Went and looked at skids today.

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by cat2, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. cat2

    cat2 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Looked at a gehl 5640 turbo. It was ok but i wasn't hooked on it. And a case 430. I like the case more. Some of the filters seem to be hard to get to. The cab isn't to wide, but its not too bad. And i looked at a john deere CTL 322 for the heck of it. Nice machine. Out of those i looked at today i would have to say deere is the best. But remember i just looked i didn't drive any. i want to see what bobcat will come out with. I just don't feel right in the gehl or case.
     
  2. cat2

    cat2 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Another thing on the case is it felt like there was so much machine behind you, it seems like when you are close to a wall or something you would have a better chance of hitting it.
     
  3. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    I get the same feeling too with Deere's and Cases all the time, even though their lengths are the same as Cat and Bobcat's standards.
     
  4. cat2

    cat2 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I know i hate that.



    wow we agree on something:cool2:
     
  5. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    Only Tak's and some of the first Cats were longer than the industry standards, not much, maybe 6-8" or so.
     
  6. BIGBEN2004

    BIGBEN2004 LawnSite Senior Member
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    The old ASV 4800's had to be the worst. They had the entire engine behind where the loader arms where hooked to the machine. Also the big New Hollands have a long back end on them and allot of times they bump things when you turn.
     
  7. mrsops

    mrsops LawnSite Silver Member
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    i would never buy a deere or new holland i just feel the back of the machine is to big feel like im going to hit something all the time i know how you guys feel on that. case you cant see anything out of it i cant see how people buy that machine they must be working in a open field.. for what i do alot of tight work i feel 100% bobcats have the best visability then any other machine
     
  8. KPS

    KPS LawnSite Member
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    Yeah mrsops i have operated many skids and Bobcat is one of the best for vis. We checked out a ct 322 about a month ago and i could not get out fast enough. I banged my shin into the frame just trying to get in the thing, and im only 5'8" 160lbs:hammerhead:. The overhead visibility is absolutely pathetic and the giant loader arms are a little overkill ion my oipinion. the front door glass is far to small and close to your face, someone likened the cab to gatting in and out of a bath tub and i have to agree. The heater was amazing and power galore. With a cab overhaul i think it could be a real contender in the ctl market.
     
  9. ksss

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    Try this excersise. Sit in a CASE and a Bobcat and have someone set cones (both standard and candles) around the machine with comparable machines with the loader arms in the same position. I have done it. You should try it. Then talk about what you really know, verse talking about what you don't.:waving:
     
  10. mrsops

    mrsops LawnSite Silver Member
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    im sure you have done it just like i have sat in both machines i dont need to set up potatoes lol or whatever your telling me to set up i would never buy a case but for you they must work :hammerhead:
     

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