skid steer or compact tractor?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by cntryboymc, Apr 25, 2004.

  1. cntryboymc

    cntryboymc LawnSite Member
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    it has come to my attention that i may need to be in the market for a compact tractor or skid steer.with the heavy winter we had,snow banks could have been pushed back with either machine.also while doing spring cleanups this year,ive had several inquiries from customers for doing loader,backhoe,york rake work.at a recent farm show in our area,i spoke with reps from bobcat and john deere about these machines.the idea that i have is that if im not doing heavy landscape or construction work dont get a skid steer.basically because the skid steer will tear up yards more than a compact with industrial tires would.the compact seemed better for bush hogging,york raking,loader work,etc.is this a true statement?im considering a jd 4000 ten series tractor(30-35hp) or a bobcat skid steer.also it seems like skid steer attachments are more costly.any thoughts would be appreciated!
     
  2. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Silver Member
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    Rent equipment to start , you will figure out what works best for you.
     
  3. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
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    I rent a JD 4200 on a regular basis, good machine, just the right size. Still will tear up the turf if you fly around with it but definatly not as much as a Skid Steer. The hoe on it seems a little under powered though.
     
  4. cntryboymc

    cntryboymc LawnSite Member
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    any more input guys?
     
  5. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
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    Bobcat A300. Won't tear up lawns and is a lot easier to run than a tractor. Also easier to switch attachments.
     
  6. cntryboymc

    cntryboymc LawnSite Member
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    how much is the bobcat a300?
     
  7. cntryboymc

    cntryboymc LawnSite Member
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    how much is a bobcat a 300?
     
  8. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
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    Sorry, I was sick for a few days.

    They run quite a bit -- $45,000 sounds about right. However, it is fully compatible with skid steer attachments. It now has the 81 hp Kubota powerplant.
     
  9. cntryboymc

    cntryboymc LawnSite Member
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    pretty pricey!i spoke with a bobcat sales rep today.he offered a 2003 s185 with high flow and air conditioning.the machine has 400 hrs on it and he was asking $23,000 for it. sound too high?
    im trying not to go to high priced.
     
  10. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
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    That sounds about right. However, with 400 hours, I dunno, it sounds like he's inflated the price a little bit.

    Make sure a skid will work for you. As you said, it tears up lawns and finished surfaces. NH and Deere are horrible on asphalt; their weight distribution makes all four wheels scrape off the surface of asphalt on a hot day. Bobcat and Case seem to be better at avoiding the gouging. However, make sure a skid steer works. DEMO it before you put money on anything.
     

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