Originally Posted by westcoh
Awesome setup you've got there. What's the deal with that big front end loader you posted pics of clearing snow? Is it just for snow removal, or do you have other uses for it as well? Do you have a truck with a transfer tank to keep it fueled up? I've always had the idea in the back of my head of picking up an older loader for cheap and using it for snow removal if I ever really got into some larger sized lots.
We primarily only use the front end loaders for snow. We have them on hand in the summer to load mulch or whatever we may need like that...but we would typically use our skid steer if its around for that, so they basically sit idle for 7 months out of the year.
The reason we own them instead of renting is...to rent a comparable size machine from CAT for the winter is approx. $16,000. Each of our loaders cost just about if not less than $16k. So since we are in this for the long haul...it just makes sense to pay the $16k one time...instead of giving CAT that $16k every year. Both machines are pushing 30 years old...they are no gems by any means!...but they start up and push snow for us 15-20x per year...and that is all we need them for. I know alot of companies that rent the machines each winter...and the peace of mind is great...using a brand new machine...you know its always going to start right up etc...so we definitely deal with our fair share of headaches with these old dinosaurs...but it is worth it to us to keep that $15k in our pocket winter after winter.
Hope that all made sense...