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Just wonder

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by cat2, Sep 7, 2007.

  1. cat2

    cat2 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Mi
    Posts: 891

    Hi. just wonder what every one thinks about Gehl skid steers. How do they hold up? Any major problems? What about price? How is there trade in value?



    Thanks:)
     
  2. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,126

    They seem to be durable machines at least the few that are in this area. I don't think they have the level of fit and finish that others have. The machines that I have run are not very ergonomic. I found them to be loud and basically a more "crude" of a machine than I am used to. Their resale is poor. Watching the machines go through live and Internet auctions they don't hold their value as well as others. That said there are guys that run nothing but Gehl, so it is a to each his own type of deal. I think mechanically they seem to be competent. Rock Set just bought a new loaded up Gehl I am sure he will add his thoughts.
     
  3. turboawd

    turboawd LawnSite Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 231

    depends which model.
    the 7810 is an ass kicker. the track loaders are real powerful too.
    which model are you looking at?
     
  4. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,068

    I have quite a few hours in a Gehl 5640 Turbo. The machine has dual hand controls, don't know the technical term for them, but they aren't pilot controls, I think I've heard them called T bar controls or something like that. Anyway, not to difficult to operate, except for all that twisting and pushing your arms back and forth gets you fairly worn out after about 6 or 7 hours of that. I had no problems going 8-10 hours in a Cat skid/MTL with pilots. The seat in the Gehl sucked, not sure if there is an option for a suspension seat or not but the one thats in the machine I run is horrible, no shock absorbtion whatsoever.

    Other than that, machine has plenty of power, will lift a ton of weight, has a low center of gravity and pretty much gets with it pretty good. Ground clearance is average, I managed to hang it up twice on Wednesday to the point where I had to use the mini to pull it out. I was working some dry, soft material and it would sink a little and wham, I'd be stuck.
     
  5. RockSet N' Grade

    RockSet N' Grade LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,454

    I just bought a 5640 turbo....cab, heat/air, stereo, counter weight, remote video camera for backing up......all the bells and whistles. They are a wheeled machine, I went out and bought some VTS tracks and stuck them on.......now, I like it. I pushed out and graded 80-100 yards of dirt this morning in about an 1 1/2 hours this morning. It has plenty of push, power and lifting capacity for what I am doing. We hauled 3 foot plus boulders the other day all day long back to the track hoe to set a long boulder wall. Worked fine. I am not a big guy, so the seat fits my little butt just fine. Cab space could be a bit more refined. Purchase price was about 10K less than a Case. What I don't like: exposed bucket cylinders ( 4" rocks can get stuck between cylinder and bucket and marr the rod), visability to the sides and rear is fair, air conditioner is average (not the major chill factor I would like), inspite of cab being closed dust still gets in, cab door swings open instead of up and over....so the bucket has to be down on the ground to open the door, no drink holder or pockets on the inside for stuff........Ask me for an update a year from now when I have some more hours on it and I will let you know how I feel then.
     
  6. RockSet N' Grade

    RockSet N' Grade LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,454

    Oh yea, Scag........they make a suspension seat. That may be why you got a little beat up. The more I ponder.......I am really liking the cab advantages of the new C series Kitty Cat. If I was to do it again, I would consider the new Kitty wheeled machine because of the new cab design and increased visability.
     
  7. Construct'O

    Construct'O LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Sw Iowa
    Posts: 1,387

    RockSet,there's still time.Run down to your friendly Cat dealer sign you name and it's a done deal.Its only money:cry:

    Let's say if you did do that? Will your track system interchange to the cat machine? Would you have to have different adaptor or something?

    The other thing you would be able to let us know how the trade value was between the two machine was that way also.:confused:

    The Cat cab is awsome i do have to say.

    It does sound like your machine now is doing a pretty good job as of now .Don't ponder to much or your will be in the same boat as GR.High stress factor will set in:nono: Just kidding .Take care.:usflag:
     
  8. qps

    qps LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
    Posts: 1,484


    I really like my 297C CAT.....but if you don't have the self leveling bucket turned on and you drop large clods on the step in front of the door...guess what...you can't open it...or should I say I didn't want to force it...the door looks to be expensive, they did design it so you can turn a few knobs on the inside and it pops off the hinges....some engineer must have got stuck in it....:laugh: power is good, a/c will freeze your gonads off, pilot controls work great...sucks some serious fuel...rides like a dream...still waiting on direct tv to be hooked up...the darn satilite dish keeps getting knocked off on low branches.....I'm also checking into having a hot tub installed.....
     
  9. RockSet N' Grade

    RockSet N' Grade LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,454

    Constructo........I am ok with skiderooo. Not second guessing. It's done......it moves dirt. As far as stress goes, I watch alot of Blue Collar Comedy Tour episodes, enjoy working in my tomato garden, play with my horses, chase the 'ole wifey-poo around and don't think too much.......let it all go!! Enjoy the sunrise and beautiful sunsets....I am just happy to be here.
    QPS.....all you have to do for the hot tub is fill the pressurized cab with hot water and turn on the heater and pretend they are jets........instant jacuzzi!
    Destructo...oops, Constructo.......if I traded in my skid for a Kitty Cat right now, you would know the economy was red hot here and money/work was not an issue........hence, I will live with what I got. The economic brakes are being slammed on hard here right now and wallets are being zipped shut. It is requiring me to hone my sales skills which is a wonderful challenge.
     
  10. Construct'O

    Construct'O LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Sw Iowa
    Posts: 1,387

    Destructo... if i was into demo's that would work for me!:cool2:

    It just money!!!!!!!

    OOOOOOOOOOOOO by the way where's the PICS ! of the machine and your boulder wall you worked on. Your D" MAN:drinkup:
     

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