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Gehl 7800

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by vts, Feb 23, 2005.

  1. vts

    vts LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Not much is said on here about Gehl skid loaders. Does any one have a Gehl SL 7800? How do you like it? Or does anyone have a Gehl with a 2spd, the one I drove really shifts into high and low with a bang. I was told it is because they actually change gears unlike some other ones that change the flow of hyd. Any input would be nice, Thanks. I am looking at a used SL 7800, wow what a huge machine, nice roomy cab, 110 hp 3600# capacity. It is probably too big for a lot of people but I think it would work good for what I want, mostly will be used with forks or a boom to move equipment and on a 10' snow pusher.
  2. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,162

    I have never heard anything about them myself good or bad. I have seen them on the dealers lots but have never even seen one in the field. Gehl doesn't have much impact in my area. I would like to run one though.
  3. AK Lawn

    AK Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 186

    Leased a Gehl 5600 series last summer and loved it, i blew out the hydros on one unit but my dealership replaced it in minutes. They had a 7800 that a customer just bought but has it as a rental when he is not using it, what a haus. way to big for what i do but that thing gets the job done, i have rented on ly bobcats before and i really liked the gehl, i did demo a 6600 series and that is probably what i am going to get, it was amazing. But yes the 7800 from what i have heard is a great machine
  4. Caribbean Breeze

    Caribbean Breeze LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60


    I will tell you that

    1. Not because much is not said about Gehl in this forum, means that Gehl is not good equipment. Gehl machines are quality, they have evolved to be very reliable. Maybe Gehl does not have the big marketing of Cat & John Deere, but I will tell you that I would buy a Gehl infront of Cat & John Deere.
    Because Gehl machines will outlast them any day in the field. We have a machine with 12,000 hrs plus, model 6635, and this machine works fine with routine service.
    You will hardly find this, except for Bobcat. Gehl is in the top 5 in terms of Skid Steers manufacturers and it resale value is pretty good.

    2. The 35 and 40 Series units have never let us down, working alongside John Deere units, the have a more study design as the John Deere units with 3,000 hrs have boom sway of 3-4" inches. It is my opinion that you will be very happy with your 7800 choice.

    3. Buy a machine from a specialized manufacturer, you will get a more durable product. As a user of Bobcat, John Deere and Gehl. Gehl stands out at the top with Bobcat. I recently ordered 2 - 6640's and 1- 5640 new for use with various attachments.

    I would buy the 7800 if I needed large machine. Good Luck,
  5. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Messages: 1,892

    :) Glad to hear Bobcat and Gehl are still making some of the strongest in the industry.

    Case and Cat are doing well, however, so don't forever overlook them.
  6. Dodgemania

    Dodgemania LawnSite Member
    Messages: 97

    I bought a brand new Cat 236B last year and love it. I have heard alot of good things about gehl skidloaders. Espeacially there durability. I would say Gehl is as good a skidloader you can buy.

    I couldn't imagine having another 30 hp in my loader. That would help me out alot because I dig with mine.

    If you get the 7800 series give us an update on how it runs and the performance of it.

    I love Cat equipment and most of all there excellent service. I wish they had a loader in the 90 to 110 hp range. I will be buying another machine in the next year and I want it to be Cat because of the service and the location of there shop but if they can't come out with more than a 78 hp machine then I might be looking at Gehl.
  7. vts

    vts LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Thanks for the input. I did buy a 2001 Gehl 7800 with 1300 hours on it I traded a New Holland lx985 for it, I ended up having about $20,000.00 in it, with I think is a pretty good deal. I believe that the big loaders like that are hard to sell because not every body can use one that big, they are to big to be handy in some places as I have found out. But it is a horse, I have used it on a 10' snow pusher which was a bit big for my 985 used it on a vibrating sheeps foo,t have hauled alot of sand with it, the ride control is nice for that. I like the cab better than my 985 or even the newer lx180. The hydros are a lot quieter than New Hollands. Not saying the NH are bad loaders because I have had good luck with them and I believe they are a good machine, you can't hardly beat the balance on a New Holland. But the way my 7800 boom is I can see out the front, sides and rear better, and it is balanced nice too. For what I do with it I think it is going to work out good. I used it to load some 3000 lbs cement blocks on a semi trailer and it would pick them up from the top with a chain no problem, on the other end we where unloading them with a JD 8875 and we had to get under them to get them closer to the machine and still had quite a time. But there is quite a difference in the raitings. Anybody considering a larger machine I would recomend the 7800. Some of my help does not like the Gehl controls but I get along fine with them. Well that was probably long enough rambling and not really saying anything. Again thank for the input and all the other posts on this site.
  8. vts

    vts LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Ok a few more ramblings. As far as digging it is great, run out of traction even in hard dirt before I run out of power. Performance has been fine with every thing I have used it for. The down side of it is the size and weight, hard to get into tight areas and it does weigh over 10,000 lbs. It is to wide and to heavy to haul on most skid loader trailers and needs to be hauled on a deck over trailer.
  9. lamster

    lamster LawnSite Member
    from Austria
    Messages: 18

    I´ve a GEHL 5640 without any troubles,
    we had an 5635, 4635 3825, 1620, 1625 and 1640 before
    the 5640 is the best of it,
    first we have some problems, with 2 pipes that was not tighten enouth,
    but we had now problems

    the noise wenn you switch to high gear is "normal"
    because wenn you switch to high gear,
    the piston of the hydrostat-pump with have to oil for some second,
    that was the noise,
    that have sayed the local dealer here,
    it was a good friend of my, so it must be okay,
    i also see this on different maschines of gehl,
    so it must be normal, you only have been care, wenn you switch from high speed at full speed to low speed,

    the hydro-gliede option is also fine,

  10. turboawd

    turboawd LawnSite Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 236

    anyone else have any opinions on the 7800 gehl?
    long term reliability?

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