Skidsteer's Opinions

Eager Beaver

LawnSite Member
Location
Michigan
Looking into purchasing or leasing a skidsteer for not only my winter snow removal operation but for landscaping also. A lot of people are sold on Bobcats. Any suggestions and or comments. Likes or Dislikes. Equipment add ons etc. that are working for you
 

snoman

LawnSite Member
Location
UPSTATE NEW YORK
We have run everything except the bobcat line-used to lease skidsteeres for the summer but we now have one we own and are looking for another one to own so that we can utilize them through the year. our new holland 565 is great for summer work (used mostly for hardscaping)-we have a backhoe attachment-forks-and heavyduty bucket for it.We purchased a protech for it but only went with a 6 footer because of the size of machine.We have tried out a few different machines and we are happy with the new holland ls180. It is a little heavy for hardscaping(7800lbs) but great for loading materials into the trucks and excavating jobs. The weight and speed (two speed)of the ls180 will allow us to put a bigger protech on it for the winter. We demoed it during a storm two weeks ago and were very excited with its performance.If it is your first skidsteer I would say get a mid ranged unit that you can feel out so that you dont under buy or over buy for your particular applications.Hope this helps a little.
 

snoman

LawnSite Member
Location
UPSTATE NEW YORK
Wanted to add that we did try out the new cat skidsteer and did not like it - it seems to be a well built machine but with sitting up so high seems a little unstable for our applications. they are priced pretty good(around 28k with heater cab option)so that they can introduce them to the market.give it a try you might like it
 
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Eager Beaver

LawnSite Member
Location
Michigan
Thanks for all the comments. I did look at the CAT unit a couple of weeks ago at a landscaping show here in Lansing. Does the New Holland have a brush cutter and or a stump grinder attachment avalible for them? That is one thing I did like about the Cat unit as we do that type of work along with everything else in the summer. I will the New Holland out before making any decisions. Any problems that I should look out for on a used one?
 

snow

Banned
Location
Gun shop
Check out New Hollands website. they have a lot of attachments, i checked the attachment flyer for new holland i have and it lists a stump grinder and a brush cutter. Just remember that there's a lot of after market skid steer attachment makers.

Bryan
 

snoman

LawnSite Member
Location
UPSTATE NEW YORK
The new hollands have a long list of attachments including the ones you were talking about. Attachments like that will need a machine with high-flow on it.Our 565 has high flow-allows you to run grinders-augers-sweepers etc.If that is what you need it for price one with highflow and a cab-needed for warmth in winter and dust in summer
 

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