little machine question

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by mrsops, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. mrsops

    mrsops LawnSite Silver Member
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    got a few questions for you guys that own little skids or walk behinds. I currently own a bobcat mt52 which is a real nice piece of equipment problem is it is a little tough to grade with. I used a friends 463 the other day and it seemed like i got more grading done with it then i would my mt52. Has anyone out there went from a walk behind to a 463 or s70 or went from a 463to a walk behind.. One thing about my walk behind is that the hydraulics work great when running a breaker or auger.
  2. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Messages: 5,407

    I really can't grade w/ a bucket on my dingo... but w/ the harley rake on a mini skid... you can leave the rake at the shop.
  3. Digdeep

    Digdeep LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Have you ever looked at a ASV PT30? I rented one for a smaller job and was amazed at how well it performed in a grading application. I've sold many, many 463s and that little tracked machine will run circles around them.
  4. Hollowellreid

    Hollowellreid LawnSite Senior Member
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    ASV RC-30 is the way to go.

    We have rented/demoed many of the walk behinds (Toro, Bobcat, ramrod, etc)

    They are a good tool carrier and good at carrying materials but I find thats about it.

    With the ride in machines you can grade, cut slopes, really do some "real" work. Our ASV is priceless, although we have larger stuff as well for when it's needed.

    Unless you absolutely need to fit through a small gate I'd step it up to the small ride in units.
  5. mrsops

    mrsops LawnSite Silver Member
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    i need to fit through a small gate
  6. mrsops

    mrsops LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,878

    digdeep then your the man i need to talk to.. im looking into the s70 with the skinny tires to make 36'' wide I'm sure you know the tires I'm talking about they look like motorcycle tires. I'm hearing from a few of my buddies that own them that is they feel like the machine is going to tip alot and another problem is the tires going flat.. What my dealer is suggest was foam filling the tires what do you think about this?
  7. mrsops

    mrsops LawnSite Silver Member
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    i demoed that asv 30 and i thought it was built very cheap as soon as you start the thing up it rattles like hell and when operating it sounds like something is lose and is going to pop off at any time. And if i remember correctly the battery was almost impossible to get to. I had a thread on this machine when i demoed it.
  8. RockSet N' Grade

    RockSet N' Grade LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,454

    are you trying to grade with the bucket or their "land leveler" or what?
  9. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
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    the bobcats don't grade well because they're rear heavy... demo a ditch witch sk650 we have 2 and they worked so well we sold our 763 bobcat because they could do just about everything it could. they can push major loads of soil, and carry quite a bit of weight. we even towed our fl60 dump truck up a hill with one of ours (it was muddy and the truck couldn't get traction... sk was a last resort to save the day)
  10. mrsops

    mrsops LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,878

    In my case the problem with grading with the mt52 is not that's it rear heavy its alot of work on the wrists moving the handle back and forth and from side to side to grade. Its a great little machine but not for grading

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