Skid Steer Question

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Fwilamosky, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. Fwilamosky

    Fwilamosky LawnSite Senior Member
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    I asked this question over on the design build site also, but I don't know which one will get more views/answers.

    I found an amazing deal on a 2011 John Deere skid.....318. That's the only problem. I looked up specs and deere said the operating capacity is only 1800 lbs. Would you buy a machine than can't lift a full ton skid?
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  2. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
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    That all depends on what you want to do with it. I guess for some thats plenty of capacity for others its not near enough.
     
  3. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    If is that great of a deal is a win win situation:weightlifter:
     
  4. mow king

    mow king LawnSite Senior Member
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    That is the same size roughly as a Bobcat 773/S185. That is the machine I use the most. I find the capacities adequate for everything I do.

    If you are messing with pallets of block or loading large dump trucks I do not think it would be a good fit for you.
     
  5. 04cubcadet3235

    04cubcadet3235 LawnSite Member
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    cant beat the deere equipment , 1800 lbs is all id ever need to lift, resale value is good also... i have an older jd 210c backhoe and it has over 8000 hrs. with the 4239d engine a 3.9l , no problems other than the injection pump went last year due to the new ULSD diesel and overall the 55hp it makes seems like quite a bit more
     
  6. bobcat_ron

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    Be careful with the Deere's, the 318 does not have the same lift height as the Bobcat S185, I had one on rent for 2 days and it lacked at least 6" of height and it was very tippy with a grapple bucket on it.
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  7. Digdeep

    Digdeep LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have found the Deere vertical lift machines to have limited reach at flatbed truck height compared to other machines if you plan on unloading pallets.
     
  8. bobcat_ron

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    And they drip grease from the bucket cylinders right on your knees when the loader is raised to cab height. It's a stupid loader design.
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  9. Fwilamosky

    Fwilamosky LawnSite Senior Member
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    thanks for the first hand accounts, I will put it through the ringer if I decide to purchase it. I'm hoping the dripping grease was on the model you were using haha
     
  10. JCPM

    JCPM LawnSite Member
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    I have a Bobcat s175 which can lift 1750lbs. It's a little undersized for moving pallets but I don't think I would want to go with anything bigger considering the properties I work on. I mainly do paver and retaining wall installations and I found out a long time ago that its not worth the time delivering the material to the site myself. Have everything delivered and have them put it where you want it. Any job where my dump truck rarely has to make an appearance is a successful one in my book. Good luck with whatever you decide to purchase.
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