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backhoe or skid steer

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by travis strecker, May 19, 2004.

  1. travis strecker

    travis strecker LawnSite Member
    Posts: 97

    what would be the best backhoe or skid steer for digging trees hauling mulch and unloading grass and grading the lawn
     
  2. coopers

    coopers LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,224

    Backhoe....skidsteers make a big mess, are rocky.

    Blake
    WA
     
  3. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,068

    What kind of backhoe are you talking about? A full size backhoe or a compact tractor with loader and backhoe? If you're talking about a compact tractor with a backhoe it depends. The backhoe is good when you need it, but they just get in the way when you don't need it. For digging trees or whatever a backhoe is going to do that better, but just remember, you can always buy a backhoe attachment for your skid steer, which really would be the best choice.
     
  4. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Posts: 1,891

    How big are the lots you're working on?
     
  5. travis strecker

    travis strecker LawnSite Member
    Posts: 97

    fair size lots and their are about three trees to plant each lot
     
  6. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Posts: 1,891

    If you have plenty of room to manuver, a backhoe will be more powerful. You'll be able to dig faster than with a skid; however, if the lots are between houses or on the side of a busy road, seriously look into a heavier skid. You'll be able to manuver a lot better. If the trees are huge (eg 6000 lb+), you'll need something burlier than a skid -- even though many have tipping loads of ~6000 lbs, I wouldn't trust them going over curbs or on an incline. Better to be safe than sorry.
     

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