Gehl advantage mini-loader

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by LHlandscaping, Mar 7, 2004.

  1. LHlandscaping

    LHlandscaping LawnSite Member
    from PA/ SW
    Posts: 100

    Anyone out there ever use a Gehl advantage mini-loader. I want a skidsteer but saw this new loader and think it may be the way to go. It's only 40 in' wide and is articulated so it won't destroy turf like a traditional skidsteer. Also does anyone know the going price on these yet? Any feedback is appreciated.
     
  2. Harry0

    Harry0 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 223

    sounds good-I have 2 Gehl skid loaders I have had 1 for 15 years and 1 for4 years-Gehls are well built loaders-Let us know more about this loader and if you get one-Harry
     
  3. ipm

    ipm LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 264

    We use Gehl loaders... Have not had a problem.
     
  4. Strawbridge Lawn

    Strawbridge Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 660

    That was my 2n choice. But because Polaris was offering such a deal on ASV's RC-30 called the ASL300 (15K) I could not pass it up. The Gehl looks like a real nice machine.
     
  5. LHlandscaping

    LHlandscaping LawnSite Member
    from PA/ SW
    Posts: 100

    Strawbridge,
    I looked up the ASV and wow, I like that idea alot more than the Gehl. I like the Gehl but that ASV looks quite nice. Did you say (15k)? What do you use it for and how do you like it so far. Thanks for the input...Bill
     
  6. Strawbridge Lawn

    Strawbridge Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 660

    LH Landscaping: I could have got mine with the base bucket out the door for 15K incl tax. I have considerable more into mine for a couple reasons.
    -I added the $500.00 Universal Quick Attach from ASV. This enables me to step down and use all the UQA attachments for the RC-30, AND step up to UQA Bobcat attachments. The extra plate allows this.
    - ALso, I bought a 54" ATI bucket with a Grapple attachment .
    The bucket is a farm tractor bucket that has a slightly increased capacity over the standard Bucket. I can take the grapple attachment on/off in about 5 minutes (8 bolts). This bucket is great for mulch, digging and material transport.
    One thing to always keep in mind is the weight you have out front. The The extra ASV plate abd Grapple decrease lift capacuty so it was also part of my plan from the get go to add weight to the rear. I had a local welder fabricate a receiver hitch weight
    plate (280#'s). Cost me $250 vice the ASV $400.00. So i have about $16,5 in it know. I would recommend a rear weight
    to optimize everything you do out front.
    Machine is very capable and is a awesome time/money saver.
    Working on a 3rd job know. EX: I dug out a 55 Ft path 3" deep in clay and sod for a rock poath (had to be neat) Dug and deposited material in 2 hours no damage to surrounding turf.
    Be happy to share any info with you. Send me a private e-mail
    r Gary

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  7. emjay

    emjay LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    Strawbridge, could you please show a better view and provide some details of your counterweight to a fellow ASL owner.
    Thank you.
     
  8. Strawbridge Lawn

    Strawbridge Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 660

    Base plate has a solid steel tube that fits directly into the receiver hitch on the machine. 1/2 " Steel Weighs about 95 LBS. The second plate is placed on the 4 bolts as are the others of varying thickness to allow for weight changes or removal.
    The Owners manual noted that routine lifting of weights over 5K LBS is not good for the machine so doing the match I think300#'s
    OW w/ bucket approx 3350 lbs. + Weight 275 = 3625.
    5000 minus 3600 = approx 1,400 lbs as max routine lift.
    Picture from rear.

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  9. Strawbridge Lawn

    Strawbridge Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 660

    Plates are 20.5" X 12" and extend back 4" from the machine.
    Base of plate is 13.5" above ground. Machine axles are 10" which is the effective ground clearance.
    Have 2 1" steel plates and 2 1/2" inch steel plates.

    Hope this helps
     
  10. Strawbridge Lawn

    Strawbridge Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 660

    One drawback of this machine is the Dump height. 80.25". I think the Gehl is 95" ?? If you are loading a truck with high sides the RC-30 will not be a good choice IMHO. My future plans are for a tow dunp trailer so as to not be effected in that area.
     

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