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Old 02-27-2014, 07:39 PM
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CTL 289D's are less. But not by a huge amount.
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:10 PM
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Great!

Congratulations on your new family members!

Vertical path machines much better suited to what we all do as well.
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Old 03-08-2014, 09:36 AM
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Subscribed. Excellent operation! Lots of good advice. Read it start to now once, going to start again. I'm from Lancaster so I see your trucks often. Hard to stay in my lane on 222 while staring at them! Next time you have a Lawnsite open house, count me in!
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Old 03-08-2014, 07:49 PM
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Did you look at any of Kubota's new SVL loaders? They've been catching my eye, but what sold you on Cat over Deere, Bobcat, Takauichi etc....
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Old 03-09-2014, 09:23 AM
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The dealer where we bought our kubota mini isn't authorized to sell SVL loaders. Why I don't know, they are a huge dealer.

In buying any piece of equipment it's only as good as the dealer who backs it. I just won't buy a piece of construction equipment from a dealer who has "one skid loader in stock". CAT has one of the only track skid loaders that can be both used for snow removal and construction without changing tracks. Secondly, while CAT is known to be more expensive they can be very aggressive on multiple unit purchasing. Thirdly, and others on this site have discussed this, their parts and service departments are second to none. When you need a part it's there tomorrow. Finally the dealership is within 8 miles of our shop.

That and a few others led me to this decision. Kubota is solid but I think is a better fit for minis.
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Old 03-09-2014, 02:10 PM
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wow!!! nice setup any tips?
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Old 03-10-2014, 12:56 AM
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The dealer where we bought our kubota mini isn't authorized to sell SVL loaders. Why I don't know, they are a huge dealer.

In buying any piece of equipment it's only as good as the dealer who backs it. I just won't buy a piece of construction equipment from a dealer who has "one skid loader in stock". CAT has one of the only track skid loaders that can be both used for snow removal and construction without changing tracks. Secondly, while CAT is known to be more expensive they can be very aggressive on multiple unit purchasing. Thirdly, and others on this site have discussed this, their parts and service departments are second to none. When you need a part it's there tomorrow. Finally the dealership is within 8 miles of our shop.

That and a few others led me to this decision. Kubota is solid but I think is a better fit for minis.
Thanks! Love the machines. Our closest Kubota dealer is the same way. Asked them, they are geared more towards acreage owners where as the one 30 minutes down the road has 20 svl's and 10 mini-ex's at all times. I believe Kubota makes them really put up a big investment to be able to carry the SVL's. Of course that would prevent what you mentioned... "A dealer that sells 1-2 loaders a year.

Will y'all be getting close to starting on install projects soon or still under tons of snow?
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:22 PM
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I certainly hope so. We still have projects we haven't finished from last fall. I'm hoping we are in the field in the next two weeks. We need to be. We have a decent amount sold.
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:42 PM
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How does this late start affect your estimated billable man-hours for the year? What if December of this year is as bad as last and you end up with a 8.25-8.5 month season. How do you deal with that? Raise your prices? Hire more guys?

Just thinking.
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Old 03-10-2014, 11:44 PM
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We had some down time in January. I have to say there are times I am jealous of y'alls time off from landscaping but today I am certainly glad we are only down 1-1.5 months a year.
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