Cat Skid Steer troubles

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Scag48, Jun 5, 2004.

  1. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Hey guys. We're in a bit of a pickle at the moment. Our near-new Cat 216 is in the shop again. It's been taken away from us 2 times before to get the hydraulic couplers fixed as they had a constant leaking problem. I'm not talking about a little drip, more of a constant stream of fluid. Well, we got the machine back and the couplers work great, NO MORE LEAKS!!! While it was in the shop, our dealer gave us a loaner at no charge, hats off to our dealer. Now the machine is overheating constantly for no reason at all. Checked the fuses to make sure that the radiator fan was working, fuses are fine. I haven't experienced the overheating, but my dad was saying that after running it for a good 30-40 minutes or so that it would start to overheat and the alarm would go off. Coolant level was of proper level and was checked before use. He also said that he wasn't doing much "fast work" it was more idling while the workers were loading the bucket with rocks, then a run to the pile every few minutes. Now I like the machine when it's not breaking down, but this is getting ridiculous. I know that alot of people on here have Cat machines and praise them, but has anyone else had any problems? It bothers me when a machine designed so well with the best features can't even run 2 weeks without having to go back to the shop. I'm starting to believe that we have a lemon machine and we've decided that if it needs to go in again for something else we're going to have to make a decision of some sort with what to do with it. It has 130 hours on it, not much at all. Our dealer has been awesome, I can't fault them at all. They work real hard to make us happy. What I want to know is if anyone else out there has had obscene amounts of problems with their Cat skid steer or if it's just us with a lemon machine. Thanks guys
     
  2. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
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    No problems yet with my 246. It has been great for me so far. Hope your problems are cleared up soon. Mike
     
  3. grassmanvt

    grassmanvt LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have rented a 226 with no problems. Maybe just a few bugs to work out of yours. I know it can be frustrating when a new piece breaks down but try to work things out. The only thing more expensive than buying new equipment is trading in new eguipment before it has earned it's keep! Good luck.
     
  4. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Thanks guys. Like I said, our dealer has been awesome. They've given us a loaner (again LOL) and that's important to us. If this machine isn't going to work out for us, there isn't gonna be a trade in, it's gonna be a lemon call, they're gonna give us a new one or it's gonna get ugly. LOL.
     
  5. alldredge_2008

    alldredge_2008 LawnSite Member
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    Nothin much with our 226 but bent the axles pushing dirt with tracks on twice (4,000$) to repair. Had a few problems with dirt in the fuel, but nothin way to drastic.
    Good Luck!
     
  6. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Wow, I guess your machine gets some heavy use, alldredge? My machine was delivered with the tracks on, and they stayed on most of the spring. When we took them off a few weeks ago, I was surprised at how heavy they are. I would imagine that using the machine constantly with the tracks on would lead to a lot of premature wear and tear.
     
  7. alldredge_2008

    alldredge_2008 LawnSite Member
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    Ya we do a lot of final grading but, had our local excavating company had the same problem on there 262. But, the only think I dont like about steel tracks is tightening them. We decided that we will get rubber tracks next time around with Cat. Do alot of grading and back-filling and seed-prep. Some subdivisions dont alowe steel tracks on concrete. Al Inc. what model and kind of skid-steer do you have?
     
  8. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have the Cat 246. I got the machine with the tracks, cab/heat, forks, and standard bucket with teeth. I love it so far.
     
  9. alldredge_2008

    alldredge_2008 LawnSite Member
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    Ya we have 3 tooth buckets 60'', 66'', 78'' bucket cab heat and a set of pallet forks and 3 point attachment. What a machine!
     
  10. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    We thought about going the track route, getting some for pushing piles etc, but decided it just wasn't worth the wear on the machine. Other than these few problems we love the machine. It's so smooth compared to a Bobcat and the power is unbelievable for a smaller machine that we have. I still encourage everyone I talk to who is in the market for a skid steer to consider Cat, despite our problems. I am very convinced we just got a lemon machine and needs a few bugs worked out of it. I will keep you guys posted as to what the problem was when our dealer gets it gixed.
     

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