J Deere 313 or 315 vs Bobcat, Cat, Case, Gehl

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by obie, Apr 16, 2011.

  1. obie

    obie LawnSite Member
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    Have a t190 and s250 been thinking about adding a bobcat s130 to the pack. However, looks like these deeres have fantastic torque. I have looked at the deere smackdown videos but would like some thoughts from owners running equipment of 60" wide or less especially the 313 or case 410 series 3. Thanks.
     
  2. JDSKIDSTEER

    JDSKIDSTEER LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I am a salesman so I may be bias, but they have proven to be good dependable little machines......They are balanced well, but the 315 has a longer wheel base and does not crab hp as bad as the 313. They are not big sellers and you can find 2 and 3 year new machines on the dealers lot's. Deere is throwing extra discounts to move old inventory out. If you can finfd them for under 21K.
     
  3. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'd go for the Deere even though I despise them, but I've used a Bobcat 130 and owned a 753 and Bobcats are just plain ugly to work on.
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  4. JDSKIDSTEER

    JDSKIDSTEER LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Wow Ron, thats the nicest thing you ever said...LOL:laugh:
     
  5. SellingIron

    SellingIron LawnSite Senior Member
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    I know some bobcat salesman. I would go with a case machine. There are a few guys on here that love them and we get along real well..Happy Hunting.
     
  6. Skidsteerman

    Skidsteerman LawnSite Senior Member
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    I wasn't too crazy about the looks of the back of the unit (nick named them "Butt Ugly") when they first came out, but they have been really dependable reliable very easy to operate units. None of that bouncy stuff you get with allot of other small frame units. I sold a couple to a underground mining operation and they have taken that abuse great so far. They have been down in there for over two years now, they don't look so pretty anymore though:laugh:
     

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