Justifying a mini skid?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by RedSox4Life, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I never thought about mainly using full size attachments. It seems that while some would be useful others would be just too big to be useful on a mini, but to each their own. Around here all places rent minis and attachments so thats not an issue. For most people a large bucket, forks, grapple, trencher,and auger are the bread and butter attachments.
     
  2. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
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    I don't mainly use full size but I can if I need something I don't own
     
  3. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Posts: 4,276

    If your not interested in max lift ability the the Ditch Witch SK350 is one of the best values out there. I prefer the Ditch Witch machines over the rest although the new Vermeer machines would be right up there with them.
     
  4. Ditchwitchrunner

    Ditchwitchrunner LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 262

    I've ran and owned several diff mini skids.. I currently own a ditchwitch and boxer brute my 2 favorite of them all.. Vermeer was the second best I just didn't like e cockpit feeling standing inside the back.. It was scary on hillsides and slopes.. Bobcat stinks, toro dingos are nice but lift height sucks, I had a Fynn wheeled one basically a toro dingo somewhat.. I've settled to boxer wheeled for speed of hauling and ditchwitch for power and lift height.. Plus I had my ditchwitch on a steep drainage slope Harley raking this past summer.. I would never attempted that with the vermeer.. I am planning on selling my ditchwitch and upgrading to the new model...
     
  5. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,756

    There is a toro dingo 323 (I think thats it) on ebay. $4500 I think. Just throwing it out there.
     
  6. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,307

    I've used toro dingo, ditch witch sk650 and sk755, and I own a bobcat MT55. I like my MT55 the most but the sk755 is a power house. The only thing I didn't like about the sk755 was the location of the controls and it lacked the refinement the Bobcat has. Like the other guy said, I have used full size attachments on my MT55...I use full size pallet forks on mine all the time.

    As far as justifying buying one...I could not live without mine. I can do jobs twice as fast with it.
     
  7. Ditchwitchrunner

    Ditchwitchrunner LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 262

    ^ totally agree..... Once again I think it boils down to personal preference and what your actually going to use the machine for... Wheels and tracks both serve their purpose.. Gas and diesel serves a purpose and each model has its pros and cons...
     
  8. RedSox4Life

    RedSox4Life LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Posts: 1,413

    Thanks everyone for your input. I'm going to start shopping and see what's out there for used.
    Before I start looking I have one question. Am I right that most brands have interchangeable attachments. Bobcat is the only one with a unique attach?

    And, are there adapter plates that work in both directions?
     
  9. Ditchwitchrunner

    Ditchwitchrunner LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 262

    I may sell my ditchwitch and buy a new one. Only has 800 hrs on it and is very well kept... Private message me if interested

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  10. RedSox4Life

    RedSox4Life LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Posts: 1,413

    Thanks, but this early in my hunt I'm not really willing to travel that kind of distance without the machine being an amazing deal.
     

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