How are you liking you Bobcat Compact Track Loader -CTL

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Daner, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I like the specs and looks of the T 190 ctl

    How is your working out for you?

    I need one for a 36" tree spade pluse every day skid steer work

    Is a 2007 too old? I see one in the local paper with 2000 hrs on it
  2. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    What does a 36" tree spade and tree weigh? A 190 might be a bit small. I ran a rental and it was nice but felt a little weak
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  3. AEL

    AEL LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I dont know about running a treespade on one, i never did. But i owned one until it got stolen. Lots of people said they are weak, and werent good machines which may of been the case with the older ones but the newer K series T190 were awesome. Many people told me that they couldnt lift a pallet of pavers ... mine lifted without hesitation. Machine did everything i asked of it and more. If my dealer had a new non current one for the right price i wouldnt hesitate to pick one up.
  4. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
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    T he tree spade would weigh#1500 plus the 800# tree itself.
    I have been useing a Newholland 150 but with just a 20" tree spade.
    It was tippy, I had to be carefull.
    The Bobcat is twice the machine acording to the specs

    What are the cabs like...control etc.... I like the looks of the pilot controls
  5. treemover

    treemover LawnSite Senior Member
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    I had an 05, ran I 636 caretree cone spade with out outriggers or counterweights. Did fine. As much as I hate bobcats and my dealer .... I miss that machine. Decent power good on fuel and reliable
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  6. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I also like the weight that its under #8000
    a 10000# machine behind a 3/4 ton can be a bit scary

    I do have bobcat dealers around me here, and the prices are good compared to the cats and the deers, Case etc.
    I,m looking for a used machine maybe 1500 hrs or so
  7. treemover

    treemover LawnSite Senior Member
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    I went to a cat 257b after bobcat and 257 did not handle the spade very well at all . I miss the ability to transport easy we are running 329d deeres now, 3/4 ton don't like those on a bumper pull
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  8. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Never ran the 190 but one size bigger and the s S300 with tree spade. To me, more machine is a must. Ball size, wet, terrain. Better to have more than not enough. Maybe the 190 will work for you as you know your terrain and work load.
  9. treemover

    treemover LawnSite Senior Member
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    agreeded. I forgot to add I was running a wide track 190. Weights and outriggers would help out a out. I was only running my spade 40 hrs or so a year so not as a production digger
  10. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The treerain can get a bit muddy and wet where I dig or spade the trees, plus if i'm going to upgrade to a larger machine I may as well go with the CTL.
    I di a bit of eveything on a small scale. I sure would love to keep that NH 150
    at just 4500 lbs its worked good for me. I do get on some hills and the CTL look a bit more stable
    One more thing I;m tired of the foot controls, when im in that machine for 9 hrs my knees are shot by the time I get out of it.
    There seems to be more Bobcats for sale, lots of 190s than any other machine around this area.:weightlifter:

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