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Old 04-07-2014, 10:54 PM
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Bobcat 773G

We are looking for a used skid steer. Main requirement would be to lift pallets of fert. Will be used to load salt in winter and misc jobs in summer. Local dealer has used 500k 773. We've rented it a few times over winter and it did fine. What will this realistically pick up w pallet forks? Am also looking for a T190, but price seems good on 773?
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Old 04-08-2014, 12:44 AM
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The ROC of the machine is 1850 with a bucket, so if you have weight on a set of forks it typically is less than that depending on what is on the forks and how far away the weight is from the machine. BC sold a lot of these machines.
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Old 04-08-2014, 03:39 PM
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Any time you are exceeding the ROC, the machine is getting extra wear. With that said, it's a fairly stable machine. I owned one and it could handle 2k easily but that was on level ground. If you had filled tires or OTT tracks, it will be a little more stable but remember, forks can put the weight out in front quite a bit and if you are loading high, you coudl start tipping. Not a lot of motor in the rear of these machines like a larger framed machine would have.
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Old 04-08-2014, 07:36 PM
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What kind of weights are available for the 773 and would that help? Only time we would be lifting that much would unloading fert and moving it.
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Old 04-08-2014, 10:11 PM
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i don't know about the weights.. solid tires would be plenty but it's still only rated for 1850.. If you can get away with OTT tracks, it would be a lot more stable with heavy weight.
I personally liked the 773 but it could have used a little more power.
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Old 04-08-2014, 10:52 PM
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I've got counter weights in the back door and weights on the rear axles on my 773..
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Old 04-08-2014, 10:53 PM
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And how much do you think you can pick up w it?
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:02 AM
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And how much do you think you can pick up w it?
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I am really not sure. I lift concrete slabs all the time but I am not sure how to estimate a weight. Although I've taken pallets of sod off my gooseneck, it's all the machine wants, balance wise.
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Old 04-20-2014, 09:14 PM
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I had one and used to lift half a pallet of block routinely, ie 2000lbs.

Off-road it wasn't stable at that weight. After a few months it started going through hoses more frequently.

1700lbs on stable flat ground should be fine. But as others said, exceeding roc increases wear and at the end of the day I just bought a bigger machine.
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Old 04-20-2014, 09:21 PM
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Well we purchased the 773. We did move some fert pallets the other day and it did OK. Hit bumps and u need to b very careful. Low n slow. Will try to find some counter weights for it in the future. Would have really liked a T190 but the ones I was looking at sold right before I got there. I hope I got a decent deal on this machine and it will do what we want it to until we can update.
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