Deere 320 or Cat 248

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by vic3500, Aug 29, 2012.

  1. vic3500

    vic3500 LawnSite Member
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    Hello all,

    Hoping to tap into the valuable wealth of experience here.

    Im looking to buy one of 2 machines, hoping to get some opinions on which way to go.

    2006 Deere 320 $14000
    2000 hours
    bucket and forks
    open cab

    2003 Cat 248 $15000
    high flow
    72 bucket
    2200 hours
    closed cab and heat

    to be used for gravel drive maintenance and snow removal on my acreage as well as snow removal on a couple commercial lots, just for stacking as my buddy is doing the plowing in his truck. The snow will be 5-10 days a year max.

    looking for opinions on price, hours, stability, vertical vs radial lift, cab vs no cab etc.
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Digdeep

    Digdeep LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm asssuming that it is a B series since it has high flow. I would go with the 248. You're getting 12 net hp more, a good high flow system and an enclosed cab for $1000 more. I wouldn't want to do any snow work with an open cab so the heat would be nice and dry, the high flow will offer you some increased options in the future (maybe a snowblower??) and it will help the resale. Good luck with your choice.
     
  3. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    Cat. If you are a portly gentleman, you will appreciate the easier entry and exit of the larger cab opening. And the visibility is better too when the loader arms are up slightly, and another bonus, the loader on the Cat isn't goofy.
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  4. vic3500

    vic3500 LawnSite Member
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    Thx for the reply Digdeep!
    Btw, I may mistaken, but I'm pretty sure it is not a B series. I'm basing this on a serial number lookup and year made, plus the decals simply say "248", but it definitely has high flow.
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  5. vic3500

    vic3500 LawnSite Member
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    Thx Ron,

    What do you mean by goofy?
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  6. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    I hate their loaders, lots of farmers here complain about the booms and view to the wheels compared to Bobcat and Cat's vertical path loaders.
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  7. vic3500

    vic3500 LawnSite Member
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    Oh I see. I though the 248 had a radial loader?
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  8. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes. And for the record, there is a Deere sales rep that is driving around our area trying like hell to sell a 318D, the last place it was dropped off at, our customer said they hated it with a passion. Terrible pilot control and when they carry round bales, they can't see a damn thing with the loader blocking the side view, so they end up going backwards with only tunnel vision on the rear. Piss poor design.
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  9. vic3500

    vic3500 LawnSite Member
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    Good to know !
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  10. vic3500

    vic3500 LawnSite Member
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    Machine is back on the market. Guy said only leaks were at the aux hydraulics. Seems obvious by the photos here. Anything else i should be leery of, esp since the last deal fell through?

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