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John Deere 332 opinions?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by AWJ Services, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Messages: 4,281

    Have a chance too buy a 2005 John Deere 332 with 84 inch grapple ,smooth bucket and a 18 foot 2 7k axle trailer.

    The machine has ac-heat,gel filled tires,not high flow and 270 hours.

    Everything for 45k.

    What are everyones opinions?
  2. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Messages: 1,892

    It's a good deal, but I don't know whether you'd need that big a machine.

    What do you need it for?
  3. thepawnshop

    thepawnshop LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 387

    Sometimes it isn't about "need", it's about "want". I'm not sure it is a great deal, though. It's a good deal, perhaps not great.
  4. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Messages: 4,281

    The Trailer new around here is over 3000 dollars.
    The Grapple is 4000 dollars.
    The skid Steer new was 52 k.
    It has the optional chrome pipe also.LOL that is a 1200 dollar option.
    The gel filled tires are like 2 grand.

    The machine is really big thats for sure.
    I have a tractor that pretty much will serve the purpose of a skid steer up too like a S185 size so if I purchase a skid steer it needs to be an asset .
    I also need something that will carry at least 3500 pounds safely.

    I tried too find some machines like it for sale but there are not many around for sale.
    I was thinking of buying it because it was a good deal.
    Thanks guys for your comments .
  5. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Messages: 1,892

    AWJ Services, I can't tell you what to buy and what not to buy. If you're dead-set on the 332, so be it. However, from a safety standpoint, you're not going to get me to budge from saying that a skid-steer's rated operating load is the maximum load you should lift -- with a bucket. I don't even want to say that 3,500 lbs is within the operating envelope of the 332, because if something happens, you'll be at fault for lifting more than 3,200 pounds.

    That being said, it's your choice to choose the best machine for your operation. Doug has experience with the 300s and he's a better source for the information you're trying to get.
  6. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Messages: 4,281

    I was not implying that I thought this machine was 100% safe at those weights just that I know that it is capable of doing this under the correct conditions.

    Take a smaller skidsteer and it is not feasible too even try it.

    That is my reason for considering this machine.

    As I said it has too be an asset.

    I really prefer a track machine .
    Just wondering what some people thought about it.

  7. imjustdave

    imjustdave LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    Well I know that I really can't compare the CT 332 to the 332 tire machine, but I do love that fact that my CT 332 has some serious lifting capacity, I loaded 1.51 tons into the back of a dump truck the other day and it was easy and didn't have any issues only later did I find out that the stump weighed so much. So far 400+ Hrs I have been happy with my JD, and the cab option is really nice,

    issues to-date

    Wiper motor died
    Heater control for cab heating motor died....
    1 bad hydraulic ram on grapple bucket

    All under warranty

    Just a FYI there is a service recall on the injector pumps for that model 7 hr shop time and should be free.
  8. bobcatboy

    bobcatboy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    imjustdave, what kind of work do you get into besides dirt work. I have been thinking about a track machine for a long time. Yhe decision has been hard for me because I have not been able to talk to people up close and personal about it. You know for the money it is a big investment and dont want to make the wrong decision
  9. imjustdave

    imjustdave LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    Well im not totaly sure to be honest. I originally bought the machine to go down and work on the huricain clean up in New Orleans. I got a little tired of all the BS, people, and trash so Im home now. I'm looking into land clearing IE not a total clear everythig off but more of a clean up, and landscaping, but that is a hard market with lots of competion. Field mowing, Post holes, etc. Im thinking a mini -ex is in my future to be honest. I may even sell off my skid and just use a mini - ex but i'm not in a hurry to do that.
  10. 7 IRON

    7 IRON LawnSite Member
    from VT
    Messages: 227

    Does It Have A Two-Speed,Hand Or Foot Control?

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