Skid Steer Thoughts

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Barrett Landscaping, Nov 28, 2013.

  1. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Bingo. #1 reason for getting rid of my wheeled machine. Lost time due to wet conditions
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  2. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That was the main reason I made sure to get a tracked mini skid which I love. The only thing that I dislike about t CTL is that I have heard that they are not that good for snow work which is something that I would eventually like to get into a lot more. Does anyone have any input or suggestions? I know there are snow tracks but I have heard that they are ridiculously expensive.
     
  3. swanny

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    Once you get into triple and quadruple digit hrs. it would behoove you to be absolutely sure routine maintenance was done. A couple thousand hrs. on some of the more durable makes with proper maintenance wouldn't concern me.

    Final drive oil changes, like engine/hydro oil, are very important, or could cost you thousands in premature repairs later.

    In your neck of the woods, I think you could get by with OEM CTL tracks for snow until they wear out, then buy the better snow/mud tread design. You can also run studs in them if marking is not a concern. Keep it out of high speed when starting. I've used both OEM and aftermarket tracks for snow in topography similar to where you're at. I have found that cleated style tracks do better than the pad designs. McLaren's Next Gen TDF's are great in snow.
     
  4. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Ok thanks for the advice. So what would you consider the 100k mile mark in hours for a skid steer? I'm primarily looking at Bobcat, New Holland, Case, and Deere machines
     
  5. swanny

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    Difficult question to answer...too loose ended, too many variables. How a machine has been operated and maintained is often more valuable than having relatively low hrs. on the clock. That's why I generally hate buying at auction, unless the original owner is there to give you the skinny (which may or may not be true). Buyer beware.

    My "Gord" super duty with the 7.3 powerstroke at 100k is just getting broken in.

    Post the general info. about the machine you're eyeing up, and I'm sure someone who has experience with it will tell you the weak links to look out for. Every machine has it's positives and negatives.
     
  6. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Definitely true. Most of the skids around here (wheeled and tracked) are around the 1200-1900 hour range that are in my price range from what I have noticed. Still haven't found any that stick out to be solid considerations yet. I'm hoping to find a good winter deal. Ideally it would have air and heat
     
  7. swanny

    swanny LawnSite Senior Member
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    Not exactly sure of why this is, but Jan. always seems to be a good month for buying.
     
  8. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have always found good deals in the winter from people who need the money to make it through the rest of the off season. Hopefully I'll find one between January and March because I've spent enough on new equipment for tax purposes for this year already haha.
     
  9. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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  10. ksss

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    You would want to check the loader arms very close. They had issue with cracking out.
     

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