Well I started a project at the beginning of this week, and I had to rent a skid twice. The first one I rented was a New holland lx665? ... not so pleasant experience for me in that jerky thing... I wanted to take a leak on that machine before I took it back. All I used for was to unload some bnbs from a flatbed... too high for my dingo. Well yesterday I found out where I could rent a cat for the weekend and got a Cat 226. After literally 5 seconds in that thing... I knew it was the Cats meow! That thing was so smooth... I don't even want to try a bobcat. I had to spread about 8 yards of dirt and I have never gone through a pile of dirt that fast... felt like 5-10 minutes. Hell of lot faster than the kubota 4340 I have been using. I love those pilot controls. Then I hooked up my harley rake and went to town. It was little bit more difficult on the final pass ... getting everything perfectly smooth. I could probably do a better job w/ a harley rake on a tractor... but I probably just need more seat time. It was kind of tough to keep it from rocking and creating divots. It seem like the longer wheelbase on a tractor was better. I got the rocking down to a minimum by putting a little more weight on the castor wheels... seemed to help some. One thing I had to get used to was the visibility when using the harley rake backwards. I hit a freakin bellsouth connections box... that was fun. Harley raking was much more comfortable in the skid than in the tractor... I just kept having to make myself look back so I wouldn't hit anything. I know some skids have the rear view mirror... I don't know if this would have helped or not. After spending about 2 minutes on the machine... I have decided it is just going to have to be a cat purchase. I logged b/t 8-10 hours yesterday and today... and actually feel somewhat proficient at operating the cat. I probably need a 246... just enough to lift a pallet of sod of a trailer would be nice.