Good Deal on Bobcat?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by TopNotchLawnCare, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. TopNotchLawnCare

    TopNotchLawnCare LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Messages: 189

    Hey guys, I found someone selling a 2000 Bobcat 853 with a set of forks and bucket with detachable clete face. Also, the guy said it has heat and ac in the cab.

    He's asking $8,500 or BO. Does this sound like a good deal or should I shoot him a offer?

    I will be using it for snow plowing and a few landscape jobs in the summer, but mainly for snow plowing.

  2. TopNotchLawnCare

    TopNotchLawnCare LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Messages: 189

    I forgot to mention the hours of the machine. 2089 hrs.
  3. icex

    icex LawnSite Senior Member
    from WV
    Messages: 389

    Its an eleven year old machine with 2000 hours.. I'd skip it myself. If you jump on it get service records first.
  4. mow king

    mow king LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 571

    I'd check the year of that machine, as far as I know they stopped making the 853's in the mid 90' 1994. If the machine is a '94 I'd be pretty confident the hours aren't accurate either.
  5. tallrick

    tallrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 682

    The last year any 853's were made was in 1995. The 863 was its replacement. The 853 was the reworked 843, which was one of Bobcat's best. However, the Isuzu 4JB1 engine was prone to oil pump failure so watch for engine damage. Lately I have not seen much equipment for sale but the last 853 I saw sold for 4,000.00 and had 3000+ hours. That machine was in good shape but needed some hydraulic hoses soon in my opinion. I have never seen one sell for over 5000 dollars in the last few years. with a standard bucket. Heat and enclosed cabs were available on the 853 and 853H. As mentioned above the hours on the machine you are looking at are not likely to be accurate either. Unless you are experienced repairing the machines I recommend avoiding anything over 7 years old. The oldest 853 is 21 years old now.
  6. TopNotchLawnCare

    TopNotchLawnCare LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Messages: 189

    Thanks guys, I will keep on looking.

    Here's another one, but smaller. 1991 Bobcat 443 715 hrs. Kubota Diesel, 44" bucket, brand new tires. Includes service manual and all maintenance records.

    This thing looks like new in the pictures and the guy said it was only used on his personal driveway for snow removal. He's asking $6,000

    Hope you all don't mind me asking these questions.
  7. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,246

    I guess to me, what are you wanting to do? The one skid is big and the other is very small? Figure out how and why(and how you will tow it) then go find the right machine to fit your business.
  8. xmorgans

    xmorgans LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    I am trying to work a deal with a guy for a 1994 Bobcat 853H with full enclosure, heat, safety light, tooth bucket, 2000 Hours, digging stabilizers on rear for $ 10 K. this unit comes from a small township that was used for road work paving crews.. does anyone have any info on this kind of machine. I am looking for advance my landscaping co, also use it for snow pushers.
  9. dozerman21

    dozerman21 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    I agree with Stuve...figure out what size loader you need first. The two that you mentioned are very different. A 443 is a very niche machine and not something you want for any production type snow removal. Driveways, hell...sidewalks, it would be fine. Go to a medium frame or larger for parking lots or streets.

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