Enclosed cab w/ hand/foot controls or open cab w/ joysticks??

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by KrayzKajun, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Well in my search for a newer used tracked machine, ive come to the conclusion that in the price range i want to stay in (under $30k and low $20ks after trading in my mustang skid), i will not beable to get a cabbed machine with joystick controls.

    so take into account i live in very southern louisiana. ive run accross some great deals on a few Tak TL130s and a few Bobcat T250s.

    so what would you guys go for?
    #1 Cabbed machine w/ hand & foot controls
    #2 open cab w/ pilot/joystick controls

    being im in the process of getting my new company up and rolling, plus i bought a new enclosed cab tractor a few months ago, and a baby due in May

    im leaning towards, getting a open cab with joysticks(to save on fatigue when doin emergency response, etc..) and get a new machine cab/joysticks once the new company takes off.

    all opinions are welcome. sorry for all the questions fellas:waving:
     
  2. AEL

    AEL LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Might want to look at a vertical lift path machine if you plan on loading trucks with debris , dirt etc
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  3. air and staying out of the elements are great and don't wear you out as bad.
     
  4. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    I really like the kubota svl75. Found three all 2011s 300-700hrs. Open cab/joystick/narrow tracks $28k, open cab/joystick/wide tracks $32k and enclosed cab/ joysticks/hydro quick attach $35k
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  5. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    What about an aftermarket enclosure?
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  6. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Having the factory enclosed cab is worth a lot when its hot out you want ac, joysticks only are really nice too, much quicker then foot controls. My dads 06 mtl16 could drive up a fresh triaxle of loam in reverse and it wasn't a wide track. Still had the quick attach like his 97 does
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  7. whiffyspark

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    One more thing. Have you used pilot controls? Some people don't like them.

    Sometimes they have a slight delay or the biggest thing I've noticed is I can't spin around as fast using pilot controls. At least on bobcats
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  8. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ive got over 1000hrs on operating Cat joysticks and a few hundred on tak/mustang. Im pretty quick with hand/foot controls on my mustang skid.
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  9. whiffyspark

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    I was just asking I like joysticks for precise and/or Long tasks. I use foot controls for loading trucks and stuff. Personal preference.

    I'm looking at buying my own skid and/or a mini ex with mowers that's why I've been paying attention to your threads lol
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  10. dozerman21

    dozerman21 LawnSite Bronze Member
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