More skid steer stuff

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by georgel, Jul 17, 2001.

  1. georgel

    georgel LawnSite Member
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    I am starting to look outside of bobcats just to make sure I want a white animal sitting on my trailer. I am looking at New Hollands, Case, and Cats. If any of the folks here who have any of these please comment:

    New Holland: I can easily see that the visibility would be better but, it looks like the engine is tucked underneath. Is it hard to maintain? How are the LX565s? I have seen a few newer models with less than 1000 hours going between 10-13K which is better than a 773

    CASE: I sure see a lot of these being used. What are the pros and cons here? They seem pretty close in design to the bobcats.
    Price wise, they are around the same as Bobcats(1845c -vs- 773).

    Cats: Not sure about these. They have the cat name but, they seem like a 'me too' skid steer. Is there any real advantage to these? Price seems really good, that is a big plus. Are they reliable?

    That's it. Let me know your thoughts. I am familiar with bobcats as that is what I have used in rentals but, I plan to keep this awhile and want to make money with it so, share your experiences if you have any w/ the others I mentioned

    Thanks
     
  2. southside

    southside LawnSite Senior Member
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    How about the Mustang 2040? Or the Toyota 4SDK8 ?
     
  3. georgel

    georgel LawnSite Member
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    I hadn't considered them because I am not aware of a dealer in my area that services them.

    Thanks for the input
     
  4. dan deutekom

    dan deutekom LawnSite Senior Member
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    My vote is a Case 1845c I love how they work and they have been very reliable for us. I also love the hand controls because I find in high work boots I don"t have enough flexibility in my ankles to operate the controls well
     
  5. georgel

    georgel LawnSite Member
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    I just got back from a bobcat demo and there is a world of difference w/ hand controls. I could see big productivity gains. The other thing I discovered is how nice the 8 series is. That extra weight and power are awesome. IT just didn't bouce around as much and the extra 20-30 ho makes a big difference.
    I may change my sites back to an 863 and the equivelant in the other manufactures.
     
  6. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I generally don't like skid-steers but if I had to have one it would be a John Deere.
     
  7. georgel

    georgel LawnSite Member
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    JD huh. Why do you prefer them?
     
  8. CHC

    CHC LawnSite Member
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    We've used Bobcats & New Holland's; currently own a NHLX. Last one was a NH 553. I feel more comfortable in the New Hollands than I do in the Bobcats. Seems to sit lower. Didn't have any problems with the 553, &,so far, haven't had any with the 565.
     
  9. georgel

    georgel LawnSite Member
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    CHC-

    What kind of work do you use your NHLX for? Is it easy to get at the various filters? What year is yours?

    Thanks
     
  10. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
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    They seem to have a better lift angle and are a little stronger than other I have operated georgel. I rarely use a skid but have rented several types. Can do 99% of my work with a tractor. Plus I have always been partial to JD equipment.
     

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