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Bobcat 440b

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by MasScape, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. MasScape

    MasScape LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have found a 1993 bobcat 440b very clean with a hour meter reading 163. The person took it on trade from a farmer that bought it new and had it sitting around farm for small jobs. They are asking 4500.... what do y'all think?
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  2. MasScape

    MasScape LawnSite Senior Member
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    Anybody have any experience with them? Easy to keep up? Easy to repair? Preform OK even though a small machine?
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  3. NMS0219

    NMS0219 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Nice machine. The one I have has the wide tires and 44" bucket. Could not imagine how tippy it would be with the small tires. I would not believe the hours tho... they had a tendency to stop working and than start again.
     
  4. MasScape

    MasScape LawnSite Senior Member
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    I agree and I am taking the hours with a grain of salt. It is very clean and like how it was one owner and on a farm its whole life... it has the wider bucket/ tires. I am building a house for my self and family and going to do my own lawn and driveway. Figured it may be good instead of renting plus I will have it for my work and land after that... how do you feel about the asking price. I will try to deal but I know these things were like 7k new in early 1990s.
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  5. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    That's an expensive shovel. Small machine
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  6. MasScape

    MasScape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 258

    So you think they are asking too much? I have purchased larger machines for a company I used to manage but no experience purchases these small machine (No experience Price wise, I do know in general what to look at when looking if it is a good/maintained machine). Anyone else have an idea if this asking price (4500) is too much or about what its worth. I will try to wheel and deal but want to know what y'all think it should go for so I know when to walk away if they will not bend too much. Thanks for everyone's thoughts so far.
     
  7. NMS0219

    NMS0219 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Honestly I'm selling mine for $5k or BO. $4500 is a fair price depending on condition. I'm more afraid to buy a machine that was on a farm vs. buying a construction machine. My reason is usually the farm machine was in manure its whole life.... That eats steel and fittings pretty quick.
     
  8. shawn d

    shawn d LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a 553, a slightly bigger machine and not sure that I would use it to cut a driveway or do anything other than move loose materials and maybe light dirt work, the weight of the machine just isn't there. I'd keep an eye out for an old 753 that has been cared for.
     
  9. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Or even a newer new holland that you can run attachments off. I personally wouldnt buy a skid that small. There just an expensive shovel

    I would however look into a scut. The deere 1 series looks promising and not very expensive. This way you can also run attachments
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  10. MasScape

    MasScape LawnSite Senior Member
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    my home purpose would be movement/spreading of gravel to form a driveway... Also fine grading of topsoil to create a lawn.... So more of materials movement. I was considering the machine due to good condition and low cost. I do not have an incredible amount of work to justify a 10k+ machine right now even though I could use it some and possibly go after more work for it. I was just considering it due to I would have to do all this week on evening and weekends to my soon to be new home. Rental would kill me so buy a machine instead of throwing money away on rental... Still thinking about it3. Hoping I can possibly beat the dealer up little on price to make it even more worth it.
     

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