I had to go ahead and put this question out there since somoene else on here brought it up. It is a question I been thinking about asking for a while. Me and an excavating bud was just talking about this issue a few months ago about the life of a skid steer. There is many dozers, backhoes, trackhoes, wheel loaders, and crawler loaders that is at least 15 years old that are very reliable machines running everyday. Now there is some old Bobcats out there running with allot of hours but I have heard this more than once and agree that skid steers just dont last like other pieces of equipment. I mean we are on this board talking about the durability of each brand when in fact allot of people are getting rid of them with hardly a thousand hours on them. I know allot of people want something reliable but in my opinion if they are not lasting at least three thousand hours they are just not much of a machine to start with. Yes, they have a hard life but that was what they where suppose to be built for. What can they do to make them last longer? I myself want all the solid metal I can get but of course weight can cause issues with lawns and so on.