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New Cat 257D any thoughts?

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

  1. TNGrassCutter

    TNGrassCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,321

    That's is really good engineering there. We broke a side window out if the cat a couple weeks ago with glass on inside of metal. If glass was on outside we would have to open a glass business and all we do with it is new home construction landscaping.
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  2. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Posts: 1,891

    This is interesting. I wouldn't have thought of this as an immediate drawback to having the glass on the outside.
  3. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,101

    Try working outside in the rain for a half hour, then jump in the cab with the heat set on half or full. 5 minutes later you won't see anything. I can't imagine hoow frustrating it must be to have the glass on the outside.
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  4. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,112

    Cage slides back so you can wipe it.

    I think they put the glass on the outside so when it breaks it doesn't fall on you. Not to mention much easier to clean
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  5. Nelson M Martin

    Nelson M Martin LawnSite Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 193

    there is a separate vent for window defrost on the M series bobcats....if its adjusted right they work. :laugh:
  6. Digdeep

    Digdeep LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,840

    He's been selling Bobcats for around 18 years so I'm pretty confident in his assessment. He told me that it's a common complaint on the new machines. Insufficient airflow for defrosting or defogging the side windows. They're also a problem for guys that brush cut or work in brush.
  7. ARP

    ARP LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,510

    Not to add any fuel to the fire here, but we have a T770 setup for brush work and part of the brush package they put on the machine was a lexan type of window replacement for the side glass windows. So far we have had zero problems breaking a window or even scratching one. Why they don't put these windows on as standard equipment is beyond me, but once on the machine they seem to be doing their job well. Maybe you can get these windows included in the deal for a new machine without having to get the whole brush package?

    We also plow snow with the machine and have gotten in and out of the machine with wet clothes and have had zero problems with fogging up the windows. As Nelson said, there are some separate vents for the window defrost that paired with having the AC condenser running with the heat on like you do in a car, keep the windows clear. My T320 was a totally different story though on the fogging issue...
  8. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,385

    Lexan side windows would be a plus on any machine . Have you had any over heating problems with your 770 ?
  9. ARP

    ARP LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,510

    Non so far- the 770 seems to run a bit cooler than our T320 did. I'm not sure what they did if anything to the hydraulic system on these machines to help them cool quickly but whatever they did seems to work. Couple that with the fact the radiators are so easy to clean and you have a good machine IMO to run highflow attachments.
  10. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,385

    Whats the fuel burn on your 770 while mulching ?

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