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Justifying a mini skid?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by RedSox4Life, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Messages: 3,787

    It can run a trencher, stump grinder, auger, use a grapple, multiple buckets, forks, land plane, power a hydraulic chipper attachment, and it excels with the front mounted mower (my favorite attachment for it) or 5' brushcat mower etc.
    The older ones like I'm replacing were good but not as smooth as the 60k newer ones but they still did a lot of work. I have one with a rear pto (they also make aftermarket 3pt hitch for the earlier models). The PTO can power a pump, generator, or pull-behind mower or whatever you can come up with that has a pto shaft and needs about 22 pto hp.
    The machine itself is 56 hp with 26 gpm hydraulics.

    I was pricing toolcats for a long time and though they are pricey, compared to something walk behind, a Toolcat for many applications would work and you can rent Bobcat attachments that will run on it.
    I can load a 2600 lb attachment (ROC is only 1500 though) on the back of my F350's flatbed with the toolcat and I can get in tight locations with the all wheel steer but it's 60" wide compared to 36" for an MTL.
  2. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,629

    Don't get a bobcat mini they are junk and don't use the universal mounting plates that everyone else uses. As far as brands I would recommend either a ditchwitch or vermeer. I have a diesel vermeer mini and that thing hands down will out work 2 if not 3 guys and has a high dump height. toro makes a good unit but it doesn't compare in weight lifting or dump height specs.
  3. SRT8

    SRT8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CA
    Messages: 1,305

    You think the Bobcats are junk? I demoed all brands and liked the bobcat the best. I have a bobcat dealer down the street so I can rent any atachment that i dont own. But i can understand not having a dealer around and not being able to rent attachments, that would suck.
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  4. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,629

    I have heard multiple bad things about their minis. On top of that the platform is awful.
  5. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,292

    I know. I much prefer the stand on machines though
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  6. SRT8

    SRT8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CA
    Messages: 1,305

    I have heard of the old MT-50's having lots of problems, i havent had any issues with mine. Most rental places around me are carrying the bobcats.
    And yea the platforms arent the greatest. They do sell aftermarket platforms that make it like a ditchwitch.
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  7. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,850

    I have looked at one a few times, never pulled trigger...just stuck with rental. But all aside...if purchase is I order I would go with ditch witch or Vermeer. I have rents all of them, bc is ok but it ends there. We rented two this fall. Bc and dw. Both with 2 ft augers. Planted 300 trees, dw hands down did the better job with power, ease of use, seems more power to pull out old trees etc. I also realize dealer, size, $$$, all count for something. Either brand you get will be a benefit to your company. Good luck.
  8. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,245

    I would say the ASV RC or PT30 is a good option. I really don't know how to work without one.
  9. AWJ Services

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

    Best advice so far.
    If I was still landscaping then this would be an absolute must have. Do not worry about it paying for itself if your getting 50 an hour for a guy and a wheel barrow because it will really speed up production.
  10. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,629

    Like others have said, when it comes to doing jobs with efficient pieces of equipment you need to price jobs on the task at hand, not on hourly rates. If you do any extensive amount of weight moving a mini is a MUST have in your arsenal.

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