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Lease a Skid Loader?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by wanabe, Mar 9, 2005.

  1. wanabe

    wanabe LawnSite Senior Member
    from So. IL
    Posts: 943

    Do any of the Manufactures lease out skidloaders? I would like to get into doing skidloader work for people, but this may be a better way to go, especially if I do not end up with enough work to pay for one. Anybody doing this?
  2. mbella

    mbella LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,284

    We buy our equipment, but I know Bobcat has lease plans.
  3. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Posts: 1,891

    It's likely more a dealer thing than a manufacturer thing... so I'd check with the dealer of the skid steer you'd like to buy.
  4. mbella

    mbella LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,284

    Ingersoll Rand offers lease plans through the Bobcat dealers.
  5. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Posts: 1,891

    Cool! Didn't know that.
  6. i_plant_art

    i_plant_art LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 558

    CAT also offers then but be ware some lease plans cost more than just outright making payments on one
  7. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,457

    Probably going to find out it's better to buy than to lease big ticket items.
  8. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,129

    I've looked into this as well and found that it is cheaper to buy. However if you have job requiring another machine or a different machine (tracked for example) that may work depending on your ability to incoporate that cost into a job. If your trying to decide if there is enough work for one I wouldn't go with a lease. Short term leases are expensive and your just as bound to the machine as if you bought it. I would find a used machine that is under valued, run it for the season and either keep it if you like, trade for a new one if business is good or sell it for what it is worth and shut the door if your were not busy enough.

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