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looking for an older skid loader

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by ReckordGeneralMaintenance, Oct 2, 2004.

  1. ReckordGeneralMaintenance

    ReckordGeneralMaintenance LawnSite Member
    Messages: 37

    Don't have alot o bucks but want something i can use a bit over the winter not an everyday thing but now and then
  2. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Messages: 1,892

    A good, reliable brand is Case. Make sure you get a machine that's been treated well. If you have a mechanic, make sure he or she looks at it; otherwise, make sure that the machine doesn't appear to need any overhauls in the next two days.

    I would recommend looking at a used 1845 or Bobcat 863. Both are very solid machines with the 863 running a little more expensive (but more power). Probably an 1845 at about 1500-2000 hours and maybe eight years old or an 863 that's about seven years old and around the same hours. Try to avoid going too old in machinery.
  3. TerraFirma Excavating

    TerraFirma Excavating LawnSite Member
    Messages: 163


    What do you consider not alot of buck? I think a 1500-2000 hour machine like the 863 or 1845 are going to be in the $12,000-$15,000 range. A price range and usage could really help everyone give you a better idea what to look for and what to stay away from.

    My father-in-law has an old Bobcat 610 (chain drive) with a Wisconsin Robin gas engine that he uses every weekend on the farm cleaning stalls. Nice thing about the gas engine is that it is fairly inexpensive to work on if you need to. I have seen these in the $3000-$4000 range. Here's one for $3500 http://adcache.equipmenttraderonline.com/9/9/8/75150098.htm Also, the first site in a Google search for Bobcat 610 found another in Fresno California for $3500 with a "fresh" engine. This is a machine that is definately old school and low buck, but still gets the job done. In fact, I know a few guys you specifically look for the 610 model because they don't like the hydrostatic drive of newer ones.

    UNISCAPER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,426

    What ever brand you buy, after you set a budget, make sure of two things. The machine is not overpriced. And, the dealer is reputable and that parts are readily available when you need them.

    I have had brand new machinery that has sat for weeks awaiting parts that never should have failed to begin with. Down time costs far more than not being able to use the machine, it costs the billable hours that machine should be making you while it sits farting the battle hymn of the republic.

    Make sure you have a good injector pump, (if deise) land the engine has good compression. Make sure the hydro pump output is good.

    And last check for stress cracking and worn bushings, skid steers usually get hammered on the bucket hinge.

    Weigh out your usuage, and billable hours vs down time costs.
  5. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Messages: 1,892

    Uniscaper, what company were the parts for?

    UNISCAPER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,426

    Komatsu. Biggest piece of crap ever made, I was dumb in the 80's. Got wise, switched to Carterpillar and never looked back,
  7. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Messages: 1,892

    :) Glad Cat worked out for you.

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