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Toro Dingo TX420 Review this model

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by WGrnd21, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. WGrnd21

    WGrnd21 LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Posts: 73

    For those who have used this model Dingo how many hours are on your machine. I'm looking to purchase this specific model used. Any input/reviews would be great.
     
  2. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,119

    Buy a ditchwitch instead. Sk650 is the best thing going.
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  3. jeremy's lc

    jeremy's lc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 95

    I agree the sk 650 is a great machine. I got around 700 hours on mine and i love it.
     
  4. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,415

    Ive had the 425, bought it new in 05' . Ive had NO mechanical problems. Almost 700 hours now.
    Had to replace the tracks once. Machine has had maybe one tune up.

    I wont be selling it, just keep it for a backup or second unit when we're really busy. Ive had
    alot of times this year alone when ive needed two installation crews going at once, but we managed with one.
    (Alot of good scheduling and good timing)

    I use only for trenching. FYI The high torque trencher attachment runs ALOT stonger than bobcats version. I demoed the vermeer and the ditchwitch, and didnt like the controls.
    I've got the trench cover up attachment, boring attachment, and two trencher units, one for a spare while the other is getting fixed. and the bucket/forks.

    Next machine i buy will have a DIESEL engine. No questions asked. If you have some spare money to burn you need to go this route.

    If i could improve one thing on this machine it would be the tracks. After about 50% wear, they tend to slip and come off on slight hills/grades. You can tighten them up, and that seems to help. But you really have to watch it while on slopes.
    I bought aftermarket tracks from rubbertrax.com they were about half the cost. No problems so far, a few hundred hrs on them.
     
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2010
  5. SDLandscapes VT

    SDLandscapes VT LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 582

    have ditchwitch SK650....would go this way again
     
  6. greatdanerunner

    greatdanerunner LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    I have the the small sk350 and love it!
     
  7. juststartin

    juststartin LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 341

    I have a 425 and a 525. Also have a 420 and 220 for sale. The 525 is a sweet machine. I find my guys running the thing at half throttle most of the time.
     
  8. instyle

    instyle LawnSite Senior Member
    from Canada
    Posts: 380

    I have the Toro 425, I love it. Best purchace I have made for my company do far. Everytime i use it I am so impressed. I have not tried anything else, but I have logged enough hours on mine to say that I would buy another one in a heart beat. I only have a smooth bucket for it. But it does what ever I ask it to do.
     
  9. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,307

    I have a Bobcat Mt55 and love it. My buddy has the toro 420 and the Bobcat will walk circles around it (power, lift, and speed). I have never used the ditchwitch. The track system that Bobcat uses is a miniature version of their large machines and works great. I never have trouble with the tracks falling off or stretching. My buddies Dingo couldn't beat its way out of a wet paper bag (has no power and has always seemed under powered). Bobcat is a good unit but I suggest trying all of them and don't forget about dealer support when you do decide.
     
  10. juststartin

    juststartin LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 341

    I have a mt55 and my dingo 525 will walk all over the bobcat. Comparing a mt55 to a 420 is like comparing a walk behind 48" mower to a diesel 72" rider. The dingo tracks are more turf friendly and the ride plate on the bobcat is so ret@rded we just took it off. And good luck finding used attachments for the bobcat since it is not a universal quick tach plate.
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