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Bobcat A300

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by grassman222, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. grassman222

    grassman222 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    Whats the life on the hyraulic pumps on the Bobcat A300 ? i may buy one instead of a ctl and i wanted to hear everyones thought on the machine and its workings. let me know what you think :usflag:
  2. juststartin

    juststartin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 341

    Pretty neat machine. I had one for awhile. Very easy on turf and tires last forever. I have seen them with 5000hrs with very little problems and then I have seen some lemons. The hydraulic pumps isn't really the worry with the a300, it is the complicated electrical system and valves. I had one and had to switch back to ctl. IMO ctls cannot be beat.
  3. grassman222

    grassman222 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    Ok thanks , i wasn't sure . i'm in a tough spot to were i have to decide which would be best for me. i do sod and jobs like that , i also do some light demo type work , and snow. to be honest if it wasn't for the snow i would just get a ctl . but i don't want to tear up my tracks on asphalt .
  4. ioilyouin

    ioilyouin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 710

    Just as Juststartin said the control systems are the worry. You should see similar component wear rates in the hydraulic system with a regular SSL.
  5. grassman222

    grassman222 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    this is good to know about the electronics. i wish i had the money to but one of every machine

    NEUSWEDE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,147

    Ever think about getting a skid and getting the VTS system for it? That's what I did and I can honestly say best idea ever. I do snow in the winter as well and I switch to tires in the fall and put the tracks on after sweeping in the spring.

    I am in maine and there is not a chance I could get away doing much off pavement on tires as everything is so soft up here in the spring through fall. The tracks are great and on mine the psi is the same as your foot.

    They sure don't give those A300 away and for the same price you could buy a CTL or a skid and VTS and do more and go more places.

    Just my 0.02 figured I would share.
  7. TomG

    TomG LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 674

    The hydraulic pump should last comparably as long as any other Bobcat 300 size machines. We own a A300 and a T300 and they are used for totally different jobs. If you mostly work off pavement and do a lot of dirt work go for a ctl. Pushing power can not even be compared between a ctl and a skid. But if you do a lot of work on pavement and on lawns get the A300. I will honestly say that we will NEVER buy another conventional skid steer. An A300 is a bit more expensive than a normal S300 but you will make the money back quickly in less repairs to driveways and lawns, and in tires, especially if you plow with the machine. The best part is that with a flip of a switch you can change from all wheel steer mode to skid steer mode. I would highly recommend the A300 to anyone looking for a wheeled skid steer but to compare it to a ctl... you can't really do. It really depends on what type of work you perform.

    Here is a quick walk around I did of our machine, its fairly basic but if your not familiar with the machine I think its good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU9qc6PisMo
  8. Nelson M Martin

    Nelson M Martin LawnSite Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 205

    cool video...but can someone guess whats wrong on that machine
  9. TomG

    TomG LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 674

    o, o pick me pick me, lol, you can see it in the first 5 sec:)
  10. Nelson M Martin

    Nelson M Martin LawnSite Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 205

    :laugh::laugh: no harm intented

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