heat and a/c in a ctl.

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by docholiday, Sep 27, 2007.

  1. docholiday

    docholiday LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    are heat and a/c worth the extra the extra money? the dealer just dropped off a new rc 50 loaded with options and because of the a/c box on top it wont fit in my garage. what do you guys think?
  2. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,319

    i would have to say yes, it will let you work longer and be more productive. i am thinking about buying a skid and/or mini ex and wont look at them if they don't have a full cab and heat and ac.
  3. Digdeep

    Digdeep LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,840

    I have both heat and A/C in my RC50 up here in Wisconsin and I'm glad I do (especially the heater). It seems like a large expense, but it really comes in handy when you'd be cooking in the cab on hot/humid days. I was worried about the extra height at first because I thought I would tear it off on something, but it's never happened. Are you trying to park it in your house's garage?
  4. kreft

    kreft LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,645

    i have a NH skid and i wouldnt be using it with out it

    it feels artic in their

    i hope that helps
  5. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    Depends on what you're doing. For landscape work, we're usually not in our 216 for more than a couple hours at a time. Typically, you're jumping in and out of the machine, talking to crew members outside the cab, etc.. A cab, in our experience, is a PITA for our landscape crew. However, when we were doing excavation and spending 8, 10, or even 12 hours a day in our 277B, A/C and a full cab was a necessity. Work in any weather comfortably, productivity is increased throughout the shift, and when you're on a big project where being productive makes you the money, you have to be 100% the whole time you're running the machine. If the weather is cold enough to need a cab to keep you warm, our landscape crew isn't working and as far as heat goes during the summer months you just deal with it. At least you're a little cooler in an OROPS machine than you would be standing outside running a shovel.
  6. TonyG

    TonyG LawnSite Member
    Messages: 80

    doc, without question yes!
  7. docholiday

    docholiday LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    yea it needs to go in my house garage, trailer can sit outside.
  8. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,319

    leave that sob out side it was made for it! i take the front door off and crank the ac when its landscape work so i can hop in and out and still be cool.
  9. qps

    qps LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
    Messages: 1,484

    oh hell yes.....
  10. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,174

    I have until recently purchased cabs on the bigger machines (95XT,465) and open cabs on the smaller machines 1840, 70XT. That changed with last years purchase. I ordered heat only on my 440. I take the door off in the summer months. The heat is a must have, even with no door having the heater on makes it comfortable in semi cold temps. My experience says that you get about 50% of the cost of the cab back at trade in time (CASE machines). So when you look at it like that it really is worth the extra cost. Last year we were working in minus 39 below zero. Tell me a cab is not a necessity.

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