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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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    Dig deep that's my main problem neither is in stock the Deere wound be a dealer transfer as my local Deere chain if 13 stores is sold out and my cat dealer is sold out but has 2 on rider but it may be a few weeks . So I can't put my hands on either. If I could id be driving both this week
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  2. ClassicLawnCareInc

    ClassicLawnCareInc LawnSite Senior Member
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    The car dealer has 2 on order *
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  3. Digdeep

    Digdeep LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'd line up a demo ahead of time. I used to do this with my Bobcat customers that I could do a sort of road show once the product came in.

    Nico963's photo is a perfect example of CATs great visibility down to the tires or tracks.
     
  4. TNGrassCutter

    TNGrassCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Is it just me or do the d series loader arms look considerably smaller than the c?
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  5. ClassicLawnCareInc

    ClassicLawnCareInc LawnSite Senior Member
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    They do look thinner
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  6. swanny

    swanny LawnSite Senior Member
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    Deceiving...might look smaller from the outside, but could be very thick walled inside.
     
  7. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The arms are wider but not as deep. It really increases visibility over the c series machines
     
  8. bobcatexc

    bobcatexc LawnSite Senior Member
    from IL
    Posts: 272

    Everybody wants to dis on JD's, so I'll throw my two cents in. I personally own a Takeuchi and have had a couples bobcats and have run many color skids in the past 20yrs. I've put several hundred hours on a newer JD 333D and a Cat 299D(old style arms). The Deere will walk all over that 299 in pushing, lifting, visibility, everything. Visibility is terrible out the back and sides, the Cat is IMO the worst skid steer I've ran. Yes JD is a pain with the side panels, but all your daily checks are right there in the back other than that raise the arms and pull the panels to easily get to everything else. You need to demo both brands before dropping 45K on a machine. If I was looking for a new machine I'd look at JD, Bobcat or Takeuchi.
     
  9. Digdeep

    Digdeep LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Definitely worth demoing both machines if possible to see for yourself. Everyone has different opinions. I've run most brands and I wouldn't be caught dead in a JD..D or E series.
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  10. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Ask cat for a machine until the ordered machine comes in. What are you doing with the machine you have now. Just drove by your shop.
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