding, and irrigation company. I was thinking getting something with tracks so it could run more in the rain/ wet conditions but I really have no clue. We have rented nontracked deeres and a couple bobcats but they seem underpowered. What would you all suggest? Size, make, tracked, and is this a profitable move to be making. We are only hoping to spend somewhere in the 25-35,000 range so it will be used. Thanks for the help.


We also already have a lawncare/landscape company but want to move more in the direction of new installs and get away from weekly maint.

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Old 05-02-2006, 11:16 AM
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A Cat 236 or 246/8 might be just the ticket for you as far as Cat goes. You should be able to find a slightly used 248 for around $35K easily, it won't be brand new, but if you get something with 200-300 hours on it, you'll save yourself a bundle.

BTW, a 248 will sling the tracks well, I've heard some testimonials that they have no problems with steel tracks.
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Old 05-02-2006, 11:25 AM
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Let me clear something up by tracked I meant multi terrain loaders if I threw anyone off. Should I go with a skid and just get the drive on tracks? Thanks for the quick response!
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Old 05-02-2006, 12:31 PM
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An MTL will cost you a little more, for $35K you'd have to buy a smaller MTL and it would have to be used. I think you can get a Cat 247B with around 600 hours, depending on options, for around $35K, but it would be a long shot to get something for $25K. I would suggest a larger skid steer with steel tracks. They'll give you the tractive effort you need with much less cost. MTL's are really only usefull if you need the tracks 100% and you're going over paved or delicate surfaces quite a bit. If not, steel tracks on a wheeled machine would work just fine for land clearing.
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Old 05-02-2006, 12:52 PM
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Thanks for the info! This is really shooting me in the right direction.
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Old 05-02-2006, 03:20 PM
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What do you mean by landclearing ?

What we call landclearing you pretty much need a excavator be it a mini to fullsize. Have you thought about getting a mini ex too ?

In my mind a skid steer is pretty limited a mini ex can dig your trenches and pick up rocks etc. If you want to clear land like removing scrub brush a mini ex with a thumb can save hours of frustrations. You also said your working in wet conditions so I assume you do dig drainage trenches.

Before you go out and buy a skid see what machine will make your jobs the easiest.
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Old 05-02-2006, 05:24 PM
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What Bobcat models do you currently have?
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Old 05-02-2006, 07:35 PM
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We dont have any as of now but have rented some.
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Old 05-02-2006, 07:37 PM
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you must have rented a verry small deere i had a 246 and my 270 deere made it look like a toy i have a 9 ft dozer blade on my 270 it pushes like a small dozer but the new deeres have differnt motors my 270 has the same motor our 555 crawler loader has
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Old 05-03-2006, 01:25 AM
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If your looking for power try the CASE 440CT tracked machine or the 440 wheeled machine. The wheeled machine is 85 hp gross with a 2200 pound ROC. I just ordered one with cab and heat all options except high flow and AC for 34K.
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