Skid loader

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by paul, Jun 3, 2000.

  1. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
    Messages: 1,625

    ok Guys and Gals<br>The decision been made when thru all the loader and the winner is................<br>John Deere<br>it was a close race but the yellow machine won. not so much on lifting but smoothness shifting the two speed trans,better rear and side visability and ease of maintance.<p>just for a run down on pricing and features.<br>all machines had to lift at least 2600 lbs<br>all had to reach 10'5&quot;<br>all had to have vertical lift path<br>options with each machine<br>weight kit<br>backup alarm<br>tooth bar for bucket<br>warning lights<br>two speed if option (no machine was tested with out two speed)<p>ok on with the test<br>since it has rained for the last 20 days or so and none of my good projects we were able to test out a machine doing the actual work, we brought out two pallets of brick and one pallet of Versa-lok cap units.<br>machine had to lift at least the cap units(3500 lbs) or if it did that then would try with two pallets of pavers.<br>results are<br>if you want brut force get the Case XT95 it will lift two pallets of brick off the truck with out breathing hard. But it had its down fall first operating levers thought i was doing a work out video had too really move your arms to make that thing work in and out with the levers after about an half hr it was begining to wear me out. Then the real kicker $42K plus tax.<p>Next New Holland LS190<br>nice machine all most as strong as the case won't lift 2 pallets of brick off truck but would pick them up off the ground and could carry them with out too much problem.<br>down falls side visability was the worst of any machine when they changed their arms to the new style they lost all visability to eather side unless you carry the load real low not hitting the ground with a tree ball being carryed with forks might be hard if you need to see out the sides. it had the best visability for the cutting edge of any machine that i have run but you sit too low for looking out the back. Price as tested $35,800 plus tax<p>John Deere 270 two speed<br>They make this one in a single speed and two speed model, get the two speed it flies.<br>lifting is as good as the New Holland but you can see out the sides and back the seat is great full supension.<br>in lifting you can lift two pallets of brick off the ground without much problem and can carry it easy. did have a weaker tilt backon the bucket cylinder but a small bump on the controls and it came right back.<br>price champ too at $32K<p>if you have any questions ask away<br><p>----------<br>paul<br>
  2. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,361

    Congratulations! Hope that pretty, new, yellow toy makes you lots of money. Maybe it will even stop raining long enough for it to get a real work-out.<p>----------<br>Lanelle<br>
  3. southside

    southside LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    Paul,<br> Did you get a chance to test the new<br>Cat skid steer? They are just coming out<br>over here and was wondering how they went.<br>Bobcat 753's,Mustang 2040's and Case 1840's<br>are the most popular machines here at the <br>moment.<p>Karl<br>
  4. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,276

    I haven't done much research on them, but I thought the Cats were supposed to be puny machines, with lift capacities around 1700 lbs. Too small for my work.
  5. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
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    Southside right now the CATS are too small. and don't have a vertical lift path plus they don't have the 2 speed yet. <p>----------<br>paul<br>
  6. dougjohnson

    dougjohnson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Have any of you seen the new small loaders like the toro dingo or the ramrod. They seem expensive for such a small machine although for a small landscaper with limited space on his trailer or garage it might be ideal. If any has an opinion on this or equipment they recommend.
  7. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
    Messages: 1,625

    do a search on Mini skid loader <p>----------<br>paul<br>
  8. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,361

    I was paging through the 6/15 issue of American Nurseryman and there it is--the new JD Skid Steer---definitely the most stylish one around. They will even send out a free video of them. To get it call: 800-477-1043.<p>----------<br>Lanelle<br>
  9. The Mowman

    The Mowman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 37

    What about the Bobcat 873. It is 73 horse disel with a rated lift of 2400 and vertical lift path. Have not priced one out, but it looks pretty good. The 2400 pound lift is without weight kit.<p>----------<br>Stephen<br>
  10. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
    Messages: 1,625

    Stephen, I was looking for more lift without weight kit all others are rated at their lift of at least 2600 lbs without weight kit. <p>----------<br>paul<br>

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