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skidsteer vs tractor

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by scott185, Feb 8, 2001.

  1. scott185

    scott185 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    Thanks for the input. I will be looking for a used skidsteer. The backhoe attachment and a post hole digger will be my first attactments. What should I look for in a used skidsteer? How many hours should I look for? Can I buy a good machine for under 12K. Whats the best machine?
  2. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 1,277

  3. SpringValley

    SpringValley LawnSite Member
    Posts: 147

    Personally, I would prefer a tractor. I have used my skidsteer on an established lawn and tore it up pretty bad. Scott I do much of the same projects as you and I would go with a compact tractor. Lighter weight, with the right loader it will lift a 2000lb. load and is much more versatile. I have a backhoe for my skidsteer that is awesome but a three point for my tractor would be just as good. The skidsteer with hoe and 4-n-1 bucket weighs almost 9500lbs. I had to buy a bigger trailer to haul that much weight. I am leaning towards a new compact tractor and getting out from under the stiff payments on the skidsteer.

    Regarding irrigation, I rented a Vermeer vibratory plow and pulled in over 1000ft of pipe in less than two hours with very little disturbance to the yard. Try that with a skid steer.


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