Best Skid Steer

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by scorpian5, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. allinearth

    allinearth LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 614

    I'd be happy to sell you my cat 242. I think I'm going to trade for a 440 if that tells you anything.
  2. Bryce Mock

    Bryce Mock LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    Case 90xt they arent the newest machines but they have tons of power and would do about anything you could want it to!!! I mean we dug a basement with ours!!!
  3. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    The 440 is probably my all time favorite skid steer. Does a lot of things very well.
  4. bansheefreak

    bansheefreak LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    a cat 257 is the best out there .. there is nothing out there that can out work it.. i have ran one since that have came out we had 3 of them at one time but one got stolen so we have 2 now.. lets says our case sits at the shop..
  5. zabmasonry

    zabmasonry LawnSite Senior Member
    from C. VT
    Messages: 316

    I'd say more important then brand is the dealer, do you use NH tractors and have a relationship with the NH dealer? or do you know that one of the three you listed has a really good reputation?
  6. AEL

    AEL LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,724

    Bobcat S250. I remember reading an article about a farmer who put on 8000 hours in 3 or 4 years on his , with no problems minus wear and tear. He owned a large dairy operation (milked 500 or so cows). Remember farmers work every single day of the year , (6 hours a day x 365 days x 4 years= 8760 hours)
  7. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    CAT makes some competent machines, you are certainly in the minority in naming that one as a "best machine".
  8. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Messages: 3,791

    now this is good advice!
  9. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Messages: 3,791

    nothing out there can outwork a CAT 257? I realize this is an opinion forum but what do you base that on?

    When I see comments like this, and I'm not making a personal attack against Banseefreak, I have to ask how much seat time have they really put in a machine?
    I'm well over 12,000 hours in just skids. Probably closing in on 13000 hours and I have run a lot of different models, sizes, horsepower, and styles going back to the mid-90's and I can't tell anyone which one will outwork the rest.

    So, even with all the drama, the point is these are just opinions and everyone has one. I really think the best skid steer is the one that will consistently get the given job done and have very little to no major issues. A great operator can turn a so-so skid steer into the "best" skid steer. Dealer support really helps round out a vote for "best" machine whether it's a CAT with 10 hours or a Bobcat s250 with 8000 hours. Without good support and a competent operator, it can't reach it's highest level of productivity.
  10. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,131

    I hear the most popular skid steer, and by far the best is "paid for".

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