skid steer wanted for small jobs

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by saxman150, May 17, 2006.

  1. saxman150

    saxman150 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    :) Hi I am looking for a small skid steer to move stuff around my yard. Dirt, Rocks, concrete, wood etc. I have been looking on ebay. I am interested in something that someone is trading in. I am a home user and do not have a ton of money. I have 3000.00 to spend on it. I do need it to be in good shape because I am not mechanically inclined. Bobcat, Cat etc. Thanks Joe Arminio 732-840-4186
  2. iowacatman

    iowacatman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 93

    For $3,000 you could hire a guy with a skid loader for 30 to 40 hours, or, you could rent one for 15 times for a day rental.

    If you buy a machine for $3,000 you will put $$ in it to keep it going, plus your time, and more time if you are not an experienced operator.
  3. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    You won't get much machine for $3,000. It takes at least $10-12K for a decent older, high hour machine and even those have their quirks. I'd suggest renting as needed.
  4. gammon landscaping

    gammon landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    i think that could only be a down payment....if you buy one in that price range you are going to have some really nice lawn art in a few weeks
  5. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    $3000 will get you a wore out expensive machine requiring lots of repairs for a litttle use. Maybe save up another 2000 and get a older tractor and loader. It shouldn't rip up the lawn as bad as a skid loader.
  6. miacharger

    miacharger LawnSite Member
    Messages: 68

    My advice is to think of a skid loader as an investment. You will have to spend at least 8,000 for a "in good shape because I am not mechanically inclined" kind of machine. My advice would be to buy one for a while then resell when needed. Alternatively you could get a machine for next to nothing BUT you had better learn to be a mechanic or have a really good friend who can help. I got my first skid steer at the age of 20 as a trade for a pile of trailer tires and spent the next year on and off rebuilding it. The machine is still used by me at home but requires periodic maintenance. I use it at the most twice a month and sometimes if it sits longer it needs more attention. Parts can be expensive unless you know where to go and are creative. Skid loaders are a lot of fun but can leave some pretty long lasting tracks in your lawn. Your choice comes down to work or money. Pay more money, get a machine with little trouble, get a cheap (or even free) machine and expect to put 100-300 hours into it as well as 2,000 or more in parts, especially on a newer hydrostatic machine. Maybe there's someone like you who bought a machine for his yard and has it sitting, and would do the work for you at minimmum cost just to get some experience using his "baby". Look around, you may be surprised who you meet!
  7. AintNoFun

    AintNoFun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,807

    i dont think you could even find an abused dingo for 3g... renting might seem the way to go..
  8. jazak

    jazak LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 843

    I would rent. The Cat guy here wants $850 a day with bucket and paalet forks. If you need it shippied it could be as much as $200 dollars more but if you rent localy it will be like $50
  9. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    A skid steer is $850 a day? I can rent a 345BL for that.
  10. iowacatman

    iowacatman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 93

    Maybe he meant per week :confused:

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