Skid Steere vs. Tractor

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Lawnut101, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. Lawnut101

    Lawnut101 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I am looking at getting either a skid steere or a tractor of some sort. What do you guys prefer and why? I will be doing landscape installs, moving materials and snow removal with it.

  2. Crash

    Crash LawnSite Member
    Messages: 192


    But if I could only have one, probably the skid for what you're doing.
  3. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,903

    both works great for us also.
  4. Lawnut101

    Lawnut101 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,260

    Hmm... Well, I can't buy both right now lol

    I am thinking a small tractor would be great for getting into yards with. It seems like it would cause the least amount of turf damage.
  5. shooterm

    shooterm LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 461

    2 Speed Tracked Skidloader. Only thing better a tractor will do is run a PTO or mow larger jobs to which your tractor is no longer manuverable.
  6. FLCthes4:11-12

    FLCthes4:11-12 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    Get the skidsteer and get one big enough to handle pallets of everything. The thing is useless if you cant unload a truck or move full pallets of materials around. But I still love to run a tractor if im plowing or mowing
  7. Jb3NH

    Jb3NH LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    I've ran a tractor for a few years now. Its worked out great, though there have been a couple times where I'd wished i'd had a skidsteer. If i do, it'll have rubber tracks. For what your doing skid is probably the way to go.
  8. Lawnut101

    Lawnut101 LawnSite Silver Member
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    What size horsepower should I be looking for in a skid steere?
  9. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 567

    get a used Bobcat T-190 or similar. Strong enough to lift a pallet but not to big that it destroys everything it drives over. A skid is way more useful.
  10. Lawnut101

    Lawnut101 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,260

    Thanks. I will look into one of those. How many hours are alright on a used one?

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