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New Cat 257D any thoughts?

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

  1. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,109

    I may be in the market for your machine If i get this last contract for snow. May be looking for a few subs, marek you doing snow? this site is in landover.

    I just brought a 2 yd spreader this weekend, I need to sell a 1.5 yd, 11hp leaf vac, and a slot machine. Craiglist has been HORRIBLE for selling this year.
  2. ClassicLawnCareInc

    ClassicLawnCareInc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 737

    My machine is a 2004 242 B enclosed cab a/c heat. 950 hrs. Im either gonna trade it r sell it, Wont have a need for it once I get the new one. My buddy may buy it from the dealer as he needs one but needs to finance it.

    Marek how did the shop look?
  3. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,385

    Always. Only piece we don't have a job for yet is the big tractor. It has a 12' push box on one end and 12' plow on the other
  4. Premier Landscaping

    Premier Landscaping LawnSite Member
    from ND
    Posts: 81

    We like our 259B, we only have 900 hours on it, but have had no issues so far. I am anxious to try the D to see what improvements they have made, since we may be adding another machine next spring. I was hoping they would hit my dealer before the snow came to get demo in the dirt, to know if we should just buy another B before they are gone, and save some money or order a D series. I still do not like the E/H pilot controls. I have been running the B series cats for 9 years now so that seems like all I know, and have not liked any of the E/H units I have tried. I have not tried one since the C's first came out though so hopefully they made some improvements.
  5. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,385

    The controls on the new machines are 10x more responsive than they were on the C machines and the C s were nice.
  6. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,129

    I don't think the C series EH is nice at all. Actually I couldn't believe CAT would release it and not find a solution for that shutter in the hyd. I experienced it on a 279C which was new. Shakes the whole machine.
  7. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,385

    Our C never had the shake problem , but is no where near as sensitive or responsive as the new D
  8. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,101

    I can make our 289C2 shake faster than Michael J Fox, just flick the loader pilot control at half throttle.
    I do notice at idle, I can't feather the loader, there is no in between, either the valve opens, or it stays closed, and it will shutter.
  9. ClassicLawnCareInc

    ClassicLawnCareInc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 737

    Hey Marek you said you changed out your idler wheels to triple something? What does that do.
  10. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,109

    Keeps the track from popping off in rough conditions.

    Mulching guys use them
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