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Old 06-18-2008, 07:53 PM
Lawnworks Lawnworks is offline
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The wider track on the Dingo gives it more tractive effort for digging and it has less of a footprint on established lawns. I ran a 425 tx wide track gasser this spring, cultivated 3/4 of an acre of (rock) field. no bogging down but had to stop and pull boulders out every once and a while. No hand fatigue, but did wish I was on a platform -that was a lot of walking backwords. Did not run out of gas. 4 hours on the meter.

The Vermeer 600tx can dump higher than the Dingo and digs great.

I have not used the Bobcat, but the whole mounting plate thing does seem annoying.
I like the fact that the dingo has the optional ride plate... gives me the choice of walking or riding.
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Old 06-18-2008, 10:40 PM
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demo a dingo with the wide track...believe it or not it is hands down better on turf that the narrow...and any of the others machines I have tested. Altough at the time I only tested the bobcat and the ditchwitch.

I have the 425...525 wasn't out yet The only diesels available are were the wheeled models. We do a lot of mulch in the spring on existing landscapes/turf and I kid you not after a day sometimes two (depending on conditions) you would even know we where there.

It has got plenty of power. We have the cultivator, high torque auger w/bits & cement mixer, 3in1 tool, dozer blade, light material & standard buckets, and the forks. I've estimated with me on the machine its equivalent to 3 laborers. The greatest part about it is the controls...absolutely simple and easy to use...which helps if you have employees. ANYONE can learn to use the machine and be semi-efficient with it after about an hour of using it.
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Old 06-19-2008, 10:26 PM
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Another Ditch Witch SK user here.... I can't imagine not having a decent operator platform; being able to ride allows you to go much faster at a lot of things. The M55s that I've seen had a dopey wheeled platform; seems very bad for rough terrain.
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Old 06-19-2008, 11:48 PM
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After having run the MT55 for the past week now, I can say, hands down, that I love the hand controls.

I like the way that the platform hinges, but it is a pain to take on and off when you are working in loose soil. I will be trying the MT52 next week. We'll see how that one handles.
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Old 06-20-2008, 02:28 PM
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Try This with The Bobcat

Drive forward while at the same time raise the loader arm and curl the bucket. Let me know what happens.
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Old 06-20-2008, 02:41 PM
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Drive forward while at the same time raise the loader arm and curl the bucket. Let me know what happens.
Somebody knows the benefit of the extra hydraulic pump
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Old 06-20-2008, 02:42 PM
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Platform

you seem concern a lot about platform and you should know that they are other platform manufacturers than Bobcat, Toro...
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Old 06-20-2008, 10:28 PM
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you seem concern a lot about platform and you should know that they are other platform manufacturers than Bobcat, Toro...
Yeah a $500 piece of crap. I just love my platform.... just remember never to back into a tree or you will have to get the grinder out and cut 25% of the platform off so it won't turn into a sod cutter.
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Old 06-23-2008, 03:53 PM
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Please consider a demo of a Ditch Witch SK650.

http://direct.where2getit.com/cwc/ap...emplate=search

A few quick things to note during your demo of a SK650 compared to other brands you are considering:

Hinge Pin height: 81"

Power Plant: Kubota Diesel TURBO!

Maintenance: Grease points - zero!

Ground Speed: 4 mph Forward & REVERSE

Operator Platform: Fixed stand on platform

Controls: Pilot operated (Hydraulic charge stroking the pumps, not rods and mechanical mechanisms requiring ongoing maintenance) also results in less fatigue after of full day of operation
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Old 06-24-2008, 09:17 AM
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My impressions of the DW sk 650 and the vermeer
http://www.lawnsite.com/showpost.php...&postcount=468
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