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Skid steer or Small Tractor

LawnFactory

LawnSite Member
Location
Harwich, MA
Hi all ,
I am looking to buy a skid steer or a Kubota Tractor with bucket and backhoe. I dont like the way Skidsteers bounce around. Any suggestions on whcih to purchase. The Kubotas seem popular and are light weight for transporting.

thanks,
Dave
 

UNISCAPER

LawnSite Bronze Member
What do you plan on doing with this machine, whatever it may be? A skidder will work better when you dig and load. A tractor is a better grading and lifting tool. I personally favor the skid steer because they are so easy to get around, and, with a little training, they can grade just was well as a tractor, it is just the inconvenience of looking behind you all day.

When you mention a compact type of tractor, they can't dig a booger out of a wet bucket of snot to begin with, nor do they have much lifting capacity. Getting bounced around is not such a bad thing if you are getting your work done. Riding on asmooth piece of equipment that sits there spinning it's tires is frustrating.

Your call.
 

Rollacosta

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Suffolk, UK
check out the kioti range of compact tractor ,there built real strong .They are built in S korea in a factory that once built kubotas www.kioti.com these little tractors are now the third biggest seller in UK and EUROPE..there also very popular in the USA check out www.tractorbynet.com to see what the guys think of them ,please do not confuse these tractors with cheap chinese imports ,they are a totaly differant league.

There so good i have a new one comimg this week ,with a loader .
 

Itsgottobegreen

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Maryland
I rather have a tractor over a skid loader. I have both. A B-2410 kubota should be the smallest tractor you look at. They can just load a 1 ton dump. A B2710 or B2910 is a even better choice. I am replacing my B7500 with an even bigger tractor. A B2910.

I love my tractor on large mulch jobs. You can move mulch faster with it than four guys with wheel barrows. And you can't even tell I was there when we are done.

No you can't dig as well. But when it comes to grading, you just can't beat them. A big heavy box scraper is all you need.

Just remember Kubota and you won't have any problems. I have ran most brands and nothing else comes close to handing the abuse my guys give it.
 

cleancutccl

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Lawrence, Kansas
Like above if you're going to look at tractors go with kioti, I am picking up my new ck30hst tomorrow. I've always rented skid steers and never liked using them, I feel that a tractor is more versatile of a machine.
 

Smalltimer1

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Raleigh, NC area
cleancutccl said:
Like above if you're going to look at tractors go with kioti, I am picking up my new ck30hst tomorrow. I've always rented skid steers and never liked using them, I feel that a tractor is more versatile of a machine.

Agreed. A tractor can do so much more than a skid steer, not to mention the attachments are much cheaper and can be used for more than one task at a time.
 

montana jack

LawnSite Member
Location
montana
I have two Kubota tractors & they are solid machines. The location of a dealer is an important factor for warranty & service. Kubota is offering 0% down & 0% financing for 36 months on their tractors for the month of Sept. Their also giving a $500 rebate on their BX models, although that model is probably too small for you.
 

DK35vince

LawnSite Member
Location
Western,Pa.
Dave,
What is it you plan to do with this machine ?
A skid steers may be better at some jobs and compact tractors may excell in another.
Knowing what you plan to do with the machine will help us answer your question better..
 
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LawnFactory

LawnFactory

LawnSite Member
Location
Harwich, MA
Hello all , I plan on using it for spreading loam , picking up loam, and maybe soe other stuff. I just hate the ride of the skid steer, too bumpy. Also use for loading loam and mulch in my Dump truck.
 

UNISCAPER

LawnSite Bronze Member
Another question is the areas this piece of equipment will be used in. For 99% of our work, I would not think of using a tractor. By the time you got one bent around, you would already have made 5 passes with a skid steer.
For loading in tight areas, no way a tractor will turn tighter. You also have the problem of watching the bucket when you are grading so it does not bump something. And with most compact tractors, you really need to counter weight the front if you remove the bucket and arms which takes time.

Big spaces, tractor is better in most applications for loam. Tight spaces, skid steer hands down.
 
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