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Off set boom

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Junior M, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
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    I am still looking for a mini ex and I keep coming across a lot of older 5-6ton machines that have this style of boom? What are the pros and cons?


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  2. Hollowellreid

    Hollowellreid LawnSite Senior Member
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    probably a grey market unit....with a sloppy 5 gallon rebuild, I would personally pass.
  3. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,506

    Sometimes I think they're more stable. But the new cats like that are so goofy looking.
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  4. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
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    what are you looking to spend? I think you mentioned before you like the 335 sized Bobcat? I'm still amazed at what my little machine can do and it's under 10k lbs.
  5. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
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    I wasn't saying that machine. It was just an example. I have just found some machines with that style boom for a decent price. And I am curious the advantages and disadvantages.

    Yellow, I am only trying to spend around $15-16,000 max right now but the more I hold out the more I'll be able to spend. So I am just kinda casually looking around. If I can get to $20,000 I'll be more serious.
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  6. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    Stick to a traditional swing boom. Longer stick means more reach and those off set booms are a nightmare to grease and maintain.
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  7. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yea some of the issues are they are heavy, so when you want to put a coupler or thumb on it, its easy to make it unstable. They don't tolerate hammer usage very sell if that is something you plan to do. They are popular in Japan and other areas, but never really caught on here. I have used them and they are handy if all you want to do is dig with one (and not use it as an attachment machine).
  8. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,595

    Rather than starting a new thread I am gonna ask here..

    What does it take to take steel tracks off a machine and put rubber tracks on? Or is it as easy as changing tracks
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  9. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,137

    Change out the rollers and idlers depending on track link set up, some mini and midi's have either a center or dual flange rollers for the steel chain and the front idlers would be a cookie cutter for the rubber tracks, and need to be a center step down for steel links.

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