Anyone ever used a Toro Dingo?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by bushwacker, May 22, 2003.

  1. bushwacker

    bushwacker LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Well, I'm thinking of purchasing a Dingo. Use it for irrigation/landscape design work. Anyone here familiar with these machines? Do you like it? Any other suggestions?
  2. longviewlawncare

    longviewlawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 298

    the dingos are great. I don;t own one but rent one at least 1 time per month. If you go out to buy a decent setup it can get kinda pricey i think. But for versatility, maneuverability, and overall time savings it is great. You will not be disappointed.
  3. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 988

    I have had the occassion to use different manufacturers types of mini skid steers.
    I found the rubber tracked ones to be overall much better than the wheeled ones.
    Compaction, ease of movement, less turf or subgrade disturbance, increased stability - these are all benefits to a tracked mini skid steer.
  4. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
    from nowhere
    Messages: 1,578

    Mt50 Bobcat ...purchased last winter... we have put it to work every day.
  5. hnter

    hnter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    i have a 322 and love it...just don't expect it to be good at things it isn't designed to do...
  6. Strawbridge Lawn

    Strawbridge Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 660

    I have rented Dingos on numerous occasions and love them EXCEPT for the lack of adequate traction. A necessary element in many landscape areas... I use the 4 wheel model and it seems to be hindered without tracks IMO. Everything else is awesome, but this one element has me looking at Kubota and Deere larger tire 4WD tractors.
  7. Land Design

    Land Design LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    everyones so positive so heres the other opinion.........

    i have only used a ramrod/dingo for landscape purposes. If your buying to ONLY move material (mulch/dirt) its ok. I have only used ones with wheels, as far as the lawn goes i have found them to be gentle on the turf. overall they are jerky to drive slowly, underpowered and use a whole tank of gas in 2 hours. not real impressed with payload either. just another opinion. possibly for auger work they would be good

  8. PRapoza451

    PRapoza451 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    We have a Dingo and think it's great. As stated before; don't try to do what it's not designed to do. The most common argument against them is "They can't do what a Bobcat can do." Duh? They are not a Bobcat, see second sentence. They can get in places and do things it would take three people to do. The auger is great for planting. Forks are great for transporting trees and shrubs around and planting, transplanting etc... They will wear a path in the lawn if you go over the same spot more than six times or so. The machine weighs 1500lbs plus attachments and operator. I'd look into the ASV RC-30 when it's time to replace my Dingo though. One tank of gas (5 pl us gal.) lasts us 5-8 hrs. depending on how much you run it.
  9. bushwacker

    bushwacker LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Im thinking of purchasing one for the use of trenching and auger. Currently I've been renting a small stump grinder for those stump jobs I get every now and then. Anyone used the stump grinder one this thing?
  10. Groundcover Solutions

    Groundcover Solutions LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,254

    We rented Dingo once, the rental place had just got it in and no one had ever rented it before. So we decided to put it through its paces. We used it to build a medume sized brick paver patio! worked great, we decuded to use it to do some other projects and it has praformed them with ease! The one we rented was the largest one they offer I think not too shoure. It had the tracks and was great on grass! Just my 2 cents

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