Has anyone regretted buying a mini skid steer?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Mitty87, Mar 26, 2018.

  1. m_ice

    m_ice LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Messages: 238

    Food for thought next time...
    If vehicle traffic it should have geotextile fabric and over-sized 2" then topcoat with either CA6 or CA7, which ever is your preference.
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  2. brichter14

    brichter14 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,116

    I’ve played that game before. This ground is a bit on the wet side so I skipped the fabric. I didn’t want to create bubbles. I’ll add more rock when needed.
  3. David Benfield

    David Benfield LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    I'm getting ready to buy my first mini skid. Going for the DW SK1050, although there's a chance I could get the SK800 if he gives me a good enough deal on the demo I have. Looking to pull the trigger next week.

    I've used the Toro TX1000 and Vermeer 925 quite a bit and like the DW better.

    Right now I'm having the decision to make about which attachments to get and not get. For reference: I run a bamboo specialty company and specialize in removing, containing, managing, and planting bamboo. We also have a small bamboo nursery (about 1 acre, ~1000 plants #2-#45 sizes).

    Here is my "wish list" of attachments, in order of importance:
    _ 4-in-1 bucket - DW - all purpose
    _ trencher - offset - DW - SK5TW - pruning trenches & rhizome barrier
    _ 3-in-1 tool: ripper/hitch/boom - removing rhizomes, moving chipper
    _ light materials bucket - materials moving at nursery & for raised beds
    _ pallet fork - moving plants @ nursery, digging/prying on jobsites
    _ utility spade/stump bucket - digging plants/rocks/holes
    _backhoe/grapple rake/ripper - Eterra e40 - removing rhizomes/brush
    _ auger - Eterra 2500 - planting, mixing cement
    _ stump grinder - Stumper 240/280? - grinding rhizomes in place
    _ Root cutter? - Vermeer - perhaps for digging up large sections
    _ stump planer - Boxer/moarbark makes one for their mini skid - stump removal if have auger but not stump grinder
    _ plate compactor? - for packing raised beds
    _ brush cutter - for cutting down smaller bamboo & other shrubs
    _ tree forks - for moving large pots (#20-#45)
    _ power shovel (bradco) - digging holes & swales
    _ 6 way dozer blade - backfilling trench, grading work
    _ 2 way backfiller - backfilling trenches
    _ harley rake - for fixing lawns
    _land leveler / caryall - all purpose
    _ tree spade - for digging new plants

    Does anyone have any feedback on what I should buy? Above the dotted line is probably what I can buy now while financing everything.
  4. m_ice

    m_ice LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Messages: 238

    The over-sized does the same thing for soil stabilization and is usually all we use so we don't have to mess with fabric for driveways.
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  5. m_ice

    m_ice LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Messages: 238

    The oversized is usually all we do for driveways so we don't have to mess with the fabric
  6. brichter14

    brichter14 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,116

    David for what it sounds like you do I think the list of attachments above the dotted line is a great start. Also add a land leveler. I have most of that stuff except the trencher and it all gets put to use. I also have a tiller. Which is very handy.
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  7. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,096

    Tree forks aren’t necessary. Just use your pallet forks. Tree spades on the mini skids are too small imho to be usefully unless your doing a LOT of small transplants in your nursery.
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