244D Finn Eagle Mini Skid Steer Opinions

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by cddva, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. cddva

    cddva LawnSite Member
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    I'm interested in opinions of mini skid user's on this Craigslist deal and the machine itself: 244D Finn Eagle Mini Skid Steer CAT Diesel Power with Bucket 163 hours, Auxiliary Attachment Power $9,500.00. Not sure how well a tired model would do in the sandy soil here but maybe adding the over-the-tire tracks would solve any traction issues? Primarily would use it for residential landscaping jobs on established properties.
     
  2. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Posts: 4,276

    Tires suck.
    I would only get a tracked model.
    The over the tire tracks help but I would still get tracks.

    I Prefer the Ditch witch SK350.
    It has easy to use controls and is light and easy to move.
     
  3. RockSet N' Grade

    RockSet N' Grade LawnSite Silver Member
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    around here the ditch witch 650 (tracked unit) is what everyone seems to end up with......they try the others and within a short period of time, I see them with a tracked ditch witch.
     
  4. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
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    The 650 is a beast but it weighs 2600+ pounds.
    Thats why I prefer the 350 it weighs in at 1650.
     
  5. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
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    That is not a smoking deal. Hell you can get a wheeled dingo for 3-4k... and a tracked one for a little more. For an offbrand like Finn I would expect to get it much cheaper. I am partial to tracked Dingo's... not quite the powerhouse that the ditchwitch 650 is, but I am willing to bet the mainenance and longetivity on drive systems is much better than a ditchwitch.
     
  6. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
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    All the rental yards here swear by the DW and they are really simple in the way they are built.
    I hate the Dingos controls.
     
  7. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
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    You hate the wheeled dingo controls... the tracked versions are completely different... virtually the same a DW.
     
  8. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
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    The one I hate is that stupid bar steering.
    The ones with the 2 joysticks are okay.
     
  9. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
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    I like the tracked dingo controls... employees have no trouble learning it... maybe DW is smoother... I don't know. I have seen several DW with replacement hydromotors... not sure if it is widespread or not.
     
  10. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
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    Not sure about the DW reliability since I do not own one personally.
    Good thing to know about the hydromotors.
     

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