compact tractor vs. skid steer

Discussion in 'Tractors' started by devinraptor, Jun 15, 2013.

  1. devinraptor

    devinraptor LawnSite Member
    Messages: 84

    I am considering buying either a skid steer with a brush cutter attachment or a compact tractor with a pull behind deck. The mower would be used to cut undeveloped areas in new communities on a monthly basis. Typically anywhere from 5-20 acres. What's the better choice?
  2. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    There is no better choice, they both have there places where they excel, I have both and each works good, but I did start out with the tractor first.
  3. monoshock

    monoshock LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,325

    Tractor attachments are less expensive that skid steers.
  4. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    Tractor will give less foot print vs Skidloader for brush hogging in the soft conditions
    Most time you drive the tractor to the job vs hauling the skid steer unless you live in a big city
    But if you do a lot dirt work a skid steer will out work a tractor
  5. Monroe74

    Monroe74 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    I'd say at least a 55hp tractor first. That will give you enough to grow into a skid steer. I have a 33hp wanted a 55ho but got talked into the 33hp because of size. I just find that there are more times then not the extra 20+ hp would be of some help.

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