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Poll on Skid steer

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by neversatisfiedj, Mar 14, 2006.

  1. neversatisfiedj

    neversatisfiedj LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,028

    I am going to buy a skid steer this weekend (used) Looking at
    Bobcat 773 or better
    Cat 226 or better
    New Holland LS170
    John Deere 240
  2. thepawnshop

    thepawnshop LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 387

    I like the deere.
  3. Digdeep

    Digdeep LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,840

    What are you going to do with it? The application range will factor heavily into the type of machie you buy, i.e. truck loading (ROC, wheel base length, two speed, dump reach, etc.) excavating (hp, radial or vertical preference, ROC, cab height for basements), landscaping (wheel base, ROC, aux hyd.). It's hard to narrowly define the type of machine you should buy without first identifying what you plan to do with it.
  4. Signature Landscaping1

    Signature Landscaping1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,496

    Cat 226, 246
  5. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    Yeah I bet you do!

    In all reality, if you can get by Bobcat's control system and lousy visibility I'm sure you'll be fine. Deere is about the same way, although Deere's visibility is good when the boom arms are down, but it's not so good when they are partially raised. I do like Deere's lift off panels to service the engine, that's a nice feature.

    Now, if you've read the excavator purchasing threads we've been having, you're aware of the Cat arguments on pricing. I can tell you one thing I know absolutely for sure and that is that Cat is EXTREMELY competitive in their skid steer pricing. When we bought our machine 216 Bobcat wanted another $2k for a similiarly equipped S130.
  6. neversatisfiedj

    neversatisfiedj LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,028

    Will I be fine with a CAT 226 for hardscapes. Excavating patios and walls (residential) Are they all self leveling ?
  7. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    Self levelling? As in bucket levelling? It's an option, we have it on our machine, but I never use it. It's pretty much as waste of time unless you're doing a ton of truck loading and even then I don't use it.

    As far as a 226 for hardscapes, it might not be enough machine for you. If you're having to off-load pallets of stone, pavers, etc. you will need a bigger machine.
  8. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,162

    I found the self leveling feature about equally worthless. I ordered one machine with it and I never used it either. If your any kind of operator you level it manually and usually the way the pallet or bucket of dirt needs to be positioned isn't always the way the machine is thinking it should be done.
  9. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    Good point Kaiser. You can't heap the bucket with self levelling without it spilling everywhere. Self levelling is for very inexperienced or "lazy" operators. IMO, you don't need it.
  10. 7 IRON

    7 IRON LawnSite Member
    from VT
    Messages: 227

    Go With The Deere.Just Make Sure The Dealer PIPs Were All Completed.They
    Made Some Improvements To The Machine which the Dealer took Care Of.

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