How Important Is the Standon Platform for a Dingo Track Loader

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by DavidNJ, Feb 14, 2011.

  1. DavidNJ

    DavidNJ LawnSite Senior Member
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    It was an option. Adding 200+ lbs at the rear would seem to significantly increase the load capacity while keeping the operator out of the mud.

    Is it necessary?

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  2. tailboardtech

    tailboardtech LawnSite Senior Member
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    i prefer not to use them they tend to drag dirt when the ground is rough, but i don't use dingos that often. And i can tell ya it's a pita for digging out basements with them hanging off the back, my knees were so banged up from that thing i went and bought knee pads during lunch that day.
     
  3. DavidNJ

    DavidNJ LawnSite Senior Member
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    That was a no for the platform?

    I'm concerned that taking the 200# of the operator off the back reduces the machine's capacity.
     
  4. FLCthes4:11-12

    FLCthes4:11-12 LawnSite Senior Member
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    to me its important especially if you are traveling moving materials. But your right it helps to have the extra weight to act as a counter weight. I would suggest getting the one that toro makes that folds up nice and neat.
     
  5. DavidNJ

    DavidNJ LawnSite Senior Member
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    The Dingo platform replaces the rear counterweights. At $500-600, these things aren't cheap.

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  6. pikewillis1

    pikewillis1 LawnSite Member
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    By adding a stand platform to your Dingo, you act as a counterwieght and you can lift more. The forkster platform (the picture at the top) is a lot less bouncy than the Toro model, thus less banging of the knees when digging basements
     
  7. AintNoFun

    AintNoFun LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i wouldn't have it any other way.. weve moved trees with 3 guys standing on the back as counterweights.. but when its in the up position it does beat the crap out of your knees...
     
  8. DavidNJ

    DavidNJ LawnSite Senior Member
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    It looks like the platforms could dig into asphalt or pavers, especially going over curbs. Is that the case?
     
  9. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
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    I've never ran one on our toros. It would add more length in tight areas as well. I wouldn't count on it to carry more weight while someone is on it. If that person gets off or falls off, you have a whole other problem on your hands now with the machine tipping forward.
     
  10. MeandMyself

    MeandMyself LawnSite Member
    from GA
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    The whole platform issue with Dingos led me to purchase a Boxer variable track years ago. It wasn't that I didn't like the Dingo, but we use ours like a log skidder some times in some rough areas. A folding or lightweight platform would have been totally demolished by now, and there was no way I was going to pay that much for something and walk behind it.
     

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