So we've been leasing a large frame skid steer for a few months now, and I'm tired of torching a thousand dollars a month. Decision time has arrived. Here are the options. ...But first, a little background. We only put about 40 hours a month on a skid and it's fairly light work at that. If we were running 30+ hours a week I would either continue leasing or purchase a new or nearly new machine. NOW for the options. 2000 Bobcat 873 with 2,700 hours. 30% tires. No known issues, but looks pretty rough being that it is coming from a costal area. $11,500 2000 Case 85xt broken hour meter (looks like it has about 2,400-2,800 judging by the original paint). 40% tires. This one comes with a bucket and forks. $9,900.00 1999 Case 95xt 2,500 hours. Original paint...machine looks perfect. Cab with heat. 50% tires. $14,000 I'm leaning more to the case machines, but I'm wondering if there are any major maintenance issues I should be concerned about. Keep in mind any machine we get is only going to see a couple hundred hours a year at most, and I am only looking to get about 5 years of service life out of it. Thoughts?