Has anyone regretted buying a mini skid steer?

Mitty87

LawnSite Silver Member
I don't know if anyone here has seen my posts, but we move a lot of material by hand. We deal with a lot If small lots 2-7000 sq foot total. Small landscape installs are a big part of our work, something like 2 yds River Rock, 18 yards soil, 7 yards gravel, 1 yard mulch and 1500 sq feet of turf would be an average example.

I have just about been convinced to buy a machine and the bobcat rep is coming to meet me at my dentist appt to wait for me and go over numbers.

I know the skid steer and mini ex guys stay very busy around here, but I've only ever seen a mini skid operating once. I know we can't use it every job but I wonder if it's the right choice.

Has anyone bought one and really regretted their decision? Like you wish you bought a full size machine? I see they get a lot of love here but not quite convinced.

How are they for small grading jobs where id usually get a sub bobcat who makes a big mess?
 

UniqueLandscapes1

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I’m in the same boat as you and just bought Ditchwitch sk1550. I love it so far and look forward to all the possibilities. I rented a machine last year with a harley rake and final graded an 1.5 acre lot. I liked it better than a full size machine. Depending on how you want to use it I wouldn’t go with the bobcat from what I researched. Vermeer or Ditchwitch seem to be best. Although I guess some is personal preference. Maybe some others could comment.
 
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Mitty87

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I will have to see what options there are here, I have seen deer, cat, kubota and bobcat dealers here. I don't know if I'd find local support for a Vermeer or ditch witch, pretty sure no dingo either.

Edit: Actually Vermeer seems like it is one of the two options here. How much room do the sales people have to work with?
 

UniqueLandscapes1

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Location
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not Sure about their sales stuff. I think that vermeer & Ditchwitch will definitely cost more but again depends how you want to use it. My machine can move a full pallet of pavers which was important for me. Other brands don’t have a machine capable of that. But some people might not need or want that capability so buying a smaller cheaper machine might be better. They all just save so much time in small spaces though.
 
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Mitty87

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Sounds like you desperately need a mini skid. Stay away from bobcat. Right now Ditch Witch is #1 and Vermeer next.
When the bobcat rep called me today (he missed my dentist appt), I said I wanted Vermeer info because I heard they are a bit better quality. He seemed disappointed but will get me info on both, he said Vermeer is more $ but what is a few k. Maybe less margin for him with Vermeer?

I did find ditch witch here too, I guess I'll get quotes for both and compare. What would a comparable ditch witch to Vermeer model?
 
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TPendagast

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I don't know if anyone here has seen my posts, but we move a lot of material by hand. We deal with a lot If small lots 2-7000 sq foot total. Small landscape installs are a big part of our work, something like 2 yds River Rock, 18 yards soil, 7 yards gravel, 1 yard mulch and 1500 sq feet of turf would be an average example.

I have just about been convinced to buy a machine and the bobcat rep is coming to meet me at my dentist appt to wait for me and go over numbers.

I know the skid steer and mini ex guys stay very busy around here, but I've only ever seen a mini skid operating once. I know we can't use it every job but I wonder if it's the right choice.

Has anyone bought one and really regretted their decision? Like you wish you bought a full size machine? I see they get a lot of love here but not quite convinced.

How are they for small grading jobs where id usually get a sub bobcat who makes a big mess?
This is a loaded answer

Yes
I have regretted buying a mini skid steer
But only because I should have bought a better one

Stay away from older bobcat Mt 50s

Get a 52 or a 55
Don’t get any Mt 50

I really like the dingo
Everything about dingo I like

But we’re a bobcat company
So we’re probsbly going to get an Mt 85
I think it’s like 40 grand

I swear I bought my first 873 for less than that
 
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