Looked at a contractors 305C

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Gravel Rat, Sep 27, 2008.

  1. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    Like the title says I was looking at one yesterday. I can see why you guys like the them they look pretty sturdily built. This one has steel tracks and it looks equivilant to a 161 Kubota. It looks a little better built compared to the Kubota. The Cat has a coffin cab thou I would have to run it with the front window open if the door is closed.

    I won't beable to try it out because I don't know the operator or company.
  2. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have sat in both a Kubota 121 and a Cat 304, I still liked the Cat better, there's a little more steel in the boom and the swing boom and thumb were on the pilots with corresponding rocker/slider switches.
  3. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
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    I've run a 305, it's a nice machine, really smooth, good power for a machine it's size, it had a hydraulic thumb, big big plus........
  4. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    the 305 i have is growing on me. i wish they had a size between a 305 and a 308. im going to look at a deere 60 75 or 85
  5. Planet Landscaping

    Planet Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hows the price compare to the Kubota???
  6. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    Don't go for a Deere 60, it's a nice size, but the cab will really feel smaller than the Cat, if you want Deere/Hitachi, I'd say go for the 75, it's cab is huge compared to the 27-60 sizes.
  7. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    yeah the cab on a 50d is kinda small. just a bit smaller then the cat so i figure the 60 cab will be the same as the 50.
  8. bobcat_ron

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    They use the same platform cab on the 60 as the 50's, it was to make more room for the engine and get the tail end for better balance, sometimes as an excavator manufacturer, you need to sacrifice cab space for other more important items, and they save money by not making an entirely new cab just for one size of machine.
  9. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    The 60D sure does sound appealing, what a great size. However like mentioned, Deere mini cabs are incredibly small. Do you have a Komatsu dealer near you Picasso? Komatsu hoes are starting to grow on me and their mini cabs are HUGE.
  10. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    Look at the Komatsu, they are doing a Kansas City Shuffle to their medium excavator lines.

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