hydra mac skid steer

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by cowboytim, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. cowboytim

    cowboytim LawnSite Member
    from MN
    Messages: 180

    Anyone know anything about these. I can get one free from a guy but it does not run. I have not seen it yet. It has a 1500lb lift he says. I am a new holland guy. I would use it for snow any thoughts.
  2. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,137

    Last time I saw a Hydra-Mac, I was shocked, I thought pilot controls were antiquated back then, yikes, 2 T-bars on those old "macs.
  3. mow king

    mow king LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 571

    The price is right thats for sure, parts availability is not real good.
  4. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Messages: 1,892

    If it doesn't run, you might have a hard time getting any " " service on it -- " " because I want to put "qualified" in the quotes, but I don't mean offense to the person who ends up fixing it: I just mean to say that Hydramac isn't around anymore, and getting, say, a dealer person to get you parts and so forth might not be easy.
  5. Cooter

    Cooter LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE Iowa
    Messages: 510

    There is a place in mid Iowa that still gets parts and works on Hydra Mac. Hackert Sales, in Sully IA.
  6. accurate machinery

    accurate machinery LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    Hydra-Mac was a very heavy duty machine, they built the Gehl and International machines in the '70's and early 80's. They used Isuzu Diesels in the 80's and you should be able to get parts for the Isuzu if you search it out by the model. Some of the later models used the Cummins (Onan) diesel and they were always a problem. They were quickly replaced with Deere and Isuzu again. If you find out the year and model, I can tell you anything you want to know about it. Try Smaltz in Thief River Falls, MN for parts 218-681-4581 that is an old number you might have to search it out if the area code has changed. They were the only all gear drive skid steer, when every one else used chain drives.
  7. cowboytim

    cowboytim LawnSite Member
    from MN
    Messages: 180

    Thanks for the information
  8. bricedano

    bricedano LawnSite Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 3

    I have a 1300 mac. It s good for some light landscaping and farm work. I am sure it would be fine in the snow. I was thinking about trading it in though. It's 1999 I think, with about a 1000 hours. I just need something bigger. I wanted to get a ASV 50. Does anyone have a clue what the trade in value of my hydro mac 1300 would be?
  9. accurate machinery

    accurate machinery LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    I would try Smaltz in Thief River Falls, MN 218-681-4581, they had a lot of Hydra-Mac in their rental fleet. Hydra-mac has been out of business for a while and they were much more popular in your area than out east. The closer you get to northern Minnesota the more likely to get the best value from your machine. The 1300 is a good basic machine, too bad the company couldn't keep it going.

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