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mini skid steer and ZTR or ventrac?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by JCLawn and more, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Posts: 5,204

    your guys are slow haha I could do it in 60 seconds or less with 2 straps.
     
  2. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
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    Get the Ventrac. It WILL NOT tear turf when turning and more then likely will not rut on softer turf (if you opt for the dual tires) like a mini would. I don't own one so my advice could be taken with a grain of salt. However, I've done a ton of research on the Ventrac and if I could afford it, I'd own one and a large assortment of attachments. They are very solid machines and very well built. I think a mini is more limited to specific jobs and isn't a versatile as the Ventrac.
     
  3. SDLandscapes VT

    SDLandscapes VT LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 582

    If you are just schlepping mulch and edging spoils across lawns--by all means get the ventrac, but we landscape with our mini and I know the ventrac couldnt keep up. I have a 31HP turbo diesel Ditch Witch SK650 that I didnt even pay close to what you estimated in your previous post. Not all mini's are created equal and the ditch Witch and vermeer lead the pack. Can't wait to try out the new SK755
     
  4. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,783

    Unfortunately a Dingo isn't even in the same category as the Vermeer or Ditch Witch.

    I got to try the S800TX from Vermeer. Nice unit for sure. Little on the big side though.

    The S650TX is a great step up from my S600TX with the extra pump and more power. But I'm waiting till Vermeer Redesigns the S650 with the triangle track setup where the sprocket is out of the dirt before I ever upgrade. Too bad they've done it with the S450TX and The S800TX.

    I also wish that DW had a dealer closer to me. There's one in Springfield which is an hour drive and the Vermeer dealer is only 15 minutes away. If I ever have issues with my machine, it's a quick trip to the shop.

    The Ventrac has it's place, and if it fits in your business model, then go for it. It just doesn't fit in ours.


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  5. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Posts: 5,204

    How much is the ditch which? I can't find a msrp on it. I know the vermeer made me about go into shock.
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  6. SDLandscapes VT

    SDLandscapes VT LawnSite Senior Member
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    well I m not sure now since they just released updated Sk750 and Sk755 machines

    but the Sk650 was MSRP at $20Kish and they had a special for $19,400
     
  7. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,783

    Talk to the Vermeer dealer and see about a used rental unit. Usually they get up to 400 hours and then they sell them off for half the price of new.

    That's how I got mine and couldn't be happier. Had to do some small repairs, but when you save close to 10k over new, then that's a great tradeoff.

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  8. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    One of the reasons they are so expensive is because they say that it takes the place of 1-1.5 laborers.

    My mini shows up for work on time, doesn't complain, and does everything I ask of it.

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  9. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
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    I wish I had one right now. Unloading 10yrds of leaves mulched into a fine dust is not fun off a trailer.
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  10. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Put a good canvas tarp down first. Find a post or a tree and tie the tarp to it, then pull away.

    That or tie it to a mini skid and pull. ;)



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