Skid Steer Hours

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by eshreve1234, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. eshreve1234

    eshreve1234 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 184

    Looking into getting my first skid. Most of the machines in my price range have 1500-2000 hours. How many hours is average for a skid to last?

    I understand there are some variable, but any ball park info would be great.
  2. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    we had a small gehle with over 5000 hours on it. but parts availably started becoming a problem so we got rid of it...

    gotta really check all your hoses, since they begin to show signs of wear/dry rot. I'd also look over all the hydraulic fittings. the engines won't be the problems its all the other associated components...

    if I was goingto buy a used skid, I'd want to see the thing on a lift will all the covers removed so I could really look around from all angles
  3. Kepple Services

    Kepple Services LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    1500 should not be in that bad of shape... I have 1100 hours on my T300 and it is still going strong. What is your price range? I have a 2005 T300 loaded with gold package for sale including the bucket and grapple and about 750 hours on it( another machine I have).
  4. cat2

    cat2 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Mi
    Messages: 891

    yeah thats not that many hours
  5. BIGBEN2004

    BIGBEN2004 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 823

    It all depends on what the machine was used for. If it was only used to lift stuff like hay bales or pallets of stuff of trucks I have seen some go as high a 9,000 Hrs and still look good and run very tight. Now if it was a dirt mover it could be junk at 2,000Hrs depending on who ran it and how they ran it and if they ever greased or changed the oil and filters. A dust air filter can really hurt the engine after awhile and many will run them with a clogged air filter for a long time. Check it over crawl under it and pull the dipstick. That can tell you allot very quick.

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