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Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by lawnboy87, Aug 14, 2002.

  1. lawnboy87

    lawnboy87 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 23

    what is the best bobcat ever made?
  2. clamcooker

    clamcooker LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    My pick would be the 853 H, I know its not as advanced as the new ones but it was a runner and at the time was a beast.

  3. SCL

    SCL LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 543

    873, though I'd like to try a 883
  4. dlandscaping

    dlandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from mass
    Posts: 835

    the older 453, small enough for res walks and drives for snow work, light enough to be pulled on single axle trailer all round nice machine.
  5. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,085

    The one that runs the smoothest with the least breakdowns!

    There is no such thing as "the best Bobcat made" Thats kind of the whole reason Bobcat (and other skid steer MFG's) are so successful. They fill a bunch of different needs. I have no use for the little 400 series'. We have one in our fleet, but it normally never gets used. I could sit here and say "that 400 series machine is a POS" But its not. Its just not right for the majority of our applications, but I'm sure it fits into someones fleet very nicely.

    On the other hand I could tell you that my favorite one is one of my 800 series high lift/high flow's. Its a great machine and we run it on almost every project we get. This machine may be overkill for someone else though.

    It all depends what kind of work your putting the machine through. The size of the machine will determine what a great or terrible investment you made.

    Me personally, for help on our projects, I like the larger 800 series'. They can run most of the attatchments and are large enough to help out with forks if we're in a bind. We also put our mini-x to work with it.

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