Compact tractor or compact skidsteer

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by eggy, May 3, 2013.

  1. eggy

    eggy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Seems like the pricing for a good used compact tractor with bucket loader is similar to a compact skidsteer (ex: toro dingo or vemeer brand) I have always used a compact tratcor for tearing out shrubs loading mulch and rock but have always wondered about the compact skidsteer performance.
  2. mathews

    mathews LawnSite Member
    Messages: 169

    Each will out perform the other under different circumstances. We have a dingo on tracks, its slow as christmas. A compact tractor would move mulch and other materials much faster. But we run that dingo countless days in spring and fall when it would definately be too wet for a tractor. Also we are able to get into most backyards with the dingo. Wide open areas id go with tractor, tight areas or overall landscaping use i like dingo. Just my .02

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    I tend to agree with Mathews , I don't own a tractor but I do own a Vermeer mini skid 600 tx. I think it depends on application. We use ours all the time and it has been a valuable tool for us.
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  4. 94gt331

    94gt331 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Every machine has it's pros and cons. I have a full size track skidloader. Can do more work than a little dingo but the dingo has it's advantages also, I wish I had a dingo as well for smaller jobs etc. And a compact tractor is nice because you can load and dig with the same machine. In a perfect world I'd have a skidloader, dingo, compact tractor, and a mini escavator.
  5. clay duncan

    clay duncan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 445

    my vote is for the compact tractor with turf tires.....I use mine all the time and could not make it without it........
  6. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Depends on what your doing with it. I have a full size skid, mini skid, and a tractor. The tractor never gets used on the job site.
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  7. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,857

    Perfect world, dw750 (I think that's it) mini ex. Wheeled and tracked skid. 30 and 50 hp tractors and small wheel loader. Perfect world!!
  8. burnthefurniture

    burnthefurniture LawnSite Member
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    I don't have a full size skidsteer but a compact kubota, bobcat mt55 and kubota mini excavator. The bobcat is good for tight spaces but in the event of large areas that need to be graded, the tractor with a box blade is definitely the fastest and easiest. The mt55 is slow and cumbersome with grading as is the mini. Perhaps a Harley rake would help the mt55. Typically I use the tractor more on large properties and it is very useful for grading.
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