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Cat skid vs bobcat skid

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Schrock Lawns, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
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    I am impressed. Most 14 year olds are more interested in playing video games than making money. I would also however suggest starting out with a 10K machine, because in worst case senerio most 10K machines will still be worth 10K next year. This is oppossed to a 30-40 K machine which will continue a steady decline. Being 14 things happen and being saddled to a big payment may not be a good idea. This entire posts begs for a lot of questions like who's company is this, who is cosigning and who drives you around to these jobs but I digress. Good luck.
     
  2. smokenjoe_10

    smokenjoe_10 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 98

    The farm I work for when im not mowing has a bobcat S160 and a cat 223B. I run them both equally and would take a bobcat over cat any day cats are speady lil things while bobcat is built better I think. If your ganna run it in the cold cat by far started better and quicker then bobcat. The bobcat hydro is quicker then cat I think, paid 17xxx with trade in on a case 40xt that was a piece and paid 33xxx for a leased bobcat also traded old S160 got 9xxx on that.
     
  3. GQLL

    GQLL LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 844

    You have no idea about the bobcat dealer. There not a small company they have six location all over the state. I'm pretty sure you were talking to Gary and he is the branch manager for the tidewater location. I deal with them a lot they do have a service truck that will do on site service. There quick to get repairs done had a power rake break and they had it up and running in 3 hours. I have nothing but praise for the people at bobcat of tidewater. And if I was in there shoes I would be worried putting a 14 year old in a 70k machine. When I was 14 I was running a old 82 bobcat. That was worth maybe 2200
     
  4. CowboysLawnCareDelaware

    CowboysLawnCareDelaware LawnSite Senior Member
    from DE
    Posts: 555

    I can get rental skid steers for $200-$250 a day in Delaware. Your best bet is becoming close friends with another small LCO in your area that has a machine and paying him a small rental fee because they are probably only going to use the machine d day or two per week.

    I love my Kubota L4740 but it is too big for most yards so I will be buying a smaller machine this Summer. I have run Kubota BX and B Series machines as well and was happy with them.

    -Michael
     
  5. Schrock Lawns

    Schrock Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 944

    Ill anser them step dad owns it legally till I'm 18 were all legal and stuff he would cosign but it would be financed unert the company him and bust our butts on the weekends working he works full time as a navy contractor I'm hoping If This year goes good of I get enough contracts signed ill add a atleast parttime employee to work with me /drive while he's working . I'm also homeschooled
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  6. Schrock Lawns

    Schrock Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    Well from what I knew they Dident have a service truck guess they do I'm pretty sure it was him. Michael was the first person I dealt with and he was fantastic. I get what your saying bro worried but it's not like I would break/wreck it I've driven multable before but I felt like he Dident take me seriously just because I was 14 obviously if I was their taking time out of my day to come see bobcats I wouldent be wasting his time. It doesent really matter to me I'm gonna problay end up getting a cat when I get one it was gonna be a bobcat but after today it was a deal braker but oh well
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  7. Schrock Lawns

    Schrock Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sunbelt has their for about 240 and up for weeled machines but the cat I was gonna rent if It snowed here was 480 for a day. Most of the small company's I know don't have them and a more mowing. I'm not nesiclary going to buy new but it'll depend
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  8. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,082

    I gotta call you out on the "built better" statement, Bobcat's loaders are plain weak, and even with the new M series, their quick attach frames still twist when the power-tach cylinder over extends. Look how little Cat's loader frames have changed since 1998. They have the strongest lower loader frames and quick attach frames next to Takeuchi. I have yet to twist out company's 277C loader frame more than an inch. Don't even get me started on the difference and better quality in Cat's cooling system.
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  9. smokenjoe_10

    smokenjoe_10 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 98

    The quick attach is weak on the S160 I did'nt know about other models thats why I didn't say anything. I could keep going on goods and bads for both, but in the long run I would say what ever one you get a better deal on go with it. For what I use the machines for bobcat is better.
     
  10. Schrock Lawns

    Schrock Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm gonna go with a cat 279c almost positive now it's just getting the money together I woulda went with a bobcat but te way the guy treated me just rubbed me the wrong way
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