Beginner skid steer?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Barrett Landscaping, May 13, 2012.

  1. dieselss

    dieselss LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Other thought......dealer support. You could find the best deal on a X,,,,but the closest dealer is hours away. Now its nice to goto the parts counter and look at the puter and see what is leaking/broken before you tear into something, or how it comes out . Just my .02
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  2. dieselss

    dieselss LawnSite Bronze Member
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    1500. Not to bad as long as the machine don't look beat....or threw a salt mine. Make sure you ck ALL fluids before you buy. Smell and color will tell u a lot
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  3. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    good note on dealer support.... i guess all i have to do is start perusing the craigslist ads.
     
  4. dieselss

    dieselss LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have to say that the 3 brands we have,,,,the dealers,are awsome. I(we). Can walk into the parts at any time and they pretty much know us. The other .02 I have when buying the skids,,if its a private party, get the vin. Call dealer and have them run it. I know that cat has stolen equipment vins in there records. If your equip gets stolen, call cat, they will note the vin and the next time someone needs parts it'll cone up
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  5. muddywater

    muddywater LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would just get a Takeuchi TL130 and call it good. You can find one with less than 2000hrs for 15k. I wouldn't want an older 1845 or 753 if you are going to try to make money with it or depend on it to run.
     
  6. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    Cat 236B2 for a rubber wheeled unit or Takeuchi TL130 for a tracked unit.
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  7. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    aren't tracked units much more expensive to maintain/run?
     
  8. nickslawnltd

    nickslawnltd LawnSite Member
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    That's not true. We have an 01 1845 with just over 5000hrs on it and it works everyday and hasn't had any issues. I'm sure there's exceptions to everything but skids are like anything else it depends on how they have been used and maintained. Again it all depends on how much you want to spend there's lots of good deals out there and as mentioned before dealer support is important.
     
  9. nickslawnltd

    nickslawnltd LawnSite Member
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    Tracks are great in the mud or like in my area the sand. But I've avoided them since there not so good in snow
     
  10. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    anyone have opinions on mustang skid steers? have seen some descent deals lately...
     

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