Mini Skid Steer Options

Discussion in 'Tractors' started by DerikL, Sep 1, 2005.

  1. DerikL

    DerikL LawnSite Member
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    It seems that the postings on here regarding mini skid steers have to do mostly with the bobcat or the toro dingo. Does anyone have feedback on the other brands such as vermeer, thomas, kanga etc.


    Derik
     
  2. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
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    Toro dingo is one of the best out there. Alot of companies have them. Also my college has one for the landscape contractors program. Its 3 years old with 30 hours on it.
     
  3. Gilla Gorilla

    Gilla Gorilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    It is very rare for me on the days that I am not mowing to not have my Dingo on my trailer. I love that thing and the work that it can do. Sure I do over work it at times when I should have a bigger piece of equipment but I still gets the job done and the customers seem to love seeing me use it for some reason.
     
  4. DerikL

    DerikL LawnSite Member
    Posts: 37

    We also have a dingo. It has been great, 1600 hours with only regular maintance. We are thinking of repowering the one we have and adding a second one. I didn't know if the other brands had anything more to offer.
     
  5. Gilla Gorilla

    Gilla Gorilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    The one drawback of the other brands except the Bobcats are the controls in my opinion. It is really nice to be able to drive and steer with one hand and control the bucket easily with the other hand. I am of course comparing the tracked models, I never did demo a wheeled Dingo.
     
  6. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    The ditchwitch SK500 is a great little machine with hundreds of attachments.
     
  7. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
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    we spent a lot of time on the ditch witch sk 500 (some on the 300 also), and the boxer

    the SK500 is a really nice machine. the boxer is not bad as well. there were many things about it i felt would be problematic in the future...too many gizmo's to fail....
    i like simplicity in equipment.

    the kanga is the lower end unit. you can buy them all day long online for cheap... try and find a used dingo, SK of boxer.............
    people don't sell them becuase they are so useful....

    i would not give ANYTHING for mine...(well i'd trade it for a new one)
     
  8. DerikL

    DerikL LawnSite Member
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    I was looking around and found the ramrod taskmaster. Does anyone have any experience with these. They seem to have a larger lift capacity and lift height.
     
  9. Gilla Gorilla

    Gilla Gorilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think that the only reason that the Ramrod has a larger lift capacity is becuase of the ride on platform that is standard. I could be wrong but that was my thinking when I was looking at the different machines.
     
  10. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,177

    The ramrods are the worse mini skids out there. Everyone I have talked to that owned one, had so many problems with them. Wished they never bought it in the first place. Most of them traded them back in for dingos and kangas.
     

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