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 keep telling myself the same thing. I started out wanting something cheap... not enclosed... high hours... T190 size... I have talked myself into enclosed, lower hours, larger size. I would love to just go buy every option but I just can't (financially being in check). I wont be using this machine 8 hours a day. Probably only use it a couple of times a week. Hopefully it will open some more doors and get me larger grading jobs I couldnt get before.

    I had another landscaper tell me when I was starting out, "always buy bigger than what you think you need. then grow into it." He couldnt be more true. But there is a point when you shouldnt go any further. If anyone on this website would like to donate $10,000 to my "buy a track loader cause" then feel free. Then I will upgrade :dancing:
     
  2. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Then buy mine!!! Its big, its enclosed, it lifts way more than a 277 and its cheaper. What's the problem? Hand over the benny boys.
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  3. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
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    Actually I think almost universally we have already saved you 10K. Buy something other than a MTL and we will have saved you that much again later on. Thats how we roll here.:clapping:
     
  4. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    I agree, you couldn't give me a MTL.
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  5. cjmoore82

    cjmoore82 LawnSite Member
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    How many hours and what year is your Deere 332?
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  6. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    2,500 hours and I think its a 2007 or a 06. It was run hard by the owner before me and I paid the price. I had to do a lot of repairs on things that were worn. Mostly under carriage stuff and new tracks. Its been running with out a problem for a long time now. Just brought it home last night to do a full service on it.
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  7. Ausman

    Ausman LawnSite Senior Member
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    advice DONT DO IT
     
  8. cjmoore82

    cjmoore82 LawnSite Member
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    I dont understand how everyone thinks they can find a 277b cheaper than 27k.. with a 12 month powertrain warranty. Maybe you can find a private seller for cheaper but it has no warranty unless you buy it from a dealer. $1300 addition. So technically I would be buying the 277 for $25,700. I can not find a machine even close to that.... as for the MTL... I have also heard that a MTL does great on existing turf. Our company does a ton of sod work and with the even psi through out the track it has been proven to do better then a CTL.
     
  9. tbone1471

    tbone1471 LawnSite Member
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    Since your not interested in my 267b I will be honest about my purchase price. I paid 12,500. The difference in ROC is about 100lbs and the 277 has 10 more hp. I have invested about 3000 since i purchased my 267B. Total 15,500. I could blow an engine, hydro pump, hydro motor, or replace the track assemblies and still have less than 25,000. in it. The economy is bad driving machine prices way down. And to be honest if the deal I got wasn't that sweet I would have gotten a deer or tak. Not saying the cat is junk but its not the best MTL.
     
  10. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
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    Id say its about 10k high.
     

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