I just happened to come across this forum looking for info on tracked loaders. Anyway the big question is which one is the best machine it its class. I have been looking at a price range around 40,000 to 45,000. I have been looking at the asv sr-70, 257 cat, 322 Deere. The problem I live in northern Mn and now the ground is frozen and I can't really try them out properly. I guess I am open to all machine brands. I mainly use them for dirt work, moving and grading. Clearing land, loading and unloading trucks with forks and plowing snow which some people told me a tracks are no good in the snow. I would think that the tracks would be better than tires. I drove the cat, deere and asv but the asv only made it about 10 feet and the machine shut down some electrical problem I guess. Sp I am not to sure about the asv. I really like pilot controls, I would hate to go back to the old controls. I must have a heated cab and ride would be a big plus. I have had back surgery so I would like to have a good riding machine. I have a s185 gold package with every possible option right now that I bought in the spring with about 85 hr on it. It has the grouser tracks over the tires. Its a nice machine the only thing I don't like about it is that its very light on the cutting edge. It is hard to cut down hard ground with out having some weight in the bucket and back dragging can be hard to. It is ruff riding for me to. You can even pop a wheelie going from reverse to forward with the tracks on and you cannot load on a trailer forward. But it does have a very nice cab. Any info would be great. I have to buy before the end of the year and have no really good idea which one. So far I like the cat 257 but I keep hearing bad things about there tracks and they are the most expensive. The asv I really didn't get to try but the cab seem kind of tight,the door was hard to open and, the gauges were kind of in a funny place on the arm rest. But according to the specs they are way ahead of the others for the money. I would like the best machine for the money and the least amount of maintance just like every one else.