New Cat 257D any thoughts?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by ClassicLawnCareInc, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. ClassicLawnCareInc

    ClassicLawnCareInc LawnSite Senior Member
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    Im looking at buying a new skid steer.

    I currently have a 2004 Cat 242B with about 975 hrs.

    Im looking to change to a track machine.

    Im looking at the Cat 257D. Its a 2013.

    Has anyone used it, pros con of this machine. Im assuming it has some of the diesel emissions equipment?
     
  2. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
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    the new D machines are nice . They made a ton of improvements over the c machines. You may want to find out a delivery date. We ordered a 289 d in August and was told that it wouldn't be in till after Jan 1. Now we are hearing April for that machine. Since then we decided to go with a 299 D with the new Kubota engine, our dealer had the 299 in stock but it needed a ton of extras added on for what we wanted to use it for. Hope to have it delivered some time next week as they are waiting for the debris kit and a few other things to come in. I have personally put over 200 hrs on a early D machine and can tell you that they are nice machines
     
  3. ClassicLawnCareInc

    ClassicLawnCareInc LawnSite Senior Member
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    Nice, thanx for the imput. They actually said they have 5 of these machines in stock right now.
     
  4. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What is your reason for going to the 257 instead of the 259 ? The torsion under carriage rides really smooth.
     
  5. ClassicLawnCareInc

    ClassicLawnCareInc LawnSite Senior Member
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    to be honest I havent looked at the 259.

    what is the difference between the 2?
     
  6. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
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    Not sure what you do, but since you have 1000 hours in 10 years I assume your not a contractor. That undercarriage is as delicate and expensive as your grandmothers fine china. They ride nice, their quiet and they will cost you a lot of money in the wrong environment. Perhaps let us know what you do and it would be easier to make suggestions.
     
  7. ClassicLawnCareInc

    ClassicLawnCareInc LawnSite Senior Member
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    I put about 600 hours on it in 7 years.

    I use the machine for a mixture of things. 50% moving items around my shop, fuel tanks, pallets of material ect. 25% snow plowing when we get snow. We have a ton of properties we do when we get snow. It would run 24 hrs straight or more when we get snow. And 25% landscaping work, grading, moving river rock around jobsites, moving pallets of sod around ect.
     
  8. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
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    A tire machine is a lot cheaper up front and per hour to own for the listed tasks. If you do go Cat get the triple idler wheels. Our new machine is supposed to have the "new" Cat snow tracks as the standard tracks are not the greatest in the snow
     
  9. ClassicLawnCareInc

    ClassicLawnCareInc LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yup I agree, but im tired of getting stuck in some situations, and making a mess in other situations.

    I feel like tracks are the way to go. Especially since we rarely get snow so im thinking this machine will do ok when we get snow and itll do great when were using it for other work
     
  10. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
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    You need to look into the 259 machine. I have one and love it. I've put over 1000 hours on it in 3 years. Never had any problem.
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