Buying a CAT 277... Any last words of advice?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by cjmoore82, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. cjmoore82

    cjmoore82 LawnSite Member
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    I am about to pick up a 2007 CAT 277b for my landscape company. Enclosed cab, 1600 hrs, great condition.. $27,000.

    Anyone have any advice on why I should not buy this machine? Are there any really crucial things that I need to look at before the purchase? What types of things tend to go wrong on them?

    I attached a picture... The tracks were completely caked on with mud when I went to take a look at it. It has been a rental for the last 6 months but before that it was a one owner machine. Its on a long term rent right now, that is why the tracks look like that. The only thing that scares me is the fact that when its rented, companies usually dont take care of it like it is your own machine.

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  2. AdvLandscapeLLC

    AdvLandscapeLLC LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would clear all that mud out and inspect all the bogeys, the idlers, make sure there is no real bad wearing or chunks taken out of the inside of the tracks. I wouldnt even put an offer in until that thing was cleaned out for you to really inspect it. Those undercarriages are not cheap at all and 2000hrs is usually the time frame i am told that they start to have failures. I dont own one but was looking last year at them and spoke to the dealers mechanic about what to look for. Those machines seem like they have kick ass float ability in mud though
     
  3. cjmoore82

    cjmoore82 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the response. I could see a couple of the bogeys in the track system needing attention and there were a number that were already replaced. I am going to work the numbers to see if they can include a couple bogey wheels installed if I purchase it. Had to drive 3 hours to look at this machine and that was the shape it was in. But if I buy it I have two days to return it minus freight. And you can bet that I will have it cleaned up first. Anything else? Anyone know what would need attention at 2000 hours?
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  4. icex

    icex LawnSite Senior Member
    from WV
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    Pretty much prepare your self for a new undercarriage and it ain't cheap.

    Check catused.com before making the purchase and request service records before signing anything ..
     
  5. SellingIron

    SellingIron LawnSite Senior Member
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    There are better deals out there. Price out just one track. Good luck..
     
  6. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    Grab a 277C, the B's were alright, but the C's are easier to replace to undercarriage parts and they stay cleaner.
     
  7. SVA_Concrete

    SVA_Concrete LawnSite Senior Member
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    Doesn't sound like a screamin' deal.

    2k hrs is the most expensive service.

    i am in your area, and i gotta say, the Deere Service from Coastal Equipment cant be beat. Everyone of the guys at coastal is great to work with from the sales to the service. check with the yorktown store, i think they have a CTL 322 that is similar in hrs. at least you can compare.

    just food for thought: http://www.machinefinder.com/ww/en-US/machine/1181217

    I have got a Deere 322, lifts a pallet of pavers with no problem, as well as i can load a full size truck with no problem.
     
  8. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
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    If you have researched the MTL and you still want one, you might want to spend more time researching these.


    That is too much money for too many hours unless it has had the tracks and undercarriage rebuilt. Go to Iron Planet and see what these machines really bring. Their resale reflects the quality of the machine which is to say, not much. I would look for something else. "Generally" and I would say especially now you cant come out on owning one of these machines. Except in all but ideal conditions they just cost too much to run and no one wants a used one.
     
  9. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    The 277's, in my opinion, were the best model for large Cat MTL's. However, I don't think $27K is all that great of a deal.
     
  10. SIWEL

    SIWEL LawnSite Senior Member
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    I also do not think that the machine is a bargain either. Really check out the under carriage, they do get very costly to start replacing a lot of parts. Good luck with it
     

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