I have been looking at a Cat 287 soft track and Fecon mulcher

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by MikeAtv, Sep 22, 2006.

  1. MikeAtv

    MikeAtv LawnSite Member
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    Hi . I've been looking at a Cat 287 To use to clear lots fence rows etc.I also am looking at bying a stump grinder aswell as a bucket.Does anybody have a opinion on these two Machines?I red on another thread that the stuble will where out the rubber tracks.
     
  2. minimax

    minimax LawnSite Senior Member
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    On a mini x with a mower they get less that a 1000 hours tops and a mini moves a whole lot less,my mini swings a 38' swath in one pass
     
  3. MikeAtv

    MikeAtv LawnSite Member
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    How stable is it on hills?
     
  4. minimax

    minimax LawnSite Senior Member
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    I can work on slopes sideways up to 35 degrees ,working up and down and using the blade for more support I have worked 45 degrees with the mower on I can work on more of a slope without the mower on it weights about 1000 lbs, if all you are going to do is mowing I would get a 50 size machine.
     
  5. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    A mini on slopes is far safer than a skid steer on slopes. If your cutting along fences etc a mini can work closer than a skidsteer. Also in a mini you can see where you are going and what you are cutting.

    Also a mini can be used for other jobs a skid steer isn't as usefull as a mini. If you are going to be working around fences you may end up with jobs repairing them ie digging holes for new fence posts.
     
  6. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yeah, because a Skid Steer with an auger isn't nearly as usefull as a mini-excavator on fence repair.

    And yes, I know you can fit augers to excavators.

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  7. minimax

    minimax LawnSite Senior Member
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    You can find any thing under the sun brush mowing, try running a tv through that $25,000 because you can see it,P.S I did not mow the tv but you would never see it on a skid steer in 4' to 5' foot brush
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  8. minimax

    minimax LawnSite Senior Member
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    Here's a pic. mowing in the woods.
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  9. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    How much are you going to use a auger probably not much where as digging post holes with a mini isn't as smooth and clean hole but it does the job. Also if your in a area with coarse soil augers don't do well with basket ball sized rocks.

    You look at the pictures minimax posted how are you going to do jobs like that with a skid steer.

    I know in my area brush hides allot of things like deep holes or a huge rock that you didn't know what was there. In some peoples back yards theres old junk people have forgot about its been grown over things like old engine blocks or chunks of steel etc.
     
  10. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
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    I could see how you could make an arguement to have both a skid steer mounted machine and one on a miniex. My question with the mini ex is do they create enough flow to cut well or is it a slow process. The skid steers generate up to 40 GPM and a mini ex does well if it can hit 18 most are less. I think I would rather use a mini if your cutting around full grown trees. I would think you could do a cleaner job with a mini when working around obstacles. I have priced the cutters from US mower for a mini ex and they were reasonable at around 5 K as I recall. It might be a more cost effective way to enter the market rather than start off with a 25K cutter and high flow skid steer. If you already have a mini ex for about 5 K you can enter that business. If the work is there you can a skid steer cutter if you have a need.
     

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