This is my first post so excuse me if I screw this up. I am a landscaper (part time) and an assistant agricultural science teacher (full time), and our program is looking into getting a skid steer. I have been teaching for three years and I have been trying to convince the instructor that we should get one because that is where the industry is going. The instructor went to the local Mustang dealer and he thinks he got a good price on a 2044, and he is almost certain this is the one to get. He has never operated a skid steer, and I have only operated and 873 bobcat. The Bobcat has hand/feet controls, and the mustang has hand and T bar control, I believe. How does that work? We are looking for something under 20k, around or above 50hp, ability to pick up a ton. We have 30 to 40 students enrolled that will have the chance to operate it. Any info that anyone has would be greatly appreciated. Opinions also wanted.